Departments of Communication Studies and Sociology,
Faculty Fellow, Institute for Policy Research, Northwestern University
Eszter Hargittai's research (the Web Use Project - http://www.webuse.org) looks at how people use the Web in their everyday lives and in particular, how differences in Internet use may contribute to social inequality. She has studied how people's skills differ in use of the World Wide Web and what factors explain these differences. She is also concerned with how search engines and portal sites influence what content is more easily accessible to people online. Her current projects include an examination of young people's Web-use skills, a comparison of different search engines, a study of the political blogosphere, and other projects examing how people use the Web in their everyday lives.
Hargittai's research interests include the social and policy implications of information technologies with particular emphasis on the Internet (see, for example, Center Working Paper #17). She has published on the comparative history of the radio's and Internet's early years, inequalities in the global diffusion of the Internet, how portal sites channel users toward some content away from other online material (see Center Working Paper #10), analysis of international telephone networks, on studying and measuring globalization, on reconceptualizing the "digital divide" (see Center Working Papers #15 & #29) and on people's use of search engines. For further information on Eszter Hargittai, including copies of her publications, refer to http://www.eszter.com.