Past, Present, and Future of Research
in the Information Society

13-15 November 2005
Tunis, Tunisia

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The Science, Technology & Society stream is jointly sponsored by the Society for Social Studies of Science, the History of Science Society, and the Society for the History of Technology.

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8:30 to 10:30

11:00 to 13:00

14:30 to 16:30

17:00 to 19:00

19:00  Location

SUNDAY Nov. 13, 2005



1.1 Mbatia


1.2 Dutton


1.3 Brunnstein


1.4 Brunnstein

  Top Hat Room



1.5 Rudgard


1.6 Priestley


1.7 Ballantyne

Reception by Hewlett Packard Sidi Bou Said Room

Internet 2

1.9 Boyles


1.10 Bijker

Reception by IFIP
El Melia Room

MONDAY Nov. 14, 2005



2.1 Lal


2.2 David - Uhlir


2.3 Olson


Reception by Microsoft El Melia Room



2.5 Wouters


2.6 Hauben


2.7 Liu


2.8 Toyama

Reception by CODATA
Valleta Room

TUESDAY Nov. 15, 2005



3.1 Waugh


3.2 Waugh


3.3 Monaco


3.7 Sooryamoorthy


  Top Hat Room


  El Melia Room



3.4 Duque


3.5 David


3.6 Palackal



4S Society for Social Studies of Science

IFIP International Federation of Information Processing

NNSFC National Natural Science Foundation of China

INASP International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications

FAO Food and Agricultural Organization

CODATA Committee on Data for Science & Technology

WSP World Science Project

IN2 Internet2

SHOT Society for the History of Technology

HSS History of Science Society

HP Hewlett Packard

GPNet Great Plains Network




SIDI BOU SAID ROOM - Sunday 13 November, 2005: 8:30 - 10:30

1.1 Opening Plenary Speakers 

Moderator: Paul Nyaga Mbatia, Department of Sociology, University of Nairobi

Wayne Johnson, Senior Vice President, Worldwide University Relations, Hewlett Packard Company

"University Relations for Capacity Building, Regional Self-Empowerment & Poverty Alleviation"

Carol Priestley, Director, International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications (INASP)

Janet Abbate, Professor, Virginia Tech

John Dryden, Deputy Director, Directorate for Science, Technology & Industry, OECD

Carthage Smith, Deputy Director, International Council for Science (ICSU)


Sessions & Participants

Updated 30 October, 2005

Abstracts and session descriptions are in alphabetical order by Sponsoring Organization or Session Organizer.


TOP HAT ROOM - Sunday 13 November, 2005: 11:00 - 13:00

1.2 Global Internet Research I  

Session  Chair:

William Dutton, Oxford Internet Institute

Patricia Campion (Tennessee Tech University)  Pre-Internet science in Africa

Paul David (Stanford University)- Sustaining the ‘Open Science' Revolution in Cyberspace

B. Paige Miller (Louisiana State University) - Women Scientists and Electronic Communication in South India

Paul Nyaga Mbatia (University of Nairobi) - Mobile telecommunication & science in Kenya

Dan-Bright S. Dzorgbo (University of Ghana) - The Internet Phenomenon in Ghana : A Preliminary Investigation into Accessibility, Patterns of Use and Challenges


TOP HAT ROOM - Sunday 13 November, 2005: 14:30 - 19:00

IFIP International Federation for Information Processing - Two Sessions

Sessions address:  

Education: the Stellenbosch Declaration (TC-3)

Development: “Gaborone Declaration”, input from WITFOR-2005  

Security aspects and implications (TC-11)

Social implications, Ethics of The Information Society (TC-9)


1.3 IFIP Session 1: 14:30 - 16:30

IT & Development 

Session Chair:

Klaus Brunnstein, IFIP, University of Hamburg , Germany

Dipak Khakhar (Sweden/IFIP) - The WITFOR process: From Vilnius (2003) to Gaborone (2005) and Addis Ababa (2007)

Dewald Roode (South Africa/IFIP) and Dipak Khakhar (Sweden/IFIP) - The Gaborone Declaration: Principles, Implementation, Projects

Bernard Cornu (France, IFIP TC-3): The Stellenbosch Declaration: "ICT in Education: Make it Work"

