Workshop Proposal 12

Date: 5 Aug 2014

Time: 09:00 – 10:30

Venue: Tapas 2

Remote Participation LInks: Video / Text / Adobe Connect

Workshop Title Internet as an equally accessible eco-system for Universal Progress
Thematic Area of Interest Cross-cutting theme, especially over the sub-themes, “Enhanced Cooperation & the Multi-stakeholder model”,Internet for socio-economic development” and “Internet business in the Asia Pacific region”
Specific Issues of Discussions & Description The Internet is a Universal eco-system built on Open Standards on the end-to-end principle without any centralized control so as not to discriminate between users or content.  It is designed to allow, and does allow Access for all, does not exclude connectivity from and to any region and geographic zone, and treats content and traffic from any user anywhere equal. Big business or small business, from any Developed or Developing country could create applications on the Internet, without the need for any one to obtain permission from anyone, as it is an eco-system of Permissionless Innovation. With these inherent and working eco-system, Internet offers the greatest hope for people of every region to connect to one another, exchange knowledge, access markets and prosper.In this eco-system there are visibly successful enterprises from one or more regions while entrepreneurs from other parts of the world are slower to build global enterprises of equal visibility. The Internet is so designed to offer equal access, it offers equal access to progress, what do the nations of the Asia Pacific region have to do encourage better progress for the region, in the regional context, within the overall eco-system?What makes the existing large Global enterprises succeed?  Did the Internet offer them any thing special that it did not offer to other entrepreneurs from other parts of the world? Or is their progress the result of their Global approach and reach ?  Do similar ventures from entrepreneurs from Asia Pacific region have a similar Global approach ?  Are their any limitations placed at their geographic origin by their Governments, for e.g, by way of national laws related to censorship or data retention which in turn makes the new services from this part of the world unattractive for the Global User? (For e.g. the Global user would prefer to connect to a Global Search engine with Global policies, and would find it unattractive to switch to an alternate search engine severely restrained by national directives)Is it wiser to introspect than to see discrimination that does not exist by design?
Expected Format and Target Panel Members


Expected format and Target panel members

Round Table discussion, with a peripheral circle for audience, who could participate in a queue, also with a Global Remote participation interface such as a Google Hangout, subject to technical feasibility.

Workshop Organiser Sivasubramanian Muthusamy, President, Internet Society India Chennai,