November 11, 2007 | Windsor Barra Hotel | Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Av. Lúcio Costa (old Av. Sernambetiba), 2630 Barra da Tijuca • Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
CEP 22620-170 • Room: Versailles II • Phone: 55 21 2195-5000


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A critical luxury

As the world becomes more digitally interdependent, access to digital networks and technology becomes critical and moves from a luxury to a necessity. Government services, education, job opportunities, and trade are all moving towards digital creation and distribution as a means to reach people more efficiently. Yet, this access remains out of reach for much of the world’s population.

Access is only the beginning

Just providing universal access is not enough. To take full advantage of the benefits of the digital world, citizens must be able to participate, to contribute, and to influence. They need a voice in how technology and the political, social, and economic policies that govern it evolve. Those that do not have this will be confined to the role of “recipients” forced to accept the choices made by more influential participants who might have little knowledge of or concern for the needs and priorities of others.

The global gateway

Open ICT standardization can provide an economical, reliable, and innovative means for enabling greater participation using communications networks like the Internet and the World Wide Web. Technology architectures based upon open ICT standards can lead to more equitable access, consumer choice, and competition. The crux of ICT standardization is not in the technologies. Rather, the true power of standardization is based in the world’s often conflicting political, legal, and economic infrastructures that affect standardization. The decisions made in these arenas create the local and international rules that deeply impact network participation. Those decisions will be the gateway that determines who will benefit from technology and who will be left behind.

About this conference

This highly interactive conference will examine how open standardization can enable all stakeholders to participate in the benefits and governance of the digital world. It is driven by the following global changes:

  • Developing economies are predicted to contribute 50% to the growth in world trade by 2030
  • Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) account for the majority of businesses in regions such as Europe and South America
  • Consumers will come to rely more heavily on the digital world for jobs, government services, education, and healthcare

Expert panelists will participate in four areas: