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Wayne Buente

Associate Professor of Communications, University of Hawai'i at Manoa
Chapter Member: Hawaii SSN

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About Wayne

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.


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Wayne Buente quoted by Michael Tsai, "Celebrities Use Fame to Protest Mauna Kea Telescope" Honolulu Star-Advertiser, April 13, 2015.
Wayne Buente quoted by Molly Solomon, "Plugged In on the Streets" NPR: Hawai'i Public Radio, May 29, 2013.


"Incidental Effects of Automated Re-tweeting: An Exploratory Network Perspective on Bot Activity during Sri Lanka's Presidential Election in 2015" (with C.Rathnayake). Bulletin of Science, Technology & Society (Forthcoming).

Examines how the interplay between Twitter affordances and user practices resulted in incidental political effects by automated Twitter bots during an election campaign.

"Relating Digital Citizenship to Informed Citizenship in the 2008 U.S. Presidential Election" Information Polity 20, no. 4 (2015): 269-285.

Examines how digital citizenship was a key factor for predicting the value of the Internet as a source of political campaign information.

"Representation of Indigenous Cultures: Considering the Hawaiian Hula" (with Lala Hajibayova). Journal of Documentation (2017).

Explores the problematic way that the Hawaiian Hula is represented in current digital classification systems.

"#WeAreMaunaKea: Celebrity Involvement in a Protest Movement" (with C. Rathnayake). University of Hawai'i at Manoa (2016).

Examines how celebrities influenced the Twitter network of the Mauna Kea protest movement against the Thirty-Meter Telescope on the island of Hawai'i.

"Digital Citizenship or Inequality? Linking Internet Use and Education to Electoral Engagement in the 2008 U.S. Presidential Election" Bulletin of Science, Technology & Society 35, no. 2 (2015).

Demonstrates how education played a key role in the relationship between digital citizenship and electoral engagement in the 2008 U.S. presidential election. 

"Opportunities and Challenges for First-Mile Development in Rural Hawaiian Communities" (with Jennifer S. Winter and Patricia A. Buskirk). Journal of Community Informatics 10, no. 2 (2014).

Argues that a First-Mile approach would be a viable and more empowering way to provide broadband Internet service to rural Hawaiian communities.