Paolo Brunello ( Italy ) - Education for Development: The Burundi project



1.4 IFIP Session 2: 17:00 - 19:00

Roles of IT in The Information Society 

Session Chair:

Dipak Khakhar, IFIP, University of Lund , Sweden

Dmitris Gritzalis (Greece/IFIP TC-11) - Information Society and Research on ICT Security in the Developing World

Klaus Brunnstein (IFIP, University of Hamburg , Germany ) - Requirements for Security in the Information and Knowledge Society

Jacques Berleur (Belgium/IFIP TC-9) - Governance and Ethics in the Information Society

Open Panel - Roles of IT in the Information Society


SIDI BOU SAID ROOM - Sunday 13 November, 2005: 11:00 - 19:00

INASP/FAO - Accessing, documenting, and disseminating scientific information for development - Three Sessions

1.5 INASP/FAO Session 1: 11:00 - 13:00

Gaining and sustaining access to scientific findings  

Session  Chair:

Stephen Rudgard (FAO)

Martin Belcher (INASP) and Margaret Ngwira  (University of Malawi)- How PERI enhances access to science information in developing countries

Dina El Halaby (Global Development Network)- How GDNET supports social science researchers in developing countries

Maurice Long (BMJ Publishing Group) - How HINARI enables health researchers to gain access to health and biomedical literature

Augustin Gaschignard (SIST) - How SIST s upports the development of information and communication systems for education and research institutions in Africa

Emilija Banionyte (Vilnius Pedagogical University Library) - How eIFL supports the wide availability of electronic information in developing country libraries


1.6 INASP/FAO Session 2: 14:30 -16:30

Publishing and disseminating scientific findings

Session  Chair:

Carol Priestley

Stephen Rudgard (FAO) -The FAO vision and strategy to enhance the AGRIS model for access and exchange of information on agricultural science and technology

Enrica Porcari (CGIAR) - Improving access to global public information goods: CGIAR's approach

Noha Adley (Bibliotheca Alexandrina) - The activities of Bibliotheca Alexandrina in supporting open access

Leslie Chan (Bioline International) - Open Access to the results of research : Lessons from Bioline International

Michael Jensen (National Academies) - Opening up access to developing countries : Activities of the US National Academies


1.7 INASP/FAO Session 3: 17:00 - 19:00

Information access and issues of bandwidth

Session Chair:

Peter Ballantyne

Mike Jensen -The ICT bandwidth challenge in African universities

Martin Belcher (INASP) - The importance of bandwidth management and optimisation in research and education institutions

Pauline Ngimwa (African Virtual University) - The AVU bandwidth initiative and access to information


EL MELIA ROOM - Sunday 13 November, 2005: 14:30-16:30

1.9  Internet2: National research and education networks for research, teaching and learning in developing countries

Session  Chair:

Heather Boyles, Internet2

Heather Boyles ( USA , Internet2) - Internet2 - An overview:  NRENs in support of research, teaching and learning

David West , DANTE (UK) -The EUMEDCONNECT project and NRENs in the Mediterranean countries

Florencio Utreras, CLARA (Chile) - The Latin American experience in building NRENs

Andrea Johnson (Carnegie Corporation of New York and the Partnership for Higher Education in Africa, USA ) - Emerging strategies for supporting university connectivity in Africa

George Sadowsky, Executive Director, Global Internet Policy Initiative (GIPI) and Don Riley, University of Maryland , IEEAF ( USA )  - Extending Research and Education Connectivity to Sub-Saharan Africa

Nezar Nabil Sami, Chair, Computer Science Department, ENSTINET ( Egypt ) - Egyptian networking for higher education and research


EL MELIA ROOM - Sunday 13 November, 2005: 17:00 - 19:00

1.10 Science, Technology and the Information Society

Session  Chair:

Wiebe Bijker

Alvaro De Miranda - Technological Determinism and Ideology: Questioning the ‘Information Society' and the ‘Digital Divide'

Paul Arthur Berkman (University of California, Santa Barbara) - Integrating Digital Information into Knowledge for the “Information Commons

Thomas Ruddy (SPAKE, Switzerland) and Werner Pillmann ( ISEP, Austria) - Structuring Environmental knowledge for Sustainability

Dirk-Jan Peet and Karel F. Mulder - Globalization and ICT lock in barriers for capacity building in developing countries?

