[IRPCoalition] Fwd: Michael Gurstein

Allon Bar allon at allonbar.com
Tue Oct 17 15:45:28 EEST 2017

I'm also sad to hear about Michael's passing. I've only known him
through occasional encounters around the world, and through his
contributions to the Internet Rights and Principles coalition. They were
many in quantity and great in quality.

Thank you for sharing this news Marianne--and please pass on my
sympathies as well if you are in touch with his family.



On 17/10/2017 13:07, Ephraim Percy Kenyanito wrote:
> Sad news indeed.
> --
> Best Regards,
> Ephraim Percy Kenyanito
> Legal Researcher/ Policy Analyst
> Website: https://ephraimkenyanito.com/
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> On 17 October 2017 at 13:40, Hanane Boujemi <simsima25 at gmail.com
> <mailto:simsima25 at gmail.com>> wrote:
>     Really sad news! He will be greatly missed.
>     Hanane
>     On Tue, Oct 17, 2017 at 10:57 AM, Marianne Franklin
>     <m.i.franklin at gold.ac.uk <mailto:m.i.franklin at gold.ac.uk>> wrote:
>         Dear IRP Coalition.
>         I am fowarding to you all the sad news that Mike Gurstein has
>         passed away: an obituary is below.
>         Mike served on the Steering Committee of the IRPC in the early
>         years and contributed to the drafting processes that led to
>         the IRPC Charter, and the Ten Principles. He was also an
>         active member of the IRPC list during this time and on other
>         lists. Mike had firm views, he was willing to share those
>         views and argue his corner with verve, and passion.
>         We wish his family strength at this time.
>         best wishes
>         Marianne F
>         Michael Gurstein  October 2, 1944 - October 8,2017
>          Michael Gurstein was born on October 2, 1944 in
>          Edmonton, Alberta, Canada to Emanuel (Manny) and Sylvia
>          Gurstein.  While still an infant, the family moved to
>          Melfort, Saskatchewan where Manny grew up and his family
>          still lived.  In Mike’s youth, Manny and Sylvia ran a
>          successful retail store.  There, the family grew with a
>          younger sister, Penny. Mike excelled at
>          school.  He spent his summers working at a golf club in
>          Waskesiu and graduated from Melfort Composite Collegiate
>          Institute high school, and then completed an undergraduate
>          degree in philosophy at the University of Saskatchewan in
>          Saskatoon.  Mike was driven by pragmatism and curiosity
>          about the wider world that motivated his doctoral studies in
>          Sociology at the University of Cambridge in the U.K.  While
>          a student, he began his life-long exploration of the world,
>          with trips through North Africa and a long journey from
>          Southeast Asia through Afghanistan and Iran and back to the
>          U.K.  Upon Mike’s return to Canada, he worked
>          in politics and policy, as a senior civil servant for the
>          Province of British Columbia under Barrett’s NDP
>          government (1972-4) and for the Province of Saskatchewan
>          under Blakeney’s NDP Government (1974-5).  While teaching
>          at York University, he ran unsuccessfully for the NDP in the
>          riding of Parkdale. 
>         Mike moved to Ottawa in
>          the late 1970s where he met his wife, Fernande Faulkner. 
>          Together they had two children, Rachel (1981) and Marc
>          (1983).  He and Fernande established and ran a management
>          consulting firm, Socioscope, which studied and guided the
>          social aspects of the introduction of information
>          communication technology.  In Ottawa, Mike also built and
>          managed a real estate portfolio.  In 1992 the family moved
>          to New York, where Mike and Fernande worked for the United
>          Nations.  In 1995, Mike became Associate Chair
>          in the Management of Technological Change at the University
>          College of Cape Breton.  There, he founded the Centre for
>          Community and Enterprise Networking (C/CEN) as a community
>          based research laboratory exploring applications of ICT to
>          support social change in one of Canada's most
>          economically disadvantaged regions.  Grown out
>          of his early experience in rural small town Saskatchewan and
>          his later experiences in impoverished but culturally and
>          communally rich Cape Breton, Mike's work provided the
>          conceptual framing for “community informatics”. He
>          published the first major work in the field, and introduced
>          the term "community informatics" into wider usage
>          as referring to the research and praxis discipline
>          underpinning the social appropriation of ICT. Within the
>          area of community informatics a major contribution has been
>          Mike's introduction of the notion of "effective
>          use" as a critical analytical framework for assessing
>          technology implementation superseding approaches based on
>          the more commonly accepted frameworks such as that of the
>          "digital divide".In 1999, the family
>          moved to Vancouver to be closer to Mike’s parents and
>          sister.
>          In 2000, Mike and Fernande returned to New York,
>          to work at the New Jersey Institute of  Technology and the
>          UN, respectively.  Mike returned to Vancouver in 2006 and
>          established the Center for Community Informatics Research
>          Development and Training (CCIRDT).  With this platform, he
>          traveled the world to consult with governments and civil
>          society organisations, present at conferences, and conduct
>          research.  Mike was the founding editor of the
>          Journal of Community Informatics and was Foundation Chair of
>          the Community Informatics Research Network.  He was at the
>          time of his death the Executive Director of CCIRDT, and
>          formerly an Adjunct Professor in the School of Library and
>          Information Studies Vancouver Canada, and as well as
>          Research Professor at the New Jersey Institute of Technology
>          in Newark, New Jersey, and Research Professor at the
>          University of Quebec (Outaouais). He was also a member of
>          the High Level Panel of Advisers of the UN's Global
>          Alliance for ICT and Development. He has also served on the
>          Board of the Global Telecentre Alliance, Telecommunities
>          Canada, the Pacific Community Networking Association and the
>          Vancouver Community Net.In recent years he was
>          active as a commentator, speaker and essayist/blogger
>          articulating a community informatics (grassroots ICT user)
>          perspective in the areas of open government data and
>          internet governance. 
>         Through all of his work, Mike was
>          motivated by his commitment to democratising access to the
>          tools of information technology and the advancement of civil
>          society.Mike passed away peacefully at home on
>          October 8 after a two year battle with prostate cancer.  He
>          is survived by his wife Fernande, his mother Sylvia, his
>          sister Penny, his children Rachel and Marc, his
>          step-children Bruno and Nina, his grandchildren Emmanuelle
>          and Daniel, step grandchildren Patrick, Emilly, Jessica and
>          Erica, and niece,
>          Natasha.____________________________________________________________
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