From September 2005 to June 2006 a team of thirteen scholars at the The University of Southern California's Annenberg Center for Communication explored how new and maturing networking technologies are transforming the way in which we interact with content, media sources, other individuals and groups, and the world that surrounds us.

This site documents the process and the results.

netpublics team

The Netpublics Team:

Walter Baer is senior policy advisor at the RAND Corporation in Santa Monica. His research centers on how changes in technologies, markets and government policies affect information and communications in both the public and private sectors. He has published widely in the fields of media, communications, information technology, energy, and science and technology policy. Before joining RAND in 1990, he was director of advanced technology for the Times Mirror Company, where he focused on developing new business models for electronic delivery of news and information to professional and consumer markets. He holds a bachelor's degree from Caltech and a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin, both in physics.

François Bar is Associate Professor of Communication in the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Southern California. Prior to USC, he held faculty positions at Stanford University and at the University of California at San Diego. He received his Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley, studied at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, and holds a Diplôme d'Ingénieur from the Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées (ENPC) in Paris. His current research interests include comparative telecommunication policy, as well as economic, strategic and social dimensions of computer networking, new media and the Internet. His research has been published in books of collected studies, in policy reports, and in such journals as Telecommunications Policy, The Information Society, Organization Science, Infrastructure Economics and Policy, Communications & Strategies, Réseaux, and the International Journal of Technology Management.

Julian Bleecker is a Research Fellow at the University of Southern California's Annenberg Center for Communication and an Assistant Professor in the Interactive Media Division, part of the USC School of Cinematic Arts. Bleecker’s work focuses on emerging technology design, research and development, and concept innovation in the areas of pervasive media and mobile entertainment. His focus is on designing and prototyping technology-based networked applications that anticipate near-future forms of mobile and pervasive experiences. Bleecker has given talks and exhibited many of his emerging media and art-technology projects, designs and concepts in venues such as SIGGRAPH, Lift, Xerox PARC, O’Reilly Emerging Technology Conference, O’Reilly Where 2.0 Conference on Location-Based Technology, Ubicomp, Ars Electronica, ACM SIGCHI, ACM Advances in Computer Entertainment, Banff New Media Institute, American Museum of the Moving Image, Art Interactive (Boston), Boston Cyberarts Festival, Reboot, Eyebeam Atelier (New York City), and SK Telecom’s Art Center Nabi (South Korea). Before joining USC, Bleecker worked as an entertainment technology consultant, creating mobile and networked applications for commercial entertainment clients. Bleecker has a BS in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University, an MS Eng from the University of Washington, Seattle, and a Ph.D. from the University of California, Santa Cruz where his dissertation was on the relationships amongst technology, entertainment and popular culture.

Anne Friedberg is Professor of Critical Studies in the School of Cinema-Television and Chair of the Critical Studies program. Friedberg is an historian-theorist of visual media. Author of Window Shopping: Cinema and the Postmodern (University of California Press, 1993), co-editor of an anthology of critical and theoretical writing about film, Close Up 1927-1933: Cinema and Modernism (Cassell UK/Princeton University Press, 1998) and author of The Virtual Window: From Alberti to Microsoft (MIT Press, 2007).

Shahram Ghandeharizadeh received his Ph.D. degree in computer science from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, in 1990. Since then, he has been on the faculty at the University of Southern California. In 1992, Dr. Ghandeharizadeh received the National Science Foundation Young Investigator's Award for his research on the physical design of parallel database systems. In 1995, he received an award from the School of Engineering at USC in recognition of his research activities. His primary research interests include design and implementation of multimedia storage managers, parallel database systems, and active databases.

Mizuko (Mimi) Ito is a cultural anthropologist of technology use, focusing on children and youth's changing relationships to media and communications. She has been conducting ongoing research on kids' technoculture in Japan and the US, and is co-editor of, Personal, Portable, Pedestrian: Mobile Phones in Japanese Life. She is a Research Scientist at the Annenberg Center for Communication and a Visiting Associate Professor at Keio University in Japan.

Mark E. Kann
, Professor of Political Science, holds the USC Associates Chair in Social Science. He specializes in early American political thought and gender studies. Professor Kann has served as Chair of the Political Science Department and USC's Associate Dean of Graduate Studies. Professor Kann is the author of seven books, including Middle Class Radicalism in Santa Monica (1986); On the Man Question: Gender and Civic Virtue in America (1991); A Republic of Men: The American Founders, Gendered Language, and Patriarchal Politics (1998); The Gendering of American Politics (1999); and Punishment, Prisons, and Patriarchy (2005). He is currently working on a book focused on democratic theories and the Internet.

Merlyna Lim received her doctorate in Science and Technology Studies from the University of Twente in Enschede, the Netherlands, with a dissertation entitled "@rchipelago online: The Internet and Political Activism in Indonesia." Her research interests include: political economy of new media, cyber and urban activism, globalization and mutual shaping of new media/information technology and society. She holds the following awards: Henry Luce Southeast Asia Fellowship (2004), Wotro Fellowship (2003), and ASIST International Paper Contest Winner (2002). Recent publications include a monograph entitled "Islamic Fundamentalism and Anti-Americanism in Indonesia: Role of the Internet".

Fernando Ordonez studied mathematical engineering at the University of Chile. In 2002, he obtained his Ph.D. in Operations Research from the Operations Research Center at MIT. His research interests concern optimization in general. In particular, he is interested in convex optimization, robust optimization, complexity of algorithms, sensitivity analysis, condition number theory, computation, and applications of optimization to engineering and management science.

Todd Richmond holds a Ph.D. in chemistry from Caltech, was a postdoctoral fellow at UCSF, and professor at the Claremont Colleges. He currently is a senior research fellow at the Annenberg Center for Communication and Institute for Creative Technologies, as well as adjunct faculty in the Interactive Media Division of the USC School of Cinema-Television. His present work traverses numerous digital and networked media issues such as social networks and social software including disruptive technologies, building platforms for communication and collaboration, creating portable media, disaster preparedness simulation and training, and working in various aspects of remix and peer-to-peer culture and practice.

Adrienne Russell is an assistant professor in the Department of International Communications at the American University of Paris. Her work explores digital network power dynamics. She has written for the academic and popular press on new-media social movements, network identity and network media narrative and myth. She is currently researching the contemporary news environment.

Marc Tuters is an artist and researcher in interactive media. He holds degrees in Cinema and Media Studies. Tuters has produced numerous collaborative art/science projects in the area of wireless technology which have been presented at major international new media festivals including IMPAKT 2002, E-Culture II, ISEA 2004 and DEAF 2004. He has organized numerous workshops, panels and conferences for new media organizations, including Next 5 Minutes, Transmediale, Futuresonic, Projekt Atol, RIXC, ISEA, Virtual Systems Multimedia Society and DEAF.

Kazys Varnelis is the Director of the Network Architecture Lab and teaches at the Graduate School of Architecture Preservation and Planning at Columbia University. Varnelis is also a founding member of the founding faculty at the School of Architecture, University of Limerick, Ireland. He has previously taught at the Southern California Institute of Architecture and at the University of Pennsylvania. His teaching and research focus on contemporary architecture, late modernism, architecture and capitalism, and the impact of recent changes in telecommunications and demographics on the contemporary city. With his two-man radical architecture/new media collective, AUDC, Varnelis will be publishing Blue Monday, a book on network culture, urbanism, and architecture in the spring of 2007.