Two-state study examines migrant women’s use of technology

A research project on communications technology and migrant women in Washington and California is seeking participants from Tacoma and the South Sound.

The study, conducted by graduate students from the University of Washington and the University of California, Berkeley, is aimed at learning how migrants use new communications technology — such as tablet computers and smartphones — to find social services and other useful information.

It is using the Puget Sound region and the Bay Area as case studies to examine how well technology is helping meet the new migrants’ needs and how nonprofits and other social-service agencies are using technology effectively.

The project is funded by a grant from the Center for Technology, Society and Policy at the University of California, Berkeley as well as several companies, said Maggie Fesenmaier, a researcher on the team conducting the study.

Researchers hope to speak with adult women who have lived in the United States less than seven years. No questions will be asked about legal immigration status, according to a flier for the study. Interviews are going on now, and the project findings will be presented in May, Fesenmaier said.

Anyone interested in participating can email the Migrant Well-being and Technology Project at the University of Washington at mwtp@uw.edu.

Derrick Nunnally: 253-597-8693