David Nemer

  • PhD in Computing, Culture, and Society, Indiana University, USA
  • MA in Anthropology, University of Virginia, USA
  • MS in Computer Science, Saarland University, Germany
  • BS in Computer Science, FAESA, Brazil
  • BS in Business Administration, UFES, Brazil

Specialties

Anthropology of Technology, Science and Technology Studies (STS), ICT for Development (ICT4D), Media Studies, Postcolonial Theory, and Human-Computer Interaction (HCI).

An ethnographer with fieldwork experience in Havana, Cuba, Guadalajara, Mexico, the favelas of Vitória, Brazil, and in the Appalachian region of eastern Kentucky, David Nemer is the author of Technology of the Oppressed: Inequity and the Digital Mundane in Favelas of Brazil (Forthcoming, MIT Press) and Favela Digital: The other side of technology (2013, GSA). Nemer has written also for The Guardian, El País, The Huffington Post (HuffPost), Salon, and The Intercept_. Nemer is currently examining the problem of online misinformation for democracies worldwide, particularly in countries in the Global South where democratic institutions remain in a beleaguered state. While most research and conversation on the subject of misinformation have focused on online platforms, such as Twitter, Facebook, and blogs, little is known about the spread of misinformation on mobile messaging apps, such as Telegrams and WhatsApp. These apps are particularly popular Global South countries due to the quick spread and adoption of mobile phones in the region. Nemer aims to expand our understanding of the motivations and infrastructures behind the creation, sharing, and consumption of misinformation on messaging apps, and to build awareness and interventions to circumvent their effects.

Selected Publications

Books

  • Nemer, D. (Forthcoming) Technology of the Oppressed: Inequity and the digital mundane in Favelas of Brazil. Under contract with MIT Press.
  • Nemer, D. (2013). Favela Digital – The other side of technology. Vitoria, Brazil: Editora GSA. ISBN: 978-85-8173-059-2
    • Reviewed in The Information Society, London School of Economics (LSE) Review of Books, and The Journal of Community Informatics.

Edited Journal Issues

  • Rhinesmith, C., Nemer, D., & Urbano, C. (eds.) (2017). Special Issue: CIRN Conference, 2016. The Journal of Community Informatics, 13(2).

Peer-reviewed Chapters in Edited Books

  • Nemer, D., & Chirumamilla, P. (2019). Living in the Broken City: Infrastructural Inequity, Uncertainty, and the Materiality of the Digital in the Favelas of Brazil. In D. Ribes & J. Vertesi (Eds.), digitalSTS: A Handbook and Fieldguide. Princeton University Press. https://digitalsts.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/15_Living-in-the-Broken.pdf
  • Spence, P., Edwards, A., Edwards, C., Nemer, D., & Lachlan, K. (2019). Rage against the machine: Negative reactions and antisocial interactions with robots. In E. Downs (Ed.), The Dark Side of Media and Technology: A 21st century guide to technological literacy. New York, NY: Peter Lang.
  • Nemer, D. (2018). Inclusão até que ponto? As promessas das mídias sociais para os moradores da favela. In Jóvenes, transformación digital y inclusión en América Latina. Penguin Random House.
  • Nemer, D., & Hakken, D. (2016). Digital Inequalities in Brazil: A Weberian Analysis of Technology Use in the Favelas. In Communication and Information Technologies Annual: Digital Empowerment: Opportunities and Challenges of Inclusion in Latin America and the Caribbean (pp. 277-297). Emerald Group Publishing Limited. http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/S2050-206020160000012017

