Ricardo Gomez

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Associate Professor
Office: Mary Gates Hall 330P
Phone: 206.685.1372
Fax: 206.616.3152

Primary Areas of Expertise


Dr. Ricardo Gomez specializes in the social impacts of communication technologies, especially in community development settings. He is also interested in qualitative research methods, and in group facilitation and process design. He seeks creative ways to communicate complex ideas and research results in everyday language. He has worked with private, public and non-profit sectors around the world, with a particular focus on Latin America and the Caribbean. Before joining the University of Washington he worked with Microsoft Community Affairs, and with the International Development Research Center in Canada. He holds an MA from Université du Québec à Montréal (1992) and a Ph.D. from Cornell University (1997).


  • Ph D, Cornell University, 1997
  • MA, Université du Québec a Montreal, 1992


  • Honorable Mention: Fearless Cards Poster - iConference 2013, 2013
  • Nomination: Undergraduate Research Mentor Award - UW, 2013
  • Outstanding Reviewer, Awards for Excellence 2012 - Emerald Literati Network, 2012
  • PROF Award - iSchool, 2012


  • Association for Information Systems
  • Community Informatics Research Network
  • International Association of Facilitators
  • International Association of Media and Communication Research
  • International Communication Association
  • International Development Informatics Association
  • Latin American Studies Association

Secondary Areas of Expertise

Publications and Contributions


  • "Fotohistorias: Participatory photography with immigrants" (2014)
  • "Public Access Computing: Challenges and Opportunities" (2013)
    Presented at: Telecommunications and Information Policy Institute at the University of Texas at Austin
  • "A Million Friends: Social implications of information and communication technologies for development" (2012)
    Presented at: University of Washington, LACS
  • "Access... and some more. Public Access Computing in Colombia" (2012)
    Presented at: National Library, Ministry of Culture
  • "Perceptions of Connectedness: public access computing and social inclusion in Colombia" (2012)
  • "Social Network Analysis of Public Access Computing: relationships as a critical benefit of libraries, telecenters and cybercafés in developing countries" (2012)
  • "Technology and Social Change:What difference do information technologies make in developing countries?" (2012)
    Presented at: UW International Programs
  • "The Changing Field of ICTD: Content analysis of research published in selected journals and conferences, 2000-2010" (2012)
  • "Acceso Público a TICs en Colombia: Bibliotecas, Telecentros y Cibercafés" (2011)
  • "Cost and other barriers to public access computing in developing countries" (2011)
  • "Gender and Public Access Computing: an international perspective" (2011)
  • "Impact of Public Access Computing in Colombia" (2011)
    Presented at: Association of Internet Researchers (AOIR)
  • "Technology and Social Change: What difference do information and communication technologies make in developing countries?" (2011)
    Presented at: University of Washington International Programs
  • "Community Engagement and Infomediaries: challenges facing libraries, telecentres and cybercafés in developing countries" (2010)
  • "Computers in Libraries and other Public Places: What difference do they make in developing countries?" (2010)
    Presented at: Evergreen College
  • "Evaluación de Impactos: Cómo medir aspectos intangibles de la contribución de las TIC al desarrollo" (2010)
    Presented at: Pontificia Universidad Católica de Perú
  • "ICT Evaluation: are we asking the right questions?" (2010)
    Presented at: International Development Informatics Association conference
  • "Information Needs in Developing Countries: How Are They Being Served by Public Access Venues?" (2010)
  • "Inviting Success: Lessons from Public Access Computing Experiences around the World" (2010)
  • "Keynote: What questions do we try to answer in Community Informatics?" (2010)
  • "Public Access Computing in Latin America: taking stock of an international study" (2010)
  • "Public Access ICT: A South-South comparative analysis of libraries, telecentres and cybercafés in South Africa and Brazil" (2010)
  • "Public Access to Internet and Social Change: an experience in Carmen de Bolivar, Colombia" (2010)
  • "New challenges for libraries in the information age: A comparative study of ICT in public libraries in 25 countries" (2009)
    Presented at: Centre for Community Networking Research (CCNR)
  • "Who uses ICT at Public Access Centers? Age, education, gender and income differences in users of public access to ICT in 25 developing countries" (2009)
    Presented at: GlobDev SIG
  • "Landscape Study: Understanding Public Access to ICT in 25 Countries" (2008)
    Presented at: Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • "The Quest for Intangibles" (2008)
    Presented at: CCNR - Centre for Community Networking Research
  • "Siete Propuestas para un Desarrollo Equitativo con el uso de Tecnologías de Información y Comunicación" (2002)
  • "Reflexiones sobre el uso de las TIC para el desarrollo en América Latina y el Caribe" (2001)
  • "Después de la Luna de Miel: Una mirada crítica a la evaluación de Telecentros" (1999)
  • "Enchanted by telecentres: can they contribute to sustainable development in Latin America? " (1999)
    Presented at: University of Maryland, College Park
  • "Computer-Mediated communication in Non-Governmental Organizations in Latin America" (1997)
  • "Electronic Agora or Disneyland Democracy? A study of CMC use among NGOs in Colombia" (1997)
  • "Information society and civil society: Non-governmental organizations and computer-mediated communication in Latin America" (1997)
  • "Is There a Place For Civil Society In The Information Society?" (1997)
    Presented at: International Communications Association
  • "The emergence of a new paradigm in development communication" (1997)
  • "Nuevas Tecnologías de Comunicación y Democracia" (1993)
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