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Morgan Currie

Morgan Currie

My research broadly probes the way cultural, political, and economic factors interact with the design and development of information infrastructures. My recent research examines the production and circulation of government data, and how these datasets interact with social, political, and economic systems. I start with these data infrastructures’ historical beginnings and follow them through their standardization in policy, their circulation in technical systems, and their reuse by the public. The topic of emerging data infrastructures grows increasingly important as these systems condition the possibility for new economies, forms of governance, civic behavior, and political struggle. I received my Ph.D. from the Department of Information Studies at UCLA in 2016, and my MLIS from the same department in 2014. I have a Masters in New Media from the University of Amsterdam (2011). I am currently a lecturer in the School of Media, Culture, and Design at Woodbury University.
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    Culture
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    Business
  • Kinkajou Projector Brings Literacy to Mali Teaching adults to read is a difficult enough task in and of itself, but in rural Mali, teachers also face classrooms without electricity and books weathered by the punishing desert climate. Enter the Kinkajou Projector, a fusion of high and low technology that makes teaching night literacy classes as..
    Communities
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    The Planet
  • Emergency in Mumbai? Dial 1298! Americans take 911 for granted, but in many developing nations a centralized emergency telephone number is unheard of. In Mumbai, a private ambulance company has stepped up to fill the void in emergency medical service. In a city where "ambulance" used to be synonymous with "hearse," Mumbai residents..
    Lifestyle
  • Mister Trash Can While carbon emissions may be the current cause célèbre of the environmental movement, let's not forget the more tangible waste products we...
    The Planet
  • Opium Economics Heroin makes Lou Reed feel like Jesus, and it won't leave Guns N' Roses alone, but how does it end up here in the United States? We take a...
    Lifestyle
  • Cornography The United States is the number one per capita consumer of corn in the world. Don't recall stuffing your face with thousands of ears of corn...
    Lifestyle
  • The State of the Planet As we head into the last year of the two thousand aughts, we take a look at some of the numbers that shaped our lives this past year.  Thanks for the memories, 2008..
    Communities
  • Animal Superpowers From cicadas who hibernate for 17 years to checkerboard-camouflaged cuttlefish, some animals have powers that border on the super. Artists Kenichi Okada and Chris Woebken have created three devices designed to give children a chance to experience heightened animal senses. For example, their Bird Device..
    Design
  • Jailbirds There are currently more than 2.3 million people incarcerated in the United States. What does that look like, exactly? That's equivalent to...
    Communities
  • Hippo Rollers In rural Africa, women spend 26% of their time fetching water, often walking for miles with heavy buckets balanced on their heads. That's time...
    Design
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