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Braam van der Vyver

Senior Lecturer: IT

Email: Braam.VanDerVyver@monash.edu

Tel: +27 11 950 4039

Qualifications
  • DLitt et Phil – UNISA
  • MComm – UNISA
  • BA (Hons) – University of Potchefstroom
  • BComm (Hons) – UNISA
  • BA – University of Pretoria
  • UDC – University of Potchefstroom
  • LLB – University of Pretoria
Research Interests
  • Braam van der Vyver has since 2005 used telecentres as field work hubs for research on e-democracy and e-governance. Since 2008 he has been researching the telecentre environment in South Africa. His interest resulted in a successful application for a Monash University-Sichuan University collaborative research grant during 2009. The execution of the grant-funded research project, a comparative study between telecentres in South Africa and China. During the execution of the grant he has used his private funds to study telecentres in Thailand in collaboration with an influential Thai academic, Prof Kamolrat Intaratat. He has also conducted research in the fields of social informatics and online communities.
  • The researcher has been part of an international research team that completed a comparative research project on telecentres in South Africa and China. The grant was jointly funded by Monash University and Sichuan University in Chengdu.
  • He has also done some comparative research between telecentres in Thailand and South Africa, utilising his personal research fund.
Most recent publications
  • The bridging of the technological divide by the informal sector: a South African case study. Vol. 2010 (2010), Article id 981012, Journal of African Research in Business & Technology.
Most recent writings
  • A comparative analysis of governance models for public internet access facilities between South Africa, Australia and China’. Authors: van der Vyver, Abraham Gert; Johansen, Graeme.
  • A comparison of telecentre models in Thailand and South Africa’. Authors: van der Vyver, Abraham Gert; Intaratat, Kamolrat; Alasow, Mohamed.
Peer-reviewed Journal Publications
  • The social dynamics of arts festivals: a comparative analysis of the KKNK and the Grahamstown National Arts Festival. South African Theatre Journal. Pp 192-203. Stellenbosch: Stellenbosch University.
  • ‘The bridging of the technological divide by the informal sector: a South African case study. Vol. 2010, Article id 981012, Journal of African Research in Business & Technology.
  • Co-authored a paper with B. Williams and M. Marais. 2015. Using Social Media as a Managerial Platform for an Educational Development Initiative. 5(12), 910-913. Singapore: IACSIT.
  • Co-authored an article with M. Marais. Evaluating users’ perceptions of the Digital Doorway: A narrative analysis. Information Technology for Development. 21(1), 99-112. London: Taylor & Francis.
  • Analysing Public Perceptions of International Events by Using Geo-
    Located Twitter Data. International Journal of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, 3(2), pp 64-70.
  • The State versus Oscar Pistorius: a critical analysis of media coverage and the court of public opinion. The International Journal of Technology, Policy and Law, 3(1), pp.16-27.
    • A Twitter analysis of an integrated e-activism campaign: FeesMustFall – a South African case study. Social Computing and Social Media. Human Behavior. 9th International Conference, SCSM 2017, Held as Part of Human Computer Interaction International 2017, Vancouver, BC, Canada, July 9-14, 2017, Proceedings, Part I. Editor G. Meiselwitz, pp. 396-410
    • A South African Case Study in Social Activism: #Pay Back The Money.
    • International Journal of Computing Academic Research (IJCAR)
      ISSN 2305-9184, Volume 6, Number 5 (October 2017), pp.145-154
    • The state vs Oscar Pistorius: A critical analysis of the court of public opinion. Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Information Law and Ethics held from 22-23 February 2016 in Pretoria. Editors: Bottis M. & Alexandropoulou T., editors, University of Macedonia Press.
Books and Chapters in Books
  • The prevention of traffic crimes and accidents, in Introduction to traffic science. Editors: M.G.T. Cloete and H. Conradie. Chapter Authored by A.G. van der Vyver and E. Wise. Butterworths: Durban.
  • The role of the alternative Afrikaans media in the political transformation process in South Africa in at the interface: continuity and transformation in culture and politics. Eds. J Hands and E Siapera. ISBN: 978-90-420-1732-0. Amsterdam: Rodopi.
  • The use of the social media in an ICT for Education Initiative. Co authors: B. Williams and M. Marais. Published in Designing and Implementing an Information Communication Technology for Rural Education Development (ICT4RED) initiative in a resource constraint environment: Nciba school district, Eastern Cape, South Africa
  • Author(s): Dr. A.G. van der Vyver
    Title of chapter: Using Social Media as a Management Platform in ICT4D
    Title of book: Transforming Society Using ICT: Contemporary Discussion Cases from Africa
    Editors: Hossana Twinomurinzi Vincent Z. Mzazi & T. Grandon Gill
    Publisher: Informing Science Press
    ISBN: 978-1-68110-039-5
  • Author(s): S Dlamini (Meraka Institute) & Dr. A.G. van der Vyver

