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Friday, September 5 • 9:00am - 10:30am
WS60: Global Access; Connecting the Next Billion Global Citizens [CB]

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This workshop will focus on how government and private sector partnerships combine to build out affordable (UN and A4AI regional pricing benchmarks) and reliable Internet access to more and more of the remaining billions of citizens yet to be connected and how key areas of governance in both regulations and policy have come to the forefront to both help and hinder this process. For example; in the critical area of access pricing such issues as tower sighting fees, right-of-way fees, bandwidth competition, local IXPs , duties and fees on equipment and content all pay a roll in establishing affordable pricing. In the area of content controls evidence shows that countries that do not fix fees on or control content experience more cross boarder data traffic which leads to quicker economic growth through enhanced trade, jobs, tourism, industry, health care and education to name but a few critical areas. So panel speakers and audience participation will inform this discussion and raise additional questions. Additionally, as connectivity is built out what impact do governance issues like mandating the keeping of information about citizens be held inside their home country have on the proven benefits of the free flow of information? All of these governmental issues have profound impacts access and economic growth.



Global Access; Connecting the Next Billion Citizens

Technology Education Institute

 September 5, 2014, 9:00am, Room #1


Welcoming remarks: Ambassador David A. Gross, Wiley Rein, LLP  (Moderator) (3 minutes) (CONFIRMED)


Format: Each panelist having 5 minutes for remarks with remaining time for audience participation. At the end of each panel and following the important audience participation, Ambassador Gross will put his considerable (two decades plus) experience in the Internet governance policy space to work summing up with concise conclusions focused on outcomes and their potential impact on Internet governance policy.


Theme Questions:


How are developed and developing countries partnering with tech/communications companies to provide robust and affordable (UN/A4AI regional benchmark pricing) Internet Access to their rural citizens?


As countries consider their Internet architecture, Open Vs. Closed, how do the economic benefits; job growth, trade, tourism, healthcare, education, stack up for each?


Content creation and dissemination comes to the forefront again and again as a key driver of access. What are the best ways to support a healthy content environment?


Part 1:  THE BIG PICTURE; Access Challenges in the Northern Hemisphere/Southern Hemisphere (35minutes)


  • FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn, Government (confirmed)
  • Mark Summer, NGO, Co-Founder, inveneo (confirmed)


Examples of Successful, Sustainable, Affordable and Scalable Broadband Build out Models in Rural areas in developing countries


  • Robert Pepper, Corporate, VP Global Technology Policy, Cisco (confirmed)
  • Paul Mitchell, Corporate, General Manager, Technology Policy, Microsoft (confirmed)
  • Dominique Lazanski, Private Sector, Public Policy Director, GSMA (confirmed)
  • Nizar Zakka, NGO, CEO IJMA3 USA, WITSA Public Policy Chairman (confirmed)
  • Audience participation


Part 2:  How Economics and Governance issues impact Internet Architecture [25minutes]

  • Sam Paltridge, IGO, Directorate, Science, Technology, and Industry, OECD (confirmed)
  • Mongi Marzoug, Corporate, Orange, VP Internet Governance/ Digital Development Africa & Middle East (confirmed)
  • Alison Gillwald, NGO, ED for Research, ICT Africa (confirmed)
  • Nnenna Nwakanma, NGO, Africa Coordinator, A4AI  (confirmed)
  • Audience participation


Part 3: THE Internet ACCESS Driver…Content; what are some of the components that make up a healthy content ecosystem?   [20min]

  • Thomas Spiller, Corporate, VP Global Public Policy Europe, Di The Walt Disney Company (confirmed)
  • Subi Chaturvedi, NGO, Assistant Professor, Lady Shri Ram College for Women University, Delhi University (confirmed).  
  • Michael Kende, NGO, Chief Economist, ISOC (confirmed)                                   
  • Audience participation


Remote Moderator: Roslyn Layton, Aalborg University, PHD fellow



Subi Chaturvedi

Assistant Professor, Lady Shri Ram College for Women, Delhi University
Currently an assistant professor of journalism at the Lady Shri Ram College for Women (LSR), Delhi University, Subi Chaturvedi is also an active research scholar at the Indian Institute of technology (IIT-D). She is widely published on New Media Technology, its social shaping and... Read More →

Mignon Clyburn

Mignon L. Clyburn served as Acting Chairwoman of the Federal Communications Commission, following her appointment by President Barack Obama on May 20, 2013. As Commissioner, she is serving a second term as a Democrat on the Commission, for which she was sworn in on February 19... Read More →

Alison Gillwald

Executive Director
Alison Gillwald is Executive Director of Research ICT Africa and Adjunct Professor at the University of Cape Town’s Graduate School of Business, Management of Infrastructure Reform and Regulation programme. Prior to this she was Associate Professor at the Witwatersrand University’s... Read More →
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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... Read More →

Dominique Lazanski

Public Policy Director, GSMA
Dominique is a London-based digital policy and strategy consultant and works on cyber security policy and Internet governance for the GSM Association. Her career began in Silicon Valley as one of the early employees of Yahoo!. She spent five years there working on streaming media... Read More →

Mongi Marzoug

Mongi Marzoug is Orange Group Vice President of Internet Governance and Digital Development. He is in charge of developing Orange Group relationships with international institutions involved in internet governance and promoting Orange strategy within relevant international and regional... Read More →

Paul Mitchell

Senior Director, Chief of Staff, Microsoft TV Division
Mitchell assumed his current role with Microsoft® TV in July 2004. He is responsible for divisional business infrastructure, strategic projects, policy initiatives, product and business planning, and organization management for the Microsoft TV division. Mitchell also oversees... Read More →

Nnenna Nwakanma

Nnenna works to develop cutting-edge collaborations in Africa. Her work has a particular focus on the Alliance for Affordable Internet project and the Web We Want campaign for human rights on and through the Web. She is an experienced development professional who has worked in... Read More →


Directorate of Science Technology and Industry, Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
In 1993 he joined the OECD as a communication analyst in the Division of Information Computer and Communications Policy (ICCP) recently renamed the Division for Digital Economy Policy (DEP). He was a principal author of the Communications Outlook series between the 1995 and 2005... Read More →

Robert Pepper

Vice President Global Technology Policy, Cisco
Robert Pepper leads Cisco’s Global Technology Policy team working with governments across the world in areas such as broadband, IP enabled services, wireless and spectrum policy, security, privacy, Internet governance and ICT development He joined Cisco in July 2005 from the FCC... Read More →

Thomas Spiller

Vice President, Global Public Policy, Europe, Middle East & Africa, The Walt Disney Company
Thomas Spiller was named Vice President, Global Public Policy, Europe, Middle East &Africa of The Walt Disney Company in September 2011. Spilleris based in Brussels, Belgium and drives the company’s global public policy initiatives throughout the region.Previously, Spiller was Vice... Read More →

Nizar Zakka

CEO IJMA3 USA, WITSA Public Policy Chairman 

Remote Moderators
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Roslyn Layton, PhD

Visiting Researcher, Aalborg University

Friday September 5, 2014 9:00am - 10:30am EEST
Workshop Room 01 (Rumeli Ground Floor / Room B1)

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