Seminar Meeting 2012.1.12

Weekly Summary
Seminar Meeting 2012.1.12

Overview

  • New Year’s Greetings from Professor Mitomo
  • Advice to thesis writers from 4th-semester students
  • Presentations: Hitomi and Thuy
  • Next up

New Year’s Greetings from Professor Mitomo

The professor welcomed students to the first seminar meeting of 2012, and wished everyone a productive new year. There were plenty of cookies to celebrate.

The fourth semester students all handed in their theses and now only have the oral presentation to go before they can finish. Well done everyone!

The professor described the process of the oral exam and reminded interviewees to especially focus on their contribution, and also bring an extra copy of their thesis in case some specific point needs to be discussed.

Advice to thesis writers from 4th-semester students

The fourth semester students had advice for the rest of the seminar class:

  • Start early and stay healthy, and you’ll finish just fine
  • Write down your structure, you’ll find out you have a lot less to write than you think
  • While writing, put in your references immediately, because you will not be able to remember them afterwards
  • Start your reading early

Presentations: Hitomi and Thuy

First semester students Hitomi and Thuy did their presentations today

Hitomi: Digital Divide in India

This presentation concerned the discrepancy between macro-level reporting on the digital divide in India, according to which the divide is narrowing, and micro-level observations, which show that the divide is getting wider.

In the discussion, the issues of digital divide definition, and the differences between a hypothesis and a research question were brought up.

Thuy: Leap-frogging as a way to combat the digital divide in Vietnam

The next presentation also concerned the digital divide, but from a different perspective. The main focus was on the advantages and disadvantages of using leap-frogging as a strategy for combating the digital divide.

The different definitions of digital divide were again brought up, and then the possible problems concerning the gathering of reliable data were discussed, as well as some potential solutions.

Next up

There might be a chance to visit the NTT DoCoMo showroom on February 2-3.

Next week, third semester students will make their final presentations for this semester.

Notes will be taken by Riyung.

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