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Wednesday, December 20 • 16:40 - 18:10
Two Networks Will Shape Your Digital Future (WS200)

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Proposer's Name: Mr. Garland McCoy
Proposer's Organization: Technology Education Institute
Co-Proposer's Name: Mr. Bill Ash
Co-Proposer's Organization: IEEE
Mr. Garland T. McCoy, Civil Society, Technology Education Institute
Mr. Bill Ash, Technical Community, IEEE

Session Format: 90 minute Round Table with moderated flash presenations by key speakers, audience interaction and final suming up by Moderators and Rapporteurs

Country: United States
Stakeholder Group: Civil Society

Country: United States
Stakeholder Group: Technical Community

Speaker: Bill Ash
Speaker: Nilmini Rubin
Speaker: Omar Ansari 
Speaker: Vint Cerf 
Speaker: Manu Bhardwaj
Speaker: Kristopher Haag 
Speaker: Wisdom Donkor

Content of the Session:

According to the World Atlas 67% of the developing world is still without household electricity in 2017.  This translates into roughly 1.3 billion citizens in the world today lack access to reliable power/electricity to serve their daily needs, power healthcare facilities, education, and home/personal uses. The Internet is viewed as a “right”, and the world recognizes the importance of creating affordable access to the Internet and the online world, yet the role of power/electricity is often ignored. To date, at the IGF, there has been significant focus on addressing the digital divide.  Yet, the role of power/electricity is just now being put on the front burner at the IGF2017.

This is a critical opportunity, and this workshop will bring together experts who can speak to how they are addressing solving the power challenges in different situations – some in rural areas, and some in smart villages and smart cities.

Advancements in technology have provided the opportunity to generate and store power/electricity in small mobile units suitable for deployment in rural areas in developing countries at affordable price. These units can, for example, serve the increasing power needs of communications towers and do so with clean renewable power as well as serve the needs of the local communities setting up business opportunities with established anchor tenants.  Additionally, technology advancements hold the promise of delivering much needed baseload generation to stand up industrial development, education, healthcare, major infrastructure projects, information/content processing, storage (caching), transit, etc. Delivering electricity and access will help advance work on the UN’s SDGs (see link to UN SDGs site … https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/sdgs)

Format: 90-minute Roundtable

Setting the Stage:

 Moderator: Marilyn Cade, President, ICT Strategies, Private Sector, USA

Key Speakers:

Kristopher Haag, Director, New Business Development & Emerging Technologies, EMI Advisors, Private Sector, USA

Manu Bhardwaj, Vice President for Research and Insight, MasterCard Center for Inclusive Growth, Private Sector, USA

Vint Cerf, Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist, Global Policy Development, Google, Private Sector, USA

Nilmini Rubin, Vice President, International Development, Tetra Tech, Private Sector, USA

Bill Ash, Strategic Program Manager for the IEEE Standards Association, Technical Community, USA

Wisdom Donkor, National Information Technology Agency Ghana, Government, Ghana

Omar Mansoor Ansari, President, TechNation, Technical Community, Afghanistan

Following the speakers 20 minutes will be devoted to moderated interactive participation with the speakers and the audience (live and remote)

The final 10 minutes of the program will be devoted to key points and messages of the roundtable talks and discussions captured by the moderator and rapporteur and delivered as a summation of the workshop.



Lee McKnight, Associate Professor, School of Information Studies, Syracuse University, Technical Community, USA (remote hub)

Garland McCoy, President, Technology Education Institute, Private Sector, USA

 Contact: Garland McCoy, President, Technology Education Institute 


Relevance of the Session:

The Internet is "fueled"/ enabled by electricity and this fact is taken for granted and rarely discussed in developing countries where it is ubiquitous, reliable and affordable. This is not the case in developing countries where it is often the "elephant in the room" when discussing the challenges of providing access in remote/rural areas. This workshop will deal with recent technologies that have both merged the Internet and electricity with the introduction of IoT (Internet of Things) enabled electrical machines, appliances and devices that are both connected to the electricity grid/network and the Internet bringing unimagined synergistic benefits in energy efficiencies and have brought down prices such that electricity generation/ capture and storage can be done remotely to provide both reliable and affordable power that will greatly enable and leverage the benefits of Internet access. This issue is relatively new to the IGF but critically important to addressing the UN's SDGs and are important topics to begin to discuss at the IGF. The synergy of access and electricity will "Shape our Digital Future"

Tag 1: Critical Internet Resources
Tag 2: #sustainabledevelopment
Tag 3: Emerging Tech

I will have an excellent moderator with Marilyn Cade who was part of the IGF MAG and is very knowledgeable in managing IGF workshop and diverse issues. She will be joined by officials from Government, professional standards groups, the private sector and other parties.  We will be aggressive in assuring participation from both the in room and online participants. 

Of the seven speakers and one moderator invited we will have two females. We will have experts from Government, private sector, professional standards setting group, an NGO, and Civil Society. We will have speakers from the US, Africa, and Asia  represented. We will reach out to the University Community through Mastercard's Foundation and their affiliation with Colleges and Universities world wide as well as through Syracuse Universitiy. 

Onsite Moderator: 
Rapporteur: Garland McCoy (onsite)  Lee McKnight (remote hub)

Online Participation:

Lee McKnight, Associate Professor, School of Information Studies will be handling an online hub for participaiton from Syracuse University. Professor Lee has participated in numerous IGF conferences in the the past both in person and online and has already lined up a number of students and falculty to participate. 

This will be the eleventh IGF workshop that I have hosted and everyone has enjoyed robust online and remote participation. I am very confident we will have robust online participation. In addition to Professor Lee at Syracuse University we have Bill Ash who is with IEEE and their global membership base is impressive and will be encouraged to get online and participate. 

Discussion facilitation:

 The moderator will solicit questions from both the in-room and online attendees and have ready to go questions that will keep the audience engaged and the speakers on their toes. We will be in a round table format but will stager the chairs to give a sense on openness and accessibility. My eleven years of hosting workshops has taught me the importance of makeing the venue as inviting to attendees as possible. We will make this workshop fun, and educational. 

Conducted a Workshop in IGF before?: Yes
Link to Report: http://www.intgovforum.org/multilingual/content/igf-2016-day-3-room-8-ws271-civil-society-and-private-sector-build-ict-support-for-sdgs


Session Organizers
avatar for Garland McCoy

Garland McCoy

President, Technology Education Institute
Committed to Connecting the Next Billion.

Wednesday December 20, 2017 16:40 - 18:10 CET
Room XII - A United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG)