Luminaries at UNGA Science Summit debate a more scientific and people-centered future for digital regulations

New York City, September 15, 2023 – People Centered Internet (PCI) is pleased to announce the multi stakeholder event: “Key Challenges & Objectives for Digital Cooperation, Governance, and Regulation,” September 20-22, 2023, as part of the United Nations General Assembly Science Summit. The closing session includes a historic Fireside Chat with Doreen Bogdan-Martin (ITU), Dima Al Khatib (UN OSSC), and the Fathers of the Internet, Vint Cerf (PCI), and Robert Kahn (CNRI).

Governments are wrestling with digital transformation and how to seize the economic opportunity it affords while protecting people from its negative outcomes. Regulatory approaches like that of the EU could stifle innovation. While market driven approaches like that of the US could result in a greater preponderance of unforeseen consequences. We believe much can be accomplished by coming together to shape a People-Centered Future. 

Next year marks the 50th anniversary of the Internet – offering a perfect moment to ask people around the globe “What do you want from the Internet, AI, and new technologies for the next 50 years?” And then, governments, regulators, the UN, the World Bank, and other organizations and stakeholders – can work together to create a more People Centered future.

The time has come for a comprehensive reevaluation of our approach to digital regulatory frameworks given the rapid digitalization and advancement of AI technology reshaping the global landscape. The Digital Regulation multi stakeholder Dialogs will address the importance of broad citizen participation in the shaping of more people-centric digital regulation. A digital future by, for and of the people better guarantees more people will connect and thrive. 

Mei Lin Fung, Co-Founder and Co-Chair of the People Centered Internet will moderate the session on September 22, “People-Centered Science, Digital Cooperation and Regulation” beginning with a historic fireside chat marking the 50th Anniversary of the Internet

Doreen Bogdan-Martin, ITU Secretary-General, a distinguished leader in the field of telecommunications and digital technology and the first woman to head the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) in 157 years, 

Dima Al-Khatib, Director of the newly created UN Office of South South Cooperation (UN OSSC) recognizing the key role of cooperation for the peoples of all countries to thrive,

Vint Cerf, Co-Founder of People Centered Internet (PCI) and Vice President & Chief Internet Evangelist at Google. He chairs the leadership panel of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) of the UN, co-author of the TCPIP specification which underlies the Internet, and

Robert Kahn, Chairman, CEO and President of the Corporation for National Research Initiatives (CNRI), co-author of the TCPIP specification which underlies the Internet. 

Pioneers of the Internet Vint Cerf and Robert Kahn published the TCPIP specifications in the IEEE Journal Transactions in Communications in May 1974. The open architecture of TCPIP made it possible for anyone anywhere to innovate and improve the Internet, a belief in people and a possibility that has proven justified. 

Following the fireside chat, a highly distinguished panel on People-Centered Science and Digital Transformation will feature UN Science Summit Chairman, Declan Kirrane, Suzanne Dumouchel of France CNRS, Anir Chowdhury of Bangladesh Aspire to Innovate, Maria Dayton of NOVA Prime Venture, LG Nova, Hassan Nasser of the Digital Cooperation Organization, Anastasia Kalinina of ReState, Gael van Weyenbergh of and Claude Dyer of World Economic Forum, Edison Alliance, with closing remarks by Jascha Stein, Executive Chair of the People Centered Internet.

The events will be all-virtual on Sept 20-21 and open to all. The in-person (virtually accessible) final event on Sept 22 will be held in conjunction with the Impact Data Summit, organized by the Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth, Rockefeller Foundation, and 

This multi stakeholder collaboration underscores the key roles science and engineering play and the importance of data and the Internet in realizing an equitable and prosperous future. 

Event Details: UN GA Science Summit

“Key Challenges & Objectives for Digital Cooperation, Governance and Regulation” (September 20, 8:45 am – 5:30 pm EDT – September 21, 9:00 am – 4:15 pm EDT- virtual);

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“50th Anniversary of the Internet: Digital Regulation Leading to a People Centered Future” (September 22, 10:15 am – 12:15 pm EDT – in person by invitation, virtual open to all)

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Organized by the People Centered Internet under the auspices of the United Nations General Assembly, Science Summit with the closing session on Sept 22 jointly convened with the Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth, Rockefeller Foundation and 

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About People Centered Internet (PCI):

The People-Centered Internet is a nonprofit organization organizing the 50th Anniversary of the Internet. Founded in 2015 with a mission to ensure that communities realize the full benefit that digital tools can provide when implemented in open, united, and resilient ways. For more information, please visit our website at

About Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth:

The Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth advances equitable and sustainable economic growth and financial inclusion around the world. The Center leverages the company’s core assets and competencies, including data insights, expertise and technology, while administering the philanthropic Mastercard Impact Fund to produce independent research, scale global programs and empower a community of thinkers, leaders and doers on the front lines of inclusive growth. 

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