Thursday, April 02, 2009

BPN 1323 The Summit 21st Century India through Digital Content

21st Century India through Digital Content
DATE: April 2, 2009
VENUE: Hotel Intercontinental, Nehru Place, New Delhi

Inaugural & Power Session: 10.00 – 11.00 AM
The Inaugural Session would be highlighting the main theme of the Summit: ‘21st Century India through Digital Content’ and how the learning from global experts can make it to the next and also how ICT is changing the development paradigm of the country – a lesson for global experts.
• Introduction & Session Anchor/Moderator: Digital Empowerment Foundation
• Welcome Address by Mr SR Rao, Add Secretary, DIT, MoCIT
• Inaugural Address by Mr. Wajahat Habibullah, Chief Information Commissioner of India
• Keynote Address by Mr. R. Chandrasekhar, Special Secretary, DIT, MoCIT
• Summit Speech by Prof Peter A. Bruck, Chairman, World Summit Award, Austria

Session Summary & Key highlights by the Anchor/Moderator
TEA & NETWORING BREAK: 11.00 to 11.30 AM

Working Session I: 11:30 – 13:00
Digital Content in Business, Enterprise & Livelihoods
The focus of this session would be to discuss the role of digital content & services on various ICT tools and media platform. The idea is to bring forth international learning and put them into Indian perspective and vice versa. The special focus could be on ICT enabled sustainable
business models providing livelihood, entrepreneurship and growth. The session panelists will be divided into four sub-groups. Each sub-group will present their point-of-views, arguments and propositions forward. The role of the moderator in each sub-session is to allow the Panelists in each sub-group to place their arguments in articulate manner and with substance in given time frame. Its role shall be to bring out key essence of these deliberations and sum it up into 10 – 20 key recommendations and action points for consideration and implementation.

There will be a 30 minutes of discussions among the sub-group followed by 10 minutes of presentations by a representative of each of the sub-groups about their discussions and outcomes. The remaining session time will be utilized by the moderator/s to consolidate the session outcomes with key inputs from each

o Dr. Madanmohan Rao, AMCI, Singapore
o Dr. Subho Ray, President, IAMAI , India

1. ICT Enabled Enterprises : Bridging Demand-Supply Gap
This sub-session will focus on the factors driving ICT-enabled enterprises and
entrepreneurship. It will delve on the issues leading to incongruence in the demand-supply of ICT-enabled enterprises, content services and role of stakeholders in bringing a synthesis between the two.
o Ms. Anya Sverdlov, Managing Director, Actis Systems, Russian Federation
o Ms. Anthea Foyer, Training Programmes Manager, CFC's Media Lab, Canada
o Ms. Saloni Malhotra, CEO, DesiCrew Solutions Pvt. Ltd, IIT, Chennai
o Mr. Srikanth B Iyer, COO, Edurite Technologies, India
o Mr. Rahul Bedi, India Business Operations Manager, Intel Technology India Pvt. Ltd
o Mr. Sunil Kapoor, Director Fortis Escorts Hospitals Jaipur & Kota, India
o Mr. R. Sreenivasan, Founder Director, Career Launcher, India
o Ms Gitanjli Sah, UN Soln Exchange, ICTD Community

2. Digital Technology & Supporting Role in Infrastructure Development
The focus of this sub-session shall be on scaling up and diversifying the infrastructure network for public service delivery and social-economic growth with supportive role of digital technology. It will focus around the challenge of bridging traditional infrastructure limitations with technology support in reaching out to the last mile.
o Mr. Gabriel Deek, President, Professional Computer Association (PCA), Lebanon
o Mr. Ehssan Riazi Esfehani, IT Consultant,, Iran
o Mr. Goh Chin Teck, Executive Director, VISIONEDGE Ventures Group, Singapore
o Mr. Ishteyaque Amjad, Director-Corporate Affairs, Cargill India Private Limited,
o Mr. Alok Bhargava - Executive Director, IL&FS India
o Mr. Satish Kaushal, IBM's Country Manager - Government & Education Sector (GSMB),
o Mr. Ramamurthy Sivakumar, Managing Director – Sales and Marketing, South Asia

