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The international congress IT4ALL “Opportunities and Challenges for the regions in the new Information Society” will gather experts of world renown and the conclusions to be drawn by the same will be transferred to the World Summit on the Information Society

The Regional Government of Biscay, sponsored by the Basque Government, ITU (International Telecommunications Union), the Information Society Directorate General and the World Summit for the Information Society launched by United Nations, organises this event whose aim is to foster international cooperation between the different regions of the world to ensure the correct implementation of the Information Society. The congress is set within the theme meetings to be organized before the World summit for the Information Society, which is to be held by United Nations in Geneva (December 2003) and Tunis (2005).

The institution from Biscay is conscious of the responsibility that regional governments face from the privileged position they hold as regards the application of the most adequate policies amongst their citizens to ensure a just and democratic implementation of the Information Society. They play a key role as regards the disappearance of the so-called “digital gap”.

The Congress has already been officially presented in Bilbao, Brussels, Divonne-les Baines and in Boston, within the framework of a technological congress at the MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology).

Speakers of international renown have already confirmed their presence at the congress to be held in Bilbao. The list includes:

· Hillary Rodham Clinton (United States Senator),

· Marcel A. Boisard (Assistant of the Secretary-General of the United Nations and executive director of UNITAR, United Nations Institute for Training and Research),

· Guy Olivier Segond (Special Ambassador at United Nations for the Information Society),

· José Sarney (former President of Brazil),

· Newt Gingrich (former Speaker of the House at the US Congress),

· Armodio Arias (Deputy Foreign Minister, Panama: IP Node of the Americas),

· Manuel Castells (Professor at Berkeley University and member of the Supreme Council of
Scientific Research),

· Njoki Njoroge Njehu (Director of the Association “50 years is enough” against the current system of globalisation that rules the world),

· Juan Rada (Vice President of Oracle),

· Kenneth Morse (Managing Director of the MIT Entrepreneurship Center),

· Marcelo D´Elia Branco (Technological Coordinator of the State University of Rio Grando do
Sul and Coordinator of the Free Software Project RS),

· Yasuhiko Kawasumi (Director General of Corporate Planning at Japan Telecom),

· Cristhopher Crommett (CEO of CNN in Spanish, USA)

and a long list of representatives from universities, national, regional and local governments, NGOs, companies and institutions such as United Nations, the European Union, etc.

On a parallel line to the Congress, which will be held on the 5th, 6th and 7th of February 2003, the “Congress of Scientific Dissemination in the Information Society” will be held in Bilbao, which will count on the participation of important scientists and journalists from an international ambit (such as, Arthur Könberg, Nobel prize for Medicine). This event coincides with the 50th anniversary of the discovery of the DNA.

The factors that distinguish this congress are: the global scope of a subject treated from a local perspective, the social approach of the event, and the consideration that communication is a key tool for attaining equality.

For more information: contact:

Irma Cerro

Sanchís Comunicación

Tel: +34 94 424 21 86


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