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Canada and ICT4D: Past, Present and Future

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This session will review the history of Canada’s involvement in ICT4D including the role of the IDRC, CIDA, Industry Canada and particularly the role of ICT4D practitioners, NGO’s and civil society. It will also present a critical reflection on the current state of Canada’s involvement in ICT4D and discuss a future possible role for Canada and Canadians in this most important area.An opportunity will be provided for several presentations from current or prospective ICT4D activities/practitioners and the prospects for future involvement both through consultancies and other means will be explored.

TIME: 1:00pm – 4:00pm

ROOM: 7210 (7th Floor Boardroom)



Michael Gurstein.- Michael is currently Executive Director of the Centre for Community Informatics Research, Development and Training (Vancouver BC and Cape Town, South Africa). Canadian, he completed a Ph.D. in Sociology at the University of Cambridge. He pioneered in the development of “Community Informatics” as the discipline concerned with enabling communities with Information and Communications Technologies. 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. He is the Editor in Chief of the Journal of Community Informatics http://ci-journal.net. He has advised in the area of ICT for Development to the governments of Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, Nepal, South Africa and Jordan and to the Ford Founation, the UN Development Program, and the European Union 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


Miraj Khaled.  Miraj is graduate student @Simon Fraser University and a volunteer admin @ BytesForAll [and affiliated networks].

His areas of interest include: ICT4D, communications policy/regulation, international development, and social+mobile computing.

Find more about Miraj: http://www.linkedin.com/in/asterix | http://twitter.com/Asterix









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