3. Content Creation, Language Content, New Media Platforms and Content Services Delivery
This sub-session shall delve on the propelling factors leading to content creation for citizen needs and serving content services in local language. The focus will be on the core aspects of local language content and service delivery. Additional focus will be on content services delivery using new media platforms like websites, email marketing, online ads, Search Engines, Video On Demand , Wikis, Mobile and so on.
o Mr. Gbenga Sesan, Executive Director, Paradigm Initiative, Nigeria,
o Mr. Faouzi Zaghbib, General Manager, R2i, Tunisia,
o Ms. Shinta Dhanuwardoyo, CEO, PT Bubu Kreasi Perdana, Indonesia
o Prof. P.Krishna Reddy, Ph.D, IIIT Hyderabad, India
o Mr Subhash Rai, Editor, IndianOnlineJournalism.Org
o Mr. Piyush Bajpai, CEO ,, New Delhi

4. Access, Affordability & Bandwidth for convergence enabled content flow
This session would focus on media convergence. Internet through cable, cell phones or satellite, Telephones, video conferencing through cable and computer – are some of the trends offering new frontiers in services delivery using digital content. However, there seems to be confronting challenges here in this marriage of computers, mass media and telecom. It is about accessibility and affordability of content services along with generating digital traffic through higher bandwidth to ferry content services.
o Ms. Maria Mercedes, Operations Director, Zaghi Ergocom, Guatemala
o Ms. Jan Bieringa, Director, BWX Productions, New Zealand
o Ms. Titi Akinsanmi,
o Mr. Navin Aggarwal, Executive Director, KPMG, India
o Mr. Sandeep Bhargava. Head Corporate Affairs Sub Region-India, Nokia Siemens Networks
o Mr. Ibrahim Ahmed, Editor, Cyber Media Ltd, Gurgaon, India

LUNCH & NETWORING BREAK: 13.00 to 14.00 PM

Working Session II: 14:00 – 15:30
Digital Content in Education & Culture: Scaling up Social & Cultural Capital
The focus of this session would be on the essence of ICT deployment and content enablement to support education and learning processes for quality outcome. The focus shall be on preserving cultural resources and capital through effective deployment and creation of digital technology and content. The stress will be on the issues involved in preserving social and cultural capital vis-à-vis content generation and promotion. The session panelists will be divided into four sub-groups. Each sub-group will present their case, arguments and propositions forward. The role of the moderator in each sub-session is to allow the Panelists in each subgroup to place their arguments in articulate manner and with substance in stipulated time frame. Its role shall be to bring out key essence of these deliberations and sum it up into 10 – 20 key recommendations and action points for consideration and implementation.

o Ms. Ashish Garg, Asia Regional Coordinator, GeSCI
o Mr. Manas Chakrabarty, Learning by Design Foundation India

1. Digital Content in Education & Culture: The Policy Thrust
This sub-session will focus on the policy gaps in digital content parameters in education and culture. Despite India as one of the largest country to have ICT and digital content interventions, there is still the need to have focused policy attention in content generation, regulation, outreach, standardization and preservation in the area of education and culture and having national repositories with socio-cultural dynamics.
o Mr. N. Ravi Shanker, IAS, Joint Secretary & Group Coordinator, DIT, Govt. of India
o Mr. Garegin Chugaszyan, Executive Director, IT Foundation, Armenia
o Mr. Ananya Raihan, CEO, D. Net, Bangladesh
o Mr. Sajan Venniyoor, Prasar Bharati, BCI, India
o Ms. Mridula Chandra, Director, HSDRC, Jaipur
o Mr. Jak Boumans, Director, VOF ELECTRONIC MEDIA REPORTING, Netherlands
o Mr. Alejandro Fuentes, IndigoMedia, Mexico
o Ms. Moe Chiba, Program Specialist, UNESCO (TBC)

2. Scaling up Educational Indicators through Digital Media and Content
Is it possible to actually build up social and human capital by scaling up educational indicators in terms of meeting demand-supply of content needs, quality learning and teaching, and raising educational standards? This sub-session will focus on the role and limitations of digital media in meeting education content needs and service delivery. The question to be addressed is whether digital media tools / platforms can actually play a complimentary role in building up educational indicators.
o Mr. Shankar Venkateswaran, SustainAbility
o Mr. Andrew Gakiria, Coordinator, Kenya eLearning Centre, Kenya
o Mr. Alex Hung, Vice President, IPROA, China
o Mr. Amol Goje, Director, VIIT, Maharashtra, India
o Dr. Madan Mohan Rao, Research Director, AMIC, Singapore
o Ms. Josie Cacdac, Programs Director, Multimatics Indonesia, Philippines/Indonesia
o Mr. Samphe Lhalumgpa, Chief Education Officer, UNICEF (TBC)

