Affordable internet access is crucial to the growth of developing nations, World Wide Web inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee said in the opening session of the Abu Dhabi Media Summit 2013.
Affordable internet access is crucial to the growth of
developing nations, World Wide Web inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee
said in the opening session of the Abu Dhabi Media Summit 2013. He
was speaking via satellite link on the opening day of this year's
Abu Dhabi Media Summit, held under the patronage of HH General
Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and
Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, and attended by
HH Sheikh Nayhan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Culture, Youth
and Social Development, and Minister of State HE Sultan Al
The Summit opened with a welcoming address by the Chairman of
the Abu Dhabi Media Summit and Chairman of twofour54, HE Khaldoon
Khalifa Al Mubarak, who said we must embrace the opportunities
presented by developments in technology.
In a conversation with the Financial Times' Matt Garrahan, Sir
Berners-Lee spoke on topics including the importance of affordable
and easy internet access for people in developing countries and the
issue of internet privacy versus the monitoring of governments and
Sir Berners-Lee, who recently launched the Alliance for
Affordable Internet Access, said: "When you get connectivity to the
web it puts you in a different class of people. People now online
in rural villages in Africa, start to join social networks in their
own country to enable business. They join social networks with
others countries, which is very important in delivering healthcare
and part of its education.
"If there is an important message to get out about an epidemic,
or food, or how to deal with crop disease, when you have internet
infrastructure it spreads very quickly. It is an important tool for
delivering healthcare as well as commerce."
Sir Berners-Lee also spoke about the issue of on-line privacy -
and said that while this was important, "whistleblowers" perform an
important role in monitoring people in positions of authority.
Hundreds of key influencers from the global media industry have
gathered at the fourth Abu Dhabi Media Summit, being held October
22 -24 at the Yas Viceroy to examine the latest trends and
challenges in the sector, with a focus on leveraging opportunities
in the digital age.
Speakers during this year's event will also include: Mark
Hollinger, President and CEO, Discovery Networks International;
Shailesh Rao, VP, International Operations, Twitter; Konstantin
Wolff, Founder, payleven; Dean Kamen, Founder, DEKA; Eric Gertler,
Head of NYCEDC; Dan Senor, Author 'StartUp Nation'; Nart Bouran,
Director of News, Sky News Arabia; Ahmed El Alfi, Founder and
Chairman, Sawari Ventures; Tarek El Kazzaz, CEO and Founder, Qsoft
Group; Khaled El Mufti, Head, ELibya; and Usama Fayyad,
This year the Summit will also feature new sessions that focus
on e-learning, social gaming and give local and regional media
entrepreneurs and start-ups unprecedented access to venture capital
investors via key sessions and a new competition in association
with Orange and Oasis500.