Cloud Computing & M2M: Impacts for Emerging Economies

4 September 2014 - A Workshop on Other in Istanbul, Turkey

Original Proposal

IGF 2014 sub theme that this workshop fall under

Internet as an Engine for Growth & Development


Cloud computing and M2M technologies are being employed globally in ways never imagined. The rapid growth of mobile telephony in developing countries offers them opportunities to utilize cloud computing and M2M technologies to grow businesses, expand economies, and tackle larger social issues. They further enhance participation in the Internet governance ecosystem.

Nevertheless, many emerging economies have yet to tap the enormous potential of these technologies owing to challenges related to infrastructure and networks, capacity building, Internet governance, privacy and security policies.

Panelists, using case studies, will identify best practices and strategies that have proved successful in addressing some of the following challenges:

• Trends in Infrastructure: Infrastructural issues -- such as international broadband connectivity, national backbone, and Internet exchange points -- will influence whether a country can receive the benefits of the cloud computing and M2M technologies.
• Research and Education: More research and better educational frameworks needed to build potential user capacities with respect to cloud and M2M technologies.
• Privacy, Security, and Internet Governance: The potential of cloud computing and M2M technologies to foster innovation, create new jobs, and address social welfare needs a safe and secure online environment and sound Internet governance principles -- but without creating unnecessary burdens or resulting in unintended consequences for users.
• The Potential of Cloud, M2M and Big Data to Realize Broader Social Objectives: Cloud and M2M technologies can be leveraged to achieve larger social goals. In particular, cloud computing may serve as a platform for big data analytics, which can provide new insights into how to address a broad array of public policy issues.

Substantive Rapporteur
Ms. Vere, Internet Governance Advisor, Comision de Regulacion de Comunicaciones, Government of Colombia


1. Understanding the Power of M2M Technologies for Economic Development
• Mr. Rudolph Van Der Berg, Analyst, OECD, Paris, France

2. Challenges and Opportunities of Cloud Computing: An Emerging Economy User Perspective
• Dr. Rohan Samarajiva, LIRNEasia, Colombo, Sri Lanka

3. Cities as Living Labs – Technology in a Multidisciplinary Context
• Mr. Filipe Araújo, City Councilor for Innovation and Environment at Porto Municipality, Porto, Portugal

4. Colombia’s Vive Digital Initiative: Using Cloud, M2M, and ICTs to Reduce Poverty and Drive Economic Development
• Ms. Verena Weber, Internet Governance Advisor, Comision de Regulacion de Comunicaciones, Government of Colombia

5. “Egypt Taps into the Cloud: A Government Perspective”
• Dr. (Ms.) Noha Adly, First Deputy to Minister, Ministry of Communication & Information Technology, Government of Egypt

Name(s) and stakeholder and organizational affiliation(s) of institutional co-organizer(s)

Barbara Wanner
Private Sector
US Council for International Business
United States

Dr. Rohan Samarajiva
Civil Society
Sri Lanka

Ms. Ana Neves
FCT -- Fundacao para a Ciencia e a Tecnologia, Government of PORTUGAL

Has the proposer, or any of the co-organizers, organized an IGF workshop before?


The link to the workshop report

Type of session


Duration of proposed session

90 minutes

Subject matter #tags that describe the workshop

#cloud computing, #Mobile, #M2M, #economic development,

Names and affiliations (stakeholder group, organization) of speakers the proposer is planning to invite

Dr. Rohan Samarajiva
Civil Society, Sri Lanka
Contacted Speaker -- Yes
Confirmed Speaker -- Yes

Mr. Rudolph Van Der Berg
Inter-Governmental Organization, France
Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)
Contacted Speaker -- Yes
Confirmed Speaker -- Yes

Mr. Filipe Araújo
Government, Portugal
City Councilor for Innovation and Environment at Porto Municipality, Porto, Portugal
Contacted Speaker -- Yes
Confirmed Speaker -- Yes

Ms. Verena Weber
Government, Colombia
Internet Governance Advisor, Colombian Ministry of Communications
Government of Colombia
Contacted Speaker -- Yes
Confirmed Speaker -- Yes

Dr. (Ms.) Noha Adly
Government, Egypt
First Deputy to Minister
Ministry of Communication & Information Technology
Government of Egypt
Contacted Speaker – Yes
Confirmed Speakers -- Yes

Name of Moderator(s)

Ms. Jacquelynn Ruff, Vice President, International Public Policy & Regulatory Affairs, Verizon Commu

Name of Remote Moderator(s)

Ms. Yuhua Jiao, Chinese Association for Science & Technology

Description of how the proposer plan to facilitate discussion amongst speakers, audience members and remote participants

The Moderator will make opening, “scene-setting” remarks focusing on the developmental promise – and challenges – for emerging economies offered by cloud computing and M2M technologies enabled by the boom in mobile telephony. The Moderator will then invite each of the speakers to make about 12 minutes of remarks; pre-IGF preparatory meetings involving all participants will clarify the substantive focus of each speaker’s comments. The remaining 42 minutes will enable speaker engagement with both on-site participants and remote participants.

The preparatory process also will entail (1) reaching out to and confirming the participation of discussants from emerging economies, who the Moderator will invite to pose the initial questions or make comments via the Remote Moderator; (2) working with co-organizers to consider the feasibility of establishing a remote hub in South Asia and/or Porto, Portugal; and (3) confirming on-site discussants, who will attend prepared to ask a relevant question or offer pertinent comments drawing on their own expertise. For the latter group, workshop organizers will reach out to telecommunications and Internet Service Providers with operations in emerging economies or plans to establish operators in emerging economies.

Description of the proposer's plans for remote participation

The preparatory process will entail exploring with co-organizers (LIRNEasia and Government of Portugal) the feasibility of establishing remote hub in South Asia and/or Porto, Portugal.

Background paper

background paper