Proprietary Influences in Free and Open Source Software: Lessons to Open and Universal Internet Standards
The Motor Vehicles Manufacturers Association in America before World War II shared inventions among its members without a licence fee of any kind the same way home cooking recipes have been shared across kitchens since the beginning of human culture. In the field of Computers, in the 50's and 60's software produced by the Computer Science academics were freely shared. Software was generally distributed in the spirit of sharing.
It is neither easy nor simple to follow or effectively participate in the organizations that manage the Internet’s resources. This session will look at what the barriers are, what efforts are being made to remove them, and how everyone from civil society to governments to business, in both developed and developing countries, can improve their participation in key Internet organizations.
The panelists have participated in key Internet organizations at the highest levels, and often been advocates for greater participation by others.
Maximizing the value and impact of broadband on education, and in particular higher education, is a fundamentally important issue for the next generation of any country or region. Broadband access,and the opportunities for the youth and the next generations, are an essential element of the future of the information and knowledge society as well as national economic and social development.
We are living a historic moment like no other, in which the ownership of the technology goes beyond the elimination of digital divide, is undoubtedly the key to eliminating inherited social gaps that have to do with social development, participation, employment, education, health ... in short to human development.
The workshop will consist of a roundtable discussion, in order to ensure maximum interaction among participants. The issues will be framed as questions, in order to foster a more focused debate and to reach more concrete outcomes.
This workshop explores common claims about the impact of the Internet on children and young people & invites participants to explore the evidence base for each. It will identify where policy initiatives are based on misconceptions about young people and the Internet; and will look at areas where current evidence is lacking.
The workshop will draw upon a discussion paper outlining ‘myths’ that young participants in past IGFs, and partner organisations, have identified.
Video and Audio media will become the predominant traffic on the Internet in future, and broadcast services continue to expand in spite of predictions to the contrary. Media ‘access technologies’ will become ever more necessary and valuable to those who have disabilities and to those not yet literate.
In 2011, ITU-T established a Focus Group on media accessibility, open to all interested parties, to bring together the requirements and systems across all the different media platforms – Internet, IPTV, and Broadcasting.
Mobile internet is no longer luxury in Africa, it has become a vital tool for fostering Social, Economic and Technological Development in Africa.
TODAY, THE WORLD HAS SLIGHTLY OVER 2 BILLION USERS OF THE GLOBAL INTERNET. CONTENT IN BOTH ENGLISH AND OTHER LANGUAGES IS GROWING, AND CHANGES IN THE DEVICES ACCESSING THE INTERNET ARE BRINGING INTERNET ACCESS TO USERS IN REGIONS AND COUNTRIES AT AN EXPONENTIALLY RAPID PACE. ACCESS TO THE GLOBAL INTERNET HAS EVOLVED QUICKLY FROM DESKTOP AND WIRED TO AN ALWAYS-ON AND ALWAYS-ACCESSIBLE ENVIRONMENT BASED ON MOBILE DEVICES. SPECTRUM IS PROVIDING A UBIQUITOUS ENVIRONMENT FOR CONNECTIVITY AND INTEROPERABILTY.
Cyberattacks have been increasing both in number and ferocity.
Top-level domains are particularly at risk because of the breadth of
the consequences when failures or service degradations occur. When
a country code top-level domain is attacked, both its economy and
its citizens are at risk.