DOT- COM Technical Advisory Group
Fourth Technical Advisory Group (TAG) Meeting
March 13, 2006
|Comprehensive DOT-COM Activity Report (full Report)
|List of DOT-COMments Newsletter Articles for 2005-6, with short summaries.
|Comprehensive DOT_COM Alliance Activity Report (Executive Summaries)
|Collection of dot-ORG Project Briefs (all briefs in one single PDF)
|Best Practices Series (dot-GOV)
|Women in Technology Summary Reports (dot-GOV)
DOT-COM Slide Show
|TAG Meeting Final Report
Meeting Goal and Specific Objectives
The overall goal of the meeting is to reflect upon, share and discuss lessons learned from the DOT-COM Alliance in order to help USAID identify the most effective interventions and mechanisms going forward.
More specifically, the agenda will be developed around the following key questions:
1. What have we learned?
2. Which ICT interventions will be most beneficial to development objectives, considering sustainability and access for the underserved?
3. How can DOT-COM Alliance experience contribute to future efforts?
4. What working relationships between USAID and its cooperators work best when thinking ahead for future ICT programs?
9:00-9:15 – Welcome and Introductions
9:15-10:30 – Presentations by each of the dots
Lessons learned by dots: Each “dot” will summarize lessons learned (positive and negative).
• dot-GOV (20 min)
• dot-EDU (20 min)
• dot-ORG (20 min)
10:30-10:45 – Coffee Break
10:45-12:00 –Facilitated Discussion
A dynamic impartial facilitator will lead discussions centered on how the DOT-COM Alliance experience can contribute to future efforts.
12:00-12:45 – USAID Presentation
What is next from USAID’s Perspective (20 min presentation followed by Q&A/discussion.)
12:45-1:30 – LUNCH (informal)
1:30-1:45 – Synthesis by the Facilitator & Directions for Break Out Sessions
1:45-2:30 - Break out sessions
The three dots will lead separate one-hour discussions on specific topics highlighted in the earlier morning presentations and facilitated discussions.
2:30-2:40 – Short afternoon break
2:40-3:30 – Closing session (all dots)
Dr. Vinton G. Cerf
Vinton G. Cerf is senior vice president of Internet Architecture and Technology for WorldCom. Cerf is the co-designer of the TCP/IP protocol, the communications protocol that gave birth to the Internet and which is commonly used today. In December 1997, President Clinton presented the U.S. National Medal of Technology to Cerf and his partner, Robert E. Kahn, for founding and developing the Internet.
Prior to rejoining MCI in 1994, Cerf was vice president of the Corporation for National Research Initiatives (CNRI). As vice president of MCI Digital Information Services from 1982-1986, he led the engineering of MCI Mail, the first commercial email service to be connected to the Internet.
During his tenure from 1976-1982 with the U.S. Department of Defense's Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), Cerf played a key role leading the development of Internet and Internet-related data packet and security technologies.
Cerf served as founding president of the Internet Society from 1992-1995 and as the chairman of the Board from 1998-1999. He is a fellow of the IEEE, ACM, American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering.
Cerf holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from Stanford University and Master of Science and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science from UCLA. He also holds honorary Doctorates from the University of the Balearic Islands, ETH in Switzerland, Capitol College and Gettysburg College.
Dr. Peter Cowhey
Peter F. Cowhey began serving as Dean of the Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific Studies (IR/PS) at UC San Diego in July of 2002. He also continues to serve as Director of the Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation (IGCC), a UC system-wide, multi-campus research unit dedicated to mobilizing the expertise of the University to address major issues of international relations.
His major fields of research are international political economy, comparative foreign policy, and international relations theory. In 1994, Cowhey took leave from UCSD to join the Federal Communications Commission. In 1997 he became the Chief of the International Bureau of the FCC where he was in charge of all policy and licensing for international telecommunications services, including all satellite issues and licensing for the FCC. Prior to becoming Bureau Chief he was the Commission's Senior Counselor for International Economic and Competition Policy. His current research includes the political determinants of foreign policy, the reorganization of the global communications and information industries, and the future of foreign trade and investment rules in the Pacific Rim.
