Session 2

The connectivity of the future

18 April, 11.20–12.50

Internet freedom today, but what about tomorrow? What characterises the next generation of connectivity and communication channels? This session will address recent technological developments, such as the roll-out of mobile solutions and the increasing use of cloud computing, but also the opportunities beyond. Will Internet freedom still be relevant in decades to come?

Moderator: Ms Emily Taylor, Consultant, Non-executive director Oxford Information Labs Ltd, Member of Multistakeholder Advisory Group at UN Internet Governance Forum

Emily Taylor is an independent consultant in Internet Law and Governance. She served for 6 years on the Internet Governance Forum’s Multistakeholder Advisory Committee, and currently Chairs the independent WHOIS Review Team, appointed by ICANN under its Affirmation of Commitments to the US Government. Emily has worked for a variety of clients in the Internet space, including UNESCO, EURid (the .eu registry), IIS (the .se registry), and Afilias. She is also a consultant to the law firm Sipara, specialising in domain name disputes. An experienced speaker and moderator on Internet Governance issues, Emily most recently moderated at the 2011 Internet Dagarna, and the 2011 Internet Governance Forum plenary session on Critical Internet Resources. For 10 years, Emily worked at Nominet, the .uk domain registry, as Director of Legal and Policy. She writes a regular blog for Dot Nxt.

Introductory remark:

Mr Alec Ross, Senior Advisor for Innovation, Office of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

Alec Ross serves as Senior Advisor for Innovation to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, where he is tasked with maximizing the potential of technology and innovation in service of America’s diplomatic goals and stewarding Secretary of State Clinton’s 21st Century Statecraft agenda. Previously, Alec served as the Convener for Obama for America’s Technology, Media & Telecommunications Policy Committee. In 2000, he and three colleagues co-founded the nonprofit organization One Economy and grew it from modest origins in a basement into the world’s largest digital divide organization. He was named the 2010 Middle East/North Africa Technology Person of the Year, cited by the Huffington Post as one of “10 Game Changers in Politics and named one of 40 under 40 leaders in international development. In 2011, he was named one of the “Top 100 Global Thinkers” by Foreign Policy Magazine. Alec started his career as a sixth grade teacher through Teach for America in inner-city Baltimore where he lives with his wife and their three young children.

Mr Alec Ross’s comment on the topic for the session can be found here


Mr Carl Bildt, Minister for Foreign Affairs




Mr Måns Adler, Founder & Evangelist Bambuser

Måns Adler is founder and evangelist at the video service Bambuser that enable everybody to live stream video from mobile phone or webcam. He holds a masters degree in the art of work science as well as a degree from the KaosPilots. His professional portfolio also include projects for Linden labs (Second life) in San Francisco. At the moment Måns is part time setting up a lab environment at Medea, Malmö University. It will be a “factory” where people can come and prototype for the internet of things. He was awarded the The Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences Ambient Award in 2010.

Ms Robin Teigland, Ass Prof Center for Strategy and Competitiveness at the Stockholm School of Economics

Dr. Robin Teigland is Associate Professor of Strategy at the Stockholm School of Economics in Stockholm. Robin researches the creation and diffusion of knowledge through social networks and how many of our traditional assumptions regarding the firm and value creation are being challenged due to the Internet. Currently, she leads NVWN – a global community investigating the impact of the 3D Internet on entrepreneurship and innovation. Robin is a well-published scholar and more information is here:

Ms Rasha A. Abdulla, Associate Professor Journalism and Mass Communication at the American University in Cairo

Dr. Rasha Abdulla is Associate Professor of Journalism and Mass Communication at the American University in Cairo. She has a Ph.D. in Communication (December 2003) from the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida.Dr. Abdulla’s research interests include the uses and effects of new media, particularly the Internet, and the link between social media and political activism. She is the author of three books on the Internet in the Arab world, as well as numerous other research articles and book chapters.