Keynotes

The overall theme for the keynotes is “Technology for Participation”, addressing eInclusion, eGovernment, and the challenges in making eGovernment services accessible and usable for all citizens.

Wenche LyngholmWenche Lyngholm

State Secretary – Ministry of Government Administration and Reform, Norway

She has political experience from all three levels of public service.
Political positions:

Between 2002 and 2005, Wenche Lyngholm was an Auditor-General. Until 1995, she was in the National council of SV (Sosialistisk Venstreparti – Socialistic Left Party)

She has also been Member of Parliament: member of the Parliamentary Committee for Education and Church Affairs, and Chair of the municipal main committee for church, culture and leisure activities in the city of Moss.
Professional experience: (Mainly within the field of organisational development)

In 2005 Wenche Lyngholm was Director of Personnel and administration in the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration.

Between 2004 and 2005 she was an Educational director in The Federation of Norwegian Agricultural Co-operatives.

She has worked as Project director of The Norwegian Association of Local and Regional Authorities (KS), had different positions in The Norwegian Railroad company NSB and was director of education.
Other positions:

She was in the Board of directors of Sparebank 1 between 2000 and 2002.

From 1997 to 2003: The Festival Council and board of directors, the Nordic culture festival Momentum and leader of the Contact Forum, Momentum.
See her speech on eGovernance and eAccessibility in Norway

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Inmaculada Placencia PorreroInmaculada Placencia Porrero

DG Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities, integration of people with disabilities, European Commission
Inmaculada Placencia is Deputy Head of Unit, for Integration of people with disabilities within the Directorate General for Employment social affairs and equal opportunities. The unit is in charge of the coordination of the European policies for people with disabilities and responsible for the European Disability Action Plan.

She is graduated in Physics and Computer Science. Since 1991 she joined the European Commission and worked in several research programmes addressing accessibility and applications for older people and people with disabilities. The focus of the recent work in the “e-Inclusion” of the Directorate General Information Society and Media European Commission addressed policy related activities in the area of eAccessibility and eInclusion in particular work related to Design for All and Assistive technologies and other European and international activities related to accessibility.

 

Cynthia WaddellCynthia Waddell

Juris Doctor, Executive Director of the International Center for Disability Resources on the Internet (ICDRI)
Cynthia Waddell currently serves as the Executive Director of the International Center for Disability Resources on the Internet (ICDRI) and combines her expertise in disability rights law, public policy and technology to lead ICDRI’s Accessibility Oversight Consulting Services for government, university and private sector clients. ICDRI’s mission is to increase opportunities for people with disabilities by identifying barriers to participation and promoting best practices and universal design of technology for the global community.

Cynthia Waddell is also a Lecturer in Law and holds a Juris Doctor from Santa Clara University School of Law. She was designated a Public Interest Disability Rights Scholar and a Dan Bradley Fellow for the Employment Law Center in San Francisco, California.

In the world of accessibility, Cynthia Waddell is an internationally recognized expert in the field of electronic and information technology as well as employment and construction. She is the author of the first accessible web design standard in the United States in 1995 that led to recognition as a best practice by the federal government and contributed to the eventual passage of legislation for Electronic and Information Technology Accessibility Standards.

A collection of her papers are posted on her website at http://www.icdri.org.

She is co-author of Web Accessibility: Web Standards and Regulatory Compliance (Apress 2006) which includes the first global survey of laws and policies in countries addressing accessible web design.
The free CynthiaSays™ web accessibility tool and portal was named after her and endorsed by the American Council of the Blind. The CynthiaSays™ portal at http://www.cynthiasays.com is a joint educational project of ICDRI, The Internet Society Disability and Special Needs Chapter, and HiSoftware. The tool enables web developers to post content on the web that is accessible to assistive computer technology utilized by people with disabilities as well as alternate Internet access devices such as cell phones, palm pilots and personal digital assistants.
Selected Awards

2004 State of Florida Davis Productivity Award for Partnership Category with Governor Jeb Bush’s ADA Working Group
2003 Government Technology Inaugural Award for Leadership in Accessible Technology and for Pioneering Advocacy and Education
1998 “Top 25 Women on the Web” by Webgirls, International
1997 Helen Putnam Grand Prize for Excellence by the California League of Cities for the development of the City of San Jose Accessible Web Design Standard

 

Anne FolkvordAnne Folkvord

Senior adviser, Ministry of Labour and Social Inclusion
Anne Folkvord works at the Norwegian Ministry of Labour and Social Inclusion, where she is deputy head of the section in charge of coordinating government policy concerning people with disabilities. Ms Folkvord previously held positions with the Ministry of Local Government and Regional Development and the Ministry of Justice, as well as with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Geneva. She holds a degree in political science from the University of Vienna, Austria.


