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ISC and its partners organised the 9th edition of the Science Summit around the 78th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA78) on 12-29 September 2023.
The role and contribution of science to attaining the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will be the central theme of the Summit. The objective is to develop and launch science collaborations to demonstrate global science mechanisms and activities to support the attainment of the UN SDGs, Agenda 2030 and Local2030. The meeting will also prepare input for the United Nations Summit of the Future, which will take place during UNGA79 beginning on 12 September 2024.
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Friday, September 22 • 10:15am - 12:15pm
[VIRTUAL] 50th Anniversary of the Internet: People Centered Science and Digital Regulation leading to a People Centered Future (210913)

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Governments are wrestling with digital transformation and how to seize the economic opportunity it affords while protecting people from its negative outcomes. Regulatory approaches like that of the EU could stifle innovation. While market-driven approaches like that of the US could result in a greater preponderance of unforeseen consequences. We believe much can be accomplished by coming together to shape a People Centered future.
Next year marks the 50th anniversary of the Internet – offering a perfect moment to ask people around the globe “What do you want from the Internet, AI, and new technologies for the next 50 years?” And then, governments, regulators, the UN, the World Bank, and other organizations and stakeholders –can work together to create a more People Centered future.
The time has come for a comprehensive reevaluation of our approach to digital regulatory frameworks given the rapid digitalization and advancement of AI technology reshaping the global landscape. The Digital Regulation multi-stakeholder Dialogs will address the importance of broad citizen participation in the shaping of more people-centric digital regulation. A digital future by, for, and of the people better guarantees more people will connect and thrive.

10:15 am - 12:15 pm:     50th Anniversary of the Internet: Digital Regulation Leading to a People Centered Future
10:15 am - 10:45 am:        Historic Fireside Chat organized by People Centered Internet
Opening - Doreen Bogdan-Martin, Secretary-General, International Telecommunications Union (ITU)
  • Vint Cerf, Co-Founder, People Centered Internet (PCI), Vice President & Chief Internet Evangelist, Google, Chair, UN Internet Governance Forum (IGF) Leadership Panel.
  • Robert Kahn, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, and President, Corporation for National Research Initiatives (CNRI)
  • Dima Al Khatib, Director, UN Office of South South Cooperation (UN OSSC)
                                                      Moderated by Mei Lin Fung, Co-Chair, People Centered Internet
10:45 am - 12:00 pm:           50th Anniversary of the Internet: Digital Cooperation, Governance, and Regulation Leading to a People Centered Future – Keynotes
  • Declan Kirrane, Founder and Chair, Science Summit at UNGA78
  • Maria Dayton, NOVA Prime Venture, Partner, LG Nova
  • Anir Chowdhury, Aspire to Innovate, Bangladesh Prime Minister’s Office
  • Suzanne Dumouchel, International Cooperation, Partnerships, CNRS, the French National Center for Scientific Research
  • Hassan Nasser, Digital Cooperation Organization, Middle East, Asia, Africa
  • Anastasia Kalinina, Chief Executive Officer, reState.Global Foundation
  • Gael van Weyenbergh, Co-Founder, MEOH
  • Claude Dyer, Acting Head, Digital Inclusion, The EDISON Alliance at World Economic Forum
  • Ndemo Bitange, Ambassador to Belgium and the EU for Kenya
12:00 pm - 12:15 pm:        Closing Remarks by the People Centered Internet organizers:
                                                      Vint Cerf, Founding Chair, and Jascha Stein, Executive Chair

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declan kirrane

Chairman, Science Summit UNGA78
Declan Kirrane is the Founder and Managing Director of ISC Intelligence in Science, the chairman and managing director of the science Summit at the United Nations General assembly, and co-founder of Medicines for Future (MAF). He has over 25 years of experience as a global senior... Read More →
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Mei Lin Fung

CEO, People Centered Internet
Actively working with the World Summit on the Information Society to make participation by women to the 50/50 level for speakers and participants by 2022. Chair and co-founder with Vint Cerf of the People-centred Internet, gave the keynote on Decade of Digital Transformation at t... Read More →
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Robert Kahn

President & CEO, Corporation for National Research Initiatives
Robert E. Kahn is Chairman, CEO and President of CNRI, which he founded in 1986 after a 13 year term at the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). CNRI was created as a not-for-profit organization to provide leadership and funding for research and development of the... Read More →

Anir Chowdhury

Policy Advisor, a2i, ICT Division, Cabinet Division, UNDP Bangladesh
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Gael van Weyenbergh

Co-Founder, MEOH

Anastasia Kalinina

Chief Executive Office, reState.Global Foundation
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Vint Cerf

Co-Founder, People Centered Internet and Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist, Google
Vinton G. Cerf is vice president and Chief Internet Evangelist for Google. He is the co-designer of the TCP/IP protocols and the architecture of the Internet. He has served in executive positions at ICANN, the Internet Society, MCI, the Corporation for National Research Initiatives... Read More →

Amandeep Gill Singh

UN Tech Envoy
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Suzanne Dumouchel

Head of International Cooperation at CNRS, Director of the EOSC Association, Partnership coordinator of OPERAS AISBL, CNRS/OPERAS AISBL/EOSC-A
Team-oriented leader and researcher with over 10 years of experience in Research and Project Management, Higher Education and Research Policies, Academic Management and International Collaboration of Scholarly Institutions, mainly in Europe but not only. I am an innovation-driven... Read More →

Don Graves

Deputy Secretary, US Dept of Commerce

Amir Banifatemi

Our Future Film Campaign Launch

Ndemo Bitange

Kenyan Ambassador to Belgium and the EU

Dima Al-Khatib

Director, UN Office of South South Cooperation

Hassan Nasser

Digital Cooperation Organization, Middle East
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Claude Dyer

Acting Head, Digital Inclusion, The EDISON Alliance at World Economic Forum
Claude Dyer is currently Acting Head of the EDISON Alliance, the World Economic Forum’s flagship initiative on digital inclusion aiming to provide affordable digital services to underserved populations around the world. Prior to heading EDISON, Claude launched the Forum’s first... Read More →

Maria Dayton

Director of Capital Partnerships, LG NOVA and NOVA Prime Ventures
Maria Lynne Dayton is a successful social entrepreneur, systems architect, and creative finance expert who has developed, funded, and managed over 20 major development and IT projects on 4 continents ($140m w/ $10 b in hybrid/blended capital deals) with a variety of stakeholders... Read More →

Jascha Stein

Executive Chair, People Centered Internet

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Christine Asjoma

UN Science Summit Digital Regulation Dialog Convenor, People Centered Internet

Friday September 22, 2023 10:15am - 12:15pm EDT