Marcus Ynalvez (Louisiana State University)- Philippine scientific cultures & IT mediation




EL MELIA ROOM - Monday 14 November, 2005: 8:30 - 13:00

CODATA Committee on Data for Science and Technology:

Two Sessions

2.1 CODATA Session 1:   8:30 - 10:30

Access to Scientific Data and Information: Benefits to Society

Session  Chair:

Krishan Lal, Vice President, CODATA

Shuichi Iwata (President, CODATA), Opening Remarks

Speaker TBA - Access to Scientific Data and Information: Turning the Digital Divide Into a Digital Opportunity

Harlan Onsrud (University of Maine, USA)- Global Spatial Data

Mikhail Zgurovsky (National Technical University, Ukraine)- Access to Scientific Information in the Research and Academic Network in Ukraine

Liu Chuang (Chinese Academy of Sciences)- Access to Archived Data in China

Michael Morgan - The Single Nucleotide Polymorphism (SNP) Consortium (TCP): A Model for Public Private Partnerships


2.2 CODATA Session 2 - Round Table Discussion: 11:00-13:00


The need to develop an "Information Commons for Science Initiative" 

Session  Chairs:

Paul A. David, Professor of Economics, Oxford University and Stanford University
Paul F. Uhlir, Director, Office of International Scientific and Technical Information Programs, National Academies, US

Panel Members:

John Dryden (Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development - OECD)

Carol Priestley (International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications - INASP)

Carthage Smith (International Council for Science - ICSU)

Mohamed Hassan (Third World Academy of Science - TWAS)

Krishan Lal (Committee on Data for Science and Technology - CODATA)

John Wilbanks (Science Commons)

Elizabeth Longworth (UNESCO)

Hans Falk Hoffmann (CERN)

Paul David (Oxford Internet Institute and Stanford University)



EL MELIA ROOM - Monday 14 November, 2005: 14:30 - 16:30

2.3 International Collaborations through the Internet

Session  Chair:

Gary Olson, University of Michigan

Paul David (Oxford University) - Toward a cyberinfrastructure for enhanced scientific collaboration: Providing its ‘soft' foundations may be the hardest part

Johan Eksteen (CSIR, South Africa) - TBA

Dianne Sonnenwald (Göteborg University & University College of Borås, Sweden) - e-Collaboration Across Diverse Disciplines and Institutions

Paul Uhlir, National Academies -  Creating a Global Information Commons for eScience

Shu-Fen Tseng and Hsin-I Huang (Graduate School of Social Informatics, Yuan Ze University) -  A Study of Networked Research Collaboration: The Impacts of CMC, Social Network on Information Sharing and Productivity




VALLETA ROOM - Monday 14 November, 2005: 8:30 - 10:30

2.5 Promise and Practice of Open Access to e- Science

Session  Chair:

Paul Wouters, The Virtual Knowledge Studio for the Humanities and Social Sciences

The Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences

Christine Hine (Department of Sociology, University of Surrey) - The politics and practice of accessibility in systematics.

Subbiah Arunachalam (M S Swaminathan Research Foundation. Chennai , India) - The Information Village Research Project:

Kirsten A. Foot (University of Washington)  and Steven M. Schneider (SUNY Institute of Technology) - Preserving Open Access through Web Archiving

Raed M. Sharif (School of Information Studies, Syracuse University) - Scientific Communities' Access to Publicly Funded Scientific Information in Latin America : A Comparative Study

Paul Wouters, Katie Vann, Matt Ratto, and Anne Beaulieu (The Virtual Knowledge Studio for the Humanities and Social Sciences. The Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences) - Open Access to What for Whom?


VALLETA ROOM - Monday 14 November, 2005: 11:00 - 13:00

2.6 The Origin and Early Development of the Internet and of the Netizen: their Impact on Science and Society

Session  Chair:

Ronda Hauben, Columbia University

This session will focus on the history of the development of computer networks, the linking of these networks via the creation of the Internet, and the emergence of the active participants in these networks, the netizens (i.e.,net.citizens).

