Paul Baker

Paul Baker
Senior Director, Research and Strategic Innovation
Center for Advanced Communications Policy (CACP), Georgia Tech
Areas of Expertise: 
E-accessibility, higher education policy, e-government, digital government, information technology, telecommunications, communications policy, public policy, disability and accessibility policy, online and virtual communities, telework, e-learning, virtual collaboration, open source, communities of practice, sponsored research, and community development
"One of the most compelling characteristics of the Internet of Things (IoT) is the potential it offers for greater connectivity, and enhancement of social inclusion, for people with disabilities as well as other under-represented populations."

Dr. Paul M.A. Baker is the Senior Director, Research and Strategic Innovation at the Center for Advanced Communications Policy (CACP), and holds the rank of Principal Research Scientist with the Georgia Institute of Technology. Baker holds a Courtesy Appointment with the School of Public Policy at Georgia Institute of Technology, and an appointment as Adjunct Professor, with the Centre for Disability Law & Policy at the National University of Ireland, Galway. Previously he was the Associate Director of the Center for 21st Century Universities (C21U). Recent projects include e-accessibility and e-government implementation, innovation networks in higher education, education policy evaluation and educational technologies. Policy studies include barriers to the adoption of wireless technologies by people with disabilities, teleworking and people with disabilities; social media, online collaboration and virtual communities. He is also involved in international policy research, and collaborative policy networks, especially as it relates to issues of technological accessibility, workforce development and Innovation diffusion.

Dr. Baker holds a Ph.D. in Public Policy from George Mason University, an M.P. in Urban Planning from the University of Virginia, and an M.A. in International Commerce and Policy from George Mason University. He serves on the editorial boards of Assistive Technology Journal, International Journal of Cases on Electronic Commerce (IJCEC), Journal of Information Technology & Politics, The Journal of eWorking, and the Journal of Disability Policy Studies, and is on the review panels for ten other journals. His co-edited (with Jarice Hanson and Jeremy Hunsinger) volume, “The Unconnected: Social Justice, Participation, and Engagement in the Information Society” was published in 2013.