ASCoR, founded in 1997 is the only
national academic research centre in the Netherlands within communication
studies. It researches the role of media and (tele)communications, nationally
and internationally, from the perspective of democracy and processes of
opinion and identity formation. ASCoRís main theme for research is: Communication
Toward Open Societies. The researchers involved in the EMTEL-network are
working within the ASCoR-domain, Media, Citizenship and the Public Sphere.
TNO Strategy, Technology and Policy
is part of the Dutch R & D Organisation TNO which has over 4000 employees.
TNO STB focuses on innovation in technology and policy, concentrating especially
on telecommunications, new services and e-commerce, the content industry,
social aspects of the information society; and ICT and public administration.
TNO STB executes research programs for national government and contract
research for public institutions, the European Union, organisations of
private companies as well individual companies.
Role in the network
TNO/ASCoR (already co-operating in
the first EMTEL-network) will focus on
the changing nature of citizenship
in the Information Society through a detailed and comparative study of
access and participation to political public discourse. The research will
result in policy recommendations on how ICTs can enable specific social
groups in Europe to be better included in political and public life. TNO/ASCoR
will lead the subgroup on Inclusion and Exclusion in the Information Society
and will be one of the co-ordinators of the final deliverable on The Information
Society in Europe: policy prospects (co-ordinated by WP2, WP4 and WP5).
TNO recently co-ordinated the EU project,
Design for All and ICT business practice. Dr Rutten is head of Information
and Communication at TNO STB. He advises the Dutch government on
cross-media ownership and the problem of pluralism and access. He also
published on mass communication and identity.
ASCoRís recent research includes research
and publications for the Euromedia Research Group and comparative European
research on digital cities. They have contributed to COST A4 and GRANITE,
through their interest in gender, ICTs and everyday life. ASCoRís recent
contract research includes work on the socio-cultural implications of the
Internet for governance, a trend-study on Ďemancipation in the Information
societyí, commissioned by Dutch ministries, and a study commissioned by
the Dutch institute for technology assessment on ICTs and work.
TNO/ASCoR has been a member of the
former EMTEL-network and has been involved in comparative research for
NCR and in the board of contributing editors to the New Media and Society
Journal, which is a forum for EMTEL-related work. ASCoR offers an
international PhD program in Communication Science. Facilities include
office, library and multimedia facilities, as well as access to support
for travel to present papers at international conferences and limited support
for data collection and costs for the thesis, internally available on a
competitive basis. TNO offers research training through its link with Erasmus
University, Rotterdam, where Rutten is Visiting Professor.
Dr. Valerie Frissen
Prof. Dr. Paul Rutten
Prof. Dr. Kees Brants
Prof. Dr. Bart Camaerts