IEEE Hosts ‘Internet Inclusion: Advancing Solutions—India’ to Collaborate on Connecting the Unconnected

03-Oct-2017 Intellasia | BusinessWire | 9:30 AM Print This Post

6 October event in New Delhi will convene technology and policy
experts for discussions on advancing internet inclusion for all

NEW DELHI–(BUSINESS WIRE)–IEEE, the world’s largest technical professional organization dedicated
to advancing technology for humanity, today announced Internet
Inclusion: Advancing Solutions—India
, hosted by the IEEE
Internet Initiative
, will take place 6 October at the ITC Maurya New
Delhi and is a pre-event leading up to the Global
Conference on Cyberspace 2017
 (GCCS) on 23-24 November in New Delhi.
GCCS promotes an inclusive Cyberspace with a focus on policies and
frameworks for inclusivity, sustainability, development, security,
safety and freedom, technology, and partnerships for upholding digital
democracy, maximizing collaboration for strengthening security and
safety, and advocating dialogue for digital diplomacy.

Morning Roundtable Discussion

At its 6 October event, IEEE will host two by-invitation sessions,
including a morning roundtable discussion among high-level government
officials from the Monitoring Committee of “Digital
India
and various agencies enabling
the initiative, described as “a flagship programme of the Government of
India with a vision to transform India into a digitally empowered
society and knowledge economy.”

Among the topics to be addressed are defining and fulfilling the promise
of internet inclusion; expansion of knowledge networks through digital
inclusion; digital inclusion’s impact on business, development
organizations, governments and citizens; policy responses to security
threats and privacy concerns; and opportunities for making digital
innovation more inclusive and scalable.

“‘Digital India’ aligns closely with the IEEE Internet Initiative’s
global efforts to advance solutions for internet inclusion,” said IEEE
Internet Initiative Vice-chair Deepak Maheshwari. “By coalescing around
India’s particular challenges, including affordability, digital
literacy, security and privacy, we are building out collaborative
platforms and working groups that will further India’s progress in its
digital transformation. Because ‘Digital India’ envelops so many
agencies and public/private partnerships, it provides a valuable model
for multi-stakeholder innovation that can be shared through IEEE in
other geographies.”

Lunch Workshop Session

The 6 October afternoon session will bring together leaders from
business, NGOs and government bodies, among others, to discuss the
issues of internet inclusion from such perspectives as innovative
business models and financing, public access and community networks,
energy and connectivity, the gender divide, and digital literacy in the
context of what are the needed consensus-driven outputs that can advance
ideas and hasten the development, adoption and use of solutions. In the
working session, invitees will identify internet inclusion challenges,
prioritize them and identify potential solutions and next steps to
address them.

In 2016, the IEEE Internet Initiative organized a similar event
in New Delhi
, where the technical community, non-governmental
organizations/civil-society organizations (NGOs/CSOs), and others
collaborated on expanding affordable internet access, especially in the
South Asian region. The event
report
noted, “The effort to achieve universal, affordable
connectivity depends on the shared expertise, experiences, and
creativity of the global technology, technical, and policy
communities in forging locally relevant solutions … (The 2016
IEEE Internet Initiative event in New Delhi delivered) a very important
milestone in the long and arduous journey of bringing the multiple
stakeholders to a common platform of understanding and appreciating each
other’s perspectives and priorities.”

About IEEE Internet Initiative

The IEEE Internet Initiative promotes thought leadership and innovation
and advances solutions for a trustworthy and inclusive internet by
contributing technology expertise and resources to the policy ecosystem
and providing a collaborative development platform and community to
produce action-oriented and implementable outputs. Learn more at http://internetinitiative.ieee.org/,
and follow @IEEENetPolicy on
Twitter.

About IEEE

IEEE is the largest technical professional organization dedicated to
advancing technology for the benefit of humanity. Through its highly
cited publications, conferences, technology standards, and professional
and educational activities, IEEE is the trusted voice in a wide variety
of areas ranging from aerospace systems, computers, and
telecommunications to biomedical engineering, electric power, and
consumer electronics. Learn more at http://www.ieee.org.

Contacts

IEEE
Media:
India:
Sri Chandrasekaran
sri.chandra@IEEE.org
or
Global:
Lloyd
Green, +1 732-465-6664
Director, Engagement Marketing & Creative
Community Services
l.g.green@ieee.org

 


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