Social media is a tool for people across the world to utilize in versatile ways – and in some cases, it can change countries. One aspect of this phenomenon was recently studied by School of Information Sciences Associate Professor Devendra Potnis and two SIS students, Hilary Jasmin and Lindsey McLennan. They undertook the research for the United States Embassy Nairobi Economic Affairs Section, and focused on ways that people in countries with corrupt governments could use social media as a means for lasting, positive change.
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville's School of Information Sciences in the College of Communication and Information has received two grants which total more than $850,000 from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to train information science experts.
Assistant Professor Devendra Potnis was recognized in the fall of 2012 by UT as a QUEST Scholar of the Week for his research focusing on the socioeconomic implications of IT for disadvantaged communities, small businesses, microfinance and electronic governance. His research has been published in IEEE Technology & Society and by the United Nations co-organized sixth International Conference on Theory and Practice of Electronic Governance.
Devendra Potnis, assistant professor at the School of Information Sciences, researches the socioeconomic implications of IT for disadvantaged communities, small businesses, microfinance, and electronic governance. His dissertation studied the role of cell phones in shaping information behavior of female cell phone users earning less than a dollar a day in rural India. Quest, the campus' comprehensive research initiative, has selected Potnis as its Scholar of the Week.