High-Level Panel Organizes to Address Future of Internet Governance

High-Level Panel Organizes to Address Future of Internet Governance

Johannesburg, South Africa – 14 November 2013 – Andile Ngcaba, founder of Convergence Partners, and Executive Chairman of Dimension Data Middle East and Africa, has been appointed to a global panel to address Internet governance. The panel will meet for the first time in December in London, and its report, which will include principles for global Internet cooperation, proposed framework for such cooperation, stakeholder relations and a roadmap for future Internet governance is expected to be released in early 2014.

ICANN, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, was the catalyst for the panel. Toomas Ilves, President of Estonia will chair the Panel, and Vint Cerf, will serve as a vice-chair.

Commenting on the formation of the panel, Ngcaba said: “The world, technology, society, politics, economy and indeed nearly all aspects of human life are now being driven by the Internet. Constitutions and the laws of countries, world treaties, religious doctrines, and ideologies are all influenced by the Internet. There is no law, regulation or global treaty that’s is not influenced by the Internet. Consequently, this creates a growing global dependence on it. This dependence is reflected in stock market trading, motor vehicle navigation systems, maritime movements, air traffic, and travel, to name a few. Governing the rapidly growing Internet, with estimated 50 billion-plus connected devices in the future requires a new way of thinking. Every document in the world is on the internet, even in the future, we are today paving the way towards the internet of things were almost everything will be connected and available on the internet.

The full panel of members include:

  • Andile Ngcaba, Chairman, Convergence Partners; Executive Chairman, Dimension Data Middle East and Africa; former South African Government Director General of Communications
  • Dorothy Attwood, Senior Vice President of Global Public Policy, Walt Disney Company
  • Fadi Chehade, CEO and President of ICANN; founder of Rosetta Net; technology executive
  • Francesco Caio, CEO of Avio; former CEO, Cable and Wireless and Vodafone Italia; founder of Netscalibur; broadband advisor in UK and Italy
  • Frank La Rue, labor and human rights lawyer; UN Special Rapporteur on the Promotion and Protection of the Right to Freedom of Opinion and Expression; founder, Center for Legal Action for Human Rights (CALDH)
  • Ivo Ivanovski, Minister of Information Society and Administration, Macedonia
  • Jimmy Wales, Co-founder and Promoter of Wikipedia; Member of the Board of Trustees of Wikimedia Foundation
  • Liu Qingfeng, CEO and President of iFLYTEK; Director of National Speech & Language Engineering Laboratory of China; member of Interactive Technology Standards working group
  • Lynn St. Amour, President and CEO of the Internet Society; former IT executive
  • Mitchell Baker, Chair, Mozilla Foundation; Chair and former CEO, Mozilla Corporation
  • Mohamed al Ghanem, Founder & Director General of the UAE Telecommunications Regulatory Authority; Former Vice Chair, UAE Information and Communications Technology Fund
  • Nittin Desai, Indian economist and diplomat; former UN Undersecretary General; convener of Working Group on Internet Governance (WGIG)
  • Olaf Kolkman, Director of NLnet Labs; “Evangineer” of the Open Internet; former Chair of the Internet Architecture Board
  • Robert M. McDowell, former US Federal Communications Commissioner and attorney
  • Thorbjørn Jagland, Secretary General of the Council of Europe; former Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Norway; Chairman of the Norwegian Nobel Committee
  • Toomas Ilves, President of Estonia; former diplomat and journalist; former Minister of Foreign Affairs; former Member of the European Parliament
  • Virgilio Fernandes Almeida, Brazil Academy of Sciences; Chair of Internet Steering Committee; Member of the Council on Technological Development
  • Vint Cerf, Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist for Google; former Chairman, ICANN; Co-founder of the Internet Society

For further information contact:

Hilary King, global PR manager Dimension Data Holdings plc

  • Tel : +27 11 575 6728
  • Cell: +27 82 414 9623 Hilary.king@dimensiondata.com

Other Media Coverage:

The Telegraph 

Hudson Institute 

PR Newswire

Polity.org

BizTec Africa

IT Online

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