I am a faculty member of the DAN Department of Communication at Tel Aviv Uiversity since 2010. I study the relationship between information and power from cross-national perspectives, focusing on global information flows, country image, Americanization and globalization, international news, information search and search strategies, and the digital divide. I often use data mining and network analysis techniques and am keen on exploring new methods and applications in the social sciences.
Why are some countries more newsworthy than others? What are the similarities and differences in the scope of international news presented in different languages and cultures? How does international news affect our perception of the world? I compare the international scope of online newspapers, news portals, and news aggregators in different languages and cultures, using innovative web mining techniques and network analysis. The book "International News Flow Online: Global Views with Local Perspectives" explores the theory of news flow around the world, and analyses many of its dimensions such as the global standing of the United States, the Middle Eastern conflicts as seen around the world, and, the effect of financial news. In doing so, it unveils new patterns, meanings and implications of international news on our perception of the world.
Rather than a simple division between those who have and those who have-not (access to the Internet), the second level digital divide is seen as the different information uses, search strategies and skills among online users. For example, certain information searches (i.e., for news, tax, law, government, society, or business) can provide economic and socio-political advantages. They can help online users to find jobs, compare prices of products and services, establish online business, acquire an education, increase their social and political involvement, and so on. The book "Google and the Digital Divide: The Bias of Online Knowledge" deals with the relationship between online search, search engines and the digital divide.