Nº 10 2012 > Global Symposium for Regulators | Special report
Opening debate – Make the world one: regulation in the global village
The opening debate was moderated by Mr Sanou, who introduced the six panellists: Dr Touré; Mr Weeratunga; Eugene Kaspersky, Chief Executive Officer, Kaspersky Lab; Magdalena Gaj, President, Office of Electronic Communications (UKE), Poland; Zohra Derdouri, President, Autorité de Régulation de la Poste et des Télécommunications (ARPT), Algeria; and Dr Robert Pepper, Vice-President, Global Technology Policy, Cisco Systems.
Mr Sanou outlined the importance of ICT and how they can be a factor of national cohesion, can empower rural people and provide a better future for young generations. The ICT sector is still experiencing many growing pains. For example with over 6 billion mobile subscriptions, representing a global penetration rate of 86 per cent, with 78 per cent penetration in developing countries, there is much pressure from spectrum demand and its management. Dr Touré said that a one-size-fits-all solution is not possible even if the 154 regulators around the world need to have a set of common key principles.
Eugene Kaspersky explained that a combination of technical solutions and international regulations is essential to prevent exploitation of vulnerabilities in cyberspace. He underlined the importance of finding the right balance between freedom and regulation.
Magdalena Gaj called on regulators and operators to collaborate, noting that the market must ensure a reasonable return on operator investment.
Participants acknowledged that regulation is needed, but warned that too much regulation can kill innovation. Government and the private sector should work in partnership, and international organizations should communicate with the private sector and INTERPOL to prevent cybercrime.