Refereed Journal Articles

  • Lobo, E., de Morais, J. L. B., & Nemer, D. (2020). Algorithmic Democracy: The future of democracy and the fight against digital militias in Brazil / Democracia Algoritmica: O futuro da Democracia e o combate às milícias digitais no Brasil. Revista Culturas Jurídicas., 7(17). https://doi.org/10.22409/rcj.v7i17.982
  • Nemer, D., & Gray, K., (2019). Reproducing hierarchies or resisting domination: exploring the gendering of technology spaces in the favelas. Gender, Technology and Development, 20(1), 76-92. https://doi.org/10.1080/09718524.2019.1620029
  • Stratton, C., Nemer, D. (2019). ICTD Research in Latin America: literature, lessons, and opportunities. Information Technology for Development. 1-19. https://doi.org/10.1080/02681102.2019.1701970
  • Dye, M., Nemer, D., Bruckman, A. S., & Kumar, N. (2019). If it Rains, Ask Grandma to Disconnect the Nano: Maintenance & Care in Havana's StreetNet. PACM: Human-Computer Interaction: Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing (CSCW). https://doi.org/10.1145/3359289
    • Awarded The Best of CSCW: Honorable Mention (Top 5%)
  • Lee, A., Toombs, A., Erickson, I., Nemer, D., Eunkyung, J., Yu-shen, H., Zhuang, G. (2019). The Social Infrastructure of Co-spaces: Home, Work, and Sociable Places for Digital Nomads. PACM: Human-Computer Interaction: Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing (CSCW). https://doi.org/10.1145/3359244
  • Nemer, D., & O'Neill, J. (2019). Rethinking MOOCs: The Promises for Better Education in India. International Journal of Information Communication Technologies and Human Development (IJICTHD), 11(1), 36-50. https://dx.doi.org/10.4018/IJICTHD.2019010103
  • Nemer, D. (2019). Repensando as Desigualdades Digitais: as promessas da Web 2.0 para os Marginalizados. Revista Tecnologia e Sociedade, 15(35). http://dx.doi.org/10.3895/rts.v15n35.7978
  • Nemer, D. (2018). Wired mobile phones: the case of community technology centers in favelas of Brazil. Information Technology for Development. 24(3). 461-481. https://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02681102.2018.1478383
  • Nemer, D. (2018). Going beyond the “T” in “CTC”: Social Practice as Care in Community Technology Centers. Information, 9(6). 135. https://dx.doi.org/10.3390/info9060135
  • Nemer, D. & Tsikerdekis, M. (2017). Political Engagement and ICTs: Internet Use in Marginalized Communities. Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology (JASIST), 68(6). 1539-1550. http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/asi.23779
  • Bentley, C. M., Nemer, D., & Vannini, S. (2017). “When words become unclear”: unmasking ICT through visual methodologies in participatory ICT4D. AI & SOCIETY. (online first) http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00146-017-0762-z
  • Vannini, S., Nemer, D., Halabi, A., Sabiescu, A. G., & Salomão, D. (2017). Critical Incident Analysis: mismatching expectations and reconciling visions in intercultural encounters. The Journal of Community Informatics, 13(2). http://ci-journal.net/index.php/ciej/article/view/1380
  • Nemer, D. (2016). Rethinking Social Change: The Promises of Web 2.0 for the Marginalized. First Monday, 21(6). http://dx.doi.org/10.5210/fm.v21i6.6786
  • Nemer, D. (2016). Online Favela: The Use of Social Media by the Marginalized in Brazil. Information Technology for Development, 23(3). 364-379. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02681102.2015.1011598
    • Awarded the 2016 Social Informatics Best Paper runner-up by the Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T)
  • Nemer, D. (2016). Celebrities Acting Up: A Speech Analysis in Tweets of Famous People. Social Networking, 5(1). 1-10. http://dx.doi.org/10.4236/sn.2016.51001
  • Nemer, D. & Freeman, G. (2015). Empowering the Marginalized: Rethinking Selfies in the Slums of Brazil. International Journal of Communication. 9(2015). 1832–1847. http://ijoc.org/index.php/ijoc/article/view/3155/1403
  • Nemer, D. (2015). From Digital Divide to Digital Inclusion and Beyond. The Journal of Community Informatics, 11(1). http://ci-journal.net/index.php/ciej/article/view/1030/1131
  • Nemer, D. & Freeman, G. (2015). Self-Presentation on Facebook and Orkut: A Cross Cultural Study of Brazilians and Indians. Journal of Technologies and Human Usability, 10(2). 1-15. http://dx.doi.org/10.18848/2381-9227/CGP/v10i02/59504
  • Parra, C., Nemer, D., Hakken, D., D’Andrea, V. (2015). Deep Trust in the future of Community Informatics. The Journal of Community Informatics. 11(2). http://ci-journal.net/index.php/ciej/article/view/1203
  • Halabi, A., Sabiescu, A. G., Salomão, D., Vannini, S. & Nemer, D. (2015). From Learning to Designing Action: Aligning Intentionality in Community-Based Research and Design. The Journal of Community Informatics. 11(3). http://www.ci-journal.net/index.php/ciej/article/view/1160
  • Nemer, D. (2013). IMPEX: an Approach to Analyze Source Code Changes on Software Run Behavior. Journal of Software Engineering and Applications, 6(4). 157-167. http://dx.doi.org/10.4236/jsea.2013.64020

Refereed Full Conference Papers (Published in Proceedings)

