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WTIS 2014 - Agenda

Draft agenda

Sunday, 23 November 2014
​All day pre-event

Monday, 24 November 2014
​08.00-09.00 Delegates registration
​09.00-10.00 ​Opening ceremony
The 12th WTIS will be opened by high level representatives from the Government of Georgia and ITU. 
​10.00-10.30 ​Coffee break and group picture
​10.30-12.30 The post 2015 development agenda and future priorities for ICT for development (ICT4D) policy
The pursuit of the MDGs since 2000 coincides with remarkable progress in the development and use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) and there is growing evidence that ICTs have the potential to support all three pillars of sustainable development – economic growth, social inclusion and environmental sustainability. Despite the progress made, inequalities in access to ICT platforms, information, knowledge and technological progress remain vast. This panel will discuss the role of ICTs in the post 2015 development agenda, identify key future ICT4D policies and related data requirements. The session will address the following questions:
​12.30-14.00 ​Lunch break
​14.00-15.30 Big Data for development and the future of ICT measurement                
In an increasingly digitized world, vast amounts of data have the potential to produce new and insightful information, and there is a growing debate on how the public and private sector can maximize the benefits of big data. One of the richest sources of big data is the data captured by the use of ICTs. ICT-related big data are helping to produce development insights of relevance to public policy, such as understanding socio-economic wellbeing and poverty, as well as improving the monitoring of the information society. This panel will examine opportunities and challenges in using big data from the ICT industry to complement existing ICT indicators. It will present the new ITU Big Data Strategy and discuss the role of different players, including the ICT industry, governments, and international organisations. The session will address the following questions:
15.30-16.00​ Coffee break
​16.00-17.30 Measuring competition, regulation and affordability of ICT services
The price of ICT services constitutes a determining factor for ICT uptake, particularly among low-income groups in developing countries. When analysing the affordability of ICT prices, competition and regulation are the elements upon which telecommunication regulatory authorities may exert more direct control. Quantitative assessments of regulatory actions are helping to understand the impact that specific policies have on the price and affordability of ICT services, which could lead to an increase in their uptake and use. This panel will address the role of competition and regulation in determining ICT prices, identify data needs to measure the impact of regulatory intervention and discuss the importance of market information. The panel will present the perspective of policy makers, academia and the ICT industry. In particular, the session will address the following questions:


Tuesday, 25 November 2014
09.00-10.30​ Report of the work of the Expert Group on Telecommunication/ICT Indicators
The Expert Group on Telecommunication/ICT Indicators (EGTI) has the mandate to review and revise the ITU supply-side indicators (data collected from administrative sources, mainly operators), as well as to discuss outstanding and emerging methodological issues and indicators. This session will present the outcomes of the work of the EGTI carried out during 2014, including in the area of fixed and mobile broadband metrics, bundled services, M2M, LTE and international Internet bandwidth. In addition, the measurement of OTT services and m-banking services will be discussed as topics of growing importance in developed and developing countries.
​10.30-11.00 ​Coffee break
​11.00-12.30 Report of the work of the Expert Group on ICT Household Indicators
The Expert Group on ICT Household Indicators (EGH) has the mandate to review the indicators for measuring ICT access and use by households and individuals based on data collected through national household surveys. The objective of this session is to present the outcomes of the work of the EGH carried out during 2014, including discussions and proposed indicators in the area of Internet security, child and youth online protection, barriers to Internet use and mobile phone ownership. The session will also discuss indicators to better monitor the uptake of mobile cellular services.
​12.30-14.00 ​Lunch break
​14.00-15.30 Data quality, big data, open data
The growing demand for ICT statistics, an increasing number of internationally defined and agreed ICT indicators, and growing recognition of the importance of ICT statistics for social and economic development are imposing new challenges for ICT data quality. Data quality issues are being discussed particularly in the context of the emerging debate on the potential of big data to complement official statistics and calls for open data systems in countries and international agencies. The objective of this session is to present the ITU data quality assurance framework and guidelines, to review national best practices, and discuss ways on how to maintain quality of official ICT statistics in the context of big and open data. The session will address the following questions
​15.30-16.00 ​Coffee break
​16.00-17.30 10th anniversary of the Partnership on Measuring ICT for Development – lessons learned and future priorities of international coordination of ICT measurement
The Partnership on Measuring ICT for Development is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year.  At this occasion, a special panel session will be organized presenting key achievements of the Partnership as well as future topics that the international community should address to enhance ICT measurement. The debate will take place within the context of two important and closely linked processes: first, the post-WSIS discussions on remaining challenges to create an inclusive information society and, second, the post 2015 development agenda, which needs to fully recognize the potential of ICTs to achieve broader development goals. Questions to be addressed:

Wednesday, 26 November 2014
09.00-10.30​ Launch of the Measuring the Information Society 2014 Report
For the fifth consecutive year, ITU will publish the Measuring the Information Society (MIS) Report. The MIS Report 2014 will be launched in six locations across the globe. The report presents recent trends in ICT development worldwide, for a large number of key indicators. It features the latest ICT Development Index (IDI) and its analyses, covering the digital divide, least connected countries, and the relationship between IDI and MDG performance. The report also features an analysis of the impact of competition and regulation on ICT prices, looks at the affordability of ICT services in view of income inequalities, and provides a comprehensive assessment of big data from the telecommunication industry. 

This session will present the main findings of the report, followed by Q&A.
​10.30-11.00 ​Coffee break
​11.00-12.30 High-level panel on the ICT Development Index (IDI)
The ICT Development Index (IDI) is one of the most used international benchmarks for countries’ ICT development performance. It captures, and ranks, the level of ICT in around 160 economies worldwide and compares progress made during the last year.

This panel session will present IDI success stories from developed and developing regions, as well as highlight challenges in terms of closing the digital divides 
​12.30-14.30 ​Lunch break
Press conference
​14.30-15.00 Presentation of Chair’s summary and conclusions
In the final session of WTIS, the Chair will present his final conclusions and recommendations of the meeting.
​15.00-15.30 Closing ceremony
The WTIS 2014 will be closed by high-level representatives of the Government of Georgia and ITU.
​19.00 Gala dinner hosted by the Government of Georgia