Mark Beech

Mark Beech is a political activist, researcher and writer in the field of Politics, Technology and History. His 2010 short story, ‘Plebicite,’ was of a genocide of voting members of the public, which was followed by a collection of related flash fiction ‘Epilogues to a Plebicide’. His research has included into the misrepresentation of working class men by the media and feminist establishments. Mark has also been a C-Level executive in various guises since 2006. Mark has contested numerous elections in both England and Wales, for the UK Parliament, Welsh Assembly, as well as various forms of local government. Having studied at numerous universities in England, Scotland and Wales, Mark’s hobbies include visiting UK and EU cities, including keeping a ‘Spoon’s log’ of the Wetherspoons establishments he has drank at. In 2015, Mark published ‘Megabus and I: An Empirical History of Stagecoach Group’s Megabus Network in the UK and Continental Europe’ and in the same year published the novel, ‘The Designated Driver,’ which is a cautionary tale about who controls the technology that controllers our lives.

Ivan Mugabi

Ivan Mugabi is a lawyer by professional background with three degrees in law. Holding a master’s degree in Human Rights law (LLM Human Rights law), his enthusiasm for research stretched from my second year of the law school, when he embarked on a legal internship with a Law Chamber with senior Advocates. This exposed him to research skills and he gained in depth knowledge of both the substantive and procedural aspects more especially from the context of the administrative law perspective. He also embraced a research project towards the climax of my first Master’s degree at the University of South Wales.

Piet Kommers

Piet Kommers is a pioneer in media education and leader of NATO Advanced Research Workshops on Cognitive Learning Tools. UNESCO professor and scientific leader with extensive experience in educational technology and social media. “Media have proved to be instrumental to societal evolution the last few decades: the smart phone, virtual reality, interactive video, hypermedia, expert systems, modelling and simulations.” He has a PhD in Educational and Media Design, with a Master in Pedagogy and a Bachelor degree in Teacher Education. Piet Kommers received the prestigious academic award for innovative ‘Experimental Design’ and was very early offered a research position in collaborative group problem solving wherein he designed the ‘Concise Urban Planning Task’. Long-term experience at management level coupled with a strategic appreciation and vision. Methodical in evaluation and systematic implementation. Piet has strong work ethic with a high level of personal integrity (leading by example) and is able to create trust in teams.

Lars Konzak

Lars Konzak is an Associate Professor in Information Science and Cultural Communication at the Royal School of Library and Information Science (RSCLIS) at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark. He has an MA in Information Science and a PhD in Multimedia. He is working with subjects such as ludology, game analysis and design, geek culture and sub-creation.

Gado Alzouma

Gado Alzouma is Professor of Anthropology at the School of Arts and Sciences, American University of Nigeria, Yola. He did his undergraduate and graduate studies in France (Bordeaux and Strasbourg), from 1981 to 1987. From 1988 to 2000 he worked as assistant professor at the department of sociology, Abdou Moumouni University, Niger, before deciding to study for a PhD in anthropology (which he obtained in 2005) at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, USA.

Along with his regular teaching and research job, Gado Alzouma has a long experience working as an evaluator with international development organizations such as the UNFPA, Care International, the World Bank Health Project in Niger, etc. He held temporary positions in such organizations while continuing teaching in university. Thus, between 1993 and 1995, Gado Alzouma was social adviser to Niger’s Prime Minister. Between 1998 and 2000, he worked as consultant on women and children situation analysis for UNICEF country office in Niamey. Between 2000 and 2001 he was the coordinator for evaluation and learning systems, for the Africa and the Information Society Program of the International Development Research Center (IDRC) in Dakar, Senegal. At Southern Illinois University Carbondale, USA, Gado Alzouma worked as a teaching assistant and later as a research fellow in the Global Media Research Center of the same university. He has published many peer-reviewed articles related to Information and Communication Technologies for Development (ICT4D), which is his primary area of research and interest. Gado Alzouma also published papers on the African diaspora in Europe (France) as well as on globalization and identities. He fluent in four (4) languages and the author of numerous evaluation reports.

Lisa Mannay

Lisa Mannay is a twice graduate of the University of South Wales, gaining a HND in Multimedia and a BSc in Multimedia Studies. Lisa has been significantly involved in the performing arts, including acting and local music scenes. She has significant experience in marketing and uses social media to share auto-ethnographic experiences of sales environments.

Publications

Jonathan Bishop and Lisa Mannay. Using the Internet to make local music more available to the South Wales community. In: Jonathan Bishop (Ed.). Transforming Politics and Policy in the Digital Age. IGI Global, Hershey, PA.

Jonathan Bishop

Jonathan Bishop is an information technology executive, researcher and writer. He founded the Centre for Research into Online Communities and E-Learning Systems in 2005, now part of the Crocels Community Media Group.

Jonathan Bishop’s research and development work generally falls within human-computer interaction. He has over 75 publications in this area, including on Internet trolling, cyber-stalking, gamification, cyberlaw, multimedia forensics, Classroom 2.0 and Digital Teens.

In addition to his BSc(Hons) in Multimedia Studies and various postgraduate degrees, including in law, economics and computing, Jonathan Bishop has served in local government as a councillor, been a school governor, and contested numerous elections, including to the UK Parliament.

Jonathan Bishop is a fellow of numerous learned bodies, including BCS, CILIP, the InstAM, the RAI, the RSS and the RSA.

Jonathan Bishop has won prizes for his literary skills and been a finalist in national and local competitions for his environmental, community and equality work, which often form part of action research studies.

In his spare time Jonathan Bishop enjoys listening to music, swimming and chess.

Jonathan Bishop can be contacted at: jonathan@jonathanbishop.com

Niki Lambropoulos

Dr. Niki Lambropoulos is an experienced HCI Education e-learning expert, researcher, consultant, HCI designer & researcher, and online communities manager. Her interests fall in the fields of Human-Computer Interaction Education, E-Learning, Idea Management for Distributed Leadership and User Innovation Networks.

Her specialisation is in Collective Intelligence theory, design and system development and covers the following fields: collaborative learning, co-creativity and community management in Computer Supported Collaborative eLearning (CSCeL); open innovation and user innovation networks in business strategic development; idea generation and distributed leadership in Project Management; and collective intelligence systems design in Human-Computer Interaction.

Her breadth of activities vary from quantitative and qualitative research, social network analysis, business intelligence, as well as software design, online community and e-learning design and engineering, community management, and even presentations, professional speaking and web design.

Studying the leaps between developments reveals patterns of evolution helps to forward existing ideas getting ever further by collaboration and co-creativity. In this way ideas can develop as notes in a music composition allowing infinite possibilities. As imagination is based on previous knowledge, she can translate scientific information into projects and business settings as well as systems requirements. lastly, she believes in equality and encouraging people to develop their personal skills and attributes.

Niki can be contacted by email at: niki@lambropoulos.com