Insights written by our commissioners.
Data about students and their on-line activity affects what they see on the Internet, and can have far-reaching implications on decisions made about them and their future. Commissioner Marsali Hancock identifies the need to “educate the educators” on their obligation to protect this information - an obligation they may not be aware of.
Hunger is the most important problem the world consistently faces on a day-to-day basis. Yet while the Internet continues to expand its role in connecting our planet, it has still fallen short of making one important connection: hungry people with food that is wasted. Commissioner Radzi Mansor calls attention to the need to use the Internet for the world’s biggest problem.
Oceans make up most of our world, are vital to mankind’s survival and are by all accounts an underutilized resource. With a frank assessment of the needs and opportunities, Commissioner Gary Gysin appeals to stakeholders around the world in this call to action to build out the oceans’ information infrastructure, starting now!
Broadband access is central to the economic development of communities around the world. With a renewed focus on this priority in the U.S., Commissioner Bob Nichols places his message on the dime in this article that outlines how to get the remaining 10% served with high-speed Internet.
Central America is at a critical juncture regarding its participation in the digital revolution. In November 2016 several Commissioners convened in San Jose, Costa Rica to engage ministers from the region on this issue. In this article, Commissioner Andrés Ruzo presents a vision to propel the region forward to a more active role in 21st Century economic development.
The world has a great challenge on its hands: feeding a growing population with limited farmlands. Commissioner Howard Janzen urges forethought and action to network farms with advanced technologies that will increase yields.
What happens when you are successful, year-over-year, in increasing end user bandwidth? You have a core network capacity challenge. Commissioner Brian Thompson lays out a vision for not only beefing up national core network capacity, but also lowering the barrier to entry for new service providers.
Being online is a big step forward for anyone in today’s world – or is it? Commissioner Xiaodong Lee shares insights on other critical dimensions of the digital divide.
Global information infrastructure advances are made not only in the context of the hard limitations of physics, but also in the context of complex political agendas. Commissioner Seng elevates the understanding of a fast approaching collision that will have certain effects of technology as well as other international trade.
A mobile phone is a popular thing for a person to have . . . almost as popular as a new mobile phone. So what happens to the old phones when you get a new one? Commissioner Biju Nair makes a compelling case for the re-use of these devices that advances GIIC’s objective to bridge the digital divide.
Ask someone what drives the world’s economy and you’ll often hear names of the big corporations. Certainly those companies have a great impact on how the economy operates, but it is often the small or medium sized companies that deliver industry innovations.
While the Internet is not up there with air, water and food on the list of essentials for human survival, it has become extremely important in our lives, and is certainly vital for economic growth and stability. Indeed, a loss of the Internet on a wide scale for any substantial period of time would have a devastating impact on the world as we know it.
The GIIC was created in the late 90’s to help governments understand the awesome power of this new thing called “The Internet” and how to best foster its development and growth. Even back then it was recognized that a “digital divide” existed and that it had to be addressed and, to the best of our abilities, eliminated.