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Wayne Buente, Ph.D., Information Science, Indiana University (2011); MSI, Information, University of Michigan (2003); BS, Economics, Purdue University (1993)
Office Location: Crawford 304
Phone Number: 956-3360
Fax Number: 956-5396


I received my Master’s degree in Information from the School of Information at the University of Michigan. Upon graduation, I was awarded a GAANN doctoral fellowship to the School of Library and Information Science at Indiana University. I recently completed my Ph.D. in Information Science.

Course Syllabi:

    Spring 2012com,jour 432 - Information and Communication Technologies Services View Syllabus
  • com,jour 634 - Social Media View Syllabus


I am interested in examining the social aspects of information and communication technologies (ICTs). Currently, I am examining the various dimensions of citizenship and its relation to ICTs. I also have a strong desire to study issues that relate to broadband access, digital inequality, and social and community informatics.


I enjoy playing basketball and following UH athletics. I like to tinker around with computer technologies and devices. I also appreciate relaxing at the beach.


Title: Digital Citizenship in the South Caucasus: A Comparative Analysis between Armenia, Georgia, and Azerbaijan (PDF) (2012)
Co Authors: Lala Hajibayova
Publication Information: The concept of digital citizenship has received little attention outside of Western countries and contexts. This exploratory study seeks to evaluate the utility of the concept of digital citizenship by comparatively examining three countries in the South Caucasus region: Armenia, Georgia, and Azerbaijan. Using survey data from the Caucasus Research Resource Center, an empirical model will be evaluated and tested. In particular, this model will test empirical measures of digital citizenship on political attitudes and outcomes that coincide with the research literature. Comparisons between Armenia, Georgia, and Azerbaijan on the effectiveness of digital citizenship will be summarized. In addition, this research will also contribute to empirically evaluating the claims of digital citizenship in a unique political and geographic area of the world.


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