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Rethinking the Internet: The Way Forward

by Prasad Krishna last modified Mar 13, 2013 04:53 AM
Telecom Italia and Financial Times are organizing this event at Telecom Italia Future Centre in Italy on March 21 and 22, 2013. Pranesh Prakash is participating in this event.


The advent of smartphones and other mobile devices, and the resulting explosive growth in internet usage have transformed the way that societies communicate. The internet is a major driver for global economies as it continues to create new forms of interaction, and offers unprecedented business opportunities and profitable collaborations. The evolution of the internet is however also contributing to changing social perceptions of privacy and copyright, and concerns are developing about the security of countries and organisations, and the liabilities of internet intermediaries.

Another crucial issue is internet governance. Some doubts have been cast on the effectiveness of the present decision-making model in setting the basis for an investment-conducive and future-proof framework, and in balancing the interests of all the players involved in the market scenario.

Rethinking the Internet: The Way Forward, organised by the Financial Times and Telecom Italia, will contribute to this debate by featuring interactive CEO-level workshops that explore the impact of the internet on business models, the role of public and private collaborations in enabling innovation, the key policy, governance and security considerations that need to be addressed, and future implications of the internet evolution for all players in the global communications industry.

Agenda Day One: Thursday, March 22, 2013

10:30- 11:05

Registration and networking

11:05- 11:15

Chair's opening remarks

11:15- 11:30

Welcome address by Telecom Italia

11:30- 01:30

Introduction to Rethinking the Internet
How will the internet continue to evolve and what implications does this have for future business models? Who will be the key industry players in the next 10 years and which collaborations, investments and infrastructure developments will yield sustainable growth? How sustainable is the internet as a business model? Will excessive policy-making and regulatory controls curb innovation? Where is the industry heading now?

01:30- 02:30


02:30 -

A New Internet Governance
What are the latest developments in internet governance policy-making? What changes can be expected in the near future? How can policy groups and organisations work together to create a balanced and fair internet governance model? What are the limitations of the current recommendations and what improvements need to be made? What are the implications for privacy, online anonymity and data protection?



05:00 - 07:00

Internet Security
What new threats and challenges are being created by the internet evolution and how are governments legislating for this? As cybersecurity continues to become a threat, can policies keep up with industry innovations and technological advances? How can a truly global internet be monitored and managed by international jurisdictions with different national priorities? What role do non-governmental entities have to play in policing the internet and making it more secure?

07:00 - 07:10

Chair's concluding remarks


Drinks reception, followed by Dinner

Agenda Day Two: Friday, March 23, 2013

08:30- 08:50

Arrival and networking

08:50- 09:00

Chair's opening remarks

09:00- 11:00

Internet Privacy and Copyrights
Co-operation between policy-makers and industry players is critical in encouraging an open communications ecosystem. What pitfalls need to be avoided to ensure that all stakeholder interests are taken into account, including those of the customer? What safeguards need to be put into place to ensure that sensitive data is protected? How is copyright protected in the new digital age? Can the rights of content creators be protected whilst embracing an open internet? Does net neutrality necessarily equal internet freedom? And how is the right government intervention – internet freedom balance maintained?

11:00- 11:30


11:30- 01:30

Internet after OTT
Why are commercial agreements among telco and other communication providers so critical to the provision of internet-enabled products and services? What collaborations are necessary to ensure that internet development and investment contribute to economic growth and market competition? And what role does policy have to play in supporting these commercial initiatives?

01:30- 02:30


02:30- 04:00

Overview of Key Themes raised during the Two Day Meeting



Currently confirmed to participate now include:

  • Alessandro Acquisti, Associate Professor of Information Technology and Public Policy, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Jan Philipp Albrecht MdEP / MEP, Member, European Parliament
  • Virgilio Augusto Fernandes Almeida, Secretary for Information Technology Policies, Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MCTI-SEPIN), Brazil
  • Suleyman Anil, Head, Cyber Defence Section, Emerging Security Challenges Division, NATO
  • Johannes M Bauer, Professor, Telecommunication, Information Studies, and Media and Director of Special Programs, Quello Center for Telecommunication Management & Law, Michigan State University
  • Franco Bernabè, Chairman and CEO of Telecom Italia
  • Anne Bouverot, Director General & Member of the Board, GSMA
  • Peter Bradwell, Campaigner, Open Rights Group
  • Angelo Maria Cardani, Chairman, AGCOM
  • James W. Cicconi, Senior Executive Vice President-External and Legislative Affairs, AT&T Services, Inc
  • Giuseppe Corasaniti, General Prosecutor, Italian Supreme Court
  • Juan Carlos De Martin, Faculty co-director, nexa center for internet & society, Politecnico di Torino and Faculty Fellow, berkman center for internet & society, Harvard University
  • Adrian Farrel, Routing Area Director, IETF, Juniper Networks and Old Dog Consulting
  • William W Fisher, Wilmer Hale Professor of Intellectual Property Law and Faculty Director, Berkman Center for Internet and Society, Harvard University
  • Luigi Gambardella, Chairman Executive Board, ETNO
  • Hartmut Richard Glaser, Executive Secretary/, Brazilian Internet Steering Committee
  • David A. Gross, Former U.S. Coordinator for International Communications and Information Policy and Partner, Wiley Rein LLP
  • Ian Hargreaves, Professor of Digital Economy, Cardiff University
  • James Harkin, Author and Director, Flockwatching
  • Ahmad Abdulkarim Julfar, CEO, Etisalat Group
  • Dr Robert E Kahn, TCP/IP co-creator and Chairman, CEO and President, Corporation for National Research Initiatives (CNRI)
  • Loz (Laurence) Kaye, Leader, Pirate Party UK
  • Thomas M. Lenard, President and Senior Fellow, Technology Policy Institute
  • Gerd Leonhard, Futurist, Author and CEO, The Futures Agency
  • Jonathan Liebenau, Reader in Technology Management, Department of Management, London School of Economics
  • Robert Levine, Journalist and Author of Free Ride
  • Patrice Lyons, Corporate Counsel, Corporation for National Research Initiatives (CNRI)
  • Joe McNamee, Executive Director, European Digital Rights
  • Milton L Mueller, Professor, School of Information Studies, Syracuse University
  • Eli Noam, Director, Columbia Institute for Tele-Information, Professor of Finance and Economics and Garrett Professor of Public Policy and Business Responsibility, Columbia University Business School
  • Sam Paltridge, Directorate of Science Technology and Industry, OECD
  • Prof. Francesco Pizzetti, Chairman, Privacy Authority
  • Pranesh Prakash, Policy Director, Centre for Internet and Society
  • Philip R. Reitinger, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer, Sony Corporation
  • Dr Georg Serentschy, CEO Telecommunications, RTR-GmbH (Austrian Regulatory Authority for Broadcasting and Telecommunications)
  • Michael Skapinker, Assistant Editor and Columnist, Financial Times
  • Christopher Soghoian, Principal Technologist and Senior Policy Analyst, American Civil Liberties Union
  • Dr. Hamadoun I. Touré, Secretary General, International Telecommunication Union (ITU)
  • Nico van Eijk, Professor of Media and Telecommunications Law and Director of the Institute for Information Law, University of Amsterdam
  • Ben Verwaayen, CEO, Alcatel-Lucent
  • Philip L. Verveer, Ambassador, U.S. Coordinator, International Communications and Information Policy, US Department of State
  • Richard Waters, West Coast Editor, Financial Times
  • Christopher S Yoo, John H. Chestnut Professor of Law, Communication, and Computer & Information Science, Founding Director, Center for Technology, Innovation and Competition, University of Pennsylvania Law School
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