Eszter Hargittai, a professor and researcher at Northwestern University, discusses the assumptions many of us in higher education make about how much students understand about Web technology. She notes, for example, that few students understand what BCC (blind carbon copy) means or what RSS does.
Dr. Hargittaiâ€™s larger body of research relates to inequality and technology use. She has published on the demographic differences of users and non-users of technology and also on how people of different demographics use the same technologies in different ways.
Dr. Hargittai spoke at the University of Minnesota in mid-March, sponsored by the Institute for Advanced Study. You an read more about her research at www.eszter.com.