Research & Resources 



My research focuses on building a theoretical model that generates specific tech-policy values. I investigate how social, commercial, and political institutions in interface with new technology shape inherent properties of technological affordance. Also I focus on how users, at individual, social and cultural levels, affect the shaping of, and are affected by communication technologies. This line of interest hinges upon specific FCC/FTC policy or social problems - often concerning underprivileged communities - instigated or 'pushed' by new technology.

By technology, I mean a multitude of human artifacts. This includes broadcasting medium, radio, film, and of course, new media such as mobile telephony, video game, and Internet. Thus this construct should be distinguished from being merely technical. Rather, the common public sphere that is staged, conditioned, or facilitated by new technology is the main focus of my concern.

Subsequently, these interests lead me to investigate how new and old media and information environments get concentrated in digital spheres and how personal information flow is regulated and privatized in new mediums. I am always fascinated by (1) the way the evolution of old traditional technologies plays out for new ones and (2) how the same technologies have been appropriated in stratified cultural, social, and policy contexts. This temporal and spatial interplay inspires my research agenda in empirical grounds.

The following links provides great resources on these issues: privacy, digital disparities, (new) media policy and institutions, social-political changes and implications of new technologies. Collectively, these resources (twitter, webpages, blog, etc.) broadly address potential changes and the precise conditions by which those changes may - may not - occur - that is, the fundamental question underlies my research endeavors. 

Please send any comments, suggestions, or corrections to me at yongjinp@hotmail.com