3. Quality Content & Services in Education: Demand & Supply Issues
It is agreed that traditional learning can have value addition using digital technology and content solution applications. The consensus is learning and teaching can be streamlined and scaled up through assistive support from ICT. The concern on the other hand is two fold. One, to address gaps in demand supply of quality educational services and, two, how technology and content services can assist in bridging this gap? This sub session shall delve on these
critical areas with reasonable outcome.
o Mr. Rodolfo Laddaga, Co-Founder, iPod Tours, Mexico
o Mr. Ninad Vengurlekar, VP, ILFS - ETS
o Mr. Vijayaraghavan M. Chariar, Assistant Professor, IIT Delhi
o Mr. Anshul Sonak. Head - South Asia Education - Intel
o Ms. Manar Al-Hashash, General Manager, Dot Design, Kuwait
o Mr. Satya Narayanan R. Chairman, Career Launcher Group, India
o Mr. Ravi Gupta, Executive Director, CSDMS, NCR Delhi

4. Sustaining Cultural Communities through Digital Media & Convergence
Preserving cultural resources and rich heritage of communities is a global concern. There are reports of many communities already becoming almost extinct with their rich and unique living practices. Historical monuments, ancient citadels are just vanishing. Many languages and dialects already dying out. Can digital technology and digital media play a rescuing role in a sustainable manner? Can technology mediums revive and populate such rich practices and save them from becoming extinct? What key measures and interventions seems to be must here? This sub-session will highlight these aspects.
o Mr. Nawaf Mohammed Abdulrahman, Chief-IT, General Organization for Youth & Sport,
o Ms. Geeta Malhotra, Country Director, READ India, Gurgaon
o Mr. Alfredo Ronchi, Gerneral Secretary, MEDICI Framework, Italy
o Mr. Allen Bailochan Tuladhar. Chairperson, FIIT, Nepal
o Mr. SN Goswami, Managing Director, Media Lab Asia, New Delhi
o Ms. Nicole Bolomey, Program Specialist, UNESCO

TEA & NETWORING BREAK: 15.30 to 14.00 PM

Working Session III: 16:00 – 17:30
Policy Framework for Governance & Inclusive Development
The focus of this session would be on the policy parameters, policy compatibility in enabling a governance framework that caters to inclusive development through supporting role of technology and digital content. The session shall deliberate on the pros and cons of having an effective policy framework catering to governance and inclusive development needs using digital content and technology. The session panelists will be divided into four sub-groups. Each sub-group will present their case, arguments and propositions forward. The role of the moderator in each sub-session is to allow the Panelists in each sub-group to place their arguments in articulate manner and with substance in stipulated time frame. Its role shall be to bring out key essence of these deliberations and sum it up into 10 – 20 key recommendations and action points for consideration and implementation.

o Mr. Wajahat Habibullah, Chief Information Commissioner of India
o Mr. R. Chandrasekhar, Special Secretary, DIT, MoCIT, Govt. of India

1. Digital Content in e-Governance: Policy Focus
This sub-session will delve on these critical areas: The larger framework of e-Governance is incomplete without greater focus on the content and delivery. The issue of content gap is a huge concern. Public services delivery through digital technology mediums seeks high-end content generation, delivery and outreach with greater policy thrust on bandwidth, content flow, standardization, community enablement, catering to need based services, privacy and safety and content relevance. Of high relevance is content accessibility, affordability and accreditation.
o Mr. Ashis Sanyal, Sr Director, DIT, MoCIT, Govt. of India
o Ms. Dorothy Gordon, Director-General , Ghana-India Kofi Annan Centre of Excellence in ICT
o Mr. Rudi Vansnick, President, Internet Society, Belgium
o Mr. Lumko Mtimde, CEO, Media Development and Diversity Agency (MDDA), South Africa
o Mr. Amarendra Sinha, Secretary, Govt. of Uttarakhand, India
o Mr. Manish Bhardwaj, Director, Technical Education, Govt. of Gujarat
o Mr. Ajay Mishra, IAS, Principal Secretary, IT & C, Govt. of Andhra Pradesh
o Dr. Basheeramad Shadrach, Senior Programme Officer, IDRC, New Delhi

