Session: The I* Organizations and their Contribution to Development

Time: 
Wed, 2011-09-28 14:30 - 16:00

Concise Description:
The core group of administrators of the Internet's functions, comprising ISOC, ICANN, the RIRs, the IETF, and the IAB are often referred to as the I* group. Since their inception, they have been giving increasing attention to issues both indirectly and directly related to economic and social development. For example, during the 1990s, the Internet Society alone trained over 1500 people from most developing countries regarding how to link their country with the Internet, how to spread the net and make resources available and how to manage the increasingly complex environment into which the Internet was progressing. The UNICODE Consortium and the IETF did significant work to assure a comprehensive standard of character coding that would encompass all of the world's scripts, and most recently ICANN has used these developments to implement international top-level domain names.

The current efforts of the I* group of organizations focus on training of various kinds in developing countries, conferences and networking opportunities, fellowships, and joint projects. As the Internet evolves and penetrates countries more pervasively, there will be opportunities for additional types of assistance in the technical and managerial spheres.

The fundamental question that the workshop will address is: what is the effectiveness of these various components of assistance that are currently being provided, and are there alternative modalities of aid that should be considered?

Questions that are no relevant include the following:

- What is the proper role of the various I* members with respect to economic and social development?

- What is the proper measure of resources now being directed to development by the I* community?

- Is the current pattern of assistance the most appropriate and the most effective in terms of sustainable development?

- Should different goals, or a different distribution of resources, be considered and adopted for the future?

- What types of assistacne are members of the I* community most effective in providing? Does that reflect the current allocation of resources and if not, what changes might be beneficial?

Using the breadth of experience of the panel in both ICT and development, members will address the above questions. Their presentations wiill be followed by audience and panel interaction.

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