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Michel J. Menou

Born in France, Michel Menou graduated with a degree in Public Administration from the Institut d’ Etudes Politiques, University of Paris. After a short period working in a bank, Menou left to work for a project under the United Nations on the design of an international information network in housing, urban and regional planning. He later on mostly worked as an independent consultant on scientific and technical information systems, mainly with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) of the United Nations. Since 1990, after earning a PhD, Menou combined consultancies in information and communication technologies (ICT) and in knowledge management with academic appointments in France and the U.K.. A special area of interest has been the development of community informatics by and for “underprivileged” communities . Menou is a long time member of ASIS&T. He served in various positions and was the co-founder of the Special Interest Group on International Information Issues (SIG/III ).
In this interview Menou explains that he “had no career, but a life”. This interview reflects Menou’s perspective regarding his own personal life and how it aligns with the development of information science. As an individual primarily interested in the provision of information services to people all over the world, Menou considers his overall concern to be “preserving freedom and intellectual honesty”.
Prepared by Michel Menou, Jan., 2015.

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