Author Archives: sharon

About sharon

University of Texas professor in the Radio-TV-Film Department. Specialist in broadband deployment issues, communication policy, technology issues, technology and culture

Craig Watkins’ new book The Young and the Digital

Professor Craig Watkins’ new book on social media explores the digital world that children and youth inhabit. Using a mix of research methods, Dr. Watkins offers a nuanced picture of “digital natives.” The Chronicle of Higher Education recently interviewed Watkins … Continue reading

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Summer Institute Classes Winding Up

We have had a very busy summer so far. The Summer Institute once again conducted classes in Lisbon and Porto for enrolled graduate students, individuals associated with our industrial affiliates, or interested individuals meeting the course qualifications. We offered two-week, … Continue reading

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Application deadline for the International School of Digital Transformation is Approaching!

Our deadline for people to apply to the ISDT is April 30. If you are interested in this unique experience and want an intense week of thinking about nothing other than new digital tools to improve governance, democracy, and communication, … Continue reading

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Upcoming 2009 Online Journalism Symposium

The next international Online Journalism Symposium is coming in April. Organized by Professor Rosental Alves at UT-Austin, this symposium is renown for its cutting edge analysis and research regarding the status of online journalism. For more information see

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Digital Media Research Projects Underway

Two Digital Media research projects have been funded by FCT for the coming two years, one dealing with the Portuguese population’s experiences with computers and the Internet and another directly developing new DM applications. Dr. Cristina Ponte (UNL) and Dr. … Continue reading

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Zon multimedia prize awarded

Congratulations to Nuno Rocha, winner of the national ZON-sponsored multimedia competition in Portugal.  The prize includes the opportunity to spend time at the University of Texas as part of the UT-Portugal program and also carries a 100,000 Euros award and … Continue reading

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New energy for broadband deployment?

A lot of people are talking about President-Elect Obama’s plan to employ people to rebuild some of the U.S. infrastructure, and many have wondered whether this might include rebuilding the telecommunications infrastructure as well as roads and bridges.  This raises a fundamental … Continue reading

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Ubiquity or broadband?

I’ve started to analyze our latest data from a few rural regions in the U.S., where small communities recently obtained broadband services.  This is a five-year, USDA-funded study that should provide us with some insights about what difference broadband makes … Continue reading

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Wrap up on the Lisbon workshops

Our four weeks of workshops are now over: UT faculty are back in Austin, faculty colleagues in Portugal are breathing a well-earned sigh of relief, and all agree that the Summer Institute was a success. Four public lectures, one week-long … Continue reading

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Research call is out!

The research call for the Digital Media program (as well as other programs) was released last week, and we now have an English version. This is a great opportunity for UT researchers to team with our Portuguese colleagues on some … Continue reading

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