Pub­lic to get chance to help de­cide the di­rec­tion of in­ter­net

Enniscorthy Guardian - - NEWS - By BREN­DAN KEANE

PEO­PLE in Co Wex­ford are be­ing in­vited to par­tic­i­pate in a de­bate this year in Water­ford In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy aimed at look­ing at how peo­ple can shape the fu­ture di­rec­tion of the in­ter­net in a way that em­pow­ers the gen­eral pub­lic.

The ‘We, the In­ter­net’ de­bate is be­ing or­gan­ised by Mis­sions Publiques in con­junc­tion with WIT’s re­search cen­tre TSSG (Telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions Soft­ware and Sys­tems Group).

The de­bate will be part of a global ini­tia­tive in­volv­ing non-ex­pert peo­ple and will be part of the first round of de­bates tak­ing place in 12 coun­tries all over the world.

A spokesper­son for WIT told this news­pa­per that peo­ple of all ages are in­vited to par­tic­i­pate re­gard­less of whether or not they use the in­ter­net ev­ery day or not at all.

The event is re­lated to a project called SpeakNGI.eu which is a con­sul­ta­tive process of the NGI (Next Gen­er­a­tion In­ter­net) ini­tia­tive.

Speak­ing about the global de­bate Paul Malone, who is re­searcher at the TSSG, said the opin­ion and view of peo­ple is very im­por­tant when it comes to the in­ter­net.

‘We recog­nise that the voice of the cit­i­zen is of­ten un­heard in defin­ing the fu­ture In­ter­net and the ser­vices it will de­liver,’ said Mr Malone.

‘ This global de­bate is a great op­por­tu­nity for peo­ple to have their say in how [the] fu­ture of the In­ter­net should best serve so­ci­ety and its cit­i­zens,’ he added.

The de­bate in Water­ford will take place later this month at WIT’s West Cam­pus.

Peo­ple in­ter­ested in par­tic­i­pat­ing should first fill out a two-minute ques­tion­naire at www.goo.gl/Y8­namN and they will be con­tacted by or­gan­is­ers.

Ap­pli­cants who are se­lected to par­tic­i­pate will re­ceive a €100 gift voucher and lunch will be pro­vided.

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