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INET Asia Regional Conference

17 September 2009 - Delhi, India

Venue: InterContinental Hotel, Nehru Place, Delhi
See map for directions to hotel...

Towards an Enabling Internet Access Environment

The Internet Society, in collaboration with the Digital Empowerment Foundation (DEF), is holding a regional conference in Delhi, India on 17 September, 2009. The conference, part of the Internet Society's INET series of regional conferences, will be focused on enabling Internet access with the theme "Towards an Enabling Internet Access Environment".

The challenges of improving Internet growth are multifaceted and interrelated, particularly in developing countries. They include, for example, access to technical skills and knowledge, the regulatory and policy environment for information and telecommunications services, and broader economic and market factors, language diversity, and the diffusion and reliability of basic infrastructure and services.

INET Delhi will bring together regional and international policy and technical experts, government, network operators, the private sector and the user community to discuss and deliberate the current state of play of the Internet access environment in the region. The conference will discuss issues in creating and sustaining an enabling Internet access environment, including Internet for development through accessibility, inclusion and growth, multi-stakeholder participation, online content and local languages, and strategies to ensure the continued growth and evolution of the User Centric Internet through appropriate and consultative policy action.

Registration is free, however, seating is limited and pre-registration by Wednesday, 2 September is required. Morning/afternoon refreshments and lunch will be provided.

Online registrations for INET Delhi are now closed. Limited on-site registration opportunities will be available on the day of the event starting at 8:10am.

Provisional Agenda

09:00-09:30 INET Delhi 2009 Registration
09:30-11:00 Welcome & Power Session

Internet for Inclusive Development

  • Introductory & Welcome Address by Osama Manzar, Founder & Director, Digital Empowerment Foundation
  • Address by Jon McNerney, Chief Operating Officer: The Internet Society: The Internet is for Everyone, USA
  • Address by Chief Guest: Honorable Mr. Wajahat Habibullah, Chief Information Commissioner of India
  • Address by Mr. Kinley Dorji, Secretary, IT, Ministry of Communication & Information, Bhutan
  • Address by Mr. P.W.D.C. Jayathilaka, Secretary, Ministry of Posts & Telecommunications, Sri Lanka
  • Address by Mr. S.R. Rao, Additional Secretary, DIT, Govt. of India

Moderator cum Referee: Rajnesh Singh, Regional Bureau Manager, Asia, Internet Society

11:00-11:30 Tea Break and Networking
11:30-13:00 Plenary Session I

South Asia "Internet for Development: Road towards Inclusion & Growth"

This plenary session will deliberate on the following thematic areas within the larger plenary theme and come out key concrete thoughts and actionable points.

  • Internet for Public Service Delivery: Decentralization, Community Involvement & Participation
  • Accessibility, Affordability and User Centric Internet Growth
  • Status of Internet Infrastructure Growth
  • Internet for Development & Policy Requirements
  • Using the Internet Model as a framework for development consultation, dialogue and participation: The multi-stakeholder model

Chair: Mr. S. R. Rao, Additional Secretary, DIT, Govt. of India
Co-Chair: Mr. Mahfuzur Rehman, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Science & ICT, Bangladesh & Director, Bangladesh Computer Council

Moderator cum Referee: Mr Deepak Maheshwari, Director Corporate Affairs, Microsoft India

Panelists

  • Mr. Manohar Kumar Bhattarai, Vice Chairman, Nepal High Level Commission for IT
  • Dr. Stephen J. McGurk, Regional Director, Office for South Asia and China, IDRC
  • Ms. Tulika Pandey, Additional Director, DIT, Govt. of India
  • Mr. German Valdez Aviles, Communications Area Manager, APNIC
  • Mr. T.I.M Nurul Kabir, Chairman, Digital Knowledge Foundation, Bangladesh
  • Dr. Mahesh Uppal, Director, Com First (India) Pvt. Ltd., India
  • Mr. A.S. Panneerselvan, Executive Director, Panos South Asia
  • Mr. Ahmed Shahid, First Secretary (Economic and Commercial), High Commission of Maldives, India
  • Mr. Frederic Donck, Director, Public Policy, Internet Society

