Seán Ó Siochrú

 

Se�n � Siochr�

Email sean@nexus.ie
Updated April, 2004
Se�n


 

Se�n � Siochr� has over twenty years experience of international communications and media assessment, regional economic issues, and local development activities. Recent assignments include:  the Final Evaluation of InfoTuk Programme(Information Sharing in Turkmenistan for Sustainable Human Development), UNDP, 2004; Team Leader, Final Global Evaluation: Sustainable Development Networking Programme, UNDP, 2003 (including national evaluations in Bangladesh, India, Romania and Guyana) In the 1990s he played a key role in evaluating the EU�s STAR and Telematique Programmes (between them spending 2 billion ecu on telecommunications), and has directed projects for EU Directorates General V, XII, XIII, XVI and XXIII.

He was Secretary General and Treasurer (past Vice-Chair) of the MacBride Round Table on Communications, which meets every year in a different country to debate global communications issues. Working-Group coordinator at Hawaii, January 1994, Tunis, March 1995 and Seoul, August 1996. Round Table organiser, Boulder, Colorado October 1997, and Amman, Jordan 1998.
 

His primary degree is from Trinity College Dublin, and he has completed postgraduate degrees in Canada and Cork. 

Positions Held and Some Recent Highlights

 

       Recent featured journalism include: �Lost Opportunities for the WSIS� in UNDP Oslo Centre�s Update: Soapbox Section  Spring 2004; and �Failure and Success at the WSIS� in UNRISD News No. 26, Spring/Summer 2004.

       Final Evaluation of InfoTuk Programme(Information Sharing in Turkmenistan for Sustainable Human Development), UNDP, 2004.

       Team Leader, Final Global Evaluation: Sustainable Development Networking Programme, UNDP, 2003 (including national evaluations in Bangladesh, India, Romania and Guyana)

       Joint Coordinator, UNDP/WSIS National Meetings Project: Africa, Asia  2003.

       Edited with B. Girard, Communicating in the Information Society, UNRISD, 2003. (www.unrisd.org)

       Member (Networks & Coalitions) Civil Society Bureau, World Summit on the Information Society 2003.

       Author: Global Governance of ICTs: Implications for Global Civil Society. Social Science Research Council (SSRC), New York, 2003.  http://www.ssrc.org/programs/itic/governance_report/index.page

       Commissioned author (with Bruce Girard), Information Wants to be Free, Visions Paper, International Telecommunication Union (ITU), Presented WSIS Prepcom II 2003. (www.itu.int/visions/).   

       Spokesperson, CRIS Campaign (Communication Rights in the Information Society: www.crisinfo.org).

       Coordinator, World Forum on Communication Rights, Geneva December 2003 (www.communicationsrights.org). 

       Civil Society Representative, Intergovernmental Bureau, Regional WSIS Meeting, Bucharest, 2002.  

       Author: Global Media Governance: A Beginners Guide, with Bruce Girard, Rowman & Littlefield, Boulder & London. 2002. (www.comunica.org/gmg)

       Lead evaluator of Sustainable Development Networking Programme, Pakistan for UNDP, 2001. (www.sdnpk.org)

       Coordinator, Issues and Options Study for Knowledge Networking in ACP Countries, for the European Union�s DG Development, and World Bank. 2000-2001. Designed/developed proposals and partners to link academic institutions and governments in knowledge networking, funded by European Development Fund. Two African networks and one in the South Pacific were designed. (www.comunica.org/apren/)

       Invited participant to the planning meeting for the African Knowledge Networks Forum (AKNF) to be held by the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) in Addis Ababa, in early 2001. 

       Member, Technical Advisory Committee for the UN Economic Commission for Africa's inaugural Africa Development Forum (ADF�99), October 1999; Participation in, and report for, the post-Forum planning meeting March 2000 for a Summit of African Leaders.

       Rapporteur, ITU (International Telecommunication Union) Development Sector: Focus Group on NGOs and Telecommunications, Study Group 2 Question 10/G 1999

       Coordinator of ENRAP (Electronic Networking for Rural Asia/Pacific Projects), Phase 1 for IFAD, the UN agricultural development agency, 1998/9, a $1m project to explore internet use using participatory methodologies among IFAD-funded projects in eight Asia Pacific countries. (www.enrap.org)

       Member of Task Force for GAIT (Global Access to ICT), a joint South African/IDRC initiatives to set up a global centre to promote universal access in less developed countries, 1998. 

       Secretary General (1996 - 1998) of the MacBride Round Table on Global Communications: Round Table organiser: Seoul 1996; Boulder, Colorado October 1997; and Amman, Jordan 1998.

       Founder member and co-organiser of Platform for Democratisation, an association founded in 1996 of international NGOs involved in communication and media.

       Founder and Chairperson of Community Media Network, a network to further the use of democratic and community media for local development in Ireland.

       Conceived and directed �Day at the Races� project, funded by European Year against Racism, using participative community media to combat racism against refugees and travellers in Ireland, 1997/8.

       Author, for IDRC and South African government: Telecommunications and Universal Service: International Experience in the Context of South African Policy Reform. IDRC, Canada 1996.