2. Time Bound Technology Infrastructure Development & Up-scaling Successful Pilots
This sub session will address key aspects of technology infrastructure and its essential linkage to development objectives. Maximum efforts have come from the government level to build key infrastructure pillars in ICT sector to streamline governance and service delivery system. The role of other players is equally significant. Nonetheless, there are cases of cost overruns in completing projects, long gestation period and cost assembling each day. The question is of timely completion of projects and timely outcome of projects implemented for relevancy of projects, objectives, and utilization. The concern is also expressive on the so many ICT and digital content pilots being experimented but not reaching the stage of scaling up which reflects loss of time, resources and human energy during the pilots. This sub session will
address these areas.
o Ms Chitranganie Mubarak, Programme Head, ICT Agency, Sri Lanka
o Mr. Christian Rupp, Spokesperson Federal Platform Digital Austria, BKA Austria
o Ms. Zawan Al-Sabti, Projects Specialist, Information Technology Authority (ITA), Oman
o Mr. Sanjay Jaju, IAS, CMD, INCAP, Govt. of Andhra Pradesh, India
o Mr. Rajesh Aggarwal, IAS, Additional CEO, NIXI, New Delhi
o Ms. Sonal Mishra, IAS, Director, Gujarat Municipalities, Govt. of Gujarat
o Mr. Prakash Kumar, CISCO, India
o Mr. Naimur Rahman, Director, OWSA, India

3. Efforts on Inclusive Content Development through Mass Participation: Web 2.0 Technologies & Media
Digital Technology and content applications and inclusive growth and development must be at sync in each and every technology programmes having mass involvement. Not only technology and content must meet content needs within local social-cultural-economic ecosystem, but it must address the inclusive part of community catering to needs of special citizens and consumers be it the differently abled consumers, cultural minorities, women and others. And digital technology and new media with its new medium platforms and versions has enormous capacity to address these challenges. This sub-session will highlight these aspects of technology led inclusive development.
o Mr. Latif Ladid, President, IPv6 Forum, Luxembourg
o Mr. Nariman Hajiyev, Director, National E-Governance Network Initiative, Azerbaijan
o Ms. Beatriz Elvira Alonso Becerra, CEO, CITMATEL, Cuba
o Ms. Aruna Sundararajan, CEO, CSC project, IL&FS, India
o Dr. Prateep V. Philip, DIG, Tamil Nadu
o Dr. Govind, DIT, Govt. of India
o Mr. Joe Elamon, Decentralised Community, UN Soln Exchange, New Delhi
o Mr. Dipendra Minocha, DAISY Foundation
o Mr. Sunil Abraham, Director-Research, The Centre for Internet & Society, India

4. Sustainability of the Technology Driven Projects: Public Private Partnership Modalities
Government agencies cannot alone meet development needs. The fact is so far the government has taken the initiative in taking up major development programmes including ICT projects. This is the major trend in developing and third world countries. With changing times due to global and national economic dynamics it has become important that Public –Private partnerships takes the lead in fulfilling key growth needs including in ICTD domain.
There are instances when such partnerships have worked wonders. But the challenges are equally visible in lack of commitments of partners, role indecisiveness and so on. This subsession will deliberate on these key aspects of pros and cons of such a PPP model in digital technology and content domain.
o Mr. Shankar Aggarwal, Joint Secretary, DIT, Govt. of India
o Ms. Effat El Shooky, V.P. & Director of e-Learning/Knowledge Program, Regional
Information Technology and Software Engineering Center (RITSEC), Egypt
o Mr. Shashank Ojha, Senior e-Government Specialist, World Bank
o Mr. Garegin Chugaszyan, Executive Director, IT Foundation, Armenia
o Mr. Alok Kumar, Deputy Director, LBS NAA, Mussoorie, Uttarakhand, India
o Mr. Sunil Kr. Barnwal, IG Prison & Additional Director – JAP-IT, Govt. of Jharkhand
o Mr. Vikas Kanungo, Director, Society for Promotion of e-Gov, India
o Mr. Rajen Varada, Resource Person, ICTD-UN Soln Exchange, India

17:30 – 18:30: Valedictory Session
The focus of this session is to consolidate the Summit outcomes. With formal Valedictory address followed by Summit findings, the session would summaries of each of the sessions. This session shall formally launch the India Digital Content Forum (IDCF), a public-private-CSO initiative to advocate, consult, deliberate and discuss issues around digital content, media, services and users.
Valedictory Address: Mr. Jainder Singh, Secretary, Department of Information Technology, Govt. of India
o Summit Recommendations & Action Plan;
o Launch of India Digital Content Forum (IDCF)

Conference Participants
• India national policy makers / Implementers
• State / Provincial policy makers / Implementers
• World Summit Award Expert team / delegates
• Academic Institutions / Academicians / Researchers
• Corporate / Private agencies / Representatives
• Civil Society bodies / representatives / experts
• Digital technology / Content innovators, designers, practitioners/ vendors
• Grassroots practitioners / promoters of digital technology and content models

Blog Posting Number: 1323


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