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Friday, September 5 • 11:00am - 12:30pm
WS171: Connecting Small Island States With Access To Data [CB]

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This year, 2014, has been declared the United Nations (UN) International Year of Small Island Developing States (SIDS) celebrating their ‘vibrant and distinct cultures, diversity and heritage’ and recognising their people being ‘at the forefront of efforts to address pressing global issues through ingenuity, innovation and use of traditional knowledge’.

The data that results from Internet access and mobile connectivity can aid better policy and programmes, to help SIDS improve Internet governance, cybersecurity and resiliency in their countries. The development of a rich technological ecosystem for SIDS, which connects them with continents and the world is therefore important and data and access to information and technology which the Internet facilitates can help to support this. SIDS must provide timely context-appropriate data directly to policy makers; data to software developers; and promote the generation and dissemination of data by the public and diaspora; and data-centric applications to consumers and development agencies. It follows that there is a direct link between the development of data infrastructure and Internet governance mechanisms.

In addition, given privacy and ethical concerns and the vulnerability of these regions to information security breaches it is important that ways that these threats can be avoided through better Internet governance mechanisms is addressed.

This workshop brings together a variety of stakeholders to discuss ways that Internet Governance frameworks relating to open data and big data can help to connect these unique states with each other, their diaspora communities and the rest of the world.

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Keisha Taylor

Phd Student
Keisha Taylor's interests lies in exploring and using data and technology in business and for development, in an interdisciplinary way, particularly in emerging and developing economies and niche markets. In October 2014 she will pursue on scholarship an integrated PhD (MSc and PhD... Read More →

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Niel Harper

Senior Manager, Next Generation Leaders Programmes, Internet Society
Niel Harper is the Senior Manager of the Next Generation Leaders Programmes at the Internet Society where he oversees a number of initiatives focused on developing the next generation of leaders who can address the complex issues at the intersection of technology, policy, and business... Read More →

Patrick Hosein

Patrick attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) where he obtained five degrees including a PhD in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. He has worked at Bose Corporation, Bell Laboratories, AT&T Laboratories, Ericsson and Huawei. He has published extensively... Read More →

Cintra Sooknanan

Cintra Sooknanan is the founding Chair of the Internet Society Trinidad & Tobago Chapter (ISOC-TT), a former director of the Trinidad and Tobago Computer Society, a member of the ICT Professional Society and has over 10 years experience building Trinidad and Tobago ICT Not-for-Profit... Read More →
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Bevil Wooding

Outreach Liaison, ARIN
I work with international organizations responsible for providing operational support and security to critical Internet infrastructure. My activity revolves around four areas: IXPs, Internet governance policy, cybersecurity coordination and technical capacity building. I am actively... Read More →

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Friday September 5, 2014 11:00am - 12:30pm EEST
Workshop Room 04 (Rumeli -1 Floor / Room 2)

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