       Invited lecturer on International Telecommunication Policy, for Telecoms Policy Environment Training Course, P&DM, Wits University, Johannesburg, South Africa, August 1997.  (14 lecture hours)

       Methodology development for : Information Society in Central and Eastern Europe, under the EU�s INCO/­COPERNICUS Programme covering Poland, Lithuania, Ukraine and Hungary, 1997/8.

       Leader of the CEDIS project, to develop distance training to empower disadvantaged groups in using the Internet; piloted in Ireland, Greece and Italy; funded by ISPO (European Commission), 1997/9. 

       Project leader of An Assessment of Social and Economic Cohesion Aspects of the Information Society in Europe (5 vols.), DGXIII & DGXVI, European Commission, 1995 (Contract No. 71041).

       A report to the Secretary General of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) entitled: The ITU and NGOs: The Case for Mutual Cooperation, presented October 1995.

       Project Leader of ACCORDE: Advanced Communications for Cohesion and Regional Development, for DGXIII, IT&T Action Plan: 1994/5.

       Roundtable Expert at TELECOM �95: Strategy Summit, ITU�s Four-Yearly Conference, Geneva.

       Deputy leader of the EU STAR Programme evaluation, for DGXVI (led by Ewbank Preece), 1993.

       Responsible for global trends and policies in telecommunications, in Global Perspectives 2010: Tasks for Science and Technology, EC's MONITOR/FAST Programme coordinated by SPRU, 1992.

 

 

Publications, assignments and presentations are shown under four headings below:

      Information Society and Telecommunications

      Alternative Media and Non Governmental Organisations (NGOs)

      Exclusion and Empowerment

      European, Regional and National Economic Development

 


Information Society, Telecommunications, Universal Service

Books:

Communicating in the Information Society, editor with B. Girard, United Nations Research Institute for Social Development, Geneva.  December 2003.  (www.unrisd.org)

Global Media Governance:  A Beginners Guide, with Bruce Girard, Rowman & Littlefield, Boulder, USA.  May 2002.

Telecommunications and Universal Service: International Experience in the Context of South African Policy Reform, 1996, International Development Research Centre, Canada, ISBN 0-88936-809-0. (http://www.idrc.ca/books/focus.html)

Europe Connected or Disconnected? Broadband in Less Developed Regions, (summary in Spanish, Portuguese, Greek, Italian), Fundesco, Madrid, 1991. ISBN 84-86094-83-6

Published and Commissioned Papers and Chapters:

�Will the Real WSIS Please Stand-up? The Historic Encounter of the Information Society and the Communication Society, Gazette - The International Journal for Communication Studies Vol 66 No. 3/4, June July 2004.  Sage, London, Amsterdam

�Bridging the Digital Divide in European Cities � Innovative eInclusion projects and policy issues� (with Paul Butler, Jon Ihle). Part III in Social and Macro Economic and Economic Impact of ICTs on Selected Cities in North West Europe, (Ed. Van der Meer et al) Euricor, Rotterdam, 2004.

�ICT Cluster Cases:  Dublin and Cork� (with Paul Butler, Jon Ihle).. Annexes in: �ICT Clusters in European Cities during the 1990s: Development Patterns and Policy Lessons, (Ed. Van der Meer et al) Euricor, Rotterdam, 2003.

Global Governance of ICTs: Implications for Global Civil Society. Social Science Research Council (SSRC), New York, 2003.  http://www.ssrc.org/programs/itic/governance_report/index.page

Sustainable Development Networking Programme: Final Assessment, UNDP New York.

�The ITU, the WTO and Accounting Rates: Limited Prospects for the South?�, Javnost: The Public, Special Edition, European Institute for Communication and Culture, Slovenia, Volume 4., No. 4 1997. (early version http://ucsub.colorado.edu/~weinberr/OSiochru.html)

�Information Society and Policy Options in Less-Favoured Regions�, with Andy Gillespie, Published in proceedings of: Europe and the Developing World in the Globalised Information Society: Employment, Education and Trade Implications, United National University/INTECH, Maastricht, October, 1996.

�A Global Universal Service: Prospects and Problems�, ITU TELECOM �95 Strategies Summit proceedings, Geneva, October 1995.

'Comunicaciones de Banda Ancha en Regiones Perif�ricas de Europa', in FUNDESCO Boletin, No. 112, December 1990.

'Telecoms: RACE in the Regions' (with P. Doyle), European Trends 4/88, Economist Intelligence Unit, 1988.

Conference Papers and other Presentations:

�Agenda Setting on Inequality and IT Research�, Information Technology and Social Inequality, CIDCM, University of Maryland, USA, February 16th 1999.

�Universal Access, Universal Service: Towards a Right to Communicate in an Information Society? Vid�azimut Virtual Conference on Right to Communicate, May 1998,  http://commposite.uqam.ca/videaz

�Master of ICT Technologies - or their Slave?� Colloque: Droits to l�homme et technologies de l�information et de la communication, (Interministerial Mission). October 9th to 10th 1998. FRANCE.

