IGF Spain presents future challenges for the Internet

This afternoon, the Auditorium in the Telefónica Flagship Store in Madrid will host the public meeting presenting the basic issues that will be dealt with in the annual event of the Internet...

José Juan Haro

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This afternoon, the Auditorium in the Telefónica Flagship Store in Madrid will host the public meeting presenting the basic issues that will be dealt with in the annual event of the Internet Governance Forum in Spain (IGF Spain) on  the next 12 May in Madrid.

The 9 challenges for the future of Internet will be briefly presented and discussed during this event. Here are the topics:

  • Self regulation
  • Digital Content
  • Right to anonymity on the Internet
  • Internet Access as a Fundamental Right
  • IPv6
  • Young people and Children on the Internet
  • Network Neutrality
  • Open government, open data and public access to the Internet
  • Internet Security.

Concerning Net Neutrality, the feeling is that it should go towards an open and sustainable Internet as the evolution of the ecosystem of the Internet has been ranked as one of the great engines of economic development, social and cultural of the coming decades. It is difficult to predict which will be the services, devices, and applications of the future, however, such a development will move to maintain the platform of the Internet as an open environment, user-centered, with the capacity to continue with the innovation and investment in new networks and services through the sustainability of the business models at all levels of the value chain.

Therefore, in order to deal with the challenges that arise on the opening and sustainability of the Internet, it seems necessary to evolution of the debate on network neutrality, very focused on regulating the use made by the operators of the traffic circulating through their networks, to a more focused debate on such as the Internet may be kept as an open platform and sustainable, which involves the different actors of the ecosystem of the Internet, regulators, politicians, users and citizens, in search for points of consensus and balance to ensure the above objectives.

However, the establishment of regulatory measures or obligations that bound the behavior of the various agents inevitably affects the way in which they evolve the services and applications worked, as well as the sustainability of the business models or new investments and even can  prevent in some case the potential development of some services and applications.

The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. and will be chaired by Jorge Pérez, Coordinator of the Internet Governance Forum in Spain. The session will include speeches by:

  • Alberto Abella – Associate, Rooter Analysis
  • Jordi Palet Martínez – CEO/CTO, Consulintel
  • Arturo Vergara – Polytechnic University of Madrid
  • Paloma Llaneza – Associate Director, Razona Legaltech
  • Pablo Pérez San-José – Manager of the Information Security Observatory, National Institute of Communication Technologies (INTECO
  • José Leandro Núñez García – International Relations Adviser, AEPD
  • Carles Martín Badell – Technology Consultant, Àrea d’estudis i Recerca, CAC
  • Antonio Fernández – Digital Content Director, AMETIC
  • Alejandro Arranz Calvo – Director General of Innovation and Technology of the City Council of Madrid

You can access the programme of the event here (only in Spanish)

The conference may be followed via a live streaming video accessible through the Fundación Telefónica web here.

There will be also a twitter channel for this event through the hashtag #igfspain.


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