Small Island Developing States (SIDS) Roundtable: The Information Society vs Basic Infrastructural Needs

2 September 2014 - A Workshop on Other in Istanbul, Turkey

Agenda

IGF 2014 sub theme that this workshop fall under

Internet as an Engine for Growth & Development

Description

Small Island Developing States (SIDS) Roundtable: Do the elements required to promote the Information Society/Knowledge Economy complement "basic" infrastructural development needs?

Running concurrently with the 2014 IGF is the 3rd International United Nations Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS), which will be held from 1 to 4 September 2014 in Apia, Samoa (preceded by activities related to the conference from 28 to 30 August 2014, also in Apia, Samoa). The Conference will focus the world’s attention on a group of countries that remain a special case for sustainable development in view of their unique and particular vulnerabilities.

Indeed, this focus is more than timely, given the increasing interest in the economies of SIDS by international Telecommunications companies, matched with the ongoing social, economic and environmental challenges faced within.

Within small island states, basic infrastructural challenges at the social and economic levels have often taken precedence of what may termed "higher order needs".

In other words, issues such as the availability of affordable healthcare, free universal primary and secondary education, safe, potable drinking water, food security, roads and transportation, crime and safety, among others will, in any Government national agenda, naturally take precedence over the development of a knowledge economy, increased and more equitable access to information and knowledge as well as the ability to compete, on more equal terms with counterparts in the developed world.

The 2014 SIDS Roundtable will tackle this constant dilemma and profer solutions to countries engaged in this balancing act on a daily basis and answer the provocative question - "How can issues relating to Internet Governance and Development in Small Island Developing States contribute to solving social and economic challenges?"

AGENDA

1. Opening & Introductions : Moderator (10 mins)

2. Discussant Statements: Maureen Hilyard/Ellen Strickland, Carlton Samuels, Patrick Hosein, Karim Attoumani Mohamed, Deirdre Williams, Anju Mangal (20 mins)

3. Roundtable Discussion with "Kickstart" Questions (30 mins)

- How can issues relating to Internet Governance and Development in Small Island Developing States contribute to solving social and economic challenges?

- Do the elements required to promote the Information Society/Knowledge Economy complement "basic" infrastructural development needs?

4. Discussant Final Responses and Statements (15 mins)

5. Setting the Research and Action Agenda - Next Steps and way Forward (15 mins)

Name(s) and stakeholder and organizational affiliation(s) of institutional co-organizer(s)

Tracy Hackshaw
Technical Community
Internet Society Trinidad and Tobago Chapter

Patrick Hosein
Technical Community
Trinidad & Tobago Network Information Centre (TTNIC)

Has the proposer, or any of the co-organizers, organized an IGF workshop before?

yes

The link to the workshop report

http://www.intgovforum.org/cms/2013/scripts/wks2013/report_view.php?xpsltipq_je=94

Type of session

Roundtable

Duration of proposed session

90 minutes

Subject matter #tags that describe the workshop

#ICT4D #Development #Infrastructure

Names and affiliations (stakeholder group, organization) of speakers the proposer is planning to invite

Patrick Hosein
Technical Community
Trinidad & Tobago Network Information Centre (TTNIC)
Caribbean - Trinidad & Tobago
CONFIRMED

Maureen Hilyard
Civil Society
Pacific Islands Chapter of the Internet Society (PICISOC)
Pacific Islands - Cook Islands
CONFIRMED (remote)

Ellen Strickland
Civil Society
Pacific Islands Chapter of the Internet Society (PICISOC)
Pacific Islands - New Zealand
CONFIRMED

Carlton Samuels
Academic Community
University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica
Caribbean - Jamaica
CONFIRMED

Karim Attoumani Mohamed
Government
Assistant technique en Télécommunications et en passation de marchés
AIMS Region (Africa, Indian Ocean, Mediterranean and South China Sea) - Comoros
CONFIRMED (via Remote)

Deirdre Williams
Civil Society
Co-Cordinator, Civil Society Internet Governance Caucus
Caribbean - St. Lucia
CONFIRMED

Anju Mangal
Technical Community
Secretariat of the Pacific Community
Pacific Islands - Fiji
CONFIRMED

Name of Moderator(s)

Tracy Hackshaw

Name of Remote Moderator(s)

Internet Society 2014 IGF Ambassador - To be named

Description of how the proposer plan to facilitate discussion amongst speakers, audience members and remote participants

Using the Roundtable format, discussants will introduce key points on the topic, and Roundtable participants will be invited to contribute by the Moderator. Remote Participation will be encouraged through the posting of advance questions/topics and will be fully integrated into the Roundtable through full participation of the Remote Moderator as a Discussant.

Description of the proposer's plans for remote participation

Full Remote participation will be encouraged through integration of the Remote Moderator as a Discussant as well as inviting questions prior to the event through Social Media and similar channels.

Background paper

background paper