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Wednesday, March 30 • 2:30pm - 3:45pm
Breaking Barriers: New Frontiers of Connectivity and Access

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The panel will provide the opportunity to present different positions on the existing barriers to access information (i.e. affordability, lack of telecommunications infrastructure and awareness), and discuss the different strategies that are being implemented to solve these, and the pros and cons of such. Specifically, the panel will present and discuss zero-rating platforms, offline solutions, innovative broadcasting solutions, and other new forms of connectivity.

  • Establish the pros and cons of the different solutions that currently exist to address the barriers to access information. Through organized discussion, present the benefits of these different models, and address existing concerns.
  • Generate discussion about the feasibility of these solutions in the short term, mid term, and long term, in the context of emerging markets where barriers to access information are more harsh.
  • Create stronger connections between participating organizations, social entrepreneurs, and local stakeholders – enabling future joint advocacy efforts.


Jonathan Blandford

VP of Software Engineering at Endless

Anders Finn

Director of Operations at MonkeyBrains

Gary Fowlie

Head, ITU Liaison Office to the United Nations
Head, ITU Liaison Office to the United Nations
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Malavika Jayaram

Executive Director, Digital Asia Hub
Malavika is the inaugural Executive Director of the Digital Asia Hub, Hong Kong. Incubated by the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University and a diverse group of academic, civil society, and private sector partners, the Hub provides a non-partisan, open, and collaborative platform for research, knowledge sharing, and capacity building related to Internet and society issues with a focus on digital Asia. | | In a... Read More →

Sam Klein

Fellow at Berkman Center / Former Director of Content at One Laptop Per Child
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Andrew Puddephatt

Director, global partners digital
Director of Global Partners and Association

Adele Vrana

Interim VP of Partnerships - Wikimedia Foundation

Wednesday March 30, 2016 2:30pm - 3:45pm
The Fireside

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