Frits Bussemaker, Chair and Founder of the Institute for Accountability for the Digital Age (I4ADA) was presented the award at IFIP’s General Assembly on 20 September 2022. Frits is the hands-on moderator for all I4ADA dialogues. He is Co-founder and Vice chair of AI for Good.
Moira de Roche, Chair IFIP IP3, said, on presenting the award, “We are delighted to present this award to Frits in recognition of his dedication to developing and nurturing communities focused on accountability and ethics. Robin Raskin, who nominated Frits for the award said, ‘David O’Leary would be proud to have Frits Bussemaker as the recipient of this award’, and that says it all.”
Frits has developed numerous programs and resources and has organized a series of terrific events around entrepreneurship and organizational psychology, not to mention AI for Good. The technology industry needs a catalyst for good change – Frits is a shining and enduring example of such a catalyst!
“For over 30 years I’ve been working in the international IT industry. I’m seeing how society is shifting from ‘command-and-control’ to one of ‘connect-and-collaborate’ – we’re moving from silos to networks enabled by digital technology. For the last 20 years I’ve had the opportunity to use my network or community building experience to help numerous organizations make that transition. And to ensure that digital technology is used for good, e.g., addressing the governance of Digital Technology (www.i4ada.org), and supporting the SDGs through AI4Good (ai4good.itu.int)”, Frits said on receiving his award.
He went on to say “It is a great honour for me to receive the David O’Leary award in recognition of my contribution to the development of professionalism in ICT which for me is focused on Community Building. It is a motivation to keep on sharing knowledge and supporting organizations to seek what they have in common. Finally, I would like to offer my experience in community building to support the IFIP in growing as global community of IT professionals. We need this community today more than ever to go digital in an accountable, safe, and inclusive manner.”