Cowhey's extensive research and writings on international telecommunications markets and regulation have been supported by such research institutes as the World Bank, the Council on Foreign Relations, the American Enterprise Institute, the Brookings Institution, the Markle Foundation, and the Twentieth Century Fund. His books include: The Problems of Plenty: Energy Policy and International Politics; When Countries Talk: International Trade in Telecommunications Services (with J. Aronson); Managing the World Economy: The Consequences of Corporate Alliances (with J. Aronson); and Structure and Policy in Japan and United States (co-edited with Mathew McCubbins). He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
William E. Kennard
As chairman of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission from November, 1997 to January, 2001, William E. Kennard presided over the FCC at an historic time. During his tenure, he shaped policies that created an explosion of new wireless phones, brought the Internet to a majority of American households, and resulted in billions of dollars of investment in new broadband technologies. At the same time, he implemented bold new policies to bridge the digital divide in the United States and around the world.
As FCC chairman, Kennard promoted the benefits of competition and deregulation worldwide. He pioneered an innovative Development Initiative to assist countries in the developing world to participate more fully in the global information infrastructure. Through this initiative, Mr. Kennard signed the first partnership agreements on behalf of the FCC with ten countries on four continents to share U.S. regulatory experience with emerging regulatory authorities.
Kennard served as general counsel of the FCC from 1993 until his appointment as chairman. Before joining the FCC, he was a partner and member of the board of directors of the law firm of Verner, Liipfert, Bernhard, McPherson and Hand, in Washington, D.C.
Kennard joined The Carlyle Group, a private equity firm, in May 2001 as a managing director in the global telecommunications and media group. He was formerly senior fellow at the Aspen Institute, Communications and Society Program, in Washington, D.C. Mr. Kennard is a graduate of Stanford University and Yale Law School.
Elliot E. Maxwell
Elliot E. Maxwell advises public and private sector clients on strategic issues involving the intersection of business, technology, and public policy in the Internet and E-commerce domains. He is a Fellow of the Center for the Study of American Government at Johns Hopkins University and a Distinguished Research Fellow of the eBusiness Research Center of the Pennsylvania State University.
From 1998 until 2001, Mr. Maxwell served as Special Advisor for the Digital Economy to U.S. Secretary of Commerce William Daley and U. S. Secretary of Commerce Norm Mineta. In this position he was the principal advisor to the Secretary on the Internet and E-commerce. He coordinated the Commerce Department's efforts to establish a legal framework for electronic commerce, ensure privacy, protect intellectual property, increase Internet security, encourage broadband deployment, expand Internet participation, and analyze the impact of electronic commerce on all aspects of business and the economy. He was deeply involved in the development of E-government activities and was a founding member of the U.S. Government Interagency Working Group on Electronic Commerce.
After leaving the government, Mr Maxwell was Senior Fellow for the Digital Economy and Director of the Internet Policy Project for the Aspen Institute's Communications and Society Program. The Communications and Society Program focuses on the impact of communications and information technologies on democratic institutions, the economy, individual behavior, and community life.
Previously, Mr. Maxwell worked for a number of years as a consultant and as Assistant Vice President for Corporate Strategy of Pacific Telesis Group where he combined business, technology, and public policy planning. He served at the Federal Communications Commission as Special Assistant to the Chairman, Deputy Chief of the Office of Plans and Policy, and Deputy Chief of the Office of Science and Technology. Mr. Maxwell also worked for the U.S. Senate as Senior Counsel to the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Activities.
Mr. Maxwell graduated from Brown University and Yale University Law School. He has written and spoken widely on issues involving the Internet, electronic commerce, telecommunications, and technology policy. His most recent work, Rethinking Boundaries in Cyberspace, written with Erez Kalir, has just been published by the Aspen Institute and is available at http://www.aspeninstitute.org/c&s/pdfs/rethinkcyberspace.pdf
Dr. Michael R. Nelson
As Director of Internet Technology and Strategy at IBM, Mike Nelson manages a team helping define and implement IBM's Next Generation Internet strategy. His group is working with university researchers on NGi technology, shaping standards for the NGi, and communicating IBM's NGi vision to customers, policy makers, the press, and the general public. He is also responsible for organizing IBM's involvement in the Global Internet Project, a coalition of 14 telecom and computer companies working to address key Internet issues.
