Buente's research and teaching expertise focuses on how information and communication technologies (ICTs) impact society and policy concerns. More specifically, his research interests encompass a range of issues surrounding ICTs including the digital divide, broadband policy, and social media use. He is particularly interested in how those on the margins of society access and use ICTs in their everyday lives. For example, he recently completed a research project that looked at how homeless shelter guests on Oahu acquire and use ICTs. Currently, he collaborates on studies that explore a variety of issues surrounding ICTs including the political impact of Twitter, digital classification systems, and health-related activity on Instagram.
Argues that a First-Mile approach would be a viable and more empowering way to provide broadband Internet service to rural Hawaiian communities.
Examines how celebrities influenced the Twitter network of the Mauna Kea protest movement against the Thirty-Meter Telescope on the island of Hawai'i.
Examines how digital citizenship was a key factor for predicting the value of the Internet as a source of political campaign information.
Demonstrates how education played a key role in the relationship between digital citizenship and electoral engagement in the 2008 U.S. presidential election.
Explores the problematic way that the Hawaiian Hula is represented in current digital classification systems.
Examines how the interplay between Twitter affordances and user practices resulted in incidental political effects by automated Twitter bots during an election campaign.