My name is Radaphat Chongthammakun (pronounced as ‘ra-daa-pat’ ‘chong-tam-ma-kun’). Here is how I spell my name in Thai: “ระดาภัทร จงธรรมคุณ.” Similar to other Thai people, I have a nickname that I usually go by. My nickname is Pae (pronounced as ‘pay’).
I was born in Germany, but grew up in Bangkok, Thailand. I graduated with a Ph.D. in Information from the University of Michigan School of Information in April 2013. My research interests include digital government (DG) development, ICT in organizational settings, ICT and organizational transformation; Computer-Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW), and ICT for Development (ICT4D).
My (previous and current) research projects involve:
(1) examining the relationships between digital government development and deployment and change in organizational structures and decision-making powers in the organizational contexts;
(2) employing the concepts of boundary objects, agents, and organizations in digital government development and public organization contexts;
(3) studying government infrastructure and development and standardization efforts in the public sector, with particular focus on Thailand; and
(4) investigating the use and impact of paper-based documents in the digital-transformed government context.
Professionally, I have been working for the Office of the Administrative Courts of Thailand as an IT official since 2000. My current position is director of Information System Development for Communication Group in the Bureau of Information Technology.
At the Office, I am in charge of the development ICT strategic and operation plans, which include IT system development and standardization, and the adoption of innovative technologies to help increase the speed and efficiency of our case procedures, judges and officials' performance, routine operations, and civic engagement to the Administrative Court for better justice delivery.
Also, I am fully involved in the e-Court system and service development and implementation, which is one of the strategies in the Administrative Court Strategic Plan and the ICT Strategic Plan (2015-2018). I am currently studying the technical feasibility of the system, receiving technical and financial support from Korean Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) Global IT Technology Program (ITTP) and the National IT Industry Promotion (NIPA) of Korea to visit Korea for data collection as the Korean Justice Courts are considered as one of the world's best practices for e-Court and e-Litigation systems. During my visit, I interview the Judges and staff at the the Supreme Court of Korea, Seoul Administrative Court, and the Patent Court in Daejeon. Presently, I am have been working on the e-Admincourt (an e-Court version for the Administrative Court) and e-Service prototype development, as head of the design and development team and project manager. The first system prototype will be implemented at the Administrative Court by October 2016.
A little further about my work outside of the judicial information systems and services, I am an independent researcher helping my co-researchers develop an operation plan for Thailand to set up a privacy protection agency, and join the APEC Privacy Framework/APEC CBPR.
In my free time, I enjoy traveling and taking photos of places and people. Please feel free to check out my Instagram photo gallery on the "Links" page to see some of my photos.
Please see my Curriculum Vitae for more details: [download Radaphat's CV] [download short-version CV]