LIRNEasia is a regional ICT policy and regulation think tank active across the Asia Pacific

LIRNEasia at WSIS, Tunis, Nov 17

Pro-Poor, Pro-Market ICT Policy and Regulation
World Summit on the information Society, Matmata Room, Kram Centre Tunis, November 17, 2005, 9:00 – 16:45
LIRNE.NET and the World Dialogue on Regulation (WDR), LIRNEasia, Research ICT Africa (RIA), Diálogo regional sobre la sociedad de la información (DIRSI)
Sponsored by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and
The Information for Development Program of the World Bank (infoDev)
9:00-9:15 Welcome Randy Spence
9:15 – 10.15 ICT Demand, access and usage by the poor
Chair: Heloise Emdon, IDRC

Telecom Strategies on a Shoestring (Household Income Below USD 100/Month)(PDF download) (LIRNEasia) Ayesha Zainudeen, LIRNEasia team
Digital Poverty in LAC (DIRSI) Roxana Barrantes
Measuring ICT Access and Usage in Africa (RIA) Alison Gillwald, Christoph Stork
10:30-12:00 Core Networks and Policy Issues
Chair: Olivier Nana Nzepa, RIA

Having a Backbone; Making Best Use of What You’ve Got (LIRNEasia) Harsha Vardhana Singh, Rohan Samarajiva
SADC Universities Connectivity Initiative (RIA) Lishan Adam
Telecoms Funds & Regulatory Challenges (DIRSI) Hernan Galperin
Universal Service Funds, Access Deficit Charges & Least-cost Subsidy Auctions (PDF download) (LIRNEasia) Harsha de Silva, Payal Malik
African Regionalism, National Policy Formation and International Governance (RIA) Lishan Adam, Andrew Barendse
12:00 - 13:15 Extending Access Networks
Chair: Ben Petrazzini , DIRSI

Is the Grameen Mix of Telecom And Micro Finance Replicable? (PDF download) (LIRNEasia)
Malathy Knight John, Abu Saeed Khan, Ayesha Zainudeen
WiFi for Extending Connectivity (PDF download) (LIRNEasia) Divakar Goswami, Onno Purbo
Diversifying Provision in LAC (DIRSI) Hernan Galperin
Sustainable Access Solutions for Pro-Poor Intervention (DIRSI) Kim Mallalieu
14:30 - 15:45 Policy Processes
Chair: Harsha da Silva, LIRNEasia

Participatory Mechanisms in Telecom Policy Proceedings (DIRSI) Roxana Barantes
An Alternative Model Of Policy Participation: ICTs And Early Warning For Disaster Mitigation (LIRNEasia) Rohan Samarajiva
Benchmarking Latin American and Caribbean Regulatory Authority Websites (DIRSI) Amy Mahan
Benchmarking Asia Pacific Regulatory Authority Websites (LIRNEasia) Chanuka Wattegama
15:45 - 16:45 Policy, Regulatory and Research Priorities
Chair: Kerry McNamara, infoDev

Panel: In Five Minutes or Less
Mostafa Terrab, infoDev
Bill Melody, LIRNE.NET and WDR
Alison Gillwald, RIA
Rohan Samarajiva, LIRNEasia
Hernan Galperin, DIRSI
Onno Purbo, Indonesia
Randy Spence, IDRC

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