Emerging Issues - Impact of Social Networks

15 November 2009 - A Main Session on Sharm el Sheikh,Egypt



·    H. E. Mr. Samuel Poghisu, Minister of Information and Communications of Kenya

·    Mr. Tarek el Saadani, Advisor to Minister of Communication and Information Technology for Technology Policies, Egypt


·    Mr. Simon Davies, Founder and Director of Privacy International


·    Mr. Sunil Abraham, Director of Policy, Centre for Internet and Society, Bangalore

·    Ms. Dorothy Atwood, Chief Privacy Officer, AT&T

·    Ms. Grace Bomu, Manager, Actor and Policy advocate, Kenya-Heartstrings Kenya and Fanartics Theatre Company, Kenya

·    Ms. Rebecca MacKinnon, Open Society Institute fellow, Global Network Initiative co-founder, Hong Kong

·    Mr. Sergio Suiama, Prosecutor for the State of São Paulo, Brazil

·    Ms. Rachel O' Connell, vice president of people networks and chief safety officer for Bebo


This session will focus on the development on the development of social media (social networks, user-generated content sites, micro-blogging, collaboration tools, etc. and explore whether this development requires to modify traditional policy approaches, in particular regarding privacy and data protection, rules applicable to user-generated content and copyrighted material, as well as freedom of expression and illegal content. The session will also address the importance of the “terms of service” of large platforms, how they are developed and their relationship with emerging business models based on behavioral analysis.