Internet Governance 17 November 2009

Internet Governance and Recovery and Economic Growth

Henri Wohlfarth
By Henri WohlfarthSenior Web Developer

The workshop number 291 with the above title is being held in Room 2 (Sinai). Extremely informed panelist and very well chaired by Herbert (SAP) and the salient points which were discussed listed below:

  • Governments of emerging markets rely on ICT rather than developed markets wherein stimulus packages can be given.
  • Reacting to financial crisis scenario is a multi-stakeholder responsibility and not only of governments.
  • ICT sector contributes to the treasury of the government
  • Open dialogue is a must for internet issues. Governments cannot stay in offices to form ICT strategies. Consultations should be the key process for .
  • Right foundation is must to real the benefits of technology. Just Throwing money is not going to be beneficial. The right foundation consists of lots of I’s
  1. Infrastructure – Connectivity, Systems & baseline of regulations.
  2. Innovation – Environment supporting Innovation.
  3. Investing scenarios – Micro & Venture Capital Interest
  4. Information flow – Information is the currency in digital economy.
  5. Intellectual capacity – Skills of people and capacity building capability
  6. Integration – Blending of front end and backend which means trade is enabled by ICT
  7. Implementation – Implementation of projects
  8. Inclusive – Enlarge the framework from which the people can benefit 
  • Regulator should be flexible in times of crisis to pull through the economic crisis.
  • Diversity is the name of the game in tiring times. 
  • Regulator intervention is required to defend infrastructure. This was mentioned in the backdrop of undersea cables damage 
  • Continuing need to build infrastructure is true but decision of investing by nation states needs to be taken by each nation state. This was in the backdrop of Wi-Max Implementation and broaband strategy by nation states.
  •  Political Will is a must to implement the ICT Policy.
  •  Infrastructure projects are easier to implement rather than the content development projects. Governments needs convincing to support this long haul projects.

Disclaimer: Viewpoints expressed in this post are those of the author and may or may not reflect official Internet Society positions.

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