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Friday, April 1 • 2:30pm - 3:45pm
Digital Dividends for the Bottom Billion: “Technology is at its best when it is inclusive”

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"Technology is at its best when it is inclusive”

Digital technologies have spread rapidly in much of the world. Digital dividends - that is, the broader development benefits from using these technologies - have lagged behind. In many instances, digital technologies have boosted growth, expanded opportunities, and improved service delivery. Yet their aggregate impact has fallen short and is unevenly distributed. For digital technologies to benefit everyone everywhere requires closing the remaining digital divide, especially in Internet access. But greater digital adoption will not be enough. To get the most out of the digital revolution, countries also need to work on the “analog complements” - by strengthening regulations that ensure competition among businesses, by adapting workers’ skills to the demands of the new economy, and by ensuring that institutions are accountable. 

Join us for a launch event to discuss the key findings of the World Development Report to further our understanding of the role technology can play to harness Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) for development and broadly to accelerate the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Speakers and Panelists:
  • Deepak Mishra, Co-Director, 2016 World Development Report, The World Bank
  • Danil Kerimi, Director, Digital Economy and Global Technology Policy, World Economic Forum
  • Gary FowlieHead, ITU Liaison Office to the United Nations
  • Mitchell Baker, Chairwoman, Mozilla Foundation and Corporation
  • Ephraim Percy Kenyanito, Sub Saharan African Policy Analyst, AccessNow
Conversation Moderated & Facilitated by: Ritu Sharma, CEO & Founder, Social Media for Nonprofits, SDG Nexus 

Key themes and takeaways:·  
  • How to leverage Internet powered technologies for greater good·      
  • Inclusion of women and traditionally under-represented in technology·      
  • Digital disruption by crowd sharing platforms like Uber, AirBnB·      
  • Net Neutrality and access to Internet·      
  • Role of NGOs and foundations in facilitating digital dividend distribution·      
  • Fourth Industrial Revolution, future of jobs·     
  • Tech’s role in addressing inequality 

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Ritu Sharma

CEO, SDG Nexus and Social Media for Nonprofits
Ritu Sharma is the CEO of Social Media for Nonprofits, a global NGO bringing educational programs in information and communication technologies (ICT) to nonprofits worldwide through signature one-day conference series, webinars, content and online learning. She also spearheads the efforts of SDG Nexus, a multi-stakeholder digital development platform for leveraging ICT technologies for accelerating the implementation of the Sustainable... Read More →

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Mitchell Baker

Chairwoman, Mozilla
Winifred Mitchell Baker, better known simply as Mitchell Baker, is the Executive Chairwoman of the Mozilla Foundation and of Mozilla Corporation, a subsidiary of the Mozilla Foundation that coordinates development of the open source Mozilla Internet applications, including the Mozilla Firefox web browser and the Mozilla Thunderbird email client. | | Baker was trained as a lawyer. She coordinates business and policy issues and sits on both the... Read More →

Gary Fowlie

Head, ITU Liaison Office to the United Nations
Head, ITU Liaison Office to the United Nations
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Danil Kerimi

Digital Economy and Global Technology Policy,, World Economic Forum
Danil Kerimi is currently leading the World Economic Forum’s work on Internet governance, evidence-based policy-making, digital economy, and industrial policy. In addition, he manages Global Agenda Council on Cybersecurity. Previously, Mr. Kerimi led Forum’s engagement with governments and business leaders in Europe and Central Asia, was in charge of developing the Forum’s global public sector outreach strategy on various... Read More →
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Deepak Mishra

Co-Director, World Development Report 2016
Deepak is a Lead Economist at the World Bank and the Co-director for the World Development Report 2016 on Internet and Development. Prior to this appointment, he was the Lead Economist for the East Asia and Pacific region, overseeing the work on economic policy and management. He has served as a Country Economist for Ethiopia, India, Pakistan, Sudan, and Vietnam, leading the Bank's policy and analytical work on economic issues in these countries... Read More →

Friday April 1, 2016 2:30pm - 3:45pm
The Cottage

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