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Latin America RIDD 2016

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The Internet of Opportunity: Building a sustainable future through an inclusive Internet

Background

For the LAC region, ICTs and the Internet will play an important role in development, and can be an important catalyst in improving the socio-economic status of communities, as well as playing a transformative role for the economy as a whole in the transition towards a digital economy. Underpinning all this will be continued trust in the Internet and all that it enables.

The conference will consist of opening and closing sessions, plenary sessions as well as panel discussions. It will be a one and half day program covering a range of topical issues related to Internet and Development in the LAC region. The event will be hosted by Internet Society (ISOC), the Ministry of Communications – Government of Argentina and the IDB (Inter-American Development Bank) and will be held back-to-back with the WEF Internet for All meeting. This will elevate its overall value, ensuring large attendance and high level speeches from the region and beyond.Objective

The purpose of this conference is to convene regional dialogue on policy issues around ‘Internet for Development’ matters and address some of the opportunities and challenges in the LAC region. Special attention will be given to the transformational potential of ICT and Internet for SDGs, as well as mainstreaming gender within topical discussions. The conference will offer open high-level discussions addressing the following dimensions:

  • Connecting the Next Billion
  • ICTs and Sustainable Development
  • Digital Economy.

Participation

Invitations will be sent to experts representing governments from developing countries, developed countries and emerging countries from LAC. In addition, leading regional experts, industry representatives, civil society organizations, entrepreneurs and research institutes will also be invited to attend. Expected number of attendees: ~150.

Expected Outcomes

It is expected that this conference will lead to a number of possible outcomes, including:

  • One or more working groups may emerge from the discussions, organised around issues e.g. Internet for sustainable development, connectivity, innovation and collaboration.
  • Specific follow-up and engagement with national governments present at the conference.
  • The Regional Internet development conference becoming an annual event that serves as a pragmatic forum for broadening discussion about the Internet and socio-economic development. The outcome of this multi stakeholder event will feed into the WSIS regional meetings.

Themes

The purpose of this conference is to convene a multi-stakeholder regional dialogue on policy issues around ‘Internet for Development’ matters and address some of theopportunities and challenges in the LAC region.

Special attention will be given to the transformational potential of ICT and Internet for SDGs, as well as main streaming gender within topical discussions. The conference will offer open high-level discussions addressing the following dimensions:

  • Connecting the Next Billion
  • ICTs and Sustainable Development
  • Digital Economy

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Time

Tuesday 08 November 2016 –

Wednesday 09 November 2016

Location

Palacio San Martín, Salón Libertador

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Joyce Dogniez

Senior Director, Global Community Engagement

Joyce Dogniez is a passionate Internet user. Since 2013, this passion has been key to bringing the work of the Internet Society to life. Initially joining the organization as the… Read more

Carl Gahnberg

Policy Advisor

Carl Gahnberg is a Policy Advisor at the Internet Society (ISOC), where he is focused on issues related to Internet governance. In this role, Carl contributes the organization’s global policy… Read more

Sebastian Bellagamba

Regional Bureau Director for Latin America and The Caribbean

Prior to joining the Internet Society, Sebastian worked in the Internet Service Providers industry, founding and running several ISPs in Argentina and also managing regional Latin America operations. At that… Read more

Raúl Echeberría

Vice President, Global Engagement

After completing his term on Internet Society’s Board of Trustees (2008-2014), Raúl Echeberría joined the organization as Vice President of Global Engagement. Raúl was one of the founders of LACNIC… Read more

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