The Role of IXPs in Growing the Local Digital Economy

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


IGF 2014 sub theme that this workshop fall under

Internet as an Engine for Growth & Development


Explains the role and importance of IXPs in encouraging the development of local digital content catalyzing the development of the domestic Internet economy.
The panel will look at the technical, policy and economic principles surrounding domestic Internet traffic exchange and the beneficial impact of IXPs, in developed and developing economies.
Themes addressed will include: the role of IXPs in making regions economically autonomous; how IXPs foster development of local content and culture; how IXPs facilitate cybersecurity and other critical infrastructure like the Domain Name System and Internet businesses.

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

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), an intergovernmental organization with 34 member countries, representing the international organizations stakeholder group
Packet Clearing House (PCH), a critical infrastructure operator and support organization with programs in more than 160 countries, representing the Internet technical stakeholder group
The Internet Service Provider Association of South Africa (ISPA), an industry association of Internet companies, representing the business stakeholder group

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


The link to the workshop report

Type of session


Duration of proposed session

60 minutes

Subject matter #tags that describe the workshop

#IXP #Economy #Peering #Interconnection #Networks

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

Sam PALTRIDGE, OECD, Australia, intergovernmental organization community (Confirmed)
Bill WOODCOCK, PCH, USA, Internet technical community, (Confirmed, Moderator)
Nishal GOBURDHAN, ISPA, South Africa, business community (Confirmed)
Pindar WONG, Global Commission on Internet Governance, Hong Kong, Internet technical community (Confirmed)
Hartmut GLASER, CGI, Brazil, Internet technical community

Name of Moderator(s)


Name of Remote Moderator(s)


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

This workshop will use a round-table discussion format in which the panelists' perspectives will be woven into contributions and questions from the audience members and remote participants. The moderator the four invited panelists will each be allocated five percent of the session's time, the remaining session time will be reserved for open dialogue between the invited panelists and the session attendees. Invited panelists will be encouraged to speak extemporaneously and interactively, and have been asked to focus on the session's themes, rather than their organizations' programs or policy agendas. The moderator will be responsible for maintaining a highly interactive session and soliciting the insight of the panelists and the widest possible views on the subject from the audience.

Description of the proposer's plans for remote participation

The panel will engage remote attendees by using a combination of video and social media technologies. This will allow the IGF panel content to be shared in real time around the world to all those who wish to participate.
To keep the workshop interactive and participatory, remote attendees will be able to chat online throughout the workshop with other remote attendees. During the Q&A periods of the workshop, remote attendees will be given an equal opportunity to directly engage with in-room workshop participants.
If bandwidth conditions allow, the workshop panel will be fully streamed using both audio and video. In the event that bandwidth is problematic, a low bit-rate audio-only stream will be used.
The audio and video recording of the workshop will be made available online to any one unable to attend remotely or in person, as well as those who wish to review the information.

Background paper

background paper

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