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image: squares decoration HIGH LEVEL DEBATE
 

High Level Debate No 3

Social networking

Tuesday 11 May 2010, 09:00-11:00
Room K

 
   
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Internet social networking including blog, wiki, as new tools, media and platforms based on Web2.0 application, has gained ubiquitous popularity throughout the world and has had a wide range of political and social implications for knowledge societies. On 8 April 2009, Facebook celebated having its 200 millionth active user and at the beginning of 2010, this number had increased to 360 million. The biggest social networking website Qzone in China had 376 million registered accounts last year, and at the moment on 5 March of 2010, Qzone declared it had 100 million users online at the same time.

The high level debate will bring together stakeholders from all over the world ranging from industry leaders, policy makers, civil society to legal experts and users to provide a panorama of the state of art of social networking applications. They will exchange their visions on the opportunities and threats of these tools for the future. The panel will also encourage brainstorming and debates on burning issues of social networking related to the WSIS Plan Actions, which might include:

  • Potential to reinvent political and civic participation

  • Opportunity and challenge to freedom of expression and privacy

  • Impact on media and citizen journalism

  • Implications to empower youth for development

The whole discussion will ultimately inform the ongoing WSIS implementation process of WSIS contributing towards building inclusive knowledge societies and put the potential of ICTs at the service of human and social development.


*English & French interpretation will be made available.

 
   
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09:00

Opening and Introductory Remarks by Chair
 

15'

Mr Jānis Kārkliņö, Ambassador of Latvia to France and Permanent Representative to UNESCO and newly appointed Assistant Director-General for Communication and Information at UNESCO
 

09:15

Presentations by Panellists
 

10'

Mr Thomas Schneider, Coordinator international Information Society International Affairs, Federal Office of Communications OFCOM, Switzerland
 

10'

Ms Msiska Kenneth, Executive Director, Young Advocates for the Advancement of ICT-related Development (Y.A.A.ICT-D), Malawi
 

10'

Mr MichaŽl Vanfleteren, Legal Adviser, European Data Protection Supervisor(EDPS), Belgium
 

10'

Mr Anand Giridharadas, Columnist, The New York Times / International Herald Tribune, U.S.
 

10'

Mr Bertrand De La Chapelle, Special Envoy for the Information Society, France
 

10'

High-level representatives from social networking industry - TBC
 

10:05

Questions and Answers
 

10:55

Closing Remark by Mr Jānis Kārkliņö
 

 
   
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Those unable to travel to Geneva can participate remotely via the live audio webcast and the interactive live blog coverage.

WEBCAST | LIVE BLOG

An event reminder can be set for the live blog through the panel on the right.

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For more information, please contact:

Ms Xianhong Hu (x.hu@unesco.org), Division for Freedom of Expression, Democracy and Peace, Communication and Information Sector, UNESCO

   
 

 

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