Big conversations at ITU Telecom World 2012

Date: Mon, 10/15/2012 - 11:12

Big conversations at ITU Telecom World 2012

BBC’s Nik Gowing to moderate live debate in Dubai on the future of a communications industry in transformation

Experienced BBC broadcaster and news presenter Nik Gowing will moderate a Big Conversation debate at ITU Telecom World 2012 presenting contrasting perspectives from experienced professionals on the shifting ecosystem, culture and values of the communications sector today.
Taking place on Tuesday, 16 October at 09:00 AST (05:00 GMT) at ITU Telecom World 2012, the leading global ICT community platform held this year in Dubai, 14 - 18 October, the Big Conversation will feature a small panel of high-level authorities, including Klaus Leisinger, Chairman of Novartis Foundation for Sustainable Development and Ali Jazairy, Head of Innovation at the World Intellectual Property Organization.
The panellists will engage in live interactive conversation on the future of the communications sector following the current period of radical disruption. The emergence of new players offering services over-the-top (OTT) of existing telecommunications operators has transformed the industry and sidelined both traditional telcos and the social contract within which global telephony systems were constructed.
Questions to be debated at the Big Conversation will include the changing nature of attitudes towards privacy, security and the use of intellectual property (IPR); the impact of new ICT business models; growing loss of consumer trust in the industry; the dangers of concentrating too much power in the hands of largely unaccountable entities; and the implications of a global communications system evolving without a social dimension.
Audiences both onsite in Dubai and online around the world are encouraged to participate actively in the debate via the live webstream, Twitter feed, email and text, posing questions and providing comments that will have the power to shape the direction of the Big Conversation.
“The Big Conversation in Dubai will engage key speakers and a global audience via social media and multiple other channels," said ITU Secretary-General Hamadoun I. Touré. " ITU Telecom World 2012 is the forum that provides this unique opportunity for thought leaders in the communications and ICT sector to move the conversation forward on the future of information and communication technologies."

 

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