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Thursday, September 4 • 11:00am - 12:30pm
WS51: Connecting the continents through fiber optic

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While lack of appropriate laws, inefficient implementation of the laws and lack of available financial resources can delay investment in fibre optic, there are other reasons that can be added to the list of impediments when it comes to some regions. Sanctions, political decisions, war, geographical condition, to name a few are the impediments that some regions are facing. However, while the regional needs are different there might be some commonalities among them and sharing these solutions may be to the benefit of policy makers. This workshop focusses on different regions such as Europe, Middle East, Pacific and Africa and addresses the following questions in order to provide policy solutions for facilitating access to the Internet through fiber optic: What investment indicators should be considered to encourage the investment in fiber optic? What policies should be in place for decision makers to make investment in fiber optic high on the agenda? What is the role of different stakeholder groups in making effective policies for investing in fiber optic? Which global policy shaping venus are available to discuss this ? What are the different regional and national best practices?


Patrik Fältström

Head of Research and Development, Netnod
Leads Netnod's long term projects, specifically concerning the investigation of and implementation of new services. Patrik specializes in CSR and Human Rights, as well as in more technical issues related to directory services and DNS. He is the chair of ICANN Security and Stability Advisory Committee and was appointed adviser to the Swedish Government on IT related issues in 2003.


Karin Ahl

President, FTTH Council Europe
Karin Ahl is the President of the FTTH Council Europe since March 2012. Karin started to get engaged with the FTTH Council Europe in 2009 and was elected Chair of the Business Committee in 2010, contributing her first-hand knowledge in business cases and business models from her daily work as business developer at Rala Infratech in Sweden. In 2011, Karin was elected as a Member of the Board and Treasurer, and since March 2012 she has held the... Read More →

Qusai Al-Shatti

Mr. AlShatti is a career specialist in the field of Information Technology and considered regionally one of the known experts in this field.  Currently he is a board member of Kuwait Information Technology Society (KITS) an NGO based in Kuwait which focuses on advocacy issues related to ICT and the Internet. Mr. Alshatti is actively involved in activities related to Internet Governance since the World Summit for Information Society (WSIS... Read More →
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Tracy Hackshaw

Vice Chair, Internet Society Trinidad & Tobago Chapter
Connect with me on LinkedIn (www.tracyhackshaw.com)
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Michael Kende

Chief Economist, Internet Society
Michael Kende is the Chief Economist of the Internet Society. Prior to joining the Internet Society in August 2013, Michael was a partner at Analysys Mason, a global consulting firm focused on telecommunications and media. Michael has a Ph.D. in economics from MIT and a BA in mathematics and economics from Bowdoin College. After MIT, he spent five years as a professor of Economics at INSEAD, a business school near Paris, before joining the... Read More →

Anju Mangal

Inter-Governmental Organization, Information Specialist/Coordinator for Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) and Information and Knowledge Management (IKM) activities, SPC-LRD, Fiji  

Thursday September 4, 2014 11:00am - 12:30pm
Workshop Room 07 (Rumeli Terrace / Halic)