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Friday, April 1 • 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Closing the Gap on Global Connectivity

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Today, 60 percent of the global population lacks Internet access. In the least developed countries only five percent of people, at most, are connected to the Internet. To close that gap, stakeholders are charged to accelerate progress towards affordable Internet access in the least developed countries within the next five years, through global commitments under the Sustainable Development Goals and the WSIS+10 Outcome Document.

In this session, Global Connect partners - including governments, civil society, and companies - will consult on the best strategies to move forward a common, worldwide goal:  to bring 1.5 billion people who lack Internet access online by 2020. We will explore questions such as:  What are best policies, narratives, and practices to reach the 2020 and 2030 goals? What is the Global Connect Initiative and its core stepping stones? What to ask and expect from the Multilateral Banks meeting occurring in April in Washington, DC? And, what is the role of Civil Society within this effort and how the technical community can help address the challenges? The session will be structured with a 30 minute presentation by a diverse set of longtime advocates, followed by 30 minutes of discussion. One possible goal is for RightsCon participants to ask Financial Ministers - core actors of the April Multilateral Banks Meeting -  to commit national investments on ICT infrastructure, broadband plans, and related.

Speakers
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Manu Bhardwaj

Senior Advisor, U.S. State Department
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Karen McCabe

Senior Director Technology Policy, IEEE-SA
Senior Director of Technology Policy and International Affairs, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. Leading efforts in the IEEE Internet Initiative, including the focal area of advancing solutions to connect the unconnected. For more information, please see: http://internetinitiative.ieee.org/. | I am also involved in technology ethics, notably in the IEEE Global Initiative for Ethical Considerations in Artificial... Read More →
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Carolina Rossini

VP of International Policy, Public Knowledge
2016 World Economic Forum Young Global Leader
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Suhas Subramanyam

Special Assistant, The White House, Office of Science and Technology Policy


Friday April 1, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm
The Cottage

Attendees (24)