Dan Greene is a PhD candidate in American Studies at the University of Maryland and a University Flagship Fellow. His ethnographic research focuses on the origins and effects of the hope that internet access and internet industries and will lift up people, cities, and countries. He is drawing on years of fieldwork among Washington, DC’s tech start-ups, public libraries, and charter schools, in order to build a political economy of the so-called digital divide and show how wealth and poverty are produced and understood in cities trying to kickstart their tech sectors. Other current projects look at the economic geography of digital labor and the ethical arguments of drone warfare memes. Dan is a dedicated teacher interested in digital learning spaces who currently acts as the graduate mentor for his department’s pedagogy training workshop and trains local high school teachers in social media literacy. He teaches courses on cultural studies, the information society, globalization, and media activism. He tweets @greene_dm.

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