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Araba Sey

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Research Assistant Professor, Technology & Social Change Group
Office: Bloedel Hall 092-A
Phone: 206.685.3724
Fax: 206.616.5149

Specialization

  • Impact Assessment
  • Information Technology in Developing Countries
  • Technology and Social Change

Education

  • Ph D, University of California, Los Angeles, 2008
  • MA, University of Southern California, 2004
  • MSC, University of Stirling, 2000
  • Mphil, University of Ghana, 1999
  • BSC, University of Ghana, 1991

Awards

  • Information School Research Seed Funds - University of Washington Information School, 2015

Memberships

  • International Communication Association
  • National Communication Association

Videos

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Araba Sey, research assistant professor in the iSchool's Technology & Social Change Group, explains how access to mobile technology resources contributes to the development of underdeveloped countries.

Areas of Expertise

Publications and Contributions

  • Research Report Coding Bootcamps: A Strategy for Youth Employment (2016)
    Authors: Maria Garrido, Araba Sey
  • Journal Article, Academic Journal The Impact of Public Access Venue Information and Communication Technologies in Botswana Public Libraries (2015)
    Evidence Based Library and Information Practice Volume 10 Issue 3 page 64-84 Authors: Angelina Totolo, Jaco Renken, Araba Sey
  • Journal Article, Academic Journal There when you need it: The multiple dimensions of public access ICT uses and impacts [ICTD2013 Special Issue] (2015)
    Information Technology & International Development Volume 11 Issue 1 page 71-86 Authors: Araba Sey, F Bar, Christopher Coward, Lucas Koepke, Chris Rothschild, G Sciadas
  • Magazine/Trade Publication The Big Question: Have social media and/or smartphones disrupted life in your part of the world? (2014)
    World Policy Journal Volume 31 page 3-8 Authors: Sebastián Valenzuela, Valgeir Valdimarsson, Nwachukwu Egbunike, Matthew Fraser, Araba Sey, Tohir Pallaev , Pavin Chachavalpongpun, Erkan Saka, Igor Lyubashenko
  • Magazine/Trade Publication The Big Question: Have social media and/or smartphones disrupted life in your part of the world? (2014)
    World Policy Journal Volume 31 page 3-8 Authors: Sebastián Valenzuela, Valgeir Valdimarsson, Nwachukwu Egbunike, Matthew Fraser, Araba Sey, Tohir Pallaev , Pavin Chachavalpongpun, Erkan Saka, Igor Lyubashenko
  • Research Report Connecting people for development: Why public access ICTs matter (2013)
    page 242 pages Authors: Araba Sey, Christopher Coward, George Sciadas, Chris Rothschild, Francois Bar , Lucas Koepke
  • Report Public libraries connecting people for development: Findings from the Global Impact Study (2013)
  • Conference Paper The impact of public access to ICTs: Findings from a five-year, eight-country study (2013)
    Proceedings fo the Sixth International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies and Development Authors: Francois Bar, Christopher Coward, Lucas Koepke, Chris Rothschild, Araba Sey, George Sciadas
  • Technical Report Literature Review of how Telecentres operate and have an Impact on eInclusion. Exploratory study on explanations and theories of how Telecentres and other community-based e-Inclusion actors operate and have an impact on digital and social inclusion policy (2012)
    page 154 Authors: Maria Garrido, Araba Sey, Tabitha Hart, Luis E Santana
  • Working Paper Public access to ICTs: Sculpting the profile of users (2012)
    Authors: George Sciadas, Hil Lyons, Chris Rothschild, Araba Sey
  • Journal Article, Academic Journal "We use it different, different": Making sense of trends in mobile phone use in Ghana (2011)
    New Media & Society Author: Araba Sey
  • Conference Paper Loose strands: Searching for evidence of the impacts of public access to information and communication technologies (2011)
    iConference 2011 Authors: Araba Sey, M Fellow
  • Technical Report Acacia Research and Learning Forum narrative report (2010)
    Authors: Araba Sey, A. Martin
  • Conference Paper From "the end user is the message" to "the interaction is the message": Proposing mediated action as a framework for analyzing the role of ICTs in development (2010)
    International Development Research Centre Open ICT for Development Workshop Authors: Araba Sey, Maria Garrido
  • Conference Paper Managing the cost of mobile communications in Ghana (2010)
    Communication technologies in Latin America and Africa: A multidisciplinary approach page 143-166 ISBN/ISSN: 978-84-692-8402-5 Author: Araba Sey
  • Journal Article, Academic Journal New media practices in Ghana (2010)
    International Journal of Communication page 26 Author: Araba Sey
  • Journal Article, Academic Journal Exploring mobile phone sharing practices in Ghana (2009)
    info Volume 11 Issue 2 page 66-78 Author: Araba Sey
  • Working Paper Literature Review on the Impact of Public Access to Information and Communication Technologies (2009)
    Authors: M Fellows, Araba Sey
  • Book, Chapter in Scholarly Book-New From media politics to networked politics: The Internet and the political process (2008)
    Mousepads, shoe leather, and hope: Lessons from the Howard Dean campaign for the future of internet politics ISBN/ISSN: 1594514852 Authors: Araba Sey, Manuel Castells
  • Conference Paper Mind the gap: Mobile phone adoption and appropriation in Ghana (2008)
    ICA - Annual International Communication Association Conference Author: Araba Sey
  • Conference Paper Mind the gap: The shifting fortunes of small and micro-scale intermediaries in the Ghanaian mobile phone industry (2008)
    ICA - Annual International Communication Association Conference Author: Araba Sey
  • Working Paper Public Access to ICTs: A Review of the Literature (2008)
    Author: Araba Sey
  • Conference Paper Where did all the payphones go? Intermediaries, innovation and insecurity in the mobile phone industry (2008)
    ICA - Annual International Communication Association Conference Author: Araba Sey
  • Conference Paper Mobile Payphone Systems in Africa: Developments, Uses and Implications (2007)
    Author: Araba Sey
  • Conference Workshop Paper Mobile Phones and the Pursuit of Sustainable Livelihoods: Why connectivity matters (2007)
    ICA - Annual International Communication Association Conference Author: Araba Sey
  • Conference Paper Mobile Phones in Rural and Urban Livelihoods: Why Connectivity Matters (2007)
    2nd Ghana Mobile Conference Author: Araba Sey
  • Conference Paper What have mobile phones wrought? (2007)
    ICA - Annual International Communication Association Conference Author: Araba Sey
  • Book, Chapter in Scholarly Book-New Electronic Communication and Socio-Political Mobilisation: A New Form of Civil Society (2006)
    Global Civil Society 2005/6 page 266-285 ISBN/ISSN: 1412911923 Authors: Manuel Castells, Mireia Fernandez-Ardevol, Jack Linchuan Qiu, Araba Sey
  • Book, Scholarly-New Mobile Communication and Society: A Global Perspective (2006)
    page 345 ISBN/ISSN: 262513188 Authors: Manuel Castells, Mireia Fernandez-Ardevol, Jack Linchuan Qiu, Araba Sey
  • Conference Paper Mobile Payphone Systems in Africa: Developments, Uses and Implications (2006)
    ICA - Annual International Communication Association Conference Author: Araba Sey
  • Conference Paper Designing ICT policy for development in Ghana: Balancing local and global objectives (2005)
    ICA - Annual International Communication Association Conference Author: Araba Sey
  • Conference Paper Financing a public good: The evolution of television broadcasting in Ghana (2005)
    ICA - Annual International Communication Association Conference Author: Araba Sey
  • Conference Paper Telecommunication systems in Ghana and Côte d'Ivoire: An historical approach (2005)
    ICA - Annual International Communication Association Conference Author: Araba Sey
  • Journal Article, Academic Journal All work and no play? Judging the uses of mobile technologies and ICTs in low and middle-income countries
    Information Technologies & International Development Volume 10 Issue 3 page 1-17 Authors: Araba Sey, Peppino Ortoleva

