My condolences for Prof. Chris Brown-Syed relatives.

Dear Terri, Terri L. Lyons, and Chris and Terri children Colin and Kiera,
my most sincere condolences for the passing of my friend Chris Brown-Syed.
 I never met Chris in person, but we became good friends since he went to
teach at SUNY-Buffalo where I did my MLS in 2001, and lately we had many of
my postdoctoral projects in mind together in which he helped me a lot and
kindly and unselfishly.

We planned to publish a book on geopolitifcs of information  about
information flow among the north/south centre/periphery developed/emerging
nations - after the Internet - and about the notions of "information as a
commodity" v. "information as a social good", updated for the present

E.g. Many More Voices:  new frontiers in the geopolitics of information.
Edited by Christopher Brown-Syed.

Along with other colleagues such as:


Anthony Smith's Geopolitics of Information and the report of the commission
headed by Sean McBride, Many Voices One World had tremendous influence upon
the agendas of IFLA and Unesco during the period between the early 1980s
and the dissolution of the Soviet Union. Much concern was expressed in
those forums concerning uneven flows of communication between the more
developed nations of the North or West, and the emerging nations of the
South or East. Galtung characterized the situation as one in which the
developed nations at the "centre" dominated the culture of the less
developed countries at the "periphery". The proposals of the New World
Information and Communications Order (NWICO) and the New International
Economic Order (NIEO), were responses to these concerns, but in turn raised
tensions at the United Nations, and at times contributed to the bitter
acrimony of the era. It was partly because of these agendas that the United
States, Britain, and Singapore withdrew from Unesco during the 1980s. How
have the global Internet, the rise of citizen journalism, and the
geopolitical reality of a single superpower, coupled with the rise of new
economic powers, China and India, affected the flow of information between
the centre and the periphery? Is a new new world order emerging in the
information realm? This book draws upon the experience of journalists,
librarians, and global development specialists with experience in both the
new centre and the new periphery, to explore those impacts.

Plan of the Book

In this volume of contributed chapters, Christopher Brown-Syed, PhD in the
geopolitics of information and library educator, updates his popular 1992
paper, ////, recapping the original controversy, and setting the tone for
subsequent chapters. <

Flor Cubero, PhD in the geopolitics of information and librarian at the UN
University for Peace, covers changes in Central and South America.

Christopher Schwartz, MA in political science and new media journalist,
discusses changes in the former Soviet Central Asian republics.

[Unconfirmed],  discusses developments in communications and new media
within Russia itself.

Thomas Ledwell, broadcast journalist with BBC World Service and CBC, PhD
candidate in political science (defending this fall), on broadcasting about
development issues.

[Unconfirmed], PhD in Information Studies, discusses the impact in India.

The concluding summary recapitulates the major points raised by
contributors, and suggests possible outcomes.

Zapopan M. Muela-Meza, PhD, Information Studies, University of Sheffield,
UK, updates his papers "age of the corporate state versus informational and
cognitive public domain" < >; information
liberation as a condition for the liberation of information access and the
commons of information < > geopolitifcs of
information  about information flow among the north/south centre/periphery
developed/emerging nations - after the Internet - and about the notions of
"information as a commodity" v. "information as a social good",

It is a great loss for all of us who had the great chance to meet him and
work with him! My most sincere condolences to all of his relatives and
people who cared about him!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

For all the colleagues who were invited to his book plan, I will try to
continue with his idea if any of you may like to contact me off-line to not
let fade away Chris' major late endavour so we'll pay homage to his ideas
by continuing them.

Professor Chris will be very missed in our lives and

And yes Prof. Lorna, we have missed a very special

sincerely yours truly,

Dr. Zapopan Martín Muela-Meza
LIS Adjunct Professor, UANL
Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico
March 12, 2012.

On Sun, Mar 11, 2012 at 5:52 PM, Gretchen Whitney <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> Date: Fri, 9 Mar 2012 11:46:53 -0500
> From: Lorna Peterson <[log in to unmask]>
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Subject: Dr. Christopher Brown-Syed, 1951-2012
> Dear Colleagues,
> It is with great sadness that I share the news that Chris Brown-Syed has
> passed away. Chris was on the University at Buffalo LIS faculty as a
> visiting assistant professor 2001-03 and then a tenure track faculty member
> from 2003-2008. He was also a faculty member at Wayne State University and
> had taught part time for San Jose State University, University of Arizona,
> and most recently taught for Seneca College, in Toronto. With his BA degree
> from York University (Canada), and MLS and PhD degrees from the University
> of Toronto, Chris Brown-Syed made many contributions to Library and
> Information Science research and educated many in the library, archives,
> museums, and information professions.
> Many of you will remember him for his dry wit and calm ways. He had
> recently published the book: Parents of Inventions: The Development of
> Integrated Library Systems in the 1970s and 1980s, ABC Clio 2011. This is a
> work regarding his time with Geac, Plessey Canada, and other vendors and is
> a "a soft-systems analysis of vendors and customers during the
> mini-computer era."
> Chris was editor of the refereed journal Library & Archival Security
> since 1998, the author of many articles and chapters in books, an
> admired teacher, international traveler, and a scholar and gentleman
> in the truest sense of the words.
> As one colleague stated about Chris, he was " ...inspirational,
> motivational, innovative, and one who proved that there are tremendous
> wonders underneath and all you had to do was pick up the rock to find
> something new and different."
> We have lost a very special person.
> lp
> Lorna Peterson
> University at Buffalo

Dr. Zapopan Martín Muela Meza, PhD
Doctor in Information Studies, University of Sheffield,
*"Only true persons are those who free man from*
*the chains that imprison his reason" -- Maxim Gorky, novel The Mother, 1907
"Sólo son verdaderas personas quienes arrancan al hombre
las cadenas que sujetan su razón." --Máximo Gorki, novela La madre, 1907