Ronda Hauben (Columbia University) - The International and Scientific Origins of the Internet and the Emergence of the Netizen

Jay Hauben (Columbia University Libraries, Columbia University) - The Vision of JCR Licklider and the Libraries of the Future

Werner Zorn (Hasso-Plattner- Institute at the University of Potsdam, Germany) - German-Chinese Collaboration in the First Stage of Open networking in China

Kilnam Chon (Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department (EECS) Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), Korea) - The Development of Networking and the Internet in Korea and Asia: A History

Anders Ekeland (Economist, NIFU STEP - Centre for innovation research/Senter for innovasjonsforskning, Norway) - Netizens and Protecting the Public Interest in the Development and Management of the Internet: An Economist's Perspective


VALLETA ROOM - Monday 14 November, 2005: 14:30 - 16:30

2.7 National Natural Science Foundation of China

Session  Chair:

Zhiyong Liu, National Natural Science Foundation of China

Prof. Guo Qiao (Network Information Center, Beijing Institute of Technology) - Improvement of National Creativity with the Aid of Information Technology

Prof. Tao Xiaofeng (Beijing University of Post and Telecommunication) - Research on 4G Mobile Communication in China

Zhiyong Liu (National Natural Science Foundation of China) - Fundamental Research on Information Sciences Supported by NSFC

Yan Baoping (Director, Computer Network Information Center, Chinese Academy of Sciences) - E-Science and Virtual Lab


VALLETA ROOM - Monday 14 November, 2005: 17:00 - 19:00

2.8  Challenges in ICT for Development 

Sponsored by Microsoft India

Session Chair:

Kentaro Toyama, Microsoft India

Janine Firpo: ICT from Early Adoption to Mainstream Usage

Jennifer L. Bussell (University of California, Berkeley) International Norms on ICTs for Development: Do They Matter on the Ground?

Kentaro Toyama (Microsoft Research India) Challenges of Sustainability in ICT for Development

Peter Lauritsen and Caspar Bruun Jensen - Development in Action: On Information Technologies as Globalization Agents



TOP HAT ROOM - Tuesday 15 November, 2005: 8:30 - 10:30

3.1 (HP) University Relations for Capacity Building – Highlights of HP's Program

Hewlett Packard

Session Chair:

Barbara Waugh, Ph.D., Director, University Relations, Hewlett-Packard Company

Russ Jones (Ph.D., WFEO) - Technical Capacity Building in Developing Countries

Lueny Morell, Director (HP University Relations) - Engineering for the Americas: HP/OAS Initiative for Capacity Building in Latin America

Clifford Harris, Director, Education and Healthcare, HP EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa ) - A New Approach to Education in Africa – the African Virtual University and NePAD

Didier Philippe (Director, Corporate Affairs, HP EMEA - Europe , Middle East and Africa - Microenterprise Development Program)

Bess Stephens (Senior Vice President, HP Philanthropy Worldwide Initiatives for Universities)

Edit Schlaffer, Ph.D., Social scientist, author and activist, head of the NGO “Women without Borders” Empowerment Strategies for the New Female Arab Leadership – ICT as Contribution to Bridge the Gap – “Women withoutBorders” & HP

Iulia Nechifor, Science Policy and Capacity-Building & Gender Focal Point, UNESCO Venice Office – Regional Bureau for Science in Europe (ROSTE) (to be confirmed) Alleviate Brain Drain with the support of ICT – Objectives & Results of a joint UNESCO & HP pilot programme in South East Europe

Wayne Johnson, Senior Vice President, University Relations, Hewlett-Packard Company

Closing Remarks and Next Steps


TOP HAT ROOM - Tuesday 15 November, 2005: 11.00-13.00

3.2 (HP & ICWIT) Women and ICT: Education and Employment Issues & Opportunities in Developing Countries

Co-Sponsored by International Center for Women and I.T. and Hewlett Packard.

