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Francois Bar
Associate Professor


Communication Ph.D Program
Global Communication Program



ANN 310L

Office Hours

by appointment

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Information and Communication Technologies
New Media
Public Policy

Center Affiliation

Annenberg Innovation Lab
Annenberg Networks Network
Annenberg Research Network on International Communication

François Bar is Associate Professor of Communication and Spatial Sciences at the University of Southern California. He serves on the Annenberg Innovation Lab research council and is a steering committee member of the Annenberg Research Network on International Communication. His research and teaching explore the social and economic impacts of information technologies, with a specific focus on telecommunication policy, user-driven innovation and technology appropriation. His most recent work examines the potential of information technology for economic, social and cultural development, in places ranging from East Africa to Latin America and South Los Angeles. He is co-Editor in Chief of Information Technologies and International Development (ITID). 

Current Research Projects

RECENT Publications

  • Benjamin Stokes, George Villanueva, François Bar & Sandra Ball-Rokeach (2015) Mobile Design as Neighborhood Acupuncture: Activating the Storytelling Networks of South Los Angeles, Journal of Urban Technology, 22:3, 55-77. Available via ResearchGate
  • Sey, A., Bar, F., Coward, C., Koepke, L., Rothschild, C, & Sciadas, G. (2015). There when you need it: The multiple dimensions of public access ICT uses and impacts [ICTD2013 Special Issue]. Information Technologies & International Development, 11(1), 71–86.
  • Stokes, B., Bar, F., Baumann, K., & Caldwell, B. (2014). Neighborhood Planning of Technology: Physical Meets Digital City from the Bottom-Up with Aging Payphones. The Journal Of Community Informatics, 10(3).

Research Group Affiliations:

  • Annenberg Innovation Lab (AIL)
  • Emergent Cities Research Group (
  • Annenberg Research Network for International Communication (ARNIC)
  • Annneberg Networks Network (ANN)
  • USC Center for Communication Law & Policy (CCLP)
  • Digital Social Media (DSM)