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Alberto Lusoli

I am a postdoc researcher at the Digital Democracies Institute and a sessional instructor at Simon Fraser University School of Communication.
Welcome to Labora, my research blog/idea repository!

From creative cities to creative towns: an investigation into remote workers attraction incentives programs

During the COVID-19 pandemic, many U.S. small towns and secondary cities started offering cash and in-kind incentives to attract remote workers eager to escape overcrowded coastal cities. These new incentive schemes, known in economic literature as Remote Work Attraction Incentives Programs (see Strauss … Read More

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Hustle harder? My ICA 2022 virtual presentation

After two virtual editions (2020 and 2021), the International Communication Association annual conference is back in a hybrid format. I admit that the idea of traveling to Paris to present my work was enticing. However, due to scheduling conflicts, I … Read More

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Codvid 19 and remote work in the US

The impact of remote work on US rural regions and secondary cities

On Thursday, March 24 I had the pleasure to present my latest research on the impact of remote work on US rural regions and secondary cities at the Communicative Cities Research Network Symposium 2022, organized by the European Communication Research … Read More

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ISA Forum of Sociology

Last month I had the pleasure of presenting at the IV ISA Forum of Sociology. The conference was supposed to take place in 2020 in Porto Alegre, Brasil. Because of Covid, ISA decided to push the forum to 2021 and … Read More

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Some shots from my research photo album

In this post, I decided to open my archive and publish some of the pictures I have taken throughout my journey into the Vancouver startup scene. The quality of my shots is…what it is. I am not a photographer and … Read More

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Fred Turner Stanford

It’s an ongoing bromance

What do Silicon Valley and the countercultural movements of the 1960s have in common? The answer is…a lot. At least this is what Fred Turner argues in his highly influential book From Counterculture to Cyberculture: Stewart Brand, the Whole Earth … Read More

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Lines of Work: an interview with Jill Anholt

The Oxford English Dictionary defines serendipity as the “faculty of making happy and unexpected discoveries by accident”. Serendipitous was, indeed, my encounter with Jill Anholt‘s art installation Lines of Work. Jill Anholt is a visual artist based in Vancouver and … Read More

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ica 2020 virtual conference

ICA 2020 – My first virtual conference ever

The 70th edition of the International Communication Association conference was supposed to take place in these days in wonderful Gold Coast, Australia. By the time you’ll be reading this post, you’d probably already know that the organizers decided to cancel … Read More

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On API and digital methods

Just a couple months ago I was celebrating the release of the Meetup Archiver on Github. A little piece of software sending requests to Meetup.com and retrieving data via their official APIs. A software that, I wish, could be useful … Read More

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4s 2019

Labora @ 4s 2019 New Orleans

My video for 4s 2019: Innovations, Interruptions, Regenerations, panel on “Disrupting Algorithms: Innovating Work and Life in the Digital Economy” organized by Yujie Chen and Alessandro Delfanti. Video recorded at the Vancouver Public Library Inspiration Lab.

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Meetup Archiver: now available on GitHub

After months of work, I am very happy to announce that the Meetup Archiver is now public and available on GitHub. The Meetup Archiver is a sweet piece of software retrieving data from Meetup API and storing the results in … Read More

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ICA2019 Washington

2019 Conference season

In the past few weeks I had the opportunity to present my research at two conferences. The first was the SFU School of Communication Graduate Students conference. In this presentation I shared my research results and I focused in particular … Read More

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