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monique_morrow.jpg“œKnowledge is Power -Experience it! was the key theme of the GK3 Conference held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia last week. The conference tracks were on”Emerging People; Emerging Markets and Emerging Technologies.There was also a parallel session with the International Task Force on Women and ICTs and the UN Global Alliance for ICT and Development.Cisco was one of the many companies participating in both the Emerging Technologies track of GK3 and in the International Task Force on Women and ICTs. Michela Cipeletti , Cisco Director Engineering, participated in the ITF/UNGAID roundtable and panel discussions. Both Michela and myself with support from the Cisco Network Academy team, presented the”Becoming an Engineer” tape at the ITF tent in the exhibition hall. There were very enthusiastic discussions with a plethora of people from Mongolia, Africa, Indonesia, Guatemala, Ecuador, India etc.On December 12, I participated on the Gk3 panel discussion-Emerging Technologies track in the session entitled”The Future of Access.”The session was quite lively and hosted by Steve Song, Fellow at the Shuttleworth Foundation.Other panelists included Allison Gillwald, Research, South Africa; Joe Deering, head APAC Nokia-Siemens; Ross O;Brien, Director, Economic Intelligence Unit, Asia. Steve presented the panelists as artists each painting a view of the future of access from their perspectives.Nancy White provided the art on the white board as the panelists and audience were interacting.Future_of_Access.jpgWhether one spoke about WiMAX/mobility/social networking etc, the most poignant discussion was around Africa and the various barriers to the adoption to these technologies such as politics. In fact, we all concluded that politics is indeed a critical path when speaking about the Future of Access.Later that evening, Michela and I met some of the Digital Divide Data (DDD), young Entrepreneurs particularly from Laos and Cambodia. These young people are so passionate about implementing a vision/dream and using IT as a base to establish collaborative wealth mainly via education.Finally on Dec 9-10 there was the i4D Film Festival co-organized by the Center of Science, Development and Media Studies, and Global Knowledge Partnership. The attempt was to bring community of film makers together, “Beyond the Mainstream” where film makers = farmers, vegetable-sellers, slum dwellers, street children.See also interview with Vint Cerf, Google,”GKP Through the Looking Glass.”

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