Francois Bar
Professor of Communication; Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs


Communication (BA)
Communication (PhD)
Global Communication (MA)
Communication Management (MCG)



ANN 310L

Office Hours

by appointment

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Information and Communication Technologies
New Media
Public Policy

Center Affiliation

Annenberg Innovation Lab
Annenberg Research Network on International Communication
Media, Economics & Entrepreneurship

François Bar is 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). 

RECENT Publications

  • Driscoll, K, Leavitt, A., Guth, K., Bar, F., & Mehta, A. (2018) Beyond Big Bird, Binders, and Bayonets: Public Opinion and the Prevalence of Humor among Connected Viewers of the 2012 U.S. Presidential Debates. Social Media + Society, 4(1), 2056305118761201.

  • Shin, J., Jian, L., Driscoll, K., & Bar, F. (2018). The diffusion of misinformation on social media: Temporal pattern, message, and source. Computers in Human Behavior, 83, 278–287.

  • Brough, M., Lapsansky, C., Gonzalez, C., Stokes, B., & Bar, F. (2017). Mobile Voices: Design as a method to explore the possibilities and limitations of community participation. Mobile Media & Communication.

  • Baumann, K., Stokes, B., Bar, F., & Caldwell, B. (2017). Infrastructures of the Imagination: Community Design for Speculative Urban Technologies. In Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Communities and Technologies (pp. 266–269). New York, NY, USA: ACM.

  • Busalacchi, N., Jawaid Shaikh, S., Bar, F., & Pendelton-Jullian, A. (2017). World Building Downtown Los Angeles (DTLA): Academic-Community Collaboration and Methodology for Applied Communication Research. In C. George (Ed.), Communicating with Power (Peter Lang). New York, NY, USA.

  • Shin, J., Jian, L., Driscoll, K., & Bar, F. (2016). Political Rumoring on Twitter During the 2012 US Presidential Election: Rumor Diffusion and Correction. New Media and Society

  • Bar, F., Weber, M. S., & Pisani, F. (2016). Mobile technology appropriation in a distant mirror: Baroquization, creolization, and cannibalism. New Media & Society.

  • 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. Information Technologies & International Development, 11(1), pp. 71–86.

  • Stokes, B., Villanueva, G., Bar, F., & Ball-Rokeach, S. (2015). Mobile Design as Neighborhood Acupuncture: Activating the Storytelling Networks of South Los Angeles. Journal of Urban Technology, 22(3), 55–77.

  • 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).

  • Hong, Y., Bar, F., & An, Z. (2012). Chinese telecommunications on the threshold of convergence: Contexts, possibilities, and limitations of forging a domestic demand-based growth model. Telecommunications Policy, 36(10–11), 914–928.

Research Group Affiliations:

  • Annenberg Innovation Lab (AIL)
  • Annenberg Research Network for International Communication (ARNIC)
  • Emergent Cities Research Group (
  • The Spatial Analysis Lab (SLAB)
  • Race, Arts, and Placemaking (RAP)

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