Prior to joining IBM in July, 1998, Nelson was Director for Technology Policy at the Federal Communications Commission. There he helped craft policies to foster electronic commerce, spur development and deployment of new technologies, and improve the reliability and security of the nation's telecommunications networks.
Before joining the FCC in January, 1997, Nelson was Special Assistant for Information Technology at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy where he worked with Vice President Gore and the President's Science Advisor on issues relating to the Global Information Infrastructure, including telecommunications policy, information technology, encryption, electronic commerce, and information policy.
From 1988 to 1993, Nelson served as a professional staff member for the Senate's Subcommittee on Science, Technology, and Space, chaired by then-Senator Gore. He was the lead Senate staffer for the High-Performance Computing Act.
Nelson has a B.S. in geology from Caltech, and a Ph.D. in geophysics from MIT.
Steve Cisler is a librarian and telecommunications consultant who has been involved with community networks since 1986. In the 1990's while at Apple Computer, Inc, he made grants to libraries and communities that were building Free Nets and other community networks. He convened two community networking conferences, Ties That Bind, in 1994 and 1995, that brought together networkers from the United States, Great Britain, Canada, New Zealand, Japan, Mexico, and Germany. He headed a project as Apple to free up unlicensed wireless spectrum (5 GHz band) for public use.
In 1996, Cisler helped found what is now the Association For Community Networking, and since then has been active in the rural United States and in Latin America to help grow community-based ICT projects.
Cisler has worked with indigenous groups in the Americas and Asia on issues related to connectivity, cultural content, and language revitalization. He has written guidebooks on connectivity and "sustainability" in developing country projects. His main goal is to see groups sharing common goals working across traditional boundaries.
Ms. Clotilde Fonseca is a founding director of the Costa Rican Educational Informatics Program created in 1988 in Costa Rica by the Omar Dengo Foundation and the Ministry of Public Education, a program that has reached over one million children and teachers during its first decade of work. She has been Executive Director of the Omar Dengo Foundation from its founding in 1987 to 1994 and from 1996 to present.
Fonseca has also been Executive President of the Costa Rican Social Assistance Institute, the national institution in charge of antipoverty programs (1994-1995). At present she is also a member of the Advisory Board to the Minister of Science and Technology and of the Advisory Board of the State of the Nation Project, and of the Hemispheric Advisory Board of the Institute of Connectivity for the Americas established by the Government of Canada.
Fonseca is the author of the book Computers in Costa Rican Schools and of many academic and general interest articles in the areas of education, technology and socio-economic development. Among the more recent are "Computers in Education in Costa Rica: Towards an Innovative Approach for the Use of Computers in Schools" in Spanish (UNICEF 1999), "The Computer: A New Door to Educational and Social Opportunities" (LCSI, Canada (1999, "Rethoric vs. Practice: An Analysis of the World Summit on Social Development" in Spanish (1998) and "Educational Challenges for the Education of Poor Urban Youth" in Spanish and English (UNICEF-HABITAT 1998). More recent publications include "Innovative Teachers" (March 2001) "Myths and Goals on the Uses of Information Technologies in Education" (September 2001), and "Aprendizaje y Tecnologías Digitales: ¿Novedad o Innovación?" (2002).
Fonseca holds a Master in Public Administration, with emphasis on Education and Technology Policy, from Harvard University where she was granted a Luscius Littauer award for academic leadership. She also has a "licenciate" degree in English Literature by the University of Costa Rica and has done graduate work in mass communication at the University of Navarre, Spain. Ms. Fonseca has been professor at the University of Costa Rica, where she has also done research. Fonseca is particularly interested in the democratic uses of new technologies, and in the use of digital technologies for the development of talent, creativity and cognitive skills.
