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Annual Conference 2017

Annual Conference 2017

Trends in converged, cross-border, cross sector, digital-ecosystems
BRUSSELS,11-12 october 2017

The Annual Conference is a multi-speaker, two-day event, designed to meet the policy and strategic needs of senior executives in the TMT sphere.  It is the main event within the IIC’s CPR Week.

The digital ecosystem now encompasses stakeholders from a wide range of converging industries. Inter-sector collaboration is a must. This year our Annual Conference had as a central theme a global approach to solving the regulatory and spectrum challenges that 5G and a converged market present.

Every year this two-day event brings together industry and policy makers from around the world to share a diverse range of opinions, get unique insights into the views of regulators and to network informally with the policy making community.

See the full 2017 Picture Gallery here



Setting the Scene

The conference opened with regulators from around the world sharing their objectives and priorities in the short and medium term. The panel examined how regulators can bridge the digital divide, policy instruments to address competition and consumer protection, cooperation between agencies and how key stakeholders in the value chain can empower each other.

The opening panel of regulators

Opening panel of regulators R

Chris Chapman, President IIC 


  • NCC, Taiwan
  • FCC, USA
  • TRAI, India
  • ARCEP, France
  • IFT, Mexico
  • BOCRA, Botswana

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The Data Economy - The Privacy Security Paradox

This was the session most talked about. It examined the fundamentals of a privacy framework that enhances consumer trust but also enables the use of metadata. Panellists looked at how Europe is approaching this challenge and whether there are conflicts with GDPR. Looking further afield, they discussed whether consumer expectations vary by country or region, the privacy security paradox and what responsibilities companies have for protecting children online and investment in security generally.

Jean-Jacques Sahel, ICANN

Jean Jacques Sahel R

Jean-Jacques Sahel, Global Civil Society Stakeholder Engagement, ICANN


  • Access Now
  • Rovio
  • National Cyber Security Centre University of Malaya
  • Verizon

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Leena Kuusniemi 2Leena Kuusniemi, Senior Legal Councel, Rovio, described by delegates as a "highly knowledgeable and energetic speaker who brought a different viewpoint"

Mega Trends in Regulation and Policy

Comparing the European Electronic Communications Code (recast) with major changes in other jurisdictions

Rebecca Arbogast, Comcast NBCUniversal

Rebecca Arbogast R

Marjolein Geus, Bird & Bird


  • Comcast NBCUniversal
  • Telefónica S.A.
  • Liberty Global
  • Deutsch Telekom AG
  • Orange
  • Nokia

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Content Provider and Distributor Dynamics

This session looked at the way the pendulum is swinging, current responses to the level playing field arguments and what or who exactly are we trying to protect? We heard views on how the ‘App economy’ is impacting legacy business and regulatory models.

Richard Hooper R

Richard Hooper CBE. Broadband Stakeholder Group


  • European Tech Alliance
  • European Regulators Group for Audiovisual Media Services (ERGA)
  • Premier League
  • Sky

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Richard Hooper (pictured), was described as "a great speaker and an excellent moderator"                 

Policing the internet in an era of fake news - what kind of internet do we want?

In this session panellists discussed how we maintain trust in the information sources on which public decision making depends. They asked what responsibilities the owners of social media have particularly those that pursue vertical integration and how regulators are responding.

Interactive Breakout R

Dr Joan Barata Mir, Vladrina University Centre for Internet and Human Rights
  • Media Monitoring Africa
  • Al Jazeera Media Network
  • AGCOM, Italy
  • Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalismm University of Oxford
  • Indian National Congress

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Alexandra Borchardt“I really enjoyed this panel.  It was a pleasure to be surrounded by such a number of thoughtful and interesting participants and an inquisitive audience.”

Dr Alexandra Borchardt 
Director of Strategic Development
Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, University of Oxford
(pictured third from left above)

Competition Dynamic: Dominance, Disruption and Fair Play

In this closing session, panellists discussed whether competition is driving investment and better outcomes for businesses, consumers and citizens? How is it being scrutinized internationally and the challenges of competition assessments and enforcements.

Competition Dynamics R

Fabio Colasanti, RAI Way

  • European Commission
  • AT&T
  • Stanford University
  • Facebook
  • CRC, Colombia
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Damir Hajduk“I have profited from contacts with the colleagues regulators, but also from the superbly designed program that included also academia and industry at the highest quality level possible"

Damir Hajduk
President, Electronic Media Council, Croatia;
Vice-Chair, European Regulators Group for Audiovisual Media Services (ERGA) 

Interactive breakout sessions over the two days covered:

5G Myth Busting

What is really required to support the development of 5G?


AI and Machine Learning

The implications for networks, regulation and policy of artificial intelligence and machine learning


Cyber Security

Do we have the right domestic and international approaches and institutions to ensure cyber-security?


The US Incentive Auction

Lessons learned from the US Incentive Auction

Presentations available



Innovation in connectivity technologies - embracing


Nusiance Communications

How to build a global consensus in dealing with nuisance communications

Session report




Connected Policies and Smart Cars

Connected Policies and Smart Cars

A discussion of global policies on Smart Cars with a particular focus on the US, EU and Chinese experiences

Internet Connectivity and Net Neutrality in Island Nations

Internet Connectivity and Net Neutrality in Island Nations

Hosted by the Cayman Islands' regulator OfReg, this was a unique opportunity for regulators from Island Nations to share perspectives and insights

Building a Sustainable Advertising Environment

Building a Sustainable Advertising Environment

Discussion on building a  responsible policy framework with emphasis on advertising that targets minors

Networking Opportunities

Drinks at Egmont Palace

Drinks at Egmont Palace

Delegates and speakers mingled informally at the close of the IRF programme ahead of the two-day conference. See the photos

Conference Gala Dinner

Conference Gala Dinner

Conference delegates enjoyed good food and a chance to discuss the day’s proceedings. See the photos

Regulators' Dinner

Regulators' Dinner

Top teams from regulators from across the globe enjoyed dinner at Aux Armes de Bruxelles. See the photos

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