The man behind the National Broadband Network and Australia’s infamous Internet filter will become a founding member of the United Nation's Broadband Commission for Digital Development.
The minister for broadband, communications and the digital economy, Senator Stephen Conroy, was appointed by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the United Nation’s specialised agency for communications, made the appointment in Geneva as it announced the establishment of its Broadband Commission for Digital Development.
The commission would work to define strategies for accelerating broadband rollout worldwide, Conroy said in a statement. It will about 30 members from around the world and will be co-chaired by President Paul Kagame of Rwanda and honorary lifetime chairman of Grupo Carso, Carlos Slim Hélu. ITU secretary-general, Dr Hamadoun Touré, and UNESCO Director-General, Irina Bokova, will serve as joint vice chairs.
"The NBN will lift Australia to the top of world-rankings when it comes to broadband access and I’m pleased to see the ITU has recognised our important work," Conroy said.
The commission will deliver its findings in two reports. United Nation’s secretary-general, Ban Ki-moon, will receive the commission’s findings at the UN Millennium Development Goals Summit in New York in September.
A list of Commissioners confirmed as of 10 May 2010 can be found on the Broadband Commission website.
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