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Workshop Number: 109 Jump to report

Title: Mobile Internet – opportunities and challenges in business and governance

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Concise Description:
The Internet of the past has been brought to people primarily through the traditional wired networks. This has been changing tremendously over the past few years and for the vast majority of the next billion new users, the Internet will be from the start mobile. The proliferation and increasing use of smart mobile devices is fundamentally shaping the future of the Internet. The mobile Internet provides creates a totally new more personal and accessible user experience. This trend is particularly felt in emerging markets, as the mobile Internet access is the most cost effective and practical way to connect to the Internet.

The workshop will also examine various aspects pertaining to special characteristics of mobile platforms from the point of view of Internet governance and the regulation. As more and more people in the world move on to the mobile internet which is expected 5 times bigger than the PCs internet, internet governance has to keep pace with the mobile internet and evolve appropriate mechanisms and strategies in that regard. The proposed workshop will also help analyze the various legal , regulatory and policy issues connected therewith.

This workshop will examine build on the key questions posed on the IGF 2011 Programme paper, and feed into the main theme of the conference by discussing new possibilities of the mobile Internet, their policy consequences and governance implications in terms of:

1. Improving access, accessibility and diversity; bridging the digital divide with the Mobile Internet

2. New opportunities for personal, social and economic development provided by Mobile Internet access in emerging markets

3. Micro-entrepreneurship

4. Innovation and application development on the grass-roots level in developing countries

5. Regulatory and the policy issues in mobile Internet

Which of the five broad IGF Themes or the Cross-Cutting Priorities does your workshop fall under?
Emerging Issues

Have you organized an IGF workshop before? Yes
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Provide the names and affiliations of the panellists you are planning to invite:
· George Sadowsky, Web foundation consultant (moderator)

· Pavan Duggal, President, Mobile Law Association

· John Karanja, Founder and CEO,

· JOnne Soininen, Renesas Mobile

· Moses Sitati Nokia Research Center, Nairobi

· David Souter, Managing Director, ict Development Associates Visiting Professor in Communications Management, Business School, University of Strathclyde Visiting Senior Fellow, Department of Media and Communications, London School of Economics Associate of the International Institute for Sustainable Development


Provide the name of the organizer(s) of the workshop and their affiliation to various stakeholder groups:
The supporting organizers of the event are: Nokia, Nokia Siemens Networks, Rensas Mobile, local entrepreneurs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Finland, Government of Kenya (tbc), Web Foundation, APC, UNESCO. The organizers also welcome contribution and participation from other organizations wishing to share the goals of this workshop.

The organizers comprise of business, government, and civil society. The organizers aim to approach the topic from the unique perspectives of the different stakeholders, and provide a complete view. The range speakers will ensure that the different sides of technical, social, economic, development and governance issues will be covered.

Organization:Nokia, APC, Mobile Law Association

Contact Person: Pekka Isosomppi

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