Gerry EllisGerry Ellis

Consultant in Accessibility and Usability under the name Feel The BenefIT, Special adviser to the Universal Access Committee of the European Disability Forum (EDF), Fellow of the Irish Computer Society
Gerry Ellis is a consultant in the area of Accessibility and Usability under the name of Feel The BenefIT, and is a former member of, and a current special adviser to the Universal Access Committee of the European Disability Forum. EDF promotes the interests of over 50 million people with disabilities in Europe. He is a Fellow of the Irish Computer Society, which is the primary Irish organisation “serving ICT professionals and specialists in Ireland”.
Gerry Ellis has been involved at a local, national and international level in organisations relating to the inclusion of people with disabilities for over 20 years.

He is the former Chairperson of the Irish Council of People with Disabilities, which is the largest organisation in Ireland representing people with disabilities, their parents and carers. ICPD has now been renamed to People with Disabilities in Ireland (PWDI). He was a National Board member of PWDI for around 5 years up to October 2006.

He has been active on the National Boards and subcommittees of various mainstream organisations in Ireland which relate to ICT issues. This includes the Information Society Commission which was set up by Government to advance Ireland’s readiness to take advantage of the Information Age.

He has spoken at conferences in 12 countries on 3 continents on disability-related issues. These include Washington DC, Spain, Germany, Brussels and both phases of the First World Summit on the Information Society in Geneva and Tunis.

He has undertaken reviews of web sites and other software for several public and private companies, including The Family Support Agency, the health and Safety authority, revenue Online service and Skillsoft.

He has worked for over 25 years as a Software Engineer with a bank in Dublin.

 

Christopher McCruddenChristopher McCrudden

Professor in Human Rights Law in the University and a (non-practising) barrister (Gray’s Inn), Oxford University.
Academic and research interests

His main interests are in the fields of constitutional, administrative, and comparative public law, with a particular specialisation in human rights law.

He is currently working on aspects of the relationship between aspects of regulation and human rights, and has publications forthcoming on for example, the use of public procurement for social purposes, regulatory developments in British law, and human rights in Northern Ireland.

He combines this academic research with an interest in making connections between theory and practice. He has served on several governmental committees, including the (Northern Ireland) Standing Advisory Commission on Human Rights and the European Commission’s group of legal experts on equality law.

He is also a member of the editorial board of several scholarly publications, including the Oxford Journal of Legal Studies and Butterworths’ law in Context series.

Teaching interests

Undergraduate teaching centres on constitutional law, administrative law, jurisprudence, and labour law. At the graduate level, he teaches (and organises) a course on comparative human rights and a course on international economic law and labour rights.

He is a visiting professor at the University of Michigan Law School.

Some publications

Regulation and Deregulation (OUP, 1998, editor).
Equality in Law between Men and Women in the Eurpopean Community: United Kingdom (Office of Official Publications, 1994).
Equality between Women and Men in Social Security (Butterworths, 1994, editor).
Individual Rights and the Law in Britain (OUP, 1994, editor).
Racial Justice at Work: The Enforcement of the Race Relations Act 1976 in Employment (co-author, Policy Studues Institure, 1991).
Follow the link to have a abstract of Professor Mc Crudden’s new book : Buying Social Justice
See his presentation on Procurement and disability.

 

Lisbet RugtvedtLisbet Rugtvedt

State Secretary – Ministry of Education and Research

Areas of responsibilities:

Kindergarden. Primary and lower secondary education, day-care facilities for school children and resource centres for special education. Upper secondary education, i.e. schooling and on-the-job training at workplaces.
From 2001 to 2005, Lisbet Rugtvedt was a political adviser on foreign affairs and defence, Norwegian parliament / Socialist Left Party. She was a member of Parliament for one year, in the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs.

Between 1998 and 1999 she was a member of the National executive Committee of the Socialist Left Party.

Before that, she was Secretary for culture and urban plannng at the Oslo Municipal Executive Board.
See her speech on Free and open learning and research in Norway.

 

Bruce PerensBruce Perens

Leader in the Free Software and Open Source community and vice president at Sourcelabs.
Bruce Perens is a founder or co-founder of the Open Source Initiative, The Linux Standard Base, Software in the Public Interest, and No-Code International. Perens released his first Free Software program, Electric Fence, in 1987. He is creator of Busybox, which has spawned its own development community and is part of most commercial devices using embedded Linux.
Perens is a vice president at Sourcelabs. He is a member of the board of directors of Open Source Risk Management Inc. and a major stockholder of Progeny Linux Inc. He is an elected director of Software in the Public Interest, Inc.

Perens is series editor of the Bruce Perens’ Open Source Series line of books with Prentice Hall PTR publishers, with 20 titles published so far. The books sell well in retail stores, even though their texts are released under an Open Source license. Perens is Senior Research Scientist for Open Source with George Washington University’s Cyber Security Policy Research Institute. Perens previously spent two years with HP as Senior Global Strategist for Linux and Open Source, and was president of Linux Capital Group, a venture fund that specialized in Linux.

Perens spent 20 years in the computer graphic animation industry, 12 of them at Pixar Animation Studios. He has a credit on the films ‘A Bug’s Life’ and ‘Toy Story II’.