The Internet Society, in collaboration with the ISOC Sri Lanka Chapter, held INET Colombo on 23-24 May, 2011. The conference focused on the evolution of the Internet with the theme "Internet for All".
Since becoming publicly available infrastructure, the Internet's growth has been phenomenal with over a quarter of the world population having access to the Internet today. Numerous innovations have all contributed to the growth of the Internet, including the world wide web, instant messaging, voice-over-IP and social networks.
The challenges of improving Internet growth are multifaceted and interrelated, particularly in developing countries. They include, for example, access to technical skills and knowledge, the regulatory and policy environment for information and telecommunications services, broader economic and market factors, language diversity, and the diffusion and reliability of basic infrastructure and services.
INET Colombo brought together regional and international policy and technical experts, government, network operators, the private sector and the user community to discuss and deliberate the current state of play of the Internet and its impact on society at large. It look at localisation and the role it plays in bringing ICT to the masses, some of the issues and challenges around using the Internet safely, and discussed some of the issues around the Internet and scalabilitye, including IPv6 and Internet applications.
Conference topics included:
- Access and Infrastructure
- Cloud Computing
- Connecting Rural Communities
- Future Internet
- Intellectual Property
- Internet and Socio-economic development
- Internet Evolution
- Internet for Development
- Internet Governance
- Localisation and the Internet
- Mobile and Internet Applications
- Network Confidence
- Open Standards
- Privacy and Identity Management
- Security and Stability
- Social Media
Delegates at INET Colombo heard from regional and international policy and technical experts through keynote presentations and panel disccussions as well as enjoying numerous networking opportunities. Attendees included IT professionals, business managers, ICT4D practitioners, companies, organisations and individuals interested in Internet technologies, media industry professionals, researchers and consultants, academics and policymakers and regulators.