Access: The Local Challenge

12 November 2007 - A Workshop on Access in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


The purpose of this workshop is to address access issues through focusing on what can be done locally to mitigate costs and connectivity challenges. The aim will be to share best practices that demonstrate the value and importance of IXPs, national infrastructure, regional cooperation and trans-border traffic, enabling environments, demand for local and multilingual content, and individual and institutional capacity building with an emphasis on their replication and transfer so that the participants can take away concrete examples that might be tried in their home country.


Internet Society (ISOC)
Global Internet Policy Initiative (GIPI)
Association for Progressive Communications (APC)
Latin American and Caribbean Internet Addresses Registry (LACNIC)


Sylvia Cadena, has, since 2005, coordinated WiLAC, a wireless for development initiative and TRICALCAR, a capacity building and applied research project for community wireless networks. Previously, Sylvia worked for the United Nations Volunteers Programme, Colnodo and served at the Public Interest Registry as a Founding Member of the Advisory Council.

Valerie d’Costa is InfoDev’s Program Manager at the World Bank. Prior to this post, Valerie served as Director of the International Division at the Info-Communication Development Authority of Singapore - the government agency charged with the development, promotion and regulation of Singapore's ICT sector. Valerie has had a distinguished career in private legal practice and holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from the National University of Singapore and a Master of Laws degree from University College, University of London.

Jim Dempsey is Policy Director at the Center for Democracy and Technology, with offices in Washington and San Francisco. His areas of expertise include Internet privacy and government surveillance. He helped create and direct the Global Internet Policy Initiative (GIPI), providing policy assistance to governments and civil society in developing and transitional countries.

Christian O’Flaherty is the Regional IP Technology Manager at Impsat Fiber Networks (Global Crossing Latin America), Policy Chair at LACNIC (Internet Registry for Latin America and Caribbean), member of the board at ISOC Argentina, and a member (and co-Founder) of IPv6 Task Force Argentina.

Nii Quaynor is the Convener of the African Network Operators Group (AfNOG), a founding member of AfriNIC, the African numbers registry, Chairman of Network Computer Systems and a Professor of Computer Science at University of Cape-Coast, Ghana. Previously, Nii worked with Digital Equipment Corporation, served on several Boards including ICANN and was a member of the UN ICT Task Force.

Karen Rose (moderator) is the Director of Education and Programs at the Internet Society. She began her career in public policy working on global Internet and e-commerce issues at the U.S. Federal Communications Commission and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration of the U.S. Department of Commerce. In 2002, she left government to join an Internet start-up in Sydney, Australia where her responsibilities included corporate strategy and product development. Prior to joining ISOC, Karen was an independent ICT consultant based in Cairo, Egypt and Sydney, Australia.

Rajnesh Singh is the Chief Operating Officer at PATARA, a leading technology vendor in the Pacific Islands, and the current Chairman of the Pacific Islands Chapter of the Internet Society (PICISOC). Rajnesh is the coordinator of the Dynamic Coalition for Access and Connectivity for Remote, Rural and Dispersed Communities; founding President of the IPv6 Forum Pacific Islands; and Chair of APRALO, ICANN's Asia Pacific Regional At Large Organization.

David Souter writes and provides expertise for a wide variety of organizations on issues concerned with information, communications and development. Through the specialist consultancy ict Development Associates, he has worked on ICD issues on four continents, for governments, international organizations, development agencies, businesses and civil society. David is also a Visiting Professor in Communications Management at the University of Strathclyde and a Visiting Senior Fellow at the London School of Economics.