Submitted Proposals

Organization: PICISOC
Title :
Universalization of the Internet - How to reach the next billion
Provide a concise formulation for the proposed workshop theme including its importance and relevance to the IGF.
The workshop will investigate successful models for building access infrastructure. The predominate competition model adopted by major development organisations is only one possibility. Other models include Co-operation or multi stakeholder approaches and also direct subsidy. The workshop will investigate examples of successful models and draw conclusions on the reasons for their success and when and where to apply them. PICISOC supports this proposal and several panellists and examples will be drawn form Small Island Developing Countries. Other contributions will be welcomed. Panellists from the Dynamic Coalition on Access and Connectivity will be invited to join the workshop, as will members of the Global Knowledge Partnership (GKP)
Provide the names and affiliations of the panellists you are planning to invite. Describe the main actors in the field and whether you have you approached them about their willingness to participate in proposed workshop.
Ian Thomson is the principle organiser. He is a member of PICISOC, a member of the Dynamic Coalition on Access and Connectivity and a member of GKP through the NGO 2020 Communications Trust of New Zealand.
Provide the name of the organizer(s) of the workshop and their affiliation to various stakeholder groups. Describe how you will take steps to adhere to the multi-stakeholder principle, including geographical diversity.
Most economic theory only address the development of telecommunications infrastructure development by competition and many international institutions push this as the way for developing countries to provide access to the Internet. This model is flawed even in developed countries where rural and remote areas do not have adequate access capacity. It is proposed to promote other models that are proven to work and to encourage a range of models to be used for different occasions. As broad approach, competition works well in dense urban locations, co-operation works in rural areas and direct subsidy is the only approach for remote and sparsely populated regions.
Does the proposed workshop provide different perspectives on the issues under discussion?
The proposed workshop directly relates to the Universal access to the Internet and investigated ways to increase access in rural and remote raeas, especially in developing countries.
Please explain how the workshop will address issues relating to Internet governance and describe how the workshop conforms with the Tunis Agenda in terms of substance and the mandate of the IGF.
The Dynamic Coalition on Access and Connectivity arranged an event at the last IGF meeting. This was organised by Mr Rajnesh Singh. Ian Thomson has attended and presented at many International events, including both sessions of WSIS as a Civil Society expert in the New Zealand Delegation, PacINET meetings and Broadband and Community ICT workshops in New Zealand and Canada.
List similar events you and/or any other IGF workshops you have organized in the past.
Were you part of organizing a workshop last year? Which one? Did you submit a workshop report?