Michael Kowen

PhD Student

Department of Sociology

UC Berkeley

Michael Kowen's research investigates the socio-political implications of the growth of the information and communication technologies (ICTs) and the Internet more broadly through comparing the values undergirding the current development of new technologies by private firms in the United States and the People’s Republic of China. Through placing interviews with engineers and managers in IT and Internet-related firms in the US and the PRC within the context the political, economic and regulatory conditions of each national context, his research will analyze how different prevailing views and practices concerning surveillance and privacy and have emerged within different national contexts.