New Voices on the Net? The Digital Journalism Divide and the Costs of Network Exclusion

Ernest J. Wilson III & Sasha Costanza-Chock, 2011

In the information society, diverse communities’ capacity to tell their own stories is especially critical. The transformation of the Internet into the key platform for communication and journalism has created the illusion that barriers long faced by people of color in print and broadcast media will melt away. At same time, the election of Obama has created, for some, the illusion that the United States of America has entered a new, ‘post-racial’ era. However, having a Black man in the White House, however important a sign of progress, cannot alone erase the fact that race, class, and gender all continue to unjustly structure Americans’ opportunities in every sphere of life. Race-based exclusion from full access to and participation in both old and new information and communications technologies (ICTs) remains entrenched. Read More »

Digital Public Media - New Diversity or Same Old Boys Network?

Public broadcasters, in the midst of a transition to digital public media, have a great opportunity to lead the way towards a truly inclusive digital media landscape. This is essential because the American media system currently fails to reflect the diversity of the American people. Inequalities based on race, class, gender, age, and other factors limit Americans’ opportunities in all fields of life, and this is reflected in our media system in terms of ownership, employment, content, and other metrics.  Read More »

“Black on Black” screening and discussion held by Dean Wilson and producer Saltzman

Dean Ernest J. Wilson III and journalism professor Joe Saltzman lead a discussion and host a screening of the landmark and award-winning 1968 documentary Black on Black, produced by Saltzman, on Oct. 27.

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Dean Wilson featured in Diverse magazine

USC Annenberg Dean Ernest J. Wilson III was the featured cover story in the December issue of Diverse magazine, which covers issues in higher education. The article says Dean Wilson "brings a dazzling breadth of academic and public affairs experience" to USC Annenberg.

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Dr. Martin Luther King: Rejecting or Accepting the Legacy?

Originally posted at TPMCafé’s “America Abroad” on January 15, 2007

On this day celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King, let’s honor his memory by taking time to remember why so many people didn’t like him. Now that Dr. King is dead and gone, leaders of all stripes purr their respect. But back in the day many of these same people didn’t like what he said nor what he did, nor what he stood for.

Negotiating the Net: The Politics of Internet Diffusion in Africa

Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2006

Diversity and U.S. Foreign Policy

Editor, Routledge Press, 2004

The Information Revolution and Developing Countries

MIT Press, 2003

African information revolution: a balance sheet

Telecommunications Policy, 2003

This paper provides a policy and institutional framework to describe and analyze the diffusion of information technology and the global information revolution (IR) in Sub-Saharan Africa and the major factors that influence this diffusion. We begin by examining regional diffusion and find substantial crossnational diffusion differences across the continent, with considerable variation in regional diffusion of telephone, internet, radio, and television. This pattern undermines technologic and economic explanations as sole determinants of variation in diffusion. Then we conduct an analysis of the IR in Sub-Saharan Africa based on a policy framework. This framework identifies four key policy balances (1. public and private initiatives, 2. monopoly and competition ‘‘markets’’, 3. domestic and foreign ownership or control, and 4. centralized and de-centralized administrative controls) as important elements to a better understanding of the diffusion of the IR. We find that a necessary condition for an explanation of the diffusion of the IR is a policy and institutional framework that incorporates these four balances. Read More »

Globalization Information Technology, and Conflict in the Second and Third Worlds

Project on World Security, Rockefeller Brothers Foundation, 1998