Presentations

  • "All work and no play? " (2015)
    Seminar on Games becoming Serious, University of Torino, Italy
  • "All work and no play? ICTs and informal learning in low and middle income countries" (2015)
    Cross-Field doctoral school, Institute of Communication Technologies, Università della Svizzera italiana
  • "ICTs and the Development Agenda" (2015)
    Summer School of Communication Law, Università della Svizzera italiana
  • "ICTs and the Development Agenda" (2015)
    Invited lecture in the doctoral course, Topics in Internet & Society Interdisciplinary Studies, at the Politecnico di Torino, Doctoral School
  • "Do Public Access ICTs have an Impact on Socio-Economic Development? Findings of the Global Impact Study" (2013)
    Research Conversation, University of Washington Information School
  • "Mobile phones: Source of livelihood or livelihood resource?" (2013)
    Mobile Telephony in the Developing World Conference
  • "The Impact of Public Access to ICTs: Findings from a Five-Year, Eight-Country Study" (2013)
    ICTD 2013 Conference
  • "Where did all the payphones go? Vulnerable employment in the mobile phone industry" (2013)
    Cell and Self Conference
  • "Connectivity matters" (2012)
    TEDxYouth@Seattle
  • "Literature Review of how Telecentres operate and have an Impact on eInclusion. Expert Workshop on Measuring the impact of eInclusion intermediaries" (2012)
    MIRIEA Project experts workshop, Joint Research Center of the European Commission
  • "Want open research? Deep dive into the Global Impact Study" (2012)
    ICTD 2012
  • "Want open research? Deep dive into the Global Impact Study surveys" (2012)
    ICTD 2012
  • "A Critical Theory approach to social change research: Perspectives, Strategies, and why Information Technology matters" (2011)
    Social Tools for Social Change Seminar, Department of Communication, University of Washington
  • "Dynamics of mobile phone appropriation in transnational migration: Preliminary observations on the experiences of migrants in Seattle, WA" (2011)
    Association for Internet Researchers Aoir12
  • "Public access ICTs: Uses and outcomes in the governance domain" (2011)
    ICT Days @ The World Bank 2011
  • "From 'the end user is the message' to 'the interaction is the message': Proposing mediated action as a framework for analyzing the role of ICTs in development" (2010)
    Open development: Technological, organizational and social innovations transforming the developing world, IDRC - International Development Research Center