Realising the potential of the internet
1 May, 2013
Twenty years ago, Tim Berners-Lee founder of the world wide web, handed the concept over for CERN to put it into the public domain. The founding vision of this innovative and dynamic concept was for it to be open and free for all to use and access and a way of democratising information.
Realising the potential of the internet to deliver global development and prosperity
Tuesday 30 April – Wednesday 1 May 2013 (WP1255)
On this anniversary, we opened our roundtable meeting on Realising the potential of the internet to deliver global development and prosperity.
Fifty experts from 34 countries including senior government officials, industry, civil society organisations and academics gathered in Geneva to discuss ways to maximise the use of the Internet as a dynamic platform for innovation and economic growth.
Opening the meeting, Karen Pierce, Ambassador and Permanent Representative, UK Mission to the UN said
“today we are here to explore the development opportunities of a thriving internet, and the important balance between the requirements of security and protection on one hand and economic growth and civil participation on the other”.