Session Discussion & Q&A

13:00-14:00 Lunch
14:00-15:30 Plenary Session II

Developing national Internet infrastructure for Inclusive Growth: Role of Digital Content & Services in Internet Enabled Growth

This plenary session will deliberate on the following thematic areas within the larger plenary theme and come out key concrete thoughts and actionable points.

  • Ensuring Last Mile Connectivity beyond Stop Gap Arrangements
  • Policy Compatibility towards robust National Internet Infrastructure
  • Online Content in South Asia: Opportunities and Realities
  • Local Language Content & Citizen Services Delivery

Chair: N. Ravi Shanker, Joint Secretary, DIT & CEO, NIXI
Co-Chair:  Mr. Manohar Kumar Bhattarai, Vice Chairman, Nepal High Level Commission for IT, Nepal

Moderator cum Referee: Ms Ashish Garg, Asia Regional Coordinator, GeSCI, Ireland

Panelists

  • Mr. Mahfuzur Rehman, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Science & ICT, Bangladesh
  • Mr. Shailesh Gupta, Vice President, Tata Communications, India
  • Mr. Rajen Varada, Resource Person, UN Solution Exchange, ICTD Unit, India
  • Mr. Karma Wangdi, Head, Infrastructure Division, Department of Information Technology, Govt. of Bhutan
  • Mr. Rajesh Charia, President, ISPAI, India
  • Mr. Prakash Kumar, Director, CISCO, India
  • Mr. Dikendra Kandel, Chairman, COPPADES, Nepal
  • Dr. Dhruv Nath, Professor, Information Management, MDI
Session Discussions & Q&A
15:30-16:00 Tea Break
16:00-17:30 Plenary Session III

Internet Governance & Digital Divide:"Strategies from thought to action towards a policy Roadmap"

This plenary session will deliberate on the following key thematic areas within the larger plenary theme and come out key concrete thoughts and actionable points.

  • Formulating responses and solutions to Internet security, stability and soft issues: IPv6, DNSSEC, SPAM, Network Neutrality, Trust and Identity
  • User-Centric Internet: Building Internet around the needs of the users
  • Intellectual Property: Managing the intellectual property laws in a modern networked society
  • Greater policy awareness and regional tailoring of policy programs towards greater Internet Resource Access for development

Chair: Mr. Kinley Dorji, Secretary, Ministry of Communications & Information, Govt. of Bhutan
Co-Chair-cum-Moderator-cum-Referee:  Mr. Osama Manzar, Director and Founder, DEF India

Panelists

  • Mr. P.W.D.C. Jayathilaka, Secretary, Ministry of Posts & Telecommunications, Sri Lanka
  • Dr. Subho Ray, President, IAMAI, India
  • Dr. Surinder Batra, Professor & Chairperson, Information Technology Management Area, IMT, Ghaziabad
  • Mr. Ananya Raihan, CEO, D.Net Bangladesh
  • Mr. Anand Kumar, Coordinator, UN Solution Exchange, New Delhi, India
  • Mr. Basheerhamad Shadrach, Asia Senior Program Officer, telecentre.org
  • Dr. Amir Ullah Khan, Director, India Development Foundation

Session Discussions & Q & A

17:30-18:00 Valedictory Session: Conference Recommendations & Key Outcomes

Conclusive Remarks by

  • Mr N Ravi Shanker, Jt. Secretary, DIT, Gov of India
  • Dr. Stephen J. McGurk, Regional Director, Office for South Asia and China, IDRC

Wrap-up, Future Plans & Thanks by

  • Mr. Rajnesh Singh, ISOC

* The names in each plenary session are subject to last minute changes.