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.

Dates and Locations

Palo Alto

Nov. 14, 2018
Sheraton Palo Alto



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…

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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 An…

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