|Laurent Elder leads the Information and Networks program at Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC). The program aims to better understand how information networks can be used to promote open, inclusive and rights based information societies in the South. From 1999 to 2004, Elder was in Senegal at IDRC’s office for West and Central Africa. There, he worked with the Acacia initiative, a program looking into the impact of information and communication technologies in Africa. Elder has also worked at Canada’s Department of Finance and began his career in France, researching issues related to French history and international relations. Elder holds an M.A. in business administration and a M.A. in history, both from the University of Ottawa.