  • Sambasivan, N., Checkley, G., Batool, A., Ahmed, N., Nemer, D., Gaytán-Lugo, L., Matthews, T., Consolvo, S., & Churchill, E. (2019). "They don't leave us alone anywhere we go": Digital Abuse Challenges and Coping Practices among South Asian Women. In the Proceedings of the 2019 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems https://doi.org/10.1145/3290605.3300232
    • Awarded The Best of CHI: Best Paper (Top 1%)
  • Sambasivan, N., Checkley, G., Batool, A., Ahmed, N., Nemer, D., Gaytán-Lugo, L., Matthews, T., Consolvo, S., & Churchill, E. (2018). "Privacy is not for me, it's for those rich women": Notions and Practices of Privacy on Shared Phones among South Asian Women. In Symposium on Usable Privacy and Security (SOUPS) 2018.
  • Awarded IAPP Distinguished Paper at SOUPS 2018
  • Dye, M., Nemer, D., Bruckman, A. S., & Kumar, N. (2018). El Paquete Semanal: The Week’s Internet in Havana. In the Proceedings of 2018 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (p. 639). ACM https://doi.org/10.1145/3173574.3174213
  • Dye, M., Nemer, D., Pina, L. R., Sambasivan, N., Bruckman, A. S., & Kumar, N. (2017). Locating the Internet in the Parks of Havana. In Proceedings of the 2017 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (pp. 3867-3878). ACM. https://doi.org/10.1145/3025453.3025728
    • Awarded The Best of CHI: Honorable Mention (Top 5%)
  • Vannini, S., Nemer, D., & Rega, I. (2017). Integrating mobile technologies to achieve community development goals: the case of telecenters in Brazil: Full paper. In Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Communities and Technologies (pp. 115-124). ACM. https://doi.org/10.1145/3083671.3083684
  • Nemer, D. (2015). Wired Smartphones: Rethinking the role of community technology centers in the mobile Internet era. In Proceedings of SIG Globdev 8th Annual Conference, Fort Worth, TX. http://aisel.aisnet.org/globdev2015/4
  • Halabi, A., Sabiescu, A. G., Salomão, D., Vannini, S. & Nemer, D. (2014). From Knowledge to Design Action: Uncovering the Obscure Process of Participatory Community-Based Research. In Proceedings of CIRN 2014 Community Informatics Conference. Prato, Italy. https://www.monash.edu/__data/assets/pdf_file/0003/920523/halabi.pdf
  • Nemer, D., Reed, P. (2013). Can a Community Technology Center be For-Profit? A Case Study of LAN Houses in Brazil. In Proceedings of CIRN 2013 Community Informatics Conference. Prato, Italy. https://www.monash.edu/__data/assets/pdf_file/0006/920922/nemerreedprato2013.pdf

Refereed Short Conference Papers (Published in Proceedings)

  • Nemer, D., Spangler, I., & Dye, M. (2018, October). Airbnb and the Costs of Emotional Labor in Havana, Cuba. In Companion of the 2018 ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing (pp. 245-248). ACM. https://doi.org/10.1145/3272973.3274066
  • Newell, B. C., Vannini, S., Gomez, R., & Nemer, D. (2018). Exacerbating the Vulnerabilities of Undocumented Migrants: The Risks Involved in the Humanitarian Information Activities of Migrant-Aid Organizations. iConference 2018 Proceedings. http://hdl.handle.net/2142/100253
  • Nemer, D., & Stratton, C. (2017). Where’s ICT for Latin America? Addressing the Research Gap in ICT4D Literature. HCI Across Borders – HCIxB at 2017 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI '17). Denver, CO. Honorable Mention Award
  • Nemer, D. (2016). “LAN Houses are for Boys and Telecenters are for Girls:” CTCs as Gendered Spaces. In Proceedings of the Eighth International Conference on Information and Communications Technologies and Development (ICTD). ACM. Ann Arbor, MI. https://doi.org/10.1145/2909609.2909638
  • Nemer, D. (2016). Crossing Gender Boundaries: The Case of Technology Centers in Favelas. HCI Across Borders - Development Consortium. HCIxB at 2016 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI '16). San Jose, CA.
  • Nemer, D., & Freeman, G. (2015). Rethinking Selfies: Empowering the Marginalized Through Self-Portraits. Internet Research 16.0. Phoenix, AZ. https://spir.aoir.org/index.php/spir/article/view/1135
  • Nemer, D., Gross, S., & True, N. (2013). Materializing Digital Inequalities: The Digital Artifacts of the Marginalized in Brazil. In Proceedings of the Sixth International Conference on Information and Communications Technologies and Development (ICTD). ACM. Cape Town, South Africa. https://doi.org/10.1145/2517899.2517915
  • Nemer, D. (2013). Beyond Internet Access: A Study of Social and Cultural Practices in LAN Houses. Internet Research 14.0. Denver, CO. https://spir.aoir.org/index.php/spir/article/view/808
  • Nemer, D., Das, A. (2012). Impression Management on Facebook and Orkut: A Cross Cultural Study of Brazilians and Indians. Internet Research 13.0. Salford, England.
  • Ems, L., Nemer, D., Medina, E. (2012). Twitter as an Interactive Ephemeral Communicative Space. Internet Research 13.0. Salford, England.

