Michael L. Smith — Associate
"Drawing on more than 25 years' experience with communications and computers, Michael L. Smith has assisted GlobalSecurity.org in setting up its website, developing its initial architecture and layout, and deploying content. He continues to provide support on new initiatives. His web consulting firm, g c i 275 Studio, specializes in online information resources and Spanish/English content, and is currently engaged in a e-pub venture to distribute content via Amazon and other retail outlets.
Until 2013, Smith was a communications specialist at the Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission (CICAD) at the Organization of American States (OAS), finding ways to apply the Internet and information technology to international cooperation. He obtained a Master of Science in Information Technology from the University of Maryland University College (UMUC, Adelphi, MD).
Smith has owned a computer since 1982. In those days, a portable computer was the size of a microwave oven. He spliced into his office phone line to hook up an early modem to deliver news stories. Smith became actively involved with the Internet in 1994, setting up a mailing list and gopher for the International Potato Center (CIP) as a tool for disseminating agriculture research in the developing world. He worked with the Federation of American Scientists as a consultant (1998-2000) and also was a project director for FAS in 1992-93.
Smith lived in Peru for 18 years where he was a freelance correspondent, writer and researcher. He held a writing grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation's Program on Peace and International Cooperation. He also had research grants from Canada's International Development Research Centre (IRDC). He has published books on Peru's Shining Path guerrillas and the impact of drug trafficking on developing countries. He has written for the Washington Post, Newsweek, the Toronto Globe and Mail and other dailies, magazines and newsletters.