Informal networks, phones and Facebook

Information seeking and technology use by undocumented migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border

Bryce Newell, Ricardo Gomez

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Abstract

Through semi-structured interviews with recently deported and other migrants and migrant aid-workers at a shelter in the border town of Nogales, Mexico, we examine how undocumented migrants are seeking, acquiring, understanding, and using information prior to, and during, migration across the U.S.-Mexico border. We document the prevalence of word-of-mouth information seeking and use of cell phones over other information technologies to inform plans for border-crossing, and explore the ambivalent nature of information technology use in the vulnerable setting of life at the border.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationiConference 2015 Proceedings
PublisheriSchools
Pages1-11
Number of pages11
Volume2015
Publication statusPublished - 15 Mar 2015

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NameiConference 2015 Proceedings
PublisheriSchools

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Keywords

  • Migration
  • Immigration
  • Undocumented immigratio
  • Irregular immigration
  • technology use
  • ICT
  • Migrants
  • Immigrants
  • information seeking
  • information behavior
  • information access

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Newell, B., & Gomez, R. (2015). Informal networks, phones and Facebook: Information seeking and technology use by undocumented migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border. In iConference 2015 Proceedings (Vol. 2015, pp. 1-11). (iConference 2015 Proceedings). iSchools.
Newell, Bryce ; Gomez, Ricardo. / Informal networks, phones and Facebook : Information seeking and technology use by undocumented migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border. iConference 2015 Proceedings. Vol. 2015 iSchools, 2015. pp. 1-11 (iConference 2015 Proceedings).
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Newell, B & Gomez, R 2015, Informal networks, phones and Facebook: Information seeking and technology use by undocumented migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border. in iConference 2015 Proceedings. vol. 2015, iConference 2015 Proceedings, iSchools, pp. 1-11.

Informal networks, phones and Facebook : Information seeking and technology use by undocumented migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border. / Newell, Bryce; Gomez, Ricardo.

iConference 2015 Proceedings. Vol. 2015 iSchools, 2015. p. 1-11 (iConference 2015 Proceedings).

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Newell B, Gomez R. Informal networks, phones and Facebook: Information seeking and technology use by undocumented migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border. In iConference 2015 Proceedings. Vol. 2015. iSchools. 2015. p. 1-11. (iConference 2015 Proceedings).