Before starting my holiday, I took part in the Europe Summer School on Internet Governance – or Euro-SSIG – in Germany. It’s my third time attending the annual session which brings various stakeholders together – students, academics, representatives of the public and private sectors – to discuss and better understand how public policies impact the Internet.

It’s an exciting time in communications technology. But all the new innovations and services require the right environment to grow and spur even more new businesses. It requires an environment that welcomes the innovation disrupting our lives for the better.

The launch of Euro-SSIG, and other regional summer schools, was a result of an effort to encourage academic research and teaching programs on Internet governance at universities across the globe. Euro-SSIG helps interested students and academics in Europe better understand the policies and various aspects of Internet governance and its multi-stakeholder model. The course covers the political, legal, economic, socio-cultural, technological and other dimensions

In my session at Euro-SSIG, I focused on two important aspects.

  1. In this rapidly evolving world, flexible, modernized policy frameworks will help pave the way for new technology – instead of stifling it. Regulators and regulation have to keep up in an ever-changing landscape. The pace of change in communications is not slow and incremental. To give you an example, mobile data traffic on AT&T’s wireless network increased more than 50,000 per cent from January 2007 through December 2013.
  2. The success of the Internet requires that the multi-stakeholder model of governance continues to strengthen. This model brings together experts in the Internet ecosystem and provides forums to learn about different policy approaches and review best practices. It also ensures that not one government or entity has control over its functions so we don’t impede on its global growth and development.

The Internet’s only limitations are those that we create. It’s already revolutionizing every industry and impacting economies across the globe. Those with policy frameworks that welcome new technologies will help encourage entrepreneurship, economic growth and job creation.

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