Ricardo Gomez

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Associate Professor
Office: Mary Gates Hall 370 C
Phone: 206.685.1372
Fax: 206.616.3152


  • Information Technology in Developing Countries
  • Qualitative Methods
  • Technology and Social Change

Current Quarter Teaching

  • INSC 800 - Doctoral dissertation
  • LIS 500 - The question of information
  • LIS 570 - Research, assessment, and design


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


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

Areas of Expertise

Publications and Contributions


  • "Fotohistorias: Participatory photography with immigrants" (2014)
    Korean Student Visit
  • "Public Access Computing: Challenges and Opportunities" (2013)
    The Future of Public Access to the Internet, 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)
    Conceptualizing Development in Latin America, University of Washington, LACS
  • "Access... and some more. Public Access Computing in Colombia" (2012)
    III National Libraries Congress of Colombia, National Library, Ministry of Culture
  • "Perceptions of Connectedness: public access computing and social inclusion in Colombia" (2012)
    HICSS-45: Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences
  • "Social Network Analysis of Public Access Computing: relationships as a critical benefit of libraries, telecenters and cybercafés in developing countries" (2012)
    iConference 2012
  • "Technology and Social Change:What difference do information technologies make in developing countries?" (2012)
    Advanced Academic Preparation Skills (AAPS), UW International Programs
  • "The Changing Field of ICTD: Content analysis of research published in selected journals and conferences, 2000-2010" (2012)
    ICTD 2012
  • "Acceso Público a TICs en Colombia: Bibliotecas, Telecentros y Cibercafés" (2011)
    Biblioteca Nacional
  • "Cost and other barriers to public access computing in developing countries" (2011)
    iConference 2011
  • "Gender and Public Access Computing: an international perspective" (2011)
    HICSS 44: Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences
  • "Impact of Public Access Computing in Colombia" (2011)
    Internet Research 10, Association of Internet Researchers (AOIR)
  • "Technology and Social Change: What difference do information and communication technologies make in developing countries?" (2011)
    Advanced Academic Preparation Skills (AAPS), UW, University of Washington International Programs
  • "Community Engagement and Infomediaries: challenges facing libraries, telecentres and cybercafés in developing countries" (2010)
    iConference 2010
  • "Computers in Libraries and other Public Places: What difference do they make in developing countries?" (2010)
    PLATO Lecture, Evergreen College, Evergreen College
  • "Evaluación de Impactos: Cómo medir aspectos intangibles de la contribución de las TIC al desarrollo" (2010)
    Pontificia Universidad Católica de Perú
  • "ICT Evaluation: are we asking the right questions?" (2010)
    IDIA Conference 2010, International Development Informatics Association conference
  • "Information Needs in Developing Countries: How Are They Being Served by Public Access Venues?" (2010)
    AMCIS 2010
  • "Inviting Success: Lessons from Public Access Computing Experiences around the World" (2010)
    iConference 2010
  • "Keynote: What questions do we try to answer in Community Informatics?" (2010)
    CIRN Conference 2010
  • "Public Access Computing in Latin America: taking stock of an international study" (2010)
    AMCIS 2010
  • "Public Access ICT: A South-South comparative analysis of libraries, telecentres and cybercafés in South Africa and Brazil" (2010)
    AMCIS 2010
  • "Public Access to Internet and Social Change: an experience in Carmen de Bolivar, Colombia" (2010)
    CIRN Conference 2010
  • "New challenges for libraries in the information age: A comparative study of ICT in public libraries in 25 countries" (2009)
    CIRN Conference 2009: Empowering communities, 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)
    ICIS - International Conference on Information Science, GlobDev SIG
  • "Landscape Study: Understanding Public Access to ICT in 25 Countries" (2008)
    Final Report to Gates Foundation, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • "The Quest for Intangibles" (2008)
    CIRN Conference 2008: ICTs for Social Inclusion, CCNR - Centre for Community Networking Research
  • "Siete Propuestas para un Desarrollo Equitativo con el uso de Tecnologías de Información y Comunicación" (2002)
    XVIII Simposio Internacional de Computación en la Educación SOMECE
  • "Reflexiones sobre el uso de las TIC para el desarrollo en América Latina y el Caribe" (2001)
    Taller Latinoamericano de Internet WALC
  • "Después de la Luna de Miel: Una mirada crítica a la evaluación de Telecentros" (1999)
    Tecnologías de información en la sociedad. Uso e impacto presente y futuro
  • "Enchanted by telecentres: can they contribute to sustainable development in Latin America? " (1999)
    New IT and Inequality, University of Maryland, College Park
  • "Computer-Mediated communication in Non-Governmental Organizations in Latin America" (1997)
    International Seminar “Culture, Communication and Power”
  • "Electronic Agora or Disneyland Democracy? A study of CMC use among NGOs in Colombia" (1997)
    Parthenay III: European Conference on Democracy and Multimedia
  • "Information society and civil society: Non-governmental organizations and computer-mediated communication in Latin America" (1997)
    IFIP WG 9.2: Culture and Democracy Revisited in the Global Information Society
  • "Is There a Place For Civil Society In The Information Society?" (1997)
    ICA Conference: Communication in the Global Community, International Communications Association
  • "The emergence of a new paradigm in development communication" (1997)
    International Seminar “Culture, Communication and Power”
  • "Nuevas Tecnologías de Comunicación y Democracia" (1993)
    Foro Television Local y Democracia
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