Dr Simon Moores
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Simon Moores is widely recognised as one of the UK's most respected technology columnists and broadcasters. He is the acting Programme Director for the 2004 eCrime Congress and has also chaired many well-respected IT User Groups and Forums, which have included the Lotus Forum - The Microsoft Forums - The eGovernment Forum and Security First.
A respected speaker on the international conference circuit, Dr Moores has, among many events, chaired the prestigious 'Emirates Forum in Dubai and has presented at an Economist conference in Athens. He has frequently assisted The Foreign & Commonwealth Office and Trade Partners UK and has represented the British government's Office of The e-Envoy, (Cabinet Office) as an 'Ambassador', at both EEC and International Government events and conferences across the world. He is presently a member of the Information Communication Technology Policy Group advising members of the European Parliament.
A deep interest in the social and economic issues surrounding the evolution of the information society, has led him to contribute to the 'Global Civic Space' project at The London School of Economics ' Centre for the Study of Global Governance and he has also been a regular participant at the Hellenic Foundation for European & Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP).
A regular visitor to the Middle-east and both guest and advisor to Arab governments, in 2002 he first visited the Middle East, as an 'Ambassador' for The Office of the e-Envoy, researching, writing and presenting on the subject of electronic government - eGovernment - in the region and subsequently established a website as an information resource for Middle-eastern governments.
Moores started life in teaching, graduating from the University of London's Roehampton Institute and the University of Southern Maine. Following his first teaching role at The Charles Dickens School in Kent and subsequently at the University School of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, he invested his tax-free salary in a potential career change, attending The School of Computer Technology in London to study the then relatively esoteric field of computing and programming. Ultimately, taking time out from his business, he was awarded a Ph.D. in Computing & Information Systems from Pacific Western University, with a thesis on collaborative computing.
From teaching, he first entered the IT industry in 1983, working for Personal Computers LTD in the city of London where he developed successful ICT training programmes for banks and other large city institutions before moving on to Drake International as Training Manager and subsequently to ITS PLC as General Manager.
An enthusiastic pilot, his many hobbies and recreational interests include flying, scuba diving, Iaido and tennis, a hobby, which supported him on a semi-professional basis during his university years, a time when he was also a member of The Royal Marines Commando (Reserve), finally choosing not to pursue a full-time military career.
A passion for motorcycles led him to write for several motoring magazines, testing and riding production 'Superbikes and he and his wife have toured extensively, in July of 2001 following the famous Camino di Santiago pilgrimage route to Compostella in Spain on a Harley Davidson'.
Described by one magazine as a 'Frustrated Arabist' and frequently contrasted with the adventurer and novelist, T.E Lawrence, in 1998, he competed in the gruelling Marathon Des Sables foot race across the Sahara and competed in the eighty mile long World Trail Running Championships on his 41st birthday. The previous year, sponsored by Microsoft, among others, he crossed the Sinai desert, Israel and Jordan, by mountain bike in support of the Ravenswood charity.
Simon was also recognized as a leading figure in the recreational scuba diving industry, where he founded Submariner Consultants and became an instructor trainer (#12) or ANDI International, a PADI instructor and an Advanced Deep Diving Instructor for The Professional Scuba Association. He is a published authority in the area of mixed-gas, deep and 'technical diving'. The sometimes-hazardous nature of this hobby was a reason behind his voluntary training and work as a Paramedic at the Stoke Royal Infirmary and in the A&E department of St. George's Hospital in London.
Areas of Expertise
A broad-spectrum information technologist, Dr Moores is recognized for his independent, forthright and often controversial opinions. His personal Web journal 'Blog' is a popular IT resource and enjoys a link from The Guardian Online.
Mentioned in the Observer Newspaper's 'Power List' of influential people and a one-time runner-up for Computer Weekly's IT 'Personality of the Year', Simon Moores writes is a contributing editor for Computer Weekly and writes for a number of leading publications in the IT industry and national press. which include eGov monitor, The Economist, The New Statesman and The Observer newspaper. Hee has also written for The Times, Arab News, The Saudi Economic Review and many other international publications.
Over the last fifteen years, Dr Moores has developed, edited and published several independent magazines and publications within the IT industry. These titles include Lotus eBusiness Magazine, Java Vision and The Microsoft BackOffice Magazine.
Acknowledged as a leading media authority on Microsoft and as an original 'Futurist' thinker, Simon Moores has appeared regularly on BBC News, Sky Television News' , Jazz FM radio and is frequently called-upon as an analyst and technology expert on Channel 4 News, CNN, CNBC and Bloomberg television and radio.
The arrival of the Local Area Network in 1984 saw Simon invited to become a member of the five person team that introduced Novell to the UK.
By 1986, he was contributing to a number of different IT publications and newspapers, which included The Times and was subsequently asked by Lotus Development to launch The Lotus User Group.
Briefly investigating politics, Moores acted as an IT advisor, writing technology speeches for David Owen and the leadership of the SDP. In 1985, was invited to join a House of Lords committee, alongside Dame Shirley Williams, Anne Sofer and Professor John Rae, which subsequently published a Parliamentary White Paper on Higher Education.
In 1998 he was approached by Intel UK to develop "The Intel Forum for Education", a project to fund the development of ICT in British schools which unfortunately never saw the light of day as a consequence of a sudden downturn in the technology sector.
As a consultant, he advised British Telecom on the launch of BT Internet and became Technology Director for Atlas Internet and, Chief Technology Officer of Worldscope Communications, a leading UK ISP, subsequently purchased by Easynet.
It was while working at Atlas Internet in 1995 that the original idea for 'free' Internet access was conceived but Moores was unable to convince the Directors of Energis, Virgin and other companies that mass-market Internet access was likely to become a viable business proposition.
In 1999, he assisted the newly appointed e-Envoy, Alex Allen, to establish the small team and the private sector partnerships, which contributed to the development of today,'s Office of The e-Envoy and its programme of transformative eGovernment.
Dr Moores has also acted as a Strategic Technology Advisor to security companies MI2G and Symantec and as a Director of DKtv. The latter was an interactive digital television 'pilot' involving Camden and Newham councils, which, in partnership with Arthur Anderson and The BBC, introduced a range of community-based digital television services, such as health, housing and access to a local and national audience in 2001.
Pursuing an interest in the development of communications and privacy legislation Dr Moores has worked closely with The Foundation for Information Policy Research and Privacy International, and in October 2003, chaired 'Scrambling for Safety', a public meeting on the UK government's proposed regulations regarding communications data at The London School of Economics.