Dr. Nancy J. Hafkin
Dr. Nancy J. Hafkin has been working to promote the development of information and communications in Africa over the course of more than twenty-five years.
Hafkin spearheaded the Pan African Development Information System (PADIS) of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) from 1987 until 1997. She then served as Team Leader for Promoting of Information Technology for Development, of the Development Information Services Division of ECA (UN) from 1997 until 2000, where she was Coordinator of the African Information Society Initiative (AISI), the African governments' mandate to use ICTs to accelerate socio-economic development in Africa.
Hafkin also served as a facilitator in establishing the Partnership for Information and Communication Technologies in Africa (PICTA), a coordinating body of donor and executing agency partners in support of the AISI. She headed a number of early efforts at electronic connectivity in Africa, particularly through the Capacity Building for Electronic Communication in Africa project, 1993-1996 (CABECA) and the organization of major conferences including the Regional Symposium on Telematics (1995), Global Connectivity for Africa (1998) and the first African Development Forum: Challenges to African of Globalization and the Information Age (1999).
Hafkin has a long history of work on gender and development issues. In 1976, she co-edited Women in Africa: Studies in Social and Economic Change (Stanford University Press). From 1976-1987 she worked as Chief of Research and Publications at the African Training and Research Centre for Women of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia). In 2000 the Association for Progressive established an annual Nancy Hafkin Communications Prize competition. In 2001 she co-authored Gender, Information Technology, and Developing Countries, (digital version can be found at http://learnlink.aed.org/Publications/Gender_Book/Home.htm) commissioned by USAID.
Hafkin is now working as a consultant on gender and information technology. She has a Ph.D. in African history from Boston University.
Dr. Don Richardson
Don Richardson is Director of the TeleCommons Development Group of ESG International, a Canadian company focused on public consultation, communications, and environmental programs. Richardson is a communications expert with many years of experience in participatory community development, working primarily in rural and remote communities. More recently he has directed the public consultation components of a variety of projects in large urban centers, including a Brownfield remediation for residential development in downtown Toronto, where the neighboring community had full input into the planning and design.
Richardson has been involved in global initiatives to promote universal access to information and communication technologies (ICTs), and has gained an international reputation for his work in the application of ICTs for social and economic development: e.g. agricultural information systems; distance education; tele-health; and community development.
Richardson has also served as a senior consultant to national and global organizations for ICT planning, telecom regulatory and policy review, and Universal Access initiatives. These include:
- A multi-stakeholder communication processes surrounding a large scale ($10 million) telecom infrastructure and application project involving First Nations communities in Northern Canada www.knet.ca;
- The Electronic Networking for Rural Asia-Pacific (ENRAP) Project, assessing the communication needs and potential Internet application for rural and agricultural development projects in the region;
- A Rapid Market Appraisal for a rural telephone system in West Africa;
- A telecommunication needs assessment for the State of Arizona;
- Consultation on the design of a number of agricultural information and extension systems;
- A telecenter pilot program in Thailand; and
- A multi-media evaluation of the Grameen VillagePhone in Bangladesh.
He is a member of the G-8 Dot Force Advisory Committee for Global Universal Access of the Government of Canada.
- Communication for development advisor, for the World Bank, providing guidance for the integration of communication components within large scale infrastructure projects;
- Communication Advisor for the Social Action Programme Communication project (SAPCom) in Pakistan;
- Facilitator for the articulation of telecommunication and economic development vision among rural and agricultural stakeholders in the Province of Ontario;
- Assistance with preparation of government policy papers and rural stakeholder engagement for a village telephone and telecommunication infrastructure project in the Philippines; and
- Consultant to FAO for the development of a Virtual Extension and Research Communication Network for the Egyptian Ministry of Agriculture.
Dr. Pedro Hepp
Pedro Hepp is Professor of Education and past Director of the Instituto de Informática Educativa at the Universidad de La Frontera in Chile. He was formerly National Coordinator of Chile's groundbreaking Enlaces Project - one of the first Internet applications to education in Chile. Launched as part of the 1992 educational reform, the Enlaces network now reaches more than 90 percent of the nation's schools.
