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Thursday, September 4 • 4:30pm - 6:00pm
WS3: Cloud Computing & M2M: Impacts for Emerging Economies [CB]

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Cloud computing and M2M technologies are being employed globally in ways never imagined. The rapid growth of mobile telephony in developing countries offers them opportunities to utilize cloud computing and M2M technologies to grow businesses, expand economies, and tackle larger social issues. They further enhance participation in the Internet governance ecosystem.

Nevertheless, many emerging economies have yet to tap the enormous potential of these technologies owing to challenges related to infrastructure and networks, capacity building, Internet governance, privacy and security policies.

Panelists, using case studies, will identify best practices and strategies that have proved successful in addressing some of the following challenges:

• Trends in Infrastructure: Infrastructural issues -- such as international broadband connectivity, national backbone, and Internet exchange points -- will influence whether a country can receive the benefits of the cloud computing and M2M technologies.
• Research and Education: More research and better educational frameworks needed to build potential user capacities with respect to cloud and M2M technologies.
• Privacy, Security, and Internet Governance: The potential of cloud computing and M2M technologies to foster innovation, create new jobs, and address social welfare needs a safe and secure online environment and sound Internet governance principles -- but without creating unnecessary burdens or resulting in unintended consequences for users.
• The Potential of Cloud, M2M and Big Data to Realize Broader Social Objectives: Cloud and M2M technologies can be leveraged to achieve larger social goals. In particular, cloud computing may serve as a platform for big data analytics, which can provide new insights into how to address a broad array of public policy issues.

Substantive Rapporteur
Ms. Verena Weber, Internet Governance Advisor, Comision de Regulacion de Comunicaciones, Government of Colombia


1. Understanding the Power of M2M Technologies for Economic Development
• Mr. Rudolph Van Der Berg, Analyst, OECD, Paris, France

2. Challenges and Opportunities of Cloud Computing: An Emerging Economy User Perspective
• Dr. Rohan Samarajiva, LIRNEasia, Colombo, Sri Lanka

3. Cities as Living Labs – Technology in a Multidisciplinary Context
• Mr. Filipe Araújo, City Councilor for Innovation and Environment at Porto Municipality, Porto, Portugal

4. Colombia’s Vive Digital Initiative: Using Cloud, M2M, and ICTs to Reduce Poverty and Drive Economic Development
• Ms. Verena Weber, Internet Governance Advisor, Colombian Ministry of Communications

5. Egypt Taps into the Cloud: A Government Perspective
• Dr. (Ms.) Noha Adly, First Deputy to Minister, Ministry of Communication & Information Technology, Government of Egypt


Jacquelynn Ruff

Vice President International Public Policy and Regulatory Affairs, Verizon Communications
Jacquelynn (Jackie) Ruff is Vice President – International Public Policy and Regulatory Affairs for Verizon Communications.  In addition to being a leading communications provider in the U.S., Verizon provides voice, data, and Internet services to customers in more than 150 countries... Read More →


Noha Adly

First Deputy to Minister, Ministry of Communication & Information Technology, Government of Egypt
Dr. Adly is currently First Deputy to the Minister of Communication and Information Technology, Egypt. She is also a Professor of Computer and Systems Engineering at Alexandria University. She has obtained her PhD in Computer Science from Cambridge University, UK, in 1995. Dr. Adly... Read More →

Filipe Araújo

Filipe Araújo is Porto’s City Councillor for Innovation and Environment and board member of LIPOR. He has a degree in Electrical Engineering (Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto) and holds a M.Sc. in Telecommunications (UMIST - University of Manchester Institute of... Read More →
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Rudolf van der Berg

Policy Analyst, OECD
Rudolf van der Berg, a Dutch national, is a policy analyst at the Division for Digital Economy Policy at the OECD since 2011. He has written reports on the Machine-to-Machine communication, Internet of Things, connected television, mobile termination rates, fixed mobile convergence... Read More →

Rohan Samarajiva

Founding Chair, LIRNEasia
Rohan Samarajiva is founding Chair of LIRNEasia, an ICT policy and regulation think tank active across emerging economies in South and South East Asia, and the Pacific.  He was its CEO until 2012.  He serves on the Boards of Communication Policy Research south, Research ICT Africa... Read More →

Verena Weber

Comisión de Regulación de Comunicaciones - CRC
Verena Weber is currently working as an Internet Governance Advisor to the Comisión de Regulación de Comunicaciones (CRC) in Colombia. Prior to this role, she worked as an Internet Economist/Policy Analyst at the OECD Directorate for Science, Technology and Industry focusing on... Read More →

Remote Moderators

Yuhua Jiao

Chinese Institute of Electonics
Education:   B.Sc. - Harbin Institute of Technology, China (2003) Ph.D. in Computer Science - Harbin Institute of Technology, China (2009)   Work Experience:   2010-2013 PostDoc Research Associate - MSU-DOE Plant Research Labratory Michigan State University  Research... Read More →

Thursday September 4, 2014 4:30pm - 6:00pm EEST
Workshop Room 02 (Rumeli Ground Floor / Room B2)

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