Communication Technology & Social Change
The communication field has undergone fundamental transformations in recent years. Wireless technologies and the Internet have rendered unprecedented revolutions in digital communication. These transformations have brought with them profound social and economic consequences.
The center's mission is to examine the social impact of these communication technologies, with the overarching objective of conducting research that can be used to positively impact social issues affecting the world.
CCLP's Technology & Trafficking Initiative began in 2010 with a meeting convened in Washington, D.C. by CCLP. The center's Director, Geoffrey Cowan, and Research Director Mark Latonero met with Alec Ross, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's senior adviser for Innovation, and Ambassador Luis CdeBaca, head of the State Department's Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons.
As a result of the meeting, CCLP began its "Communication Technology & Social Change" initiative. The first is a series of projects that CCLP is coordinating with the US State Department on how technology can be utilized in foreign policy, global affairs, and contemporary social issues. Under the leadership of Research Director, Mark Latonero, the Annenberg CCLP's project on Technology and Human Trafficking was formed.
Utilizing communication technology, Latonero and his team have been adopting innovative technological methods to address the atrocity of human trafficking both internationally and domestically. After publishing their first report on Technology and Human Trafficking in 2011, the center's most recent efforts have focused on the use of mobile phones in the facilitation of domestic minor sex trafficking. To read this most recent report click here.
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