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Workshop Report 2009

Workshop Number: 346

Workshop Title: Open Knowledge Environment in Bridging Digital Divide for Innovative Research and Development

Report by: MA JING

Workshop description and list of panelists:
Workshop description:
Six presentations were made at the workshop focusing on the theme of Internet governance of Open Knowledge Environment (OKE for short) in bridging digital divide. Prof. GAO Xinmin
Standing Vice Chairman of Internet Society of China, Member of the Advisory
Committee for State Informatization
Prof. QING Sihan
Institute of Software, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Dr. William Drake,
Director of the Project on the Information Revolution and Global Governance, the
Graduate Institute of International Studies, Geneva, Switzerland
Prof. TAO Xiaofeng
School of Telecommunication Engineering, Beijing University of Post and Telecommunication
Prof. LIU Chuang
Director of Global Change Information and Research Center, Institute of Geography and Natural Resources, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Mr. Lambert van Nistelrooij
Dutch politician, Member of the European Parliament. Member of the Christian Democratic Appeal
Prof. Wolfgang Kleinwächter
International Communication Policy and Regulation, University of Aarhus

The actors involved in the field; various initiatives that people can connect with, and contacts for further information:
CAST Consultative Committee on UN Information Technology (CCIT)
Internet Society of China (ISC)

A brief substantive summary and the main issues that were identified:
Through panel discussion, the following consensus was reached:
(1) The OKE was needed, as it will help developing countries in the innovative research, education and development;
(2) Much attention was paid to challenges of Internet governance dimension of open knowledge environment, especially in developing countries. Concerns on national security, intellectual property protection, technology transformation and capacity building were identified at the discussions;
(3) Experiences and cases on strategy and policy reform from China as well as European countries were presented. Diversity modes of Internet governance of OKE from the cases showed the gaps and possibility in enhancing OKE.
(4) It is necessary to continue more detailed discussions and exchanges regarding the Internet governance dimension of OKE, especially the principles and guidelines of OKE.

Conclusions and further comments:
Discussions on principles and guidelines of internet governance of open knowledge environment in bridging digital divide will follow up. China Association of Science and Technology (CAST) will work with the partners to continue the discussions.
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