Why are you interested in FrontlineSMS? How did you hear about it? (To help us filter out spammers, we need as MUCH detail as possible, else we may not be able to approve your request. If you'd rather not share this information openly please email email@example.com before joining)
I work in a non profit, Fundación Desarrollar (http://www.desarrollar.org) which mission is to promote the development of disadvantages communities, and the exchange of knowledge through the use of new technologies of information and communication, so, we are very interesting in use SMS in several programs that we run.
The objectives of the foundation are: to promote the creation of communitarian networks, contributing to the exchange among different sectors of the society through ITC, to give technological tools that contribute to the human development, to generate knowledge from the production and interchange of information.
We believe that the mobile phone can be a huge tool for different activities that we have in our organization and a powerful instrument to close de digital divide.
Tell us about you. (Please also add an image to your profile)
Federico Ricciardi, specialist in mass media communications and technologies for development since 1998. He is currently the executive director of the Foundation Desarrollar and work like a consultant in several NGOs of the region. He´s also member of the board in the Argentine chapter of Internet Society (ISOC)
He was project leader for the e-government national program in the Argentine Federal Government and coordinated the CIVITA´s project, an e-government and procurement platform for local administrations (http://www.civitas.gov.ar), and he also directed the official gateway of Argentina's federal government.
Before that, he worked in the private sector as manager for NEW TREE Soyo Argentina - and as consultant in programs related to the Wireless Application Protocol (WAP), in Indigo Mobile.
As a member of Argentina's Social Forum for Transparency, he represented the social sector and developed actions towards the application of TICs in order to achieve transparency in the public sector.
Federico has spoken extensively on e-government and e-democracy throughout Latin America: Perú, Bolivia, Argentina, Chile and Mexico. He also served as consultant for the International Union of Local Authorities (IULA) and has written numerous articles and opinion pieces published in different countries.