Urban Crowds and Rural Clouds


Thoughts on what connects us

From flash mobs to the Arab Spring, the digital world creates crowds both virtual and real. But data, too, has a real component. That “cloud” has earthbound roots through cables and data centers — not just in Silicon Valley but in rural America. Are these communities any more connected than their urban counterparts? Are they part of the digital crowd? Join anthropology professor Cori Hayden and Jenna Burrell, associate professor in the School of Information, for a lively discussion about the (digital) ties that bind us.


Jenna Burrell

Jenna Burrell is an associate professor in the School of Information at UC Berkeley. Her first book, Invisible Users: Youth in the Internet Cafes of Urban Ghana (The MIT Press) came out in May 2012. She has a Ph.D. in sociology from the London School of Economics. Before pursuing her Ph.D., she was an Application Concept Developer in the People and Practices Research Group at Intel Corporation. For over 10 years, she studied the appropriation of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) by individuals and groups on the African continent.

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Cori Hayden

Cori Hayden is a faculty member in the Department of Anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley, where she conducts research and teaches on the anthropology of science, technology, and medicine, with an emphasis in Latin America.  She recently served as the chair of the Department of Anthropology at UC Berkeley and was the director of the Center for Science, Technology, Medicine, and Society from 2010–2013. Hayden received her Ph.D.

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