Category: Insights

What Happens to Your Brain in Virtual Reality?

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In late 2017, when Professor Robert Duncan (GC/York; Psychology, Biology/Behavioral Sciences) first began trying to design a virtual reality video game, he realized that no one really understood on a deep level how virtual reality worked. He knew that game companies had a decent understanding of perception, and of the basic physiological mechanisms behind it. …

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From ‘Digital Archive’ to ‘Digital Scholarship’

During the beginning of the spring 2018 semester, I have critically rethinking about an effective digital history project relevant to the field of African History, and historian Walter Hawthorne and Bala Saho’s open access web-based archive called Social history of the Gambia: rescuing an endangered archive, police and court records stood out to me. Before …

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Internet Rules per Zuckerberg

In the Washington Post article, “Mark Zuckerberg: The Internet needs new rules. Let’s start in these four areas”, Zuckerberg calls for the government to make more regulations to preserve the legitimacy of the internet and safety for its consumers. Specifically, by: (1) regulating harmful content, (2) preserving election integrity, (3) protecting the privacy of its …

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Community Wireless Networks Address Missed Connections: “Access” as Digital Insurgency (Pt. 2)

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Introduction This is Part 2 of a two-part blog post series exploring the efforts of 3 urban-based community wireless networks (CWNs) – NYC Mesh, Equitable Internet Initiative (Detroit), and PeoplesOpen.net (Oakland). The aims of these grassroots efforts are provide neighbors with internet access. Part 1 explored the expanded notions of access and inclusion these CWNs …

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Open Digital Pedagogy @ CUNY

As an instructor, your decisions about technology shape both the material and conceptual aspects of your course. Digital tools can guide how communities develop within your classroom, as well as between your classroom and the world beyond it. When choosing a platform or digital tool, you need to determine what the tool will offer students …

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How Participating in the GCDRI can Develop Your Research

Sofia Sedergren is an MA student in Political Science at The Graduate Center. Her focus is on political theory and comparative politics, and her research examines right-wing party rhetoric in Europe and their strategies to gain popular support.   When I learned about the GC Digital Research Institute (GCDRI) I had already considered learning computer …

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My Experience at the Digital Research Institute 2018

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This is a guest post by Manuel C. Co Jr., an informatician and Hunter College adjunct faculty, about his experience at the January 2018 Digital Research Institute. I am fortunate to have been accepted to the week-long GC Digital Research Institute. Following Lisa Rhody’s (@lmrhody) warm greetings, she encouraged participants to draw their research project and to …

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From Social Mediums: Making Social Media More Social

Program Social Media Fellow Huber (David) Jaramillo Gil shares his early experiences as a new fellow on the Social Mediums blog. As a doctoral student in Latin American, Iberian, and Latino Cultures, Huber works with program administrators, faculty, and students to create a public-face to the program’s research and scholarly activities.  Below is a short …

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Digital Forensics: A GC Student’s Success Story with the Help of the GC Library

Kelsey Chatlosh: As the variety of digital technologies continue to expand and advance, more and more digital objects become obsolete when using contemporary hardware or software.  For researchers, this may arise as a roadblock to accessing data saved in an older digital form, such as floppy discs, older CDs, or VHS tapes. Many of us …

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