    Title of chapter: A Qualitative Analysis of an E-education Initiative in Deep Rural Schools in South Africa: A Need to Build Resilience.

    Title of book: Locally Relevant ICT Research. 10th International Development

    Informatics Association Conference, IDIA 2018

    Tshwane, South Africa, August 23–24, 2018 Revised Selected Papers

    Editor: Kirstin Krauss, Marita Turpin & Filistea Naude

    Publisher: Springer

    ISBN: ISSN 1865-0929 ISSN 1865-0937 (electronic)

Full-length, peer reviewed conference proceedings
  • Presented a paper titled: The role of the alternative Afrikaans media in the political struggle, at a conference on transformation in politics, culture and the media. Brussels: 6-8 December, 2002. Published as book chapter.
  • Presented a paper Designing and evaluating government web sites within the context of the electronic democracy, at the bi-annual Human-computer Interaction (HCI) conference. Crete: 22-27 June 2003. Published in conference proceedings (vol3) titled human centred computing. Eds. Don Harris et al. ISBN 0805849327. Mawah, New Jersey: Lawrence Erlbaum. Pp 884-888.
  • Presented a paper at a conference on e-business and organisations in the 21 st. Century, presented by the International Business Information Management Association on the evaluation of government web sites: a South African perspective. Cairo: 16-18 December 2003. Published in conference proceedings. Edited by Prof K. Soliman. Published in conference proceedings.
  • Presented a paper, is the electronic democracy to blame for the widening of the digital divide? at the conference of the International Resource Management Association in New Orleans: 22-26 may 2004. Published in conference proceedings. Ed. M Khosrow-Pour. ISBN: 1591402794. Hershey, PA: Idea Group.
  • Presented a paper titled The impact of the digital divide on the implementation of the electronic democracy: an African scenario at the IBIMA 2005 conference on information management in modern enterprises that took place in Lisbon: 5-7 July 2005. Published in conference proceedings. Edited by Prof K. Soliman. Published in conference proceedings. ISBN: 0975339338. New York: IBIMA.
  • Presented a poster titled: A genre approach to website design at the 2005 HCI international conference in Las Vegas: 22-27 July 2005. Published in conference proceedings. ISBN: 0805858075.
  • Presented a paper titled E-democracy as a contributory tool to the formation of public memory, in Prato, Italy at the International conference on community informatics: 9-11 October 2006. Published as book chapter.
  • A South African case study into the use of public Internet facilities for participation in e-democracy and e-governance. A paper presented at a conference titled Information management in a networked economy, hosted by the International Business Information Management Association in Dublin from 19-21 June 2007. Published in conference proceedings. Edited by Prof K. Soliman. Published in conference proceedings. ISBN: 0975339370. New York: IBIMA.
  • Presented a paper Reinventing government communications: going mobile, at a conference titled Information Management in modern organizations, hosted by the International Business Information Management Association in Marrakech, Morocco from 4-6 January 2008. Published in conference proceedings. Edited by Prof K. Soliman. Published in conference proceedings. ISBN: 0975339389. New York: IBIMA.
  • Presented a paper: Establishing a research incubator to facilitate publications by early career researchers, at an international conference on education, research and information that was held in Madrid from 16-18 November 2008. Published in conference proceedings. Eds. L. Goméz Chova et al. ISBN: 9788461250912.
  • Presented a paper at E-case & e-tech 2010 conference that was held in Macau from 25-27 January 2010. The title of the paper: The marketing and promotion of e-learning. Published in conference proceedings. Vol1. ISSN: 20745710, 2010.
  • Presented a paper at the 4th International IDIA Development Informatics Conference held in Cape Town from 3-5 November 2010. The title of the paper: A Comparison of Telecentre Models in Thailand and South Africa. Co-authors: K Intaratat & M Alasow. Publisher: IDIA, Monash University. Ed. J Steyn. ISBN – 978-0-620-47590-7.
