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On Mon, Feb 5, 2018 at 1:40 PM, Esther Jang <>

> Here is the Google Meet link for connecting remotely: 
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> Thanks,
> -Esther
> On Mon, Feb 5, 2018 at 12:39 PM, Esther Jang <>
> wrote:
>> Please join us for the Change Seminar this week on Tuesday 2/6/2018 in *MGH
>> 206*.
>> *Please note the location change! The previous email was in error.*
>> *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:** MGH 206 (note the location change!!)*
>> *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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