François Bar is professor of communication and spatial sciences at USC. 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 to South Los Angeles.
“Urban furniture in digital placemaking: Adapting a storytelling payphone across Los Angeles.” co-author (Convergence, 2021)
“Skid Row Power Now! A Participatory Co-design Project to Power up Digital Devices in Skid Row." co-author (Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Communities & Technologies, 2021)”
“Mobilizing a Community–Academic Partnership to Provide DIY Handwashing Stations to Skid Row Residents During COVID-19,” co-author (Health Promotion Practice, 2020).
“The power divide: Mobile communication in Los Angeles’ Skid Row,” co-author (Mobile Media & Communication, 2020).
“ICT Aid Flows From China to African Countries: A Communication Network Perspective,” co-author (International Journal of Communication, 2020).
“Beyond Big Bird, Binders, and Bayonets: Public Opinion and the Prevalence of Humor among Connected Viewers of the 2012 U.S. Presidential Debates,” co-author (Social Media + Society, 2018).
“The diffusion of misinformation on social media: Temporal pattern, message, and source,” co-author (Computers in Human Behavior, 2018).
“Mobile Voices: Design as a method to explore the possibilities and limitations of community participation,” co-author (Mobile Media & Communication, 2017).