Submitted Proposals

Organization: World Broadcasting Union
Title :
57. What will the web be like in 20 year's time?
Provide a concise formulation for the proposed workshop theme including its importance and relevance to the IGF.

FRIDAY 5 DEC. 08 -  11:00 – 12:30    HICC ROOM 2                                                                      

Internet Governance should be based on the future Internet environment. It should not be based entirely on today's Internet. There is much that will change Internet content and usage - and this should shape regulation. This workshop should help to provide you with 'new maps' - essential for planning and deciding Internet Governance today.

Part 1: Insights into our future world
A Panel of Specialists from the world of the Research, International Telecommunications Union, NHK Japan, the World Broadcasting Union will analyze the following dimensions, drawing also on discussions in other Workshops.
What will be the shape of the web to come? Will it be a story teller, a fact finder, a distributor of media, or something quite different?
How much of an 'intelligent machine' will it be?

  • What content?
  • What technical developments (bandwidth, speed, connectivity, etc.) ?
  • What relationship between broadcast, media and Internet?
  • What ownership?
  • What regulation?
  • The bottom line: what Quality of Experience?

Part 2: Interactive discussions
Panelist and workshop participants will try to bring together the different elements. What kind of Internet environment is possible, and what is probable? How can we plan today the governance of tomorrow? What will change when an “internet by objects” will become possible ? How will change the search engines world ?
Arrangements for the Governance of the web and Internet should take into account its potential evolution. A governance approach which is future proof is needed. The workshop should offer a vision of the future of the web, in content and technical tools. The aim is to assemble the best information available. The interactive discussion will examine how this should influence and shape Internet Governance today.
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.

Yoshiiro FUJITA Executive Research engineer at NHK
JapanBob KAHN, President and CEO of Corporation for National Research Initiatives
Toshio KURAMATA, Programme director at NHK
Malcom JOHNSON, Director Telecommunication Standardization Bureau, International Telecommunications Union
Art LEVIN, Head of strategy and policy division, TSB, International Telecommunications Union
David WOOD, Vice Chairman of the technology group at World Broadcasting Union

Moderator: Jonathan CHARLES, reporter at BBC The workshop will include authoritative presentations on: 1. The shape of web 'content' to come - will it be a story teller, a fact finder, a media distributor, or something quite different?  2. The web technology of tomorrow explained in understandable terms - how much of an 'intelligent machine' will it be?    

3.  An Interactive discussion will follow - how can we plan the governance of today for tomorrow?   

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.

This workshop is organized by the International Telecommunications Union  jointly with the European Broadcasting Union and NHK (the Japan Broadcasting Corporation) on behalf of the World Broadcasting Union (the collective organisation of eight of the world's broadcasting unions).
Does the proposed workshop provide different perspectives on the issues under discussion?
We believe so. 
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.
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List similar events you and/or any other IGF workshops you have organized in the past.
The stakeholders regularly organize workshops throughout the world. 
Were you part of organizing a workshop last year? Which one? Did you submit a workshop report?

Yes, the WBU organised a Workshop last year in Rio.  The Workshop had one of the largest audiences.    The title was 'Trusting the Quality of the Web'.  The Workshop was facilitated by leading international broadcaster, Nik Gowing from BBC World.   

A report was submitted and the reuslts were explained in a Plenary meeting by Richard Sambrook, Member of the Advisory Group.