Local content production and dissemination as a driver of access

06 November 2012 - A Workshop on Baku,Azerbaijan


Access to the global internet has evolved quickly. With the arrival of broadband to developing Countries; undersea fiber cable landing on the shore, fiber links connecting the cities, fiber loops circling the suburbs, and broadband wireless enveloping the rural areas, the issues of access and adoption begin to be discussed in earnest and the focus turns to potential drivers of access. With billions of new people connecting to the internet armed with new devices such as smart phones, smart tablets, laptops, and the arrival of inexpensive light weight digital video cameras and similar divices individuals are able to create content as never before. Our workshop will discuss one potential driver of access, the local production and distribution of content. We will raise the question; can this be a value proposition for adoption? To help us answer the question we will have as panel discussants officials with direct experiences and expertise in the production and dissemination of content, both local and global; from advertising content for local businesses to capturing home team sporting events, local and regional music and dance, academic content and instruction from the community schools and Universities, content from local government, content from "citizen reporters" who are often paid for their work, content from aid and civic groups, the explosive social networking content on Facebook and videos on YouTube to full length feature film production. Empowering individuals and their local communities to add content to the global pool benefits everyone. As we have witnessed, it also has the power to "level the playing field" allowing individuals to inform the world about human rights abuses and brutal oppression.It is abundantly clear that locally produced content both informs and enriches mankind. In addition to the experts we will have on the panel we will provide ample time for interaction with the audience both in the room and participating remotely.

November 9th, 11:00AM to 12:30PM
(Agenda for Panelists)

Welcoming remarks: Vlada Radunovic, DiploFoundation (Moderator) (2 minutes)

Setting the Stage: Ambassador Philip Verveer, U.S. State Department (5 minutes)

Each speaker having 5 minutes for main part, citing in- the-field working case examples in a four part forum. We will have enough time for audience questions. This should be informative and interactive.

Theme Question:

How is the creation of local content that expands and deepens the pool of knowledge all of us share on the internet a key driver of access?

Opening…Audience Question and Survey: What tools do you use to create and disseminate content? [8min]

Part 1: Tools for Content Production in the developing world-examples [15min]

Subi Chaturvedi, as an Asst. Professor of Journalism, Filmaking and Photography at a women's college in India she will focus on empowing her young women students by using new digital technology to create their own content and distribute it over the internet...
Dejan Cvetkovic, will focus on cloud an open data examples for local content production
Audience participation

Part 2: Connectivity – examples [20min]

Kristin Peterson, on connecting community centers and schools in Uganda…Africa
Bevil Wooding, Caribbean connectivity build-out
Audience participation

Part 3: Creative Production Tools and Distribution-examples [15 minutes]

Thomas Spiller, examples… Creative Tools used by studios that anyone can use…and global distribution reach
Audience participation

Part 4: Government Perspective-discussion [15min]

Mark Carvell, UK Minister
Imad Hoballah, Lebanon/ Middle East
Audience participation

Conclusion [10min]

Virginia Paque, DiploFoundation, Remote Moderator
Kristin Peterson, Rapporteur