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INET Bucharest 2011

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Location: Intercontinental Bucharest, 4 Nicolae Balcescu Bldv., Bucharest 1, 010051

Event summary

The Internet is the primary cornerstone for business and communication today. But the decisions we make in the coming months and years will determine whether it remains a global platform for innovation and expression for people everywhere. In order to continue being a trusted, mission-critical platform, the Internet must be seen and proven to be secure, reliable and private.

Issues addressed by this conference included:

  • Internet access in Romania (from a national and international perspective)
  • Trust and Privacy
  • Freedom of speech
  • The future of the Internet
  • Digital Literacy
  • Education
  • How to make Romania more competitive through Internet access
  • Censorship and copyright
  • Internet blocking

As well as keynote presentations, the event featured video presentations and three panel discussions on the challenges and opportunities facing Romanian policymakers, business and citizens.

Keynote speakers and panellists included:

  • Ed Tric, Chapter President, Internet Society Romania
  • Frederic Donck, Regional Bureau Director, Europe, Internet Society
  • Valerian Vreme, Romanian Minister of Communications and Information Society
  • Neelie Kroes (video message), EU Commissioner for Digital Agenda
  • Radu Jugureanu, eContent Department Manager, SIVECO
  • Deepak Bhatia, Regional ICT Sector Coordinator for Europe and Central Asia, World Bank Group
  • Didier Oillo, Director for Innovation, Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie
  • Diana Voicu, Manager of Knowledge Based Economy Project, Romanian Ministry of Communications and Information Society
  • Paul Andre Baran, Project Manager, Biblionet.ro
  • Florin Talpes, CEO, Bitdefender
  • Razvan-Iulian Jiga, Projects and Programs Manager, DGCTI-Ministry of Administration and Interior, Romania
  • Professor Joe Cannataci, University of Malta and Groningen, (Council of Europe Data protection)
  • Christine Runnegar, Internet Society, Senior Policy Advisor
  • Varujan Pambuccian, MP and Member of the ICT Commission in the Romanian Parliament
  • Sami ben Gharbia, Director of Global Voices Advocacy and Tunisian free speech advocate and blogger based in the Netherlands
  • Bogdan Manolea, Legi-internet.ro, Romanian Internet law expert
  • Gheorghe Serban, Executive Director, ANISP