Kira is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Media Law & Policy in the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies at the University of Oxford. Her research explores how people on the margins of internet access and skills claim their basic rights in an increasingly digital-by-default society, focusing on bottom-up, grassroots solutions to the digital divide – from community-owned internet networks to public internet access points. Kira completed her DPhil in Oriental Studies (Islamic World) at the University of Oxford on a Rhodes Scholarship. She holds an MPhil in Modern Middle Eastern Studies (University of Oxford) and a B.A. in Government and Linguistics (The College of William and Mary).
Digital division: pointing the finger
Kira Allmann counts the cost of exclusion from the web that is woven into lives worldwide. On a blustery, overcast afternoon eight years ago, volunteers for Broadband for the Rural