Chris Coward

Chris Coward is Senior Principal Research Scientist and Director of the Technology & Social Change Group (TASCHA) at the University of Washington Information School. Chris is one of the early voices in the information and communication technologies and development (ICTD) field, and co-founded the Center for Internet Studies in 1999 as a social science response to the technological euphoria of the era. Under his leadership TASCHA has grown in size and stature with projects spanning more than 50 countries. Chris approaches research development as a collaborative endeavor, working with donors and partners to co-design projects that result in applied knowledge. His efforts have influenced Microsoft’s Unlimited Potential Program, the Gates Foundation’s Global Libraries Program, and the International Telecommunication Union’s Digital Inclusion program, among others. In recognition of Chris’s record of accomplishment and vision for the public library sector, the Gates Foundation recently presented TASCHA with a $16 million legacy award to advance libraries as agents of social change. Chris’s research has focused on issues of information access, digital inclusion, digital skills, and innovation spaces, resulting in more than 50 papers, conference proceedings, and presentations. Chris holds a Master of Public Administration and a Master of Arts in International Studies, both from the University of Washington.