Information Justice, Human Rights, and Technology Ethics

Supporting information and technology practices and policies that break down barriers.

Research Projects

Libraries, Integration, and New Americans: Understanding immigrant acculturative stress
Principal Investigator(s): Ana Ndumu
Research Areas: Information Justice, Human Rights, and Technology Ethics > Library and Information Science
Libraries, Integration, and New Americans,” or L.I.N.A., is a three-year research project directed by Dr. Ana Ndumu that will answer the following questions: What is the role of information in immigrant acculturative stress? How does information-related acculturative
stress impact library access? How can libraries help adult immigrants who are overwhelmed by information? Funding from IMLS under the Laura Bush 21st Century Early Career
Development Grant category will support phenomenological studies that build on the researcher's previous dissertation work involving information and immigrant integration. This multi-phase project will span from August 1, 2021, to June 30, 2024, and will 1.) operationalize acculturative stress or the strain caused by adjusting to a new culture, from an LIS standpoint; 2.) investigate connections between information and indicators of acculturative stress; and 3.) distill community-centered recommendations on how libraries can respond to immigrant acculturative stress.
DAM-Developing a Digital Asset Management System for the Archival Holdings of the Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic Site
Principal Investigator(s): Richard Marciano
Funder: USDOI National Park Service
Research Areas: Computational Archival Science > Digital Humanities > Information Justice, Human Rights, and Technology Ethics
Creating a cutting-edge Digital Asset Management System with the National Park Service (NPS) to preserve and manage the digital assets of the Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic Site.
CRII: CHS: Investigating Multilingual Teams Communication and Collaborative Writing
Principal Investigator(s): Ge Gao
Funder: National Science Foundation
Research Areas: Data Science, Analytics, and Visualization > Future of Work > Information Justice, Human Rights, and Technology Ethics > Youth Experience, Learning, and Digital Practices
This project investigates new ways to create grounding in multilingual teams engaged in collaborative writing. It will improve understanding and develop new tools.

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