Group Leader (Acting), e-Government/e-Citizen, NRC Institute for Information Technology
William McIver, Jr., Ph.D is a Research Officer for the National Research Council of Canada Institute for Information Technology (NRC-IIT).
is acting Group Leader for NRC-IIT's e-Government
/ e-Citizen Group
and coordinator of its e-Citizen Studio
Bill is a computer scientist with research interests in the areas of social and community informatics.
current work is focused on understanding life-critical information needs and uses of citizens and engaging in participatory design and development of information and communication technologies (ICT) to meet those needs.
also studies human rights as they pertain to communication and ICT.
Bill has served as a civil society delegate to World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) for Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility and was one of the focal points during the first phase of WSIS, with Sally Burch, for Civil Society's Content and Themes Working Group.
Bill was a member of the Information Technology and International Cooperation research network of the Social Science Research Council and he serves as a civil society delegate for Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility to the preparatory process for the United Nations-sponsored World Summit on the Information Society.
was co-editor with Ahmed K. Elmagarmid of the IEEE Computer Special Issue on eGovernment in February 2001 and the book: Advances in Digital Government: Technology, Human Factors, and Policy (Kluwer), May 2002.
In addition, he
has authored several book chapters on topics dealing with social and community informatics, as well as communication rights.
Bill's professional memberships include the ACM Special Interest Group on Computers and Society
(SIGCAS), The IEEE Society on Social Implications of Technology
(SSIT), IEEE Computer Society
, The Society for Philosophy and Technology
, and Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility
He has a B.A. degree in computer science from Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia and a Ph.D degree in computer science, with a specialization in database systems, from the University of Colorado at Boulder in Colorado.