Although I spend most of my time working as an ICT for Development (ICT4D) Consultant for United Nations and bilateral development agencies, I am interested in a number of research topics. At times these areas coincide with my professional endeavors, in other cases they simply represent areas that I would like to do more work in. The topics build on some of the trends emerging in my doctoral research on Internet, modernization and globalization in the developing world. 

Internet and Tourism for Development

The Internet is becoming an important communications infrastructure for tourism development. This holds particularly true in developing countries where tourism represents an important means with which to promote socio-economic development. Representing a visible instance of globalization, tourism brings about many opportunities as well as challenges for developing countries. Although tourism as a development strategy is receiving increasing attention, the role of the Internet in this process remains under investigated. At some point I hope to be able to assess how Internet-mediated tourism can be used to promote development in least developed countries, preferably in the Asia Pacific region. Meanwhile, there is no doubt that the Internet is already affecting tourism development, even in the most remote parts of the world.

Open Source for Social Development

It is important to identify alternative technologies to ensure sustainable and equitable access to the Internet in developing countries. Open source is such an alternative. Not only does open source represent an alternative economic model for Internet development, but it also represents some of the most salient characteristics of the culture of the Internet. Open source is now making inroads into policy and decision making at international and national levels. Meanwhile, open source is spreading like wild fire throughout the developing world, not least through the efforts of a global community of OS advocates. At the ICT4D Platform of the World Summit on the Information Society, 9-13 December 2003 in Geneva, I had the opportunity to organize a high-level panel on open source, drawing on the experiences of prominent developing country representatives. The essence of this rich debate was but an example of the complexity of issues surrounding OS, some of which I am hoping to shed further light on in the near future.