Session Chair::

Barbara Waugh, Ph.D., Director, University Relations, Hewlett-Packard Company

Chat Garcia Ramillo (APC Women) - Women, Literacy, and ICTs: An Overview

Margarita Salas (Bellanet, Costa Rica Office) - A Focus on Women in Costa Rica & ICTs

Meredith Anderson (Louisiana State University) - Gender, Technology, & Development in South India

Hela Nafti (Education Specialist, Tunisia) - Women, Education, ICT and Africa : Understanding the Issues

Reem Jamal Obeidat (UNESCO Chair, Communication Technology and Journalism for Women, Dubai Women's College) - ICT: the Critical Connection for Professional Women in the Middle East, with Special Reference to Media

Nancy Hafkin (Director, Knowledge Working Former Coordinator, African Information Society Initiative (AISI); United Nations Economic Commission for Africa) - Issues in Women, ICT, and Education: The Work to Be Done

Claudia Morrell, Executive Director, Center for Women and Information Technology -

Closing Remarks and Next Steps


TOP HAT ROOM - Tuesday 15 November, 2005: 14:30 - 16:30

3.3 Building International Collaborations

Session  Chair:

Gregory Monaco, Kansas State University and Director for Research, Great Plains Network Consortium, US

The purpose of this panel is to examine the present practices of scientists and educators involved in national and international collaborations and, then, to discuss implications of present practice for the future of interdisciplinary and inter-institutional collaborations. Panel participants are actively involved in multi-disciplinary, multi-institutional research and education collaborations and bring several perspectives to the panel.

Gregory E. Monaco, Ph.D. Director for Research and Education, Great Plains Network Consortium, US

Janet Poley, Ph.D., President, American Distance Education Consortium (ADEC), US

Jelel Ezzine, Ph.D., Direction Générale de la Recherche Scientifique, Ministère de l'Enseignement Supérieur (MES), Tunisia


EL MELIA ROOM - Tuesday 15 November, 2005: 8:30 - 10:30

3.4 History of Information Technology

Session  Chair:

Rick Duque, Louisiana State University


Celso Candido Azambuja (Porto Alegre, Brazil) - Information Society and the Internet in Brazil

Martin Collins - One World…One Telephone: The Iridium Satellite Venture and the Global Age

Mikael Snaprud, A. Sawicka, A.B. Pillai, N. Olsen, M.G. Olsen, V. Laupsa, T. Gjøsæter - Open Source: basis for synergies in the ICT education and research


EL MELIA ROOM - Tuesday 15 November, 2005: 11:00 - 13:00

3.5 Global Internet Research II  

Session  Chair:

Paul A. David, Professor of Economics, Oxford University and Stanford University

William Dutton  (Oxford Internet Institute) The Social Dynamics of the Internet: The Oxford Internet Surveys and the World Internet Project

Hernan Galperin (USC, World Internet Project) - Latin American IT

Jeremy Hunsinger - Internet Research: A View from AoIR

Ricardo Duque (Louisiana State University) - Internet Golpe in Chile

Johan Bang (Fiber Optic Valley/ World Internet Institute) - Swedish Internet studies/use


EL MELIA ROOM - Tuesday 15 November, 2005: 14:30 - 16:30

3.6 Kerala Special Session 

Session  Chair:

Antony Palackal, Loyola College of Social Sciences, Sreekariyam, Kerala

P.H. Kurien (Secretary, Department of Information Technology, Government of Kerala)

Aruna Sunderajan (Country Coordinator, U.N. ICD Commission) -

R. Sooryamoorthy (University of KwaZulu Natal, Durban, South Africa) -

T.T. Sreekumar (National University of Singapore) -

Govindan Parayil & Jayan Thomas (University of Oslo, Norway) -



SIDI BOU SAID ROOM - TUESDAY 15 November, 2005

3.7 Closing Plenary Speakers  17:00 - 19:00

Moderator: R. Sooryamoorthy, Department of Sociology, University of KwaZulu Natal

Honorable Albert Kan-Dapaah (MP), Minister of Communications, Ghana

Wiebe Bijker, Professor, University of Maastricht, Past President, Society for Social Studies of Science

Madame Hu Qiheng, Vice President, China Association for Science & Technology, Chair of Internet Society of China

Mohamed Hassan, Executive Director, Third World Academy of Science

Wesley Shrum, Director, World Science Project

George Okwach, Director, Kenya Sugar Research Foundation