The Internet Society, in collaboration with the Asian Media Information and Communication Centre (AMIC), hosted INET Singapore in November 2010. The conference, part of the INET series of regional conferences, focused on the evolution of the Internet with the theme "The Internet: Past, Present and Future".
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 Singapore 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. The conference discussed the current Internet, and how its use and value has evolved since being made available to the general public. It highlighted some of the challenges and opportunities as the Internet scales towards a user base of 2 billion and beyond, including some of the emerging issues which could affect Internet use and growth.
Conference topics included:
- Access and Infrastructure
- Cloud Computing
- Future Internet
- Intellectual Property
- Internet and Socio-economic development
- Internet Evolution
- Internet for Development
- Internet Governance
- Multilingualism and the Internet
- Network Confidence
- New Media and Social Networks
- Open Standards
- Privacy and Identity Management
- Security and Stability
INET Singapore was attended by regional and international policy and technical experts, including: IT professionals, business managers, ICT4D practitioners, companies, organisations and individuals interested in Internet technologies and civil Society, international organisations and NGOs.
Delegates enjoyed keynote presentations followed by panel discussions and the event offered lots of networking opportuniites.