Internet Inclusion: Global Connect Stakeholders Advancing Solutions - October 5-6, 2016

On 5-6 October, IEEE held Internet Inclusion: Global Connect Stakeholders Advancing Solutions in Washington, D.C., USA. Like its predecessor event in April, this multi-stakeholder workshop discussed network technical, regulation and build-out acceleration options for connecting the next billion, with a focus on exploration of associated challenges and real-world solutions.

The program offers a blend of interactive and dynamic workshops and panels, lightning talks on the status of broadband plans and internet/digital inclusion plans, and regional roundtables. In an entrepreneurial and collaborative spirit, Internet Inclusion: Global Connect Stakeholders Advancing Solutions focuses on innovative technical options and solutions for addressing the infrastructure challenges of providing internet access to under-developed and under-served communities and regions, with a focus on accelerating roll out. 

IIGCSAS, Washington DC, October 5-6, 2016
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State of Internet Inclusion - Internet Inclusion: Global Connect Stakeholders Advancing Solutions, Washington DC, 2016

This session covers the five regions (Africa, Asia, Central and South America, Europe, and North America) from the 13 April Global Connect Stakeholders: Advancing Solutions event and subsequent developments/work efforts. Speakers are the technical and country representatives with situational knowledge of each region. Each region representative provides reflections on the identified issues and update on their region’s progress, current and future projects, and regulatory/technical challenges.

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Setting the Conditions for 2020 - Internet Inclusion: Global Connect Stakeholders Advancing Solutions, Washington DC, 2016

Thematic Roundtables Part One: What Will It Take? To weave together shared goals and attain common purpose, discussion leaders will set out the parameters of the themes and invite comment and feedback to create a statement of each theme. Several of the themes are linked to the outcomes of the High-Level Roundtable on Internet for All, hosted by the World Economic Forum.

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Examples for Success in 2020 - Internet Inclusion: Global Connect Stakeholders Advancing Solutions, Washington DC, 2016

In bringing forth Examples for Success 2020, Mei Lin Fung of People Centered Internet launches this session with information about the IEEE Special Interest Group on Humanitarian Technologies (IEEE SIGHT) work in Tunisia, featuring: 

• Kartik Kulkarni, IEEE SIGHT Chair 

• Skandar Mansouri, IEEE Student Chapter Leader 

• Ahmed Selmi, IEEE Student Chapter Leader

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Day Two Opening Remarks by Megan Smith - Internet Inclusion: Global Connect Stakeholders Advancing Solutions, Washington DC, 2016

Megan Smith, Chief Technical Officer at the U.S. White House, delivers an energetic opening to launch the second day of Internet Inclusion: Global Connect Stakeholders Advancing Solutions in Washington DC. Emphasizing the importance of connectivity and cross-collaboration, Ms. Smith entails specific examples of how globalizing the Internet will improve economy, workforce and everyday life.

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Public Knowledge/Access Now Panel - Internet Inclusion: Global Connect Stakeholders Advancing Solutions, Washington DC, 2016

This session launches the Draft Principles and Recommendations on Connectivity Investment and Human Rights, and the Global Connect Working Group on Connectivity, Human Rights, and Development to a broader audience. These principles aim to ensure that initiatives and funding for connectivity projects and infrastructure account for human rights at their core and implement these by design.

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Financing Connectivity Workshop - Internet Inclusion: Global Connect Stakeholders Advancing Solutions, Washington DC, 2016

This engaged dialogue, moderated by Amber Nystrom, features leaders on the forefront of financial connectivity and delivery. The session provides a hands-on and practical immersion into cutting-edge social-commercial financial structures and financing strategies that enable last-mile connectivity and resilient systems transformation of the most pressing challenges facing people, planet, and prosperity.

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Connecting the Unconnected with Christopher Yoo - Internet Inclusion: Global Connect Stakeholders Advancing Solutions, Washington DC, 2016

Professor Christopher Yoo at University of Pennsylvania presents his talk on Empirical Research into innovative Approaches to Connecting the Unconnected. Although businesses, civil society organizations, and governments have initiated a wide range of new strategies for connecting the unconnected, to date no one has systematically analyzed these initiatives or conducted an empirical assessment of their effectiveness. 

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Expert Panel: Opportunity Landscape Review - Internet Inclusion: Global Connect Stakeholders Advancing Solutions, Washington DC, 2016

“Impact Infrastructure” elevates one of the world’s most resilient asset classes into a mass-scale tool for catapulting resilient and inclusive connectivity, prosperity, and sustainable development. This engaged session presents multiple lenses for understanding impact infrastructure and financing, and for engaging in this next vital frontier for catapulting connectivity forward worldwide.

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