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Global Forum sees information technology driving recovery and boosting democracy

Jay Gillette | Oct. 28, 2009
China's telecommunications and Internet growth is the continuing phenomenon of the era.

Sylviane Toporkoff, president of Global Forum, and a Founding Partner in sponsor ITEMS International, said it was symbolic of the changing era that Global Forum's open debates now take place in a building which once allowed no alternative opinions. It appears that against the shadows of political repression and global economic recession, information and communication technologies today are seen as guiding lights for a more hopeful 21st century world.

Global Forum 2010 will be held in the United States, most likely in Washington D.C. The 2011 meeting is planned for Asia, probably China, according to sources in the sponsoring organization.

Gillette is professor of information and communication sciences at Ball State University, director of its Human Factors Institute, and a senior research fellow at the Digital Policy Institute.


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