Mobile for Development: The Next 30 Years – Building an Inclusive Digital FutureM4D

GSMA Seminars

Date & Time

Wednesday, 27 Feb

11:00 - 12:30


South Entrance CC 1.5


The World Wide Web, 30 years old in 2019, has revolutionised our global society at unprecedented speed. Given to the world for the good of humanity by its founder Sir Tim Berners Lee, the internet makes life-enhancing information and services available at the touch of a button, and mobile technology brings it into the palms of our hands. The mobile industry contributes $3.6 trillion to global GDP and Gallup research shows that mobile ownership combined with internet connectivity increases how individuals rate their own well-being. Mobile connectivity drives innovation and reduces inequalities in our world. This seminar will showcase new innovations enabled by mobile internet and look at what the mobile industry, governments and development partners can do to ensure the next 30 years of the internet brings its benefits to everyone. • Magdalena Banasiak, Senior Innovation Adviser, Department for International Development (DFID) • Nikolai Astrup, Minister of Digitalisation, Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs • Sonia N. Jorge, Executive Director, Alliance for Affordable Internet (A4AI) • M. Yasmina McCarty, Head of Mobile for Development, GSMA

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