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INET Colombo


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The Internet Society, in collaboration with the ISOC Sri Lanka Chapter, will hold a regional conference in Colombo on 23-24 May, 2011. The conference, part of the Internet Society's INET series of regional conferences, will be focused on the evolution of the Internet with the theme "Internet for All".

Since becoming publicly available infrastructure, the Internet's growth has been phenomenal with over a quarter of the world population having access to the Internet today. Numerous innovations have all contributed to the growth of the Internet, including the world wide web, instant messaging, voice-over-IP and social networks.

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, broader economic and market factors, language diversity, and the diffusion and reliability of basic infrastructure and services.

INET Colombo 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 and its impact on society at large. It will look at localisation and the role it plays in bringing ICT to the masses, some of the issues and challenges around using the Internet safely, and will discuss some of the issues around the Internet and scalability including IPv6 and Internet applications.

Conference Topics

  • Access and Infrastructure
  • Cloud Computing
  • Connecting Rural Communities
  • Convergence
  • Future Internet
  • Innovation
  • Intellectual Property
  • Internet and Socio-economic development
  • Internet Evolution
  • Internet for Development
  • Internet Governance
  • IPv6
  • Localisation and the Internet
  • Mobile and Internet Applications
  • Network Confidence
  • Open Standards
  • Privacy and Identity Management
  • Security and Stability
  • Social Media

Who Should Attend

INET Colombo is designed to bring together regional and international policy and technical experts and will be an outstanding opportunity to discuss issues concerning the Internet and its future. Topics discussed will be valuable for anyone who uses and is dependent on the Internet in their daily activities – be it personal or professional, including:

  • CxOs and IT Managers
  • IT Professionals
  • Business Strategists
  • Marketing professionals
  • Business Managers
  • ICT4D practitioners
  • Entrepreneurs and Venture Capitalists
  • Companies, organisations and individuals interested in Internet technologies
  • Media industry professionals
  • Researchers and Consultants
  • Academics and Students
  • Legal practitioners with a focus on technology-related issues
  • Policymakers and Regulators
  • Civil Society, International organisations and NGOs

Conference Format

  • Plenary session focusing on big picture issues
  • Keynote session
  • Panel discussions
  • Networking breaks