Non-Refereed Publications

  • Nemer, D. (2019). Bibliotecas e centros comunitários como espaços para promover a democracia, combater a desinformação e desigualdade. Revista Brasileira de Biblioteconomia e Documentação, 15, 05-18. https://rbbd.febab.org.br/rbbd/article/view/1374/1168
  • Rhinesmith, C., Nemer, D., & Urbano, C. (2017). Introduction: Special Issue CIRN Prato Conference 2016. The Journal of Community Informatics, 13(2).

Refereed Conference Presentations

  • Nemer, D. (2020). The Social Infrastructure of Misinformation That is Radicalizing the Right in Brazil. Annual meeting of the Society for Social Studies of Science (4S). Prague, CZ.
  • Nemer, D. (2019). Airbnb and the Costs of Emotional Labor in Havana, Cuba. Annual meeting of the Society for Social Studies of Science (4S). New Orleans, LA.
  • Nemer, D. (2019). From Open to Closed: How the Brazilian "Internet Constitution" Went From Being a Role Model to a Potential Threat. 69th Annual International Communication Association (ICA) Conference. Washington, DC.
  • Nemer, D. (2019). Uncovering Hidden Spaces of Populism in Brazil: The Case of Bolsonaro. Media in Transition 10 (MiT 10). Cambridge, MA.
  • Nemer, D. (2019). Uncovering Hidden Spaces of Populism in Brazil: The Case of Bolsonaro Supporters in WhatsApp Groups. American Association of Geographers 114th Annual Meeting. Washington, DC.
  • Nemer, D. (2017). "LAN houses are for boys and Telecenters are for girls:" CTCs as Gendered Spaces. Annual meeting of the Society for Social Studies of Science (4S). Boston, MA.
  • Vannini, S., Nemer, D., Halabi, A., Sabiescu, A. G., & Salomão, D. (2016). Critical Incident Analysis: mismatching expectations and reconciling visions in intercultural encounters. In CIRN 2016 Community Informatics Conference. Prato, Italy. https://www.monash.edu/__data/assets/pdf_file/0017/860120/prato_2016proc.pdf
  • Nemer, D. (2015). Resisting the “alphabet soup”: how the QWERTY keyboard contributes to the digital divide in the slums of Brazil. Annual meeting of the Society for Social Studies of Science (4S). Denver, CO.
  • Nemer D. (2015). Online Favela: the experience of the favela residents in community technology centers (CTCs). 4th CLACS Graduate Student Conference 2015. Bloomington, IN.
  • Nemer, D. (2014). Designing Inequalities: The Digital Artifacts of the Favelas in Brazil. The 113th American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting. Washington, DC.
  • Chirumamilla, P., & Nemer, D. (2014) Living in the Broken City: Favelas, Infrastructural Inequity and the Materiality of the Digital. Annual Meeting of the Society for the Social Studies of Science (4S). Buenos Aires, Argentina.
  • Nemer, D. (2014). LAN house Class(ification): Why are Technology Centers only Good for the Brazilian Poor? - Digital Divide Research Preconference at ICA 2014. Seattle, WA.
  • Miller, P., & Nemer, D. (2013). Bridging the Digital Divide and Promoting Digital Inclusion: An Update Public Access Venues and Projects. NECoPA 2013: “Public Administration in an Information Society: Opportunities, Threats, and Intriguing Possibilities.” Co-organizer and participant of the panel. Boston, MA.
  • Nemer, D. (2012). Differences Between Facebook and Orkut: a Content Analysis of Indian and Brazilian Users' Profiles. 8th International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry. Urbana-Champaign, IL.
  • Nemer, D. (2011). Facebook vs. Orkut: The Battle Over Middle Aged Users in Brazil. 7th International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry. Urbana-Champaign, IL.

Book Reviews

  • Nemer, D. (2015). “Digital Dead End: Fighting for Social Justice in the Information Age” by Eubanks, V. (2011). The Journal of Community Informatics, 11(1).
  • Nemer, D. (2014). “Internet Inquiry: Conversations About Method” by Markham, A. & Baym, N (Eds.)(2008). The Information Society Journal, 30(3), 240-242.
  • Nemer, D. (2014). “Coding Places: Software Practice in a South American City” by Takhteyev, Y. (2012). Technology and Culture, 55(2), 517-518.

Refereed White Papers

  • Guzman, L., & Nemer, D. (2008). Perspective-Based Reading: An Overview. Fraunhofer IESE 2008 Internal Proceedings. Kaiserslautern, Germany.
  • Nemer, D. (2007). Quality Assurance of Open Source Project: Literature Review and the Current State. Fraunhofer IESE 2007 Internal Proceedings. Kaiserslautern, Germany.

Study Cases Published in Books

  • “The 2013 Protests in Brazil” in Civic Media Project. E. Gordon, & P. Mihailidis (Eds.) (2015). Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
  • “Why Telecenters failed in Brazil” in Open Development: Networked Innovations in International Development. M. L. Smith, & K. M. Reilly (Eds.) (2013). Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.