Global digital policy: Views from the United States and South Korea

Brookings Institution
July 20, 2015
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EDT

With more than 193 member countries, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) is a U.N. specialized agency for information and communication technologies (ICTs) whose goal is to connect people through modern communication technology. Hosted last year in Busan, South Korea, the ITU’s Plenipotentiary Conference 2014 helped propel South Korea as a central player in the dialogue on Internet policy. Crucial policy topics included Internet governance, the Internet of Things, and ICTs being used for development purposes. This event will examine global digital policy with views from the U.S. and South Korea.

On July 20, the Center for Technology Innovation at Brookings will host a panel to discuss the increasing challenges and opportunities to providing Internet access to a globalized, shifting, and high-demand population. Speakers will discuss the importance of spurring creativity, ingenuity, and innovation in economies around the world. What are the economic and social benefits of the Internet economy, and what are the possible avenues for future U.S.- Korea bilateral engagement on ICT? Participants will reflect upon the international landscape and what lies ahead in the wake of the 2014 ITU conference in Korea with a view towards the United Nation's upcoming WSIS +10 High Level Meeting, which will take place in December 2015.

After the session, panelists will take audience questions.


Darrell M. West
Vice President and Director, Governance Studies
Founding Director, Center for Technology Innovation

Ambassador Daniel Sepulveda
Deputy Assistant Secretary of State and U.S. Coordinator, International Communications and Information Policy, Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs
U.S. Department of State

Ambassador Ahn Ho-Young
Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to the United States

Min Wonki
Assistant Minister, Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning, Republic of Korea
Chairman of the 2014 International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Plenipotentiary Conference