This Friday in Geneva I will moderate a panel of high level United Nations officials about their role in the future of the Internet.
The host of the conference, the International Telecommunication Union, is a UN agency that ranks among its goals to “promote the extension of the benefits of new telecommunication technologies to all the world’s inhabitants.”
Others on the panel include top officials from UNESCO, the African Telecommunications Union, the European Broadcasting Union, the World Intellectual Property Organization and the International Standardization Organization.
My focus: Are these organizations doing enough to promote and support the Internet?
Any sharp ideas or questions are welcome!
Details of my panel below, with link to full conference program here.
9.30am Friday Building the Information Society Together: What is the role of International Organizations in a convergent media world?
All organisations need goals, objectives, structures, and procedures. These are necessarily defined by the times when they are established. High-level representatives from international organizations will be invited to discuss how they are contributing to foster the convergence.
Moderator: Mr. Thomas Crampton, Technology and Media Correspondent for the International Herald Tribune
– Mr. Jéan Reveillon, Secretary General, European Broadcasting Union (EBU)
– Dr. Hamodoun I. Touré, Secretary General, International Telecommunication Union (ITU)
– Ms. Ruth Hieronymi, Member of the European Parliament, Committee on Culture and Education of the European Parliament
– Mr. Alan Bryden, Secretary General, International Standardization Organization (ISO)
– Dr. Akossi Akossi, Secretary General, African Telecommunications Union (ATU)
– Mr. Philippe Petit, Deputy Director General, World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)
– Mr. Mogens Schmidt, Deputy Assistant Director-General for Communication and Information, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)