Annual Conference 2017
THE 48TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE
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
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
Leena 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
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 (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.
Dr Joan Barata Mir, Vladrina University Centre for Internet and Human Rights
“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.
“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"
Interactive breakout sessions over the two days covered:
What is really required to support the development of 5G?
The implications for networks, regulation and policy of artificial intelligence and machine learning
Do we have the right domestic and international approaches and institutions to ensure cyber-security?
Innovation in connectivity technologies - embracing
A discussion of global policies on Smart Cars with a particular focus on the US, EU and Chinese experiences
Hosted by the Cayman Islands' regulator OfReg, this was a unique opportunity for regulators from Island Nations to share perspectives and insights
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 delegates enjoyed good food and a chance to discuss the day’s proceedings. See the photos
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