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Less than two years ago a small group of academics from the leading ICT Research Centers and Universities from Latin America organized a regional conference on ICT. At the end of the conference in Buenos Aires I mentioned to two of the organizers; Professors Hernan Galperin from Univerisdad de San Andres and Raul Katz from Columbia, that by putting together the conference they had built the foundation to create a regional Think Tank on ICT.And certainly, they did. The small group now transformed into a network of more than 30 world class institutions that seek to advance knowledge on the social, economic and political impact of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in the Americas. The network, called ACORN-REDECOM will have the III regional conference in Mexico City next month (May 22-23). The program and speakers are outstanding and I am sure it will be a total success.The value ACORN-REDECOM brings to the region …The value ACORN-REDECOM brings to the region and policymaker is enormous. There is an incredible wealth of knowledge and research in LATAM and it was critical to find a forum and channel to spread this intelligence across the region -the network is conducting a call for papers-. Latin America was also missing an independent academic/research institution that could analyze a number of challenges we have on ICT and formulate policies for the region, in part to counter the U.S / EU regulation copy-paste tradition that does not necessarily reflects the structure and needs from the region.I am fully committed to support this network of intellectuals and I hope to see you in Mexico next month. Supporting this group of top academics totally committed to the regions’ progress is vital to the transformation of ICT in Latin America. You can register in the following URL: http://www.acorn-redecom.org/registration.html . BTW, ACORN-REDECOM is still looking for sponsors.Here is a list of some of the topics for the panels.• Universal service and access policies• ICT Demand, Investment and Competition• Economic development and competitiveness through ICT• Telecommunications and Learning• ICT for inclusion and support• Access and Telecenters• Bandwidth for all • Innovation, Next Generation Networks and Their Effects on ICT regulation• Future regulatory regimes• The future of ICT regulation• Convergence and Digital TV• ICT and Media Transformation• Telecommunications and Learning• Use of ICTs in Government and Private Sector• Some Lessons learnt from ICT regulation and policies in the European Union (that could be of interest for the Americas )

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