VSJ – May 2002 – Members’ News

Andrew Hardie, FIAP writes to tell us about his work as an independent consultant in the Corridors of Power.

Earlier this year, Andrew started a contract to develop a new integrated information system to support the secretariat of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg. Last year, he worked in Brussels for the International European Movement on a multinational Web collaboration system. Prior to that, Andrew was at the New Assembly at Stormont, Belfast, setting up the systems for reporting debates and committee proceedings. This work followed a long-term contract with the House of Commons.

Andrew has also been involved with Parliamentary Technology Assessment, attending EPTA Council meetings as the Czech delegate, representing the Prague Institute of Advanced Studies, where he is Senior Fellow in Information Science, and a number of democracy-building activities in Prague, Skopje and Zagreb. He has been a special advisor to the Dail Eireann, the Swiss Federal Assembly and, most recently, the Sveriges Riksdag. He speaks regularly at conferences on e-government and e-democracy and has recently published articles in Czech and Italian.

In 2001, Andrew was invited by the Italian government to attend the Third Global Forum in Naples as an expert and was elected a Fellow of the British Computer Society and a member of Sigma Xi, the world’s largest scientific honour society.
Andrew can be contacted at ash@cellar.demon.co.uk

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