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

An InterActive Forum

While most conferences simply dump data on participants, perhaps generating a few ideas that quickly fade once they return to their daily lives, this conference is designed to stimulate action. It brings diverse experts in policy, information and communications technology (ICT), standardization, trade, and law to the discussion table in an environment that encourages frank interaction and cooperation. By doing this, it is intended to expand decision makers’ thinking processes about standardization issues and to present viable, practical solutions for stimulating and capitalizing on innovation. Attendance is limited to provide participants ample opportunities to exchange ideas with each other and conference speakers.

Conference Topics

There will be four conference sessions. These sessions will feature short presentations by each panelist followed by an interactive discussion. Audience participation in these discussions is strongly encouraged.

Conference Schedule

Sunday, November 11, 2007


Registration and Continental Breakfast


Conference Introduction by the Master of Ceremonies


Keynote Presentation


Panel 1: Digital Inclusion and Literacy through Open Standards




Panel 2: Increasing Accessibility to Government Services and Social Programs through Open Standards




Keynote Presentation


Panel 3: Balanced Representation in ICT Standardization




Panel 4: International Market Influence


Closing Presentation


Sessions End for the Day


Cocktail Reception & Dinner


Panel 1: Digital Inclusion and Literacy through Open Standards

Digital inclusion and literacy are crucial to every aspect of social and economic growth. As business, education, governance, and even social networks become more dependent on digital means, countries that use ICT standards effectively to facilitate information access will thrive and prosper. ICT standards may be “just technology,” but they can also regulate how one can use that technology in ways that impact society and the economy. Because of the increasing importance of ICT standards to the networked world, there is a rising global debate about the value of “openness” in ICT standards. Regardless of one's view on this issue, there is no doubt that “open” ICT standards require national and regional policies that support their use in a way that benefits a country’s citizens and businesses. This panel will examine the government and NGO policies and principles around ICT standardization that are essential for maximizing digital inclusion and literacy, with an emphasis on the needs of developing economies. Topics may include:

  • Ensuring access and digital inclusion
  • Benefits of open standards: consumers, competition, and costs
  • Policies and principles for leveraging open standardization
  • Promises, failures and lessons learned from current debates around digital television and  digital document formats
  • Impact of policies and practices on digital access, participation, and growth

Panel 2: Increasing Accessibility to Government Services and Social Programs through Open Standards

As governments seek to increase the capabilities and social well-being of their citizens and promote growth through a better functioning society, they are turning to digital information and services. Governments can easily leverage these when basic network infrastructures, such as for cellular services, are available. To increase general prosperity, all of a country’s citizens must be able to take advantage of what is being offered. Social, technical, health, economic, and political infrastructures all depend on citizen access. Access can be broadened by governmental policies that encourage the use of open ICT standardization. This panel will examine the government strategies, methods, and policies necessary to increase the adoption of open ICT standardization and, thus, widen access to government services. Topics may include:

  • Policies for encouraging the use of open ICT standardization
  • Open standards as an effective means for capturing, storing, and distributing information
  • Providing government services to any user, on any device, at any time
  • Standardization as a means for innovative localization and the creation of local knowledge
  • Digital information and service models for governments and NGOs
  • Accessibility community leadership: experiences and lessons learned

Panel 3: Balanced Representation in ICT Standardization

ICT standardization impacts consumers, small businesses, and the nature of competition. Yet, there is very little representation in this system from the majority of stakeholders, many of whom will increasingly be from developing economies. These countries are not only leading the world in economic growth rates, they will be responsible for approximately 50% of the rise in global trade by 2030. Standardization has suffered as a result, becoming more a dictator of consumer and government needs than a responder and innovator. As ICT standardization takes on a greater role in digital inclusion and in the global economy, what can be done to increase truly representative stakeholder involvement? How can consumers, SMEs, and developing economies participate and influence this system? How would standardization benefit from broader representation? This panel will examine how governments and NGOs can help to create more balanced representation and participation in local and international standardization systems. Topics may include:

  • Creating a user-centric standardization system
  • Increasing the influence of developing economies
  • Government policies to encourage SME and academic involvement in standardization
  • Structuring standardization for global participation
  • Facilitating participation through digital inclusion

Panel 4: International Market Influence

Accessing and participating in the digital world are critical. But once those are attained, how can governments and their citizens ensure that they have influence in the international economy? By using international organizations, the standardization system, and local practices, governments can help create the future technological, social, economic, and legal infrastructures that will shape the winners and losers of the 21st century. This panel will explore the means and realities of influencing the international policies, practices, and processes that determine how our global economy and technological advancements are governed. Topics may include:

  • Achieving broader representation in standardization governance
  • National strategies for international impact
  • Using standardization to influence global trade
  • Intellectual property practices: international organizations vs. free trade agreements
  • WIPO Development Agenda: Strategy, impact, and lessons learned