  • Presented a paper at Computer Science education: Innovation & Technology (CSEIT) 2010) that was held in Phuket from 6-7 December 2010. The title of the paper: A Framework for Knowledge Management of Conference Information, pp. I170-172. ISBN: 978-881-08-7466-7. Singapore: GSTF.
  • Presented a paper at the eCase & eTech conference that was held in Tokyo, Japan from 19-21 January 2011. The title of the paper: A comparative analysis of public Internet access facilities between South Africa and China, pp. 1579-1606. ISSN: 2074-5710. Taipei: Knowledge Association of Taiwan.
  • Presented a paper at the International Business Information Management Association’s 2011 conference on Innovation and Knowledge Management. Title of the paper: A Critical Analysis of Post Conference Knowledge Management Practices at two South African Universities. Ed. K Soliman. ISBN: 978-0-9821-489-5-2.
  • Presented a paper at the IEEE conference that was held in Bangkok, Thailand from 12-13 January 2012. Title of paper: Knowledge Management of Conference Information: a tale of two South Africa Universities. All yin but very little yang. ISBN/ISSN: 9781457721601.
  • Presented a paper at the 2012 International Conference on e-Commerce, e-Administration, e-Society, e-Education and e-Technology that took place in Hong Kong from 28 March to 1 April 2012. Title of paper: An Analysis of the Uses and Gratifications experienced by the South African Users of Facebook. ISBN/ISSN: 2074-5710.
  • Co-authored a paper for the 2012 IEEE 6th International Conference on Information and Automation for Sustainability in Beijing, China that took place from 27-29 September 2012. Title of paper: e-Government Implementations in Developing Countries: Success and Failure: Two Case Studies. M Zhou.  ISBN/ISSN: 979-1-4673-1973-7.
  • Co-authored a paper for the 2012 IDIA International Conference that took place from 6-8 September 2012 in Istanbul Turkey. Title of the paper: A critical analysis of telecentre operational models in three countries. Eds. J Steyn & M Kirhdog.  ISBN: 978-975-6319-17-8.
  • Presented a paper at the Journal Conference on Innovation, Management and Technology that was held in Bangkok from 24-25 November 2012.Title of the paper: e-Government Adoption and Business Process Re-engineering in Developing Countries: Sri Lankan and South African Case Studies. ISBN/ISSN 2010-0248.
  • Presented paper at the Conference on Advances in information Technology (AIT) that was held in Bangkok from 6-7 April 2013. Title of the  Paper: A Critical Analysis of the Uses and Gratifications experienced by the Users of Digital Doorways.  Authors: A.G. van der Vyver & M. Marais, ed. R.K. Singh. ISBN: 978-981-07-5939-1.
  • Co-authored and co-presented a paper with K. Intaratat at the 2013 conference of the International Development Information Association (IDIA ) that was held in Bangkok from 1-3 November 2013. Title of paper: An integrated approach towards ICT4D.  Papers Published in Public and private access to ICTs in developing regions. Eds. J Steyn & A.G. van der Vyver.  ISBN: 978-0-620-58040-3
  • Co-authored and co-presented a paper with F. Abbas at the 2013 conference of the International Development Information Association (IDIA ) that was held in Bangkok from 1-3 November 2013. Title of paper: A Critical Analysis of the Uses and Gratifications Experienced by South African Users Of The Digital Doorway. Papers Published in Public and private access to ICTs in developing regions. Eds. J Steyn & A.G. van der Vyver.  ISBN:
  • Presented a paper at the Second National Conference on Management and Higher Education that was held in Bangkok from 31 October to 1 November 2014. Title of paper: Using the social media as a management tool in an educational project. Paper published in Conference Proceedings of the Using the social media as a management tool in an educational project. ISBN 978-616-91884-2-1.
