Blog: Black Panther, a film about or of Africa?

Written by Basil N. Hamusokwe, Lecturer in the Department of Media and Communication Studies, School of Humanities and Social Sciences University of Zambia, Lusaka Black Panther is one Hollywood movie that Africa will celebrate for many years to come. Media reports indicate that moviegoers throughout the continent were gripped with emotion and excitement as they…

Blog: Panther Leaps in STS

Written by Ángel R. Rodríguez* In my opinion, Black Panther and the cultural invention of Vibranium is the imperfect exposure to the perfect leap-frog narrative from Africa. But, I would also like to think here about Africa in its totality, and prefer a different animal because frogs are very small and slow creatures. A Panther-leap,…

Blog: Does Satellite Internet Rhetoric Match the Reality? A view from the satellite industry’s annual convention

A blog post by Matt Graydon, Gradute Student Every year, the satellite industry comes together for a major conference and trade exhibition where the latest trends and technologies shaping the field are promoted, discussed and debated. Over the course of four days, the vast Walter E. Washington Convention Center in downtown Washington D.C. transforms into…

Day 1: Workshop on Refugees, Media, and ICTs

The GMTaC Lab kicked off a two-day workshop on Refugees, Media, and ICTs on the afternoon of Wednesday, February 21. The purpose of the workshop was to bring a small group of researchers together to present work-in-progress or recently published articles related to refugees, media, and ICT use with a focus on the Middle East.…

Blog: Studying Emerging Satellite Internet Companies

We look at the research work of Graduate RA student, Matt Graydon. In 1994, a company called Teledesic launched with the ambitious goal of providing global high-speed internet access through a constellation of nearly 300 satellites in low earth orbit. With its promise of a worldwide “internet in the sky,” Teledesic attracted considerable hype, along…