Internet infrastructure is critical for economic development. A robust Internet infrastructure facilitates new business and encourages local content. We propose a workshop devoted to understanding how Internet infrastructure can be quickly, easily and effectively deployed in areas where it is not robust. Conversation among the discussants and members of the audience will be facilitated by thoughtful, prepared questions by the discussants, active audience centered activity by the moderator, and use of Twitter and remote tools by those unable to attend in person.
The workshop will strive to provide thoughtful analysis of how we can best encourage the growth of data centers and other Internet infrastructure providers in places where it is not robust. How can we make local hosting a viable option amidst other global options? How can we best help promote the usage and development of the local Internet ecosystem more broadly?
Although efforts have been made to increase locally produced content, it has proved far more difficult to have the delivery networks where the content is hosted, built and physically supported in developing countries. We aim to bring together experts from countries that have worked diligently to facilitate infrastructure development in order to discuss how we can best grow the Internet Infrastructure and ecosystem worldwide. The goal is to help propose goals and best practices for the growth of the global Internet ecosystem.