The 2nd Central Asia Internet Symposium organised by the European Regional Bureau of the Internet Society took place on 2 March in Dushanbe, Tajikistan. The discussion was focused on how to increase the Internet penetration in Tajikistan from the current level of just under 20% .
A lively, at times heated debate continued between the speakers and the audience throughout the day addressing the opportunities and challenges related to connectivity and access:
Given that Tajikistan is a land-locked country, international connectivity is key to reduce price and improve...
Date published 10 Marzo 2016
I was very pleased to see that earlier this week the United Nations Development Programme reached an agreement on the "post-2015 development agenda" that includes a strong recognition of the role that information and communication technology (ICT) has in bringing about a better world.
These Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are important because they guide the direction of UN activity – and through that the member countries – with regard to improving the lives of people and ensuring peace, prosperity and the sustainability of our planet.
This new document, "Transforming Our World: The 2030...
Date published 06 Agosto 2015
How do we ensure an open, trusted Internet across all of Europe? How can we help all countries across Europe realise the full opportunities provided by the Internet? What do we need to do to improve the overall security of the Internet? And what kind of regulations and policies would best support the ongoing growth enabled by the Internet?
We will be discussing all those questions and much more at the European Dialogue on Internet Governance (EuroDIG) 2015 taking place this week in Sofia, Bulgaria. Starting on Wednesday, June 3, will be the South Eastern European Dialogue on...
Date published 01 Junio 2015
Bratislava! It’s CEE Peering Day! Welcome to the heart of Central Europe and the cross-roads for people, Internet networks, and partners!
What Are We Doing Here?
Our team is committed to providing opportunities for people who are building Internet exchange points (IXPs), connecting networks, and making connectivity happen anywhere and everywhere. We support local and regional peering and interconnection events as we know that this is a place where people access each other, human and technical connections are made, and capacity development takes place.
Two IXPs in the region...
Date published 19 Marzo 2015
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The Seychelles Internet Exchange Point (Sey-IXP) was successfully launched on 20 February 2015 in Victoria, Seychelles. Sey-IXP was officiated by Mr. Danny Faure, Vice President and Minister of ICT of Seychelles and Dr. Elham Ibrahim, African Union Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy and attended by the Principal Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Principal Secretary, Department of ICT, Senior Government Officials and Leaders of the Industry.
The Sey-IXP was build to:
Serve as a catalyst for innovation and development of...
Date published 26 Febrero 2015
The challenges we must overcome to bring the world’s offline population online should not be underestimated. A recent McKinsey report [“Offline and falling behind: Barriers to Internet adoption”] finds that, “More than 60 percent of the world’s population remains offline. Without removing crucial deterrents to Internet adoption, little will change—and more than 4 billion people may be left behind.”
To address some of these challenges, the networking research community are coalescing around a new research group in the Internet Research Task Force with the cute acronym GAIA — Global Access to...
Date published 10 Octubre 2014
The Internet Governance Forum (IGF) has dedicated much of today's discussions to the linkages between Internet governance and the growth and development of the Internet. I participated in the main morning session with an impressive range of experts from government, industry, the technology community and civil society to exchange views and experiences about how public policies promote global expansion of the Internet, broader, more inclusive access, and empowerment of societies and individuals worldwide. These are issues that have carried high priority for the Internet Society since its very...
Date published 03 Septiembre 2014
Recently a young engineer in Togo, Kodjo Afate Gnikou, had an inspiration. Surveying the electronic waste being deposited across West Africa, he designed and built a 3D printer using discarded parts from computers and scanners, which costs $100 and is named the W.Afate, combining the name of the incubator where he works, WoeLab, and his own name.
In many ways this is a typical story of turning inspiration into innovation, an inventor seeing opportunity where others see challenges. However, what is remarkable is how this was made possible by the open Internet, in ways not...
Date published 16 Junio 2014
We live in a fast-paced world led by ICT innovation. As many know, we have been experiencing an exponential growth in data traffic, mobile communications, cloud computing, social networking, and ICT applications for a smarter world. This growth is powered by affordable and ubiquitous broadband, innovation, and strong human capacity. Now access to high-speed networks becomes ever-so-more important, particularly in light of the emergence of big data and as new infrastructure is built, necessary for accelerating transition from an information to knowledge society.
Date published 30 Marzo 2014
With six Chapters and over 2 759 Members, the Internet Society’s local presence has long been active in the Middle East.
With this growing energy and support from these extraordinary people, it’s clear the 2014 must be the year to further our commitment to an open, robust, global, and accessible Internet in the Middle East.
It’s this unique way of working – one that combines global reach, a foundation in technology, and involves action at every level from local to global – that helps us realize our ambition of a world where everyone can access and develop a connected, borderless,...
Date published 28 Marzo 2014