In July of this year, in recognition of his pioneering work with Enlaces and in other educational technology applications, Hepp was awarded the prestigious 2002 World Technology Award for Education from the World Technology Network. In WTN's words, this award is "to honour those innovators who have done work recently which will have the greatest likely future significance and impact over the long-term... and who will likely become or remain 'key players' in the technological drama unfolding in coming years."
Hepp's particular professional interests are ICT policies for developing countries and technology education. A civil and electrical engineer, Dr. Hepp holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science.
Dr. Ernesto Laval
Dr. Ernesto Laval has worked during the last 12 years in the field of ICT in Education, particularly in the design and implementation of the Chilean National program for ICT in primary and secondary schools Enlaces Network.
Laval is one of the directors of the Instituto de Informática Educativa at the University of La Frontera in Chile, and member of the board of directors of Enlaces Network at the Chilean Ministry of Education.
In the recent years, Laval has been in charge of the design of the Chilean initiative of ICT in rural schools, and currently is working as a senior consultant in the design of the Chilean Strategy for Literacy and Numeracy in primary schools. At the Instituto de Informática Educativa, he has been director of the areas of Education, Distance Education and Pedagogical Practices.
Laval performed his graduate studies in Computer Science (Catholic University of Chile) and Education (Graduate School of Education, University of Bristol, UK).
Dr. John Mayo
John Mayo is Dean of the College and Professor of Communication at Florida State University. From 1984-94 he served as director of FSU's Center for International Studies (part of the Learning Systems Institute). His teaching and research interests include: international and development communication, the diffusion of innovations, and distance learning.
Mayo has directed R&D projects in El Salvador, Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Peru and Nepal. He has served on the editorial boards of the InternationalCommunication Association's (ICA) Journal of Communication and Communication Theory. In 1999, Mayo produced Witness, a video documentary, in collaboration with the Lawyers' Committee on Human Rights.
Mayo received his A.B. in Politics from Princeton and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Communication from Stanford. He was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Colombia from 1965-67 and a Fulbright Lecturer in Chile in 1972, the final year of the Allende Government.
Linda G. Roberts, Ed.D.
Linda G. Roberts directed the U.S. Department of Educations Office of Educational Technology from its inception in September 1993 to January 2001, and served as the Secretary of Educations Special Adviser on Technology. Roberts developed the first National Technology Plan, launched five new technology programs for the Clinton Administration, and increased the Federal technology budget from less than $30 million to over $900 million annually. She is presently a Senior Adviser to several leading technology companies. She is a Trustee of the Board of the Sesame Workshop (Sesame Street) and a Trustee of the Education Development Corporation. In addition she serves on the Boards of Directors of Wireless Generation and Carnegie Learning.
Smithsonian magazine called Roberts, Americas advocate for educational technology at the highest levels of government. While Director of the Office of Educational Technology, Roberts championed the development of the E-RATE, a $2.25 billion program to bring the Internet and advanced telecommunications to the Nations schools and libraries. Through national conferences and special projects Roberts supported research and international efforts to advance the effective use of technology.
Roberts has visited schools and universities across the U.S. and keynoted at more than 150 state, national and international education conferences, and traveled to Brazil, Chile, Finland, Ireland, Japan, Mexico, and the United Kingdom promoting innovative and effective use of educational technology.
Roberts is the recipient of many awards, including the Smithsonian Computer World Award for Leadership in Education, the ISTE Pioneer Award, the Federal 100 Award, and the U.S. Distance Learning Associations Eagle Award. Roberts also served on the George Lucas Educational Foundation Board of Advisers.
Before joining the Clinton Administration, she was a Senior Associate at the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment, where she directed three landmark studies: Power On! New Tools for Teaching and Learning; Linking for Learning: A New Course for Education; and Adult Literacy and Technology: Tools for a Lifetime. She is a former elementary school teacher and reading specialist, university professor and Academic Dean. She also served as an adviser to the Childrens Television Workshop, during the development of Sesame Street and The Electric Company. She holds a B.S. from Cornell University, an Ed.M. from Harvard University, and an Ed.D. from the University of Tennessee.
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