Université de Montréal
Jean-Claude Guédon earned his PhD in History of Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1974, with a thesis on chemistry in the Encyclopedia of Diderot and d'Alembert. His main fields of interest have to do with digitization of culture: the relationships between text and technology, cyberculture, electronic publishing and digital libraries. He is also interested in the cultural, legal, linguistic and social consequences of the Internet. In addition, he has been involved in the issues of free access to research, open archives and open-source software. The questions of distributed intelligence and "phonemic" individuality intrigue him. He has authored three books: La planète cyber. L'Internet et le cyberespace, in the Gallimard "Découvertes" collection (Paris, 1996), a widely read book that has been translated into Italian and was republished in 2000 under the title Internet. Le monde en réseau; Per la pubblicità del sapere (Pisa, Italy, Pisa University Press, 2004); and Open Access. Contro gli oligopoli nel sapere (Pisa, Edizioni ETS, 2009). In 1996, he was one of three winners of the Prix international Charles-Hélou pour la francophonie, in recognition of his essay entitled Penser la différence différemment : la francophonie et les réseaux. Every year, he speaks at about twenty events all over the world on the above subjects.