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Laszlo Z. Karvalics

Laszlo Z. Karvalics

Founding Director: Information Society Research Institute
Associate Professor: Department of Information and Knowledge Management,
Technical University Budapest

Education, qualification:

2005 Habilitation (ELTE)
1995 Doctor of Philosophy (History)
1990 University Doctor
1986-1989 Postgraduate scholar of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (research on dissemination of scientific knowledge, cultural policy and Hungarian press-and media history)
1986 Honours Certificate - Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE)
1981-1986 ELTE Faculty of Arts - history and literature

University work:

2005 Head, Dept. of Information and Knowledge Management
1998 Director, Information Society and Trend Research Institute
1998 Associate Professor, Dept. of Information and Knowledge Management
1996 Associate Professor, Dept. of Information Engineering, Technical University, Budapest (BME), Deputy Head of Department
1992- Assistant professor, Deputy Head of Department
1991- Assistant professor, Dept. of Political Sciences Technical University Budapest, Deputy Head of Department
1989- First Assistant Dept. of Political Sciences Technical University Budapest

Current subjects, lectures:

Internet-culture, Internet-policy
Digital economy, e-commerce
Introduction to social aspects of information technology (BME)
Information Society, Information Strategies (BME)
Media informatics (BME)
Information History (ELTE)
Information Communities (GDMIF High-School)

World religions and civilizations
Political history of Hungary after the Second World War
Chapters from the history of propaganda in the 20.-th century
Media and politics (1944-1948) (guest teacher at ELTE)
Introduction to political sciences (guest teacher at BKE - Budapest University of Economics)

Current Research activity:

Internet-economy, Internet-policy
Social theory of Information
Information and Education, the pedagogy of Internet
Historical and political aspests of the "Information Society"
Information strategies, national information superhighway activities
Information strategies in South-East Asia
Information history / Cultural history of information systems
Knowledge technologies, social sciences

Awards, research support, grants:

2004 State Honour for the "internationally recognized research of information society"
2002 "For the Hungarian Informatics" Medal of the Minister of IT and Telecommunication
1999 Széchenyi Scholarship
1999 Outstanding lecturer of the Faculty
1996-97 Information society, national information strategies (Soros Foundation)
1996-97 Comparative analysis of national information strategies (MATÁV for Scientific Research and Higher Education)
1995-1997 The conceptual-theoretical foundation of Information History(OTKA)
1995 The "informatics" in the elementary schools (survey) (OTKA)
1994-1995 The basic elements of Information History (AMFK)


2004- Member of the National IT and Telecommunication Council, Hungary
2001- IFIP T9 national coordinator
2001- Member of the Hungarian Information Society Strategy Advisory Team
1999- Senior advisor Sunspot Web-Works
1998- Senior advisor Carnation Strategic Internet Consulting
1997-1998 Expert, School-Net project Communication Committee
(Ministry of Culture and Education)
1997- Member of the Advisory Board
(Steering Committee of Informatics and Communication, Hungary)
1997 Advisor (Info-Park Rt.)
1996- Advisor, special envoy Prime Minister's Office
(Information Strategies in South-East Asia)
1995- Member of the "National Information Strategy" team
1994- membre - "Centre de coordination pour la Recherche et l Enseignement en Informatique et Societé" (CREIS)


English fluent
French relatively good
Russian relatively good

Main books in Hungarian:

Introduction to Information History Gondolat, 2004 1-220
Information, Society, History Typotext, 2003 pp 1-224
Searching for the Information Society Aula Kiadó, 2002 pp 1-192
Toothpick on the Net - Writings on the Internet Prim Kiadó, 2000 pp.1-286.
Malaysia - Towards the Information Society Kossuth Kiadó, Bp. 1997 pp.1-86.
Information Society Muegyetemi Kiadó, Bp. 1995 pp.1-120.

Publications in English

The Information Society Race
In: Berleur, J.- Brunner, K. (eds): Perspectives and Policies on ICT in Society
Springer, 2005

Designing a Discipline: Social Informatics Revisited
In: Jose V. Carrasquero et al. (eds) : Informatics and Society PISTA Proceedings
Vol. I. IIS, 2004 pp. 317-321.

Information History - ante portas
Periodica Polytechnica Ser. Soc. Man. Sci. Vol. 11 No.1. 2003 pp. 3-12.

>From Individuals to the Global Community: the Hidden Contradiction of the Cultural History of Classificatioin and the Latest Browsing Technologies
The Twelfth International World Wide Web Conference. 2003 Proceedings of the Tracks Vol. II. pp 39-45.

Two models and six types of Telecentres: a typological experiment
In: ProLISSA (Proceedings of the second biennial DISSAnet Conference Eds: Bothma, Theo - Kaniki, Andrew Infuse, Pretoria, 2002 327 - 332.o. (with S. Molnár)

The Security of Information Society as a Global Biocultural System
In: Human Choice and Computers. Issues of Choice and Quality of Life in the Information Society Ed. by K. Brunnstein - J. Berleur Kluwer 2002, pp.147-162

"Information society" in Eastern Europe? Chances, possibilities, tasks and programs
East European Quarterly 34: (4) 509-522 Winter 2000 (with Magyar, B.)

Our Netizen: Myths and misbeliefs vs. realities and perspectives
Telematics and Informatics 2000/1 Special Issue: "The socio-cultural consequences of the European Information Society" pp. 129-140.

Information Society Visions: from the early utopies to the adequate government-level strategic planning methods
Informatisatisation et anticipations. Information Society: Looking ahead Proceedings, Strasbourg, France, June 1998 10-12 pp. 63-74.

Information Society Development in Hungary
Research for Information Society. Proceedings, Warsaw, 1998

Information Society and Social Informatics: extended topology of the research fields
Research for Information Society. Proceedings, Warsaw, 1998

From the information technology boom till social changes: archaeology, as an example
The Future of our Past '93-'95 Hungarian National Museum,Bp. 1997

From Technology to Content and Context - The Restructuring of Knowledge
Background in Telecommunications Development
Proceedings of the Communication Technology Conference Budapest, 1996

Three theses on the Culture "Informatique"
Periodica Polytechnica Ser.Hum. and Soc.Sci. Vol.3. 1995/1 (with Péter Gelléri )

Informatics and informaticians: Changing concepts and a realized example of
teaching and understanding informatics beyond computer technology
Key players in the introduction of information technology: their social responsibilities
and professional training (Proceedings, CREIS, Namur July 5-7 1995)

The claims, pre-history and programme of historical informatics
Periodica Polytechnica Ser.Hum.and Soc.Sci. Vol.2. 1994/1


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