Diálogo Regional sobre Sociedad de la Información (DIRSI)

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering is engaged in ongoing research with Diálogo Regional sobre Sociedad de la Información, DIRSI.

Funded by IDRC, DIRSI is a research collaborative that supports policymaking to promote effective participation of poor and marginalized communities in the Information Society. Network members represent a variety of countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, the region of the network's geographic focus. The DIRSI team comprises resident researchers who have experience as in-country team leaders. They, and their research teams, are language fluent and have well-established relationships with standard ICT organizations and service centres as well as with related public and private institutions in their home countries.

The individual and collective strength of DIRSI team members spans a diverse set of skills and experience, appropriate to ICT research. In particular, its team members are all well established, published academics with strong analytical as well as empirical research port folios which variously cover ICT technology, policy, regulation, law, economics, business and management.

DIRSI researchers also have extensive experience with primary and secondary data collection and analysis on matters relating to the many dimensions of ICTs for development. The network has produced a number of investigative reports to tight timeframes, including the 2007 book "Digital Poverty: Latin American and Caribbean Perspectives. Ed. H. Galperin and J. Mariscal" , a series of background papers on Mobile Opportunities: Poverty and Telephony Access in LAC and an analysis, based on field studies, of mobile opportunities among disadvantaged communities in seven Latin American and Caribbean countries.

DIRSI has a well-established organizational framework under which its administrative, research and outreach tasks are managed and coordinated. More information on DIRSI is available at its website: www.dirsi.net.

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