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INET Qatar

The Rise of the Arab Information Society

Date: 27 November 2012
Time: 10:00 - 16:15
Venue: Carnegie Mellon University, Doha, Qatar | Map

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INET Qatar: The Arab regional INET, focused on the importance of connecting with regional Internet communities throughout the Arab region. Internet Society believes that local conditions require local solutions focusing on the specific regional needs, assisted and informed by the technical expertise and policy experience of leading Internet community experts.
Those who attended INET Qatar not only became part of the Internet Society’s Multi stakeholder voice, they were also exposed to Internet issues of global and regional importance as well as access to world-class technology and policy experts.
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Opening Session

10:00 - 10:30

Fadel Al Enazi Chairman
Internet Society Qatar
Dr. Hessa Al Jaber
Secretary General, Supreme Council of Information and Communication Technology, ictQATAR
Chief Operating Officer, Internet Society
Introduction: Constance Bommelaer, Director, Public Policy, Internet Society

Towards an Inclusive Arab Information Society

10:30 - 11:50

Session Moderator: Mr. Mohamed El Bashir, Manager of Numbering and Internet Domain, ictQatar
Professor William Dutton
Oxford Internet Institute
The Arab Region in the New Internet World
Findings of ICT Qatar study in cooperation with Oxford Internet Institute and the Word Economic Forum on trends of Arab Internet users related to trust, privacy, security and freedom
Shabina S. Khatri
Editor, Doha News
A Perspective from the Local Media

The importance of free speech and free flow of information in nurturing a vibrant and Open Arab Information Society?

Co-founder, Taghreedat
Highlights of the "Taghreedat Project" for developing Online Arabic content
Manager of Number and Internet Domain, ictQatar
Highlights on the challenges facing the acceptance of Arabic language online and how to overcome those challenges using a research and development approach
Professor John Laprise
Northwestern University
Forward-Looking questions from the students of Education City
Q&A with the General Audience

Coffee Break



Spurring Internet-based Innovation and Economic Growth


Session Moderator: Fahad Al Shirawi, RIPE NCC, Board Member/CEO, GCCIX
Mr. Taylor Reynolds
Senior Economist, OECD
The Internet as a key resource for economic growth
How a robust Internet, based on an open and collaborative development model spurs innovation and economic growth 
Paul Rendek
Director of External Relations, Ripe NCC
Transition to IPv6
New Services and Business Opportunities for All
Country Manager, Microsoft
e-Trust and Cyber-security
Critical Challenges for Economic Growth and Social Development
Professor George White
Carnegie Mellon University
In light of the discussions and the challenges, the Education City students propose their way forward and address their questions.
Q&A with the General Audience

Lunch Break

13:20 - 14:30


Internet Policy Challenges and the Way Forward

14:30 - 16:00

Session Moderator: Mr. Dawit Bekele, Director, Regional Bureau for Africa, Internet Society
Theresa Swinehart
Executive Director, Global Internet Policy, Verizon
The Internet Model and the State of the Internet Governance Debate
Chairman and CEO, Telecommunication Regulatory Authority, Lebanon
Digital Content Challenges and Actions Required by Governments to Foster its Development
Major Laws and Regulations of the Last few years
Senior Manager, Public Policy, SAMENA Telecommunications Council
Perspectives from the Telecoms industry
The Internet Governance model and the debate of sustainability
Mr. Qusai Al-Shatti
Deputy Chairman, Kuwait Information Technology
The Birth of the Multistakeholder Model in the Region
The example of the Arab IGF
Karen Mulberry
Policy Advisor, Internet Society
Perspectives on the ITU 2012 World Conference on International Telecommunications
The Internet Society's contribution to the debate
Professor Daniel Phelps
Carnegie Mellon University
In light of the discussions and the challenges, the Education City students propose their way forward and address their questions
Q&A with the General Audience

Closing Remarks

16:00 - 16:15

Ms. Sofie Maddens, Senior Director, Global Services, Internet Society
Fadel Al Enazi, Chairman, Internet Society Qatar

Closing Refreshments