Visits included large corporations like Google, where students conversed with Internet policy specialists, and smaller organizations like Opower and Zoomph, where coding and data-driven approaches powerfully impact brands, consumers, the environment, and society. At Clarabridge, students explored the practical applications of the intersection of communication and technology by learning how text analytics techniques helps to drive better customer experiences. A representative from the Library of Congress' World Digital Library also visited students at Carbarn, where they discussed the sociotechnical impacts of digitizing ancient foreign language texts and the opportunities available to students whose studies align with their work.
SPOTLIGHT: The World Digital Library
The World Digital Library staff spoke to us and showed us what they do: digitizing books, pictures, maps, and many other artifacts from all over the world. They translate each artifact into six languages and publish it on their website. A few weeks later, the team organized a CCTechTour to visit the Library of Congress and the the World Digital Library offices. The history and purpose of the WDL truly combines communication, culture and technology. Staff shared information on jobs and internships. Their work and travels have brought historically conflicted countries together in preserving hundreds of years of script. -Tara Jabbari '17