Commissioner Oettinger at UN General Assembly to address progress made in tackling digital divide

Günther H. Oettinger, Commissioner for the Digital Economy and Society, is speaking today at the United Nations General Assembly dedicated to progress made towards universal access to the internet. Policy makers, representatives from the private sector, industry and civil society have been reviewing progress made over the last ten years since the World Summit on Information Society (WSIS) committed to bridging the digital divide, bringing the benefits of the Information Society to all the world’s population, and harnessing ICT for development of the global digital economy and society. In addition, Commissioner Oettinger will speak on a panel with Eric Schmidt, Chairman of Google, Fadi Chehadé, President and CEO of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), Mitchell Baker, Chair of Mozilla Foundation, and Siyabonga Cwele, South African Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services. The panel will debate issues related to ICT for development, closing the digital divide, internet governance, human rights and security.