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Abstract -- GII and its Relationship to the Internet (Panel)
P1: GII and its Relationship to the Internet - Panel
GII and its Relationship to the Internet (Panel)
- Kuo, Frank
- Kahn, Robert
- Kumon, Shumpei
- Baser, Robert
- Bjerring, Andrew
The Global Information Infrastructure (GII) is a concept first advanced by
Vice President Al Gore at the ITU World Telecommunication Development
Conference in Buenos Aires in March 1994. Gore's idea of a GII is a
globally linked information marketplace. As recently enunciated in a
February 95 meeting of the G7 Nations in Brussels,
"The GII will be composed of interconnected national, regional, and
international networks. As an evolving networks of networks, the GII
will encompass a broad range of technology and products, information
of all forms, the standards and interfaces that make the networks
interoperable, the measures and technologies that will make them more
secure and reliable, and most importantly, the people who will create and
use the GII"
Currently the GII plans are being formulated by high level government
and industry leaders from the G7 group of nations. How the gloabl Internet
plays a role in the GII remains to be defined.
In this panel discussion, a distinguished group of international
panelists will disucss the following issues:
These and other issues will be discussed
- What is the GII?
- How the Internet related to the GII?
- What kind of technologies and investments are needed to foster the GII?
- What kind of social, economic and educational benefits might accrue
from the GII?
- What should the roles of governments and industries be in the
development of the GII?
- What are the perspectives of the G7 nations on the GII?
- How do third world nations view the GII?
- Is the GII needed at all?
- Without the GII initiative, wouldn't the current Internet grow and
eventually become the GII anyway?