The College of Social Sciences at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa has established the Pacific Information and Communication Technology for Development Collaborative (PICTDC). PICTDC is an innovative interdisciplinary initiative focusing on the social and economic implications of information and communications technology in the Pacific region. It emphasizes the potential uses of technology for social good, the promotion of digital inclusiveness, the sustainable improvement in quality of life and the empowerment of public discourse on good governance.
“The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa is known for its pioneering research and expertise in Asia-Pacific studies,” said College of Social Sciences Dean Denise Eby Konan. “A member of the Association of Pacific Rim Universities, the leading consortium of research universities for the region, University of Hawaiʻi Mānoa serves as a window linking East and West. An extension of the rich heritage of decades of research by great scholars at the university and the East-West Center, PICTDC leverages these resources and opportunities to drive development in the Pacific region through research and programs on communication, information and economic development. PICTDC will serve as a core node in a network of regional ICTD scholars, facilitating information exchange, organizing events, and fostering collaboration among cooperating researchers,”
PICTDC is advised by an experienced international advisory board, whose members include internationally renowned telecommunications and information policy expert Richard Taylor, a distinguished professor in residence in the School of Communications.
PICTDC is guided by two faculty from the College of Social Sciences—Jenifer Sunrise Winter and Christina Higa. They are joined by an interdisciplinary group of UH Mānoa faculty affiliates and invited non-resident expert research associates.