  • Co-presented a paper with Ms. S.M. Nthlaile at the Prachachhuen Research Network international Conference hosted by Stamford University (a Laureate university) in Bangkok on 28-29 May 2015. Title of the published paper: A Critical Evaluation of the Integration of Provider Initiated HIV Counseling and testing in the Business Sector Primary Health Care Services. ISBN 978-616-91884-3-8
  • Presented a paper at the Prachachhuen Research Network international Conference hosted by Stamford University (a Laureate university) in Bangkok on 28-29 May 2015. Title of the paper: Incentivisation and Famification in a Rural Education Initiative.
  • Presented a paper at the International Conference on Ethics and Law ICIL) that was held IN Pretoria on 22-23 February 2016. Title of paper: The State vs. Oscar Pistorius: a Critical Analysis of the Court of Public Opinion.
  • Co-presented a paper with S. Dlamini at the Eleventh International Conference on e-Business (eBusiness2016) that was held in Bangkok on 17 November 2016. Title of paper: Factors Affecting School Teachers’ Perceptions of the Sustainable Implementation of Digital Technologies.
  • Presented a paper at the 9th International Conference for Social Computing and Social Media that was held in Vancouver, Canada from 9-14 July 2017. Title of the paper: A Twitter analysis of an integrated e-activism campaign: FeesMustFall – a South African case study. Published in Proceedings ISBN eBook 978-3-319-58558-1; Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-58558-8
  • Presented a paper at the 9th International Conference on Education, Business, Humanities and Social Science Studies (EBHSSS 17) that was held in Parys, South Africa from 27-28 November, 2017. Title of the paper: The Advent of the Social Media and the Reconfiguration of Democracy: A South African Case Study. Won best paper award. Published in Proceedings, ISBN eBook 978-81-934174-6-1 
  • Presented a paper at the International Multidisciplinary Conference on Education, Arts, and Law that was held in Amsterdam form 3-4 February 2018. Title of the paper: Analyzing political discourse on Twitter: The SASSA debacle.
  • Presented a paper at the 6th International Conference on Management, Leadership and Governance that was held in Bangkok from 24-25 May 2018. Title of the paper: An epic failure in Corporate Governance: a South African case study. Published in Proceedings, ISBN eBook 978-1-911218-82-1
  • Presented a paper at the The Seventh International Conference on Advancement of Development Administration 2018 —Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies (the 7th ICADA 2018—SSIS) that was held in Bangkok from 31 May – 2 June 2018 in Bangkok. Title of the paper: The strange case of Omar Khadr: A Twitter analysis. [Proceedings in publication].
  • Co-authored a paper that was presented by S. Dlamini (co-author) at the 10th International Conference of the International Development Informatics Association (IDIA) that took place from 22-24 August 2018 in Centurion. Title of the paper: A qualitative analysis of an e-education initiative in deep rural schools in South Africa: A need to build resilience. Paper selected to be published as a book chapter by IGI.
  • Presented a paper at the International Conference on Management and Information Systems that was held in Bangkok from 21-22 September 2018. Title of the paper: The Listeriosis outbreak in South Africa: a Twitter analysis of public reaction. Won best paper award. Published in Proceedings. ISBN 978-1-943295-12-8
Other Professional Activities
  • External examiner (for the following institutions and programs)
  • The University of South Africa, School of Communications for their Masters and Honours Programs in Research Methods as well as International Communication
  • The University of South Africa, School of Information Technology for their Masters and Honours Programs in Research Methods as well as Databases
  • The University of Northwest, South Africa (Mbatho campus) for their MBA program
  • The University of Witwatersrand for their Masters and Doctoral Programs.
  • The Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University for their Masters and Doctoral Programs
  • Monash, Australia for their Masters Program in Communications
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