Open Forum - WEF

08 December 2016 - A Open Forum on Guadalajara,Mexico


Session co-hosted with Alliance for Affordable Internet, Global Connect, ICANN, IEEE, ISOC, ITU, People Centered Internet, UNESCO, and the World Bank

The Internet has become a pervasive and fundamental part of daily life. Its impact on both economic development and solving problems in areas such as health, education, basic financial services and agriculture is well documented. Still, some 4 billion people – more than 55% of the world’s population – do not use the internet. With the recognition of the Internet as a critical enabler of social and economic development, many governments, companies, international organizations, MDBs, and members of civil society are now working to extend internet access and use. Yet while this increased attention is overall positive, there is a high risk of duplication, lack of coordination, and fatigue for the very countries these efforts are trying to help. The result could be interventions that are unscaleable, unsustainable, and have marginal impact. Global and regional leaders driving these efforts have an urgent opportunity and responsibility to ensure that “this time around” real, significant, and sustainable outcomes are produced. How can we improve coordination and collaboration 1) on priority global topics and 2) at the country implementation level? 

IGF participants are invited to discuss with practitioners and thought leaders on a variety of coordination and collaboration topics.

Introduced and Moderated By
-Alex Wong, World Economic Forum

Welcome Remarks
-Doreen Bogdan-Martin, ITU

Data Gathering, Monitoring, and Evaluation
-Michael Kende, Senior Fellow, Internet Society
-Christopher Yoo, University of Pennsylvania
-Sarah Wynn-Williams, Facebook

Mobilizing Local Communities/Local Content
-Raul Echeberria , Internet Society
-Indrajit Banerjee, UNESCO
-Karen McCabe, IEEE

Sustainable and Scaleable Country Partnerships
-Manu Bhardwaj, Global Connect
-Sonia Jorge, Alliance for Affordable Internet

Closing Remarks:
-Vint Cerf, People Centered Internet