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Internet Society Hosts Seminar for Policymakers on Internet Standards Framework

| September 12, 2012 | 0 Comments


The Internet Society, in collaboration with the Inter-American
Telecommunication Commission’s (CITEL) Permanent Consultative Committee
I, hosted a seminar yesterday for more than 70 policymakers and industry
representatives to discuss the Internet Standards Framework. The event
was held in conjunction with the XXI Meeting of CITEL, an advisory body
of the Organization of American States that focuses on promoting the
development of telecommunications and ICT in the Americas.

The seminar provided the opportunity to acquaint high-level policymakers
and key regional stakeholders with the global Internet standards
framework, the broad range of standards organizations, how standards
contribute to global interoperability, and the importance of
collaboration amongst standards bodies.

Speakers at the seminar included Adrian Farrel, IETF; Steve Mills, IEEE;
Jeff Jaffe, W3C; Simao Campos, ITU; and Sebastian Bellagamba, Internet
Society. The afternoon panel presented perspectives from across the
industry with speakers, including Wayne Zeuch, CITEL; Pablo Brenner,
Globant; Andres Piazza, LACNIC; Patrick Ryan, Google; and Jose Ayala,

“We appreciate the opportunity to participate in the Internet Standards
Framework seminar and share the power of open standards with the Latin
American community,” said Steve Mills, IEEE Standards Association
President. “Access to knowledge is vital to sustaining the social and
economic growth of the region, and the open Internet is a critical
component of the knowledge infrastructure. As an organization that fully
supports the principles of OpenStand (open-stand.org),
which convey the power of collaboration and cooperation and support
innovation and interoperability, we are committed to delivering
standards that are open and accessible trusting that voluntary adoption
through an open market will contribute the best possible value to

“We were extremely proud to work together with CITEL on this important
event to engage with policymakers and industry leaders from across the
Americas,” said Sebastian Bellagamba, Internet Society Regional Bureau
Director, Latin America and the Caribbean. “The event was highly
successful in providing a productive discussion and opening the doors
for future collaboration.”

About the Internet Society

The Internet Society is the trusted independent source for Internet
information and thought leadership from around the world. With its
principled vision and substantial technological foundation, the Internet
Society promotes open dialogue on Internet policy, technology, and
future development among users, companies, governments, and other
organizations. Working with its members and Chapters around the world,
the Internet Society enables the continued evolution and growth of the
Internet for everyone. For more information, visit www.internetsociety.org.

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