François Bar is Associate Professor of Communication in the Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism at the University of Southern California. He is a steering committee member of the Annenberg Research Network on International Communication
. His research and teaching focus on the social and economic impacts of information technologies, with a specific concentration on telecommunication policy, user-driven innovation and technology appropriation. His most recent work examines the impact of information technology for development, in places ranging from East Africa to Latin America.
His work has been published in books of collected studies, in policy reports, and in such journals as Information Technologies and International Development, Communications & Strategies, Telecommunications Policy, The Information Society, Media, Culture & Society, Organization Science, Infrastructure Economics and Policy, Communications & Strategies, Réseaux, and the International Journal of Technology Management. He is co-Editor in Chief of Information Technologies and International Development (ITID).