his page includes a link to a
documentary film about the future of the internet and
also provides links to a series of 27 individual video
To see the 13-minute film, click
The links to the individual interviews follow. These
offer the full content of 27 sessions
conducted in 2006 with international stakeholders
from 18 different nations at the world's first
Internet Governance Forum in Athens, Greece.
They were asked to speak about their deepest
hopes and fears for the future of the internet,
and they addressed topics tied to their areas
of expertise. This video content is shared under a
Creative Commons Noncommercial license. The
Athens IGF was the first of five annual global events
focused on discussion of the overarching issues tied to
the future of information and communications
technologies, including control over the internet
architecture and numbering and naming system, security,
intellectual property, openness, connectivity, cost and
multilingualism. More than 1,200 participants shared
information, experiences and best practices. The
biographies below represent the people's lives at
the time of this forum, in 2006.
Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist for
Google; chairman of the board for ICANN; and
co-designer of the internet's enabling TCP/IP
protocols and the basic architecture of the
internet; founding president of the Internet
Society. While he travels the world regularly in
support of internet projects, his home base
is in Herndon, Virginia, USA.
Executive coordinator of the Internet Governance
Forum Secretariat. This Swiss diplomat also led
the secretariat of the United Nations Working
Group on Internet Governance, in planning and implementing the first Internet
Governance Forum. He was the chair of the
group that developed the text on internet
governance for the World Summit on the
Information Society's "Declaration of
Principles and Plan of Action."
Gross - Executive Director of IP
Justice, an international civil liberties
organization promoting access to knowledge; one
of 47 people from around the world appointed to
form the first UN IGF Advisory Group, and a
leader of dynamic coalitions formed to address
specific internet governance issues that came
together at the first IGF meeting in Athens
in 2006. Based in San Francisco, USA.
– President of the Conference of
Non-Governmental Organizations in Consultative
Relationships with the United Nations; a leading
participant in the World Summit on the
Information Society and the IGF. Based in Geneva,
Director, Master of Science in Telecommunications
and Network Management program, Syracuse
University; co-founder of the Global Internet
Governance Academic Network. Based in Syracuse,
New York, USA.
Assistant Professor, Computer Science, Addis
Ababa University; expert on core issues of
internet governance from Africans'
perspective; participant in IGF preparatory
conferences and the IGF in Athens. Based in
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Director of IT Standardization and
Government Policy for Sun Microsystems; goal is
promotion of social and economic progress through
interoperable IT systems. Based in San
Senior Programme Specialist, Information Society
Division, United Nations Educational, Scientific
and Cultural Organization; works on internet
issues including multilingualism and ICT and
persons with disabilities. Based in Paris,
'GbengaSesan - Vice
Chairman of the African Technical Advisory
Committee; Program Manager for Lagos Digital
Village; was selected to be Nigeria's first
Information Technology Youth Ambassador. Based in
Press Officer, Amnesty International, a
non-governmental organization that campaigns for
internationally recognized human rights; he
coordinates the organization's media work in
China, Iran, Colombia and Europe. Based in
London, United Kingdom.
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Managing Director, The Computers Ltd; Former
Secretary General of Bangladesh Association of
Software and Information Services; expert on
Native Language Internet Address. Based in Dhaka,
Project Manager, e-Participation Project of the
Province of Rome; computer scientist; member of
Italian Open-Source Committee; evaluator
of IST European projects; helping define
Italian e-government and policy. Based in Pisa,
CEO of National Information Infrastructure
Enterprise Promotion Association of Taiwan;
longtime leader of the Asia-Pacific Network
Information Centre; supercomputing pioneer in the
Asia-Pacific Region. Based in Taiwan.
Co-founder of the Syria Chapter of the Internet
Society and initiator of the Arab Commons
Initiative; involved in free and open-source
software projects and advocacy. Based in Syria
and Cardiff, Wales.
Director of Information Infrastructure for the
Province of Rome; Deputy Minister in the Italian
Ministry of Communications; an original signer of
the International Internet Bill of Rights. Based
in Rome, Italy.
Professor of Law, Franklin Pierce Law Center;
intellectual property and information technology
policy specialist; advocate and solicitor
qualified for the Supreme Court of Singapore;
member of Singapore's e-Commerce Consultative
Committee. Based in Concord, New Hampshire,
Bhatt - Associate Professor, Ph.D.
in e-governance, Pacific Institute of Management.
In addition to his teaching, he has a research
consultancy and he conducts training in
technology policy for corporations. Based in
Information Technology Management Services,
Caribbean Development Bank. Leader, Internet
Governance Capacity-Building Program,
DiploFoundation. Based in St. James,
Researcher on Internet Governance Policy;
associated with the DiploFoundation. Studies
internet governance and policy for development.
Based in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Jr. - Leader, Internet Governance
Capacity Building Program, DiploFoundation; staff
member of the secretariat for the Working Group
on Internet Governance; lawyer specializing in
information technology. Based in Sao Paulo,
President of CMB Training Centre in the Republic of
Moldova; Leader with the Internet Governance
Capacity Building Program, DiploFoundation. Based
in Chisinau, Republic of Moldova.|
ArturoDi Corinto -
Cognitive psychologist and new-media expert at
the University of Rome; founder of the Avvisi Al
Naviganti BBS and Cittadigitali; journalist;
active in advocacy for free software and the
investigation of issues tied to software patents.
Based in Rome, Italy.
Researcher on Internet Governance Policy;
associated with the DiploFoundation. Involved in
bridging the digital divide and studying the
impact of information and communications
technologies on development. Based in
Senior Manager, Barbados Foreign Affairs
Ministry, since 1987; has supervised departments
dealing with Americas, Europe, Africa, Asia,
Commonwealth, UN and CARICOM. Head of chancery at
Barbados High Commission, Ottawa, Canada.
President of Swiss Internet User Group. Active in
the study of the revision of Swiss copyright law.
Led a pre-IGF workshop on African Digital
Opportunity Visions. Based in Gruet,
Member of the Association for Progressive
Communications, advocating the use of the
internet for Social Justice and Development.
Chaired the IGF Athens workshop on "Greening
Development Through ICT and Civic
Engagement." Based in Bulgaria.
Director of International Relations at the Center
for Women and Information Technology, University
of Maryland, USA. Coordinates initiatives to
attract more young women to information
technology. Based in Baltimore, Maryland,
The videos on this site
are offered for use under a
Creative Commons Noncommercial License allowing no
derivative works. Executive producer, Janna Quitney
Anderson; reporter, Erin Barnett; chief engineer, Bryan
Baker; video editor, Janus Rogerson.