�The ITU, the WTO and Accounting Rates: Limited Prospects for the South?�, EURICOM Colloquium on Communication and Culture, Boulder, Colorado, October 2nd to 5th 1997.

�The Use and Abuse of the �Information Society�: Reclaiming the Concept?�, 9th MacBride Round Table, Boulder Colorado, October 1st to 2nd 1997 (http://tdg.uoguelph.ca/~drichard/macbride).

�Global and Regional Trends in Telecommunication Policy�, Module 3 of Telecoms Policy Environment Training Course, Graduate School of Public & Development Management, Wits University, Johannesburg, South Africa, August 18th - 22nd 1997 (14 lecture hours)

�The Global Information Society: Where from, and Where to?�, Keynote Speech, AGM and Conference of the National Information Technology Forum (NITF), Pretoria, South Africa, August 18th 1997. 

�Disadvantage in the Information Society: European Community intervention policies�, Exclusion in the Information Society, IMAGO & SVE, Perugia, 11 April 1997.   

�Two Policy Proposals for Regions and Cities�, Roundtable presentation at The Information Society and Users, OPSI/IRES, Turin, 26th to 27th March 1997.

�Information Society and Policy Options in Less-Favoured Regions�, with Andy Gillespie, Europe and the Developing World in the Globalised Information Society: Employment, Education and Trade Implications, International Workshop, United National University/INTECH, Maastricht, 17th to 19th October, 1996.

�Universal Service and Liberalisation: The Potential for Networking�, Towards a Southern African Information Network, conference of the International Council for Scientific and Technical Information (ICSTI), Johannesburg, South Africa, 13th to 14th May 1996.

�Universal Service and Liberalisation: Making it Work for Communities�, Empowering Communities in the Information Society, Johannesburg, South Africa, 15th to 17th May 1996.

 �Social Cohesion and the Information Society: The Key Role of Universal Service�, IRISI Conference From Industrial Society, to the Information Society, Manchester, 14th to 15th March 1996.

�An Overview of Telematics for Regional Development in Europe�, EMERIT Conference: Pour une T�l�matique au Service du D�veloppement R�gional, Namur, December 11th 1995.

�A Global Universal Service: Prospects and Problems�, International Telecommunications Union�s TELECOM �95 conference, Geneva, October 1995.

�Strategic Options for ICT in Less Favoured Regions�, with A. Bianchi, J. Cornford, B. Dillon, A. Gillespie and L. Qvortrup, ITS European Regional Conference, Juan les Pins, France, September 1995.

�Telecommunications and Regional Development in Europe� with Andy Gillespie, European Transport and Communication Network: Policies on European Networks, NECTAR Portugal, April 1995.

�From Technology Promotion to Regional Strategy Enhancement�, Telework �94: New Ways to Work, Berlin, November 3rd - 4th, 1994.

�Advanced Communications and Regional Development: The ACCORDE Approach�, Advanced Communications and Regional Development, Azores, June 5th and 6th, 1994.

'The EC's STAR Programme: Lessons for the Pacific', Pacific Telecommunications Conference, Hawaii, January 16th - 20th, 1994.

'STAR Programme: Lessons for Programme Development', European Conference on Telematics, Crete, 24-26th October 1993.

'Telecommunications for Rural Development: Some Good Practice Guidelines', Second International School of Rural Development, Galway, June 28 to July 9th 1993.

'The EC's Telecom Policy and Less Developed Regions: The STAR Programme', European Conference, IAMCR (International Association for Mass Communication Research), Dublin, 24th - 26th June 1993.

'A Role for Telecommunications Policy in European Community Regional Development', European Regional Conference, International Telecommunications Society, Budapest, August 1989.

'The Relevance of Advanced Communications to Rural Revitalisation', paper to ORA Workshop, CEC DGXIII/F, Brussels, 1988.

'Prospects for Broadband in Rural and Peripheral Regions of the European Community', the International Conference on Telecommunications and Economic Opportunities, Newcastle-on-Tyne, September 1988.

Research Assignments:

Project Title:                        Commissioning Body:                        Year

Final Evaluation, InfoTuk Project (Information Sharing for Turkmenistan for Sustainable Human Development)

 UNDP, Turkmenistan

 2004.   

 

 

 

Macro Economic and Economic Trends in Europe�s

European Commission

2001 - 04

Information Society (MUTEIS)

IST Programme

 

Final Global Evaluation of SDNP

UNDP/UNOPS

2002 - 03

Final Evaluation of Sustainable Development

UNDP/UNOPS

2001

Networking Programme, Pakistan

 

 

Issues and Options Study for Knowledge

World Bank Institute, and EC�s  

2000 - 01

Networking in ACP Countries

 European Commission DG Dev

 

Electronic Networking for Rural Asia/Pacific Projects:

International Fund for Agricultural

1998 -

(ENRAP): Project Coordinator

Development (IFAD, a UN Agency)

2000

Global Access to Information and Communication

International Development Research

1998

Technologies (GAIT): Task Force Member

Centre / South Africa. government.

 

Regional Information Society Strategy for EPIRUS 

Epirus Regional Secretariat,

1998/9

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