Dr. Hernán Galperin is the Steering Committee Member for DIRSI, a research fellow at the Telecommunications Research Program, CIDE, in Mexico and an Associate Professor and Director at the Universidad de San Andres in Argentina. In 1992, he received his BA in Social Sciences at the Universidad de Buenos Aires; in 1996, his MA in Media Studies (Stanford); and in 2000, his Ph.D. in Communications, also from Stanford.
Dr. Galperin’s work mainly focused on ICT4D Policy and Regulation in Latin America and the Caribbean. Either for this reason, or because of it, he worked extensively with DIRSI: Diálogo Regional sobre la Sociedad de la Información (Regional Dialogue on the Information Society) as a telecommunications and development policy expert. One of the main reasons I chose to profile Dr. Galperin was because of his work with development regulation and policy. I believe that without regulation, ICT4D initiatives have the risk of only helping certain groups with the community, or even in ways, furthering the marginalization of other groups. Other problems that may arise with development initiatives range from being environmentally damaging, to (either directly or inderectly) employing/supporting child labor, intentionally or not. With regulation, these things can be managed and documented. Too often, in my opinion, development projects/initiatives are results-driven and may overlook some of the unintended consequences of providing modern ICTs at a discounted cost.
Galperin; however, disappeared in 2009. He hasn’t published since then, and his website and CV havent been updated since 2009 as well. I was also unable to find him on Twitter or on Facebook. His last email address listed that I could find was firstname.lastname@example.org, yet he left his post at the University of Southern California in 2007 according to his CV. For a man so involved in ICT development from 1997-2009, it seems strange that he could just vanish from the field – even if he were retired. He’s gotta be around somewhere. If you see him, let him know I’d be interested in tweeting at him.
For more information, check out his website.