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Tuesday, September 2 • 11:00am - 12:30pm
Creating an enabling environment for the development of local content

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The open Internet enables people from different countries and different cultures, who speak different languages and have different stories to tell, who have different perspectives, understandings and ambitions, to share the content that they create with the global network. Local content development is important and should be encouraged; the social, cultural and economic opportunities available to us are greater if we can search the world’s diversity in creative thought online, as opposed to if we all consume the same content.  

This Best Practice Forum session will focus on how to create an enabling environment for the development of local content. It is the culmination of a two-month online discussion in which a diverse group of stakeholders contributed on-the-ground stories and exchanged views about policies that directly and indirectly encourage the development of local content. The issue is multifaceted and complex, with many different moving parts. To give orientation to the discussion, a three-part framing of the issue emerged, where contributors were asked to share best practices under the following areas:

Internet Infrastructure - The state of the Internet service provision industry, including the presence of Internet Exchange Points (IXPs), data centres, and the status of international and domestic capacity, etc.

Legislative and regulatory landscape - The effect of legislation and policy in the fields of copyright, cultural preservation, telecommunications, etc.

Human capabilities and capacities - The degree of digital literacy in the locale, of web accessibility, and the presence of innovation hubs, etc.

It is considered that the policy initiatives that are designed to encourage local content development will be most successful when they are coordinated across these three areas. 

After several weeks of robust discussion among listserv participants, it became apparent that while there are a number of policies that indirectly contribute to the development of local content — for example a policy requiring all government data to be stored in-country will support the development of local hosting, which in turn will decrease latency and make it easier for people to up and download content — there are not many examples of policies which directly facilitate the development of local content. This session, the success of which will depend on active audience participation, will focus on sharing ideas about these unidentified, and yet-to-be-created, policies. 

The session will be moderated by the two Lead Experts who have led the local content discussion over the past two months, with short presentations provided by a handful of discussion participants. Interactivity with the audience is paramount, and all stakeholders are graciously encouraged to attend.


Susan Chalmers

Principal, Chalmers & Associates
Susan Chalmers is a MAG member and the Principal of Chalmers & Associates, a small consulting firm providing research, analysis and strategic advice on Internet policy issues. Since May 2013, Susan has worked with members of the Internet community to develop www.friendsoftheigf.org... Read More →
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Stuart Hamilton

Deputy Secretary General, International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA)
Libraries. Copyright. Local content. Re-use. Sharing. Caring. Media and Information Literacy. The post-2015 development framework and ICTs. Cross-border information transfer and the outdated systems stopping it. Libraries.


Sylvain Baya

cmNOG Co-Founder & Coordinator | ISOC.CM Board's Member, Cameroonian Network Operators Group | ISOC Cameroon Chapter
Sylvain BAYA ABOKA, a Cameroonian envolved in ICT, Network Engineering, Internet Telecommunications, amongst other, to contribute to the Development of his country. He is a proud Christian Evangelist, able to live with all human being without conflictual religious considerations... Read More →

Glenn Deen

Director of Networking and Distribution Technology, NBCUniversal
Glenn Deen is the Director of Networking and Distribution Technology at NBCUniversal where he participates in Internet standards organizations like the IETF, and in security and policy communities on digital content.    Glenn’s career includes a long history of working with... Read More →

Martha Giraldo

ICT for Development Specialist, IFLA-International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions
Spirit and Nature
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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 →
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John Laprise

Founder, Association of Internet Users
Incoming NARALO ALAC representative-For over 20 years I've contributed to and consulted on Internet policy and governance in academia, business, government, and civil society.

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Tuesday September 2, 2014 11:00am - 12:30pm
Workshop Room 01 (Rumeli Ground Floor / Room B1)

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