ROOM CHANGE: Tomorrow's Change seminar will actually be in *MGH 206*, not
EEB 003! So sorry about the error.

On Mon, Feb 5, 2018 at 11:45 AM, Esther Jang <>

> Please join us for the Change Seminar this week on Tuesday 2/6/2018 in EEB
> 003.
> *Who: *Maria Garrido, UW Technology & Social Change Group (TASCHA)
> *What:** Access to Information and Global Sustainable Development: The
> Development and Access to Information project (DA2I)*
> *When:* Tuesday, Feb 6th, 12-1pm
> *Where:* EEB 003
> *Abstract:*
> Meaningful access to information is a fundamental requirement that
> underpins the achievement of the UN 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.
> However, in order to have a transformative effect in people’s lives there
> must be an enabling environment in place that guarantees/fosters the rights
> and capacity of people to use, create, and share information in ways that
> are meaningful to each individual. The ability of information access to
> contribute to sustainable development is influenced by a combination of
> structural  factors (e.g., policies and physical infrastructure) and
> human/social factors (e.g., usage, population characteristics, and skills).
> Through examining the multiple facets of access – infrastructure, social
> contexts, capabilities, and policy and law – and exploring how libraries
> act as equal agents of information access and how access to information
> contributes to sustainable agriculture, better health, gender equality, and
> sustainable infrastructure, the report shows that access to information can
> transform lives. This research examines the state of access to information
> around the world and how it can advance the United Nations Sustainable
> Development Goals (SDGs) through the tracking of 17 global indicators
> examining the multiple facets of access – infrastructure, social contexts,
> capabilities, and policy framework. The Development and Access to
> Information project (DA2I) is a joint project between TASCHA and the
> International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA).
> *Bio:*
> Maria Garrido is a Principal Research Scientist at the Technology & Social
> Change Group of the University of Washington’s Information School.
> Experienced in conducting multi-country studies that span diverse
> geographic regions, much of her research focuses on the appropriation of
> information and communication technologies (ICTs) to catalyze social
> change, specifically in communities facing social, political, and economic
> challenges. Keenly interested in the role of ICTs in social movements,
> youth employability, and skill development, Maria has worked closely with
> civil society organizations, NGOs, public libraries, and development
> funders to conduct participatory research that results in actionable
> recommendations for policy and practice. Recent examples of her research
> include the role of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) in advancing youth
> employability in Colombia, the Philippines, and South Africa; employability
> of migrant women and e-skills in the European Union; and youth movements,
> ICTs, and the struggle for democracy in Egypt’s Arab Spring. Maria is
> currently leading a multi-year research effort focusing on the role of
> access to information in advancing the Sustainable Development Goals
> (SDGs). She holds a Ph.D. in Communications from the University of
> Washington and a Masters in International Relations from the University of
> Chicago.
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