IGF 2014: a bridge into the future

IGF 2014: a bridge into the future

The ninth Internet Governance Forum (IGF) took place from 1-5 September in Istanbul under the overarching theme of ‘Connecting Continents for Enhanced Multistakeholder Internet Governance’. With 2,374 onsite participants and 1163 remote, this IGF can be considered as the most attended ever.   The community submitted more than 200 workshop proposals, which were distributed according […]

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25 years building the backbone of a Digital Union

25 years building the backbone of a Digital Union

This month Telefónica celebrates 25 years of presence in Brussels. In 1989 we opened our office in the capital of Europe. Since then, many things have changed for Telefónica but also for the European Union: From housing more than 350 million European citizens to 507, from having 12 member States to 28 and from founding […]

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Celebrating 25 years in Brussels

Celebrating 25 years in Brussels

Telefónica celebrated yesterday evening the 25th Anniversary of its presence in Brussels. In 1989 Telefónica set up a Permanent Representation Office in Brussels, only three years after Spain joined the European Community. Telefónica Chairman César Alierta, during the reception, stressed the urgency of having a level-playing field across the whole value chain and the importance […]

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What ‘digital revolution’? Tech isn’t as accessible as you thought

What ‘digital revolution’? Tech isn’t as accessible as you thought

The benefits of technology are still not open to every young person despite UK’s growing tech-savvy millennial generation Although it’s great to see children as young as 6 rivalling the digital expertise of a 45-year-old, the latest Ofcom insights into techie teens – part of Ofcom’s Communications Market Report – doesn’t address the huge numbers […]

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Learning; a Practical Passion

Learning; a Practical Passion

Every once in a while, you will read or experience something that puts into words what you have struggled to articulate all your life. For me, that moment came as I read Gretchen Rubin’s take on happiness. This formula is not magic, nor is it secret, but it might be surprising: Happiness is thinking about feeling good, feeling […]

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Think Big and Talentum to send 50-strong Millennial delegation to Dublin in October

Think Big and Talentum to send 50-strong Millennial delegation to Dublin in October

One Young World (OYW), commonly described by previous Telefonica Ambassadors as a ‘life-changing experience’, is a three-day, annual summit where young leaders meet, debate and agree on actions they believe are necessary for the good of society. The event is a springboard for innovative and creative thinking, which is helping to shape young Telefonica employees […]

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IGF 2014 – DAY 1: The Net Neutrality Dynamic Coalition session, an anticipation of Wednesday’s Net Neutrality main session

Day 1 is already over, and I almost did not have the time to realize about it. Tuesday started really fast with the interesting Implications: post-Snowden Internet localization proposals session. The session could have lasted twice as long and still many topics would have not been covered. The revelations of the Snowden case have put […]

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IGF 2014 -DAY 1: Apocalypse in employment?

Yesterday morning we attended the very interesting workshop on Internet & jobs: Creative destruction or destructive creation? This debate is probably one of the “most relevant” ones as it has human face. All attendees shared a vision: ICT and the digital economy are spreading great economic opportunities all over the world, particularly in developing economies, […]

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ISOC launches its IGF Supporting Association

ISOC launches its IGF Supporting Association

We have just seen in IGF day zero sessions, the presentation and launching of the ISOC lead IGF Supporting Association. Presented by Kathryn Brown, ISOC CEO, and Markus Kummer, Executive Coordinator of IGF Secretariat and ISOC Vice-president, the objective of this supporting association is to help solving, at least in part, the founding problems IGF […]

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IGF 2014 – DAY 0: Warming up for official IGF start tomorrow

IGF 2014 – DAY 0: Warming up for official IGF start tomorrow

Day 0 has been the unofficial start of IGF; a warm-up for the staff managing all the logistics, for the speakers and session participants to get a first glimpse on how discussions may evolve, and for attendees to find their way around all meeting rooms without spending too much time… Well, not really, a lot […]

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IGF 2014 – Guest star: Net Neutrality

IGF 2014 – Guest star: Net Neutrality

We are just a few hours away from the opening of IGF 2014 at Turkey, as it seems the Istambul meeting will enter into more troubled waters than previous IGFs . Taking good notice of the NETmundial Multistakeholder Statement recommendations, IGF’s MAG has picked one of the “points to be further discussed beyond NETmundial” identified […]

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