Water, Energy, Access: Information and Communications Technology in Rural Zambia

Where: Jaqua Academic Center auditorium. 1615 East 13th Ave. Eugene, OR

This certificate program is a collaborative venture among the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Architecture and Allied Arts, and the School of Journalism and Communication.

Macha is a rural community in the southern province of Zambia and is home to 130,000 Tonga people. The community is the site of an historic mission, a hospital and malaria research institute, several schools, a local open-air market, and a landing strip, all of which are connected to the nation’s electrical grid. Most Machans, however, live off the grid in small, scattered homesteads across vast distances. This lecture will explore the installation and use of Internet and mobile phone infrastructures in Macha, and the local struggles that have emerged in relation to information technologies.

Lisa Parks is Professor of Film and Media Studies at UC Santa Barbara, where she is Director of the Center for Information Technology and Society.