The Latest on Issues of Rural Communities in the Digital Economy

Published in 2020 in the ESTS journal (open access)! “On Half-Built Assemblages: Waiting for a Data Center in Prineville, Oregon.” Also a shorter blog post about this work and an even shorter piece on “are rural data center jobs good jobs?

An under review / forthcoming article with Zoe Kahn titled, “A Sociocultural Explanation of Internet-Enabled Work in Rural Regions.” This article looks at gender dynamics in the way the Internet is incorporated into different sectors of rural economies. In particular we tackle non-adoption of computers/Internet in agriculture (cattle ranching) and natural resources (fishing) and how it is often treated as ‘women’s work’ associated with tasks like marketing, secretarial work, and bookkeeping.

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