This presentation would examine Open Knowledge from the perspective of bottom up access and use particularly as it is or is not enabled by Information and Communications Technologies, for marginalized and rural and remote populations in Developed and Less Developed parts of the world. Is the “Open” movement simply another form of enabling the enabled and further enriching the already information rich? Are there ways of ensuring that increasing social/information/knowledge divides aren’t the necessary outcome of increasing “openness”?
Talk by Michael Gurstein, June 3oth at 16:00, Track I
Dr. Gurstein is currently Executive Director of the Centre for Community Informatics Research, Development and Training (CCIRDT) in Vancouver, Canada; and is or recently has been Research Professor in the School of Management at the New Jersey Institute of Technology (Newark); Research Professor in the Faculty of Management at the University of Quebec (Ouatouais); and Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Information at the University of Toronto.
He is mostly widely known as one of the founding contributors to the development of a “Community Informatics”. His edited book “Community Informatics: Enabling Communities with Information and Communications Technologies: (Idea Group, 2000) provided a focal point for the development of “Community Informatics” as the discipline concerned with enabling communities with Information and Communications Technologies. Dr. Gurstein has served on the Board of the Vancouver Community Network, the British Columbia Community Networking Association, and Telecommunities Canada.
He is currently on the Steering Committee of the Global Telecentre Alliance, and on the High Level Panel of Advisors of the United Nation’s Global Alliance for ICT for Development and has been active in the civil society Internet Governance caucus. He is the Editor in Chief of the Journal of Community Informatics and Foundation Chair of the Community Informatics Research Network. He has had a continuing Advisory relationship with the (Canadian) Northern Indigenous Communities Satellite Network in the creation of its Research Consortium and is an Advisor to the EU funded N4C project looking at telecommunications services for underserved and indigenous people in Northern and Central Europe.
He has consulted to the governments of Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, South Africa, Nepal and Jordan; to the Ford Foundation, the Hewlett Foundation, the UN Development Program, and the European Union; and to Nortel, Mitel, Bell Canada, and Intel among others.
His most recent book is “What is Community Informatics (and Why Does It Matter)?”, Polimetrica, Milan (2007) Additional information may be found at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Gurstein Dr. Gurstein is now actively blogging (Gurstein’s Community Informatics) at https://gurstein.wordpress.com/