Speaker - Chris Spence

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Chris Spence is the chief technology officer for the National Democratic Institute(NDI). In this role he manages the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) to support and strengthen democracy around the world through NDI programs, as well as the technology strategy for the Institute itself. He joined NDI in 1996 as its first staff person to specialize in ICTs for democratic development, based in Namibia.

In 2001, Mr. Spence was appointed senior advisor for ICT programs to establish this new area of democracy programming for the Institute. During his tenure with NDI, he has overseen ICT programs in dozens of countries around the world in all of NDI's program areas and positioned the Institute as a leader in the use of ICTs in democratic development. Areas of specialization include ICT and e-governance projects, including working with legislatures, local government, election monitoring, political parties and civil society organizations in developing countries and emerging democracies.

Mr. Spence brings to NDI a combination of IT and international relations expertise. He started his technology career in 1986 in Silicon Valley with positions in several companies including Oracle Corporation, Netscape Communications and Triad Systems. He has a bachelor's degree from Colorado State University in physical science.

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Advancing the New Machine: Liberation Technology

04.27.11 | 01:20:36 min | 0 comments