The Conference

Background of the Conference

Over the past three decades, telecommunications markets have undergone substantial changes due to phenomena such as the emergence of mobile telephony and its gradual convergence with fixed; but also the convergence with media and IT markets and the ongoing transition towards IP-based Internet platforms powered by broadband communications. As a result, the boundaries between these previously separated markets have blurred to such an extent that today, players originating in different economic sectors compete for the same customers along a single, integrated value chain: incumbent telcos compete with nomadic players, such as Skype or Google, and with emerging cloud providers; at the same time, application providers are eroding the revenues of upstream players such as broadcasters and content owners. Read more


The Conference will adopt a “layered” approach to the study of emerging markets policies in cyberspace. At the same time, locating the conference in Rio de Janeiro is also a perfect opportunity to discuss internet policy not only in developed, industrialized economies, but also in emerging and developing countries. Brazil will be at the core of the internet policy debate in 2014, starting with the global summit on Internet governance to be held in April in São Paulo.

Main Tracks

1) Infrastructure layer (the “net”)

  • Public and private investment in broadband infrastructure.
  • Government policies to stimulate broadband take up.
  • Sharing passive infrastructure: from ducts to clearinghouses.
  • Demand-side policies for broadband.
  • Spectrum policy and wireless broadband (including hybrid technologies).
  • Retail and wholesale prices in telecom networks: emerging trends and theories.
  • The Internet of Things
  • Critical information infrastructure protection: enhancing resilience.

2) Logical and application layers (the “Internet”)

  • Net neutrality and traffic management.
  • Application neutrality and interoperability.
  • Search neutrality between regulation and competition policy.
  • Platform competition in cyberspace
  • The evolving architecture of the Internet: platforms and clouds.
  • Emerging business models in the cloud computing age.
  • Antitrust and consumer protection in cyberspace.

3) Content layer

  • Copyright protection in cyberspace.
  • Media pluralism and freedom of expression in the Internet age.
  • The future of user-generated content.
  • Present and future of television.
  • Social networks and the future of content delivery.
  • Big data: where is the limit?

4) Internet policy and governance

  • Internet policy around the world.
  • The future of Internet governance.
  • Public and private (self- and co-) regulation on the Internet.
  • Security and data protection after Datagate.

5) Beyond telecoms: the transformational power of IT)

  • M2M and the future of devices.
  • Broadband communications and the future of society.
  • Smart cities, smart transport, smart grids.
  • Transforming government through ICT: the future of e-democracy.

Conference Venue

Sheraton Rio Hotel & Resort

Niemeyer Avenue 121 - Leblon . Rio de Janeiro 22450-220 . Brazil

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Important dates:

Registration opens

April 15, 2014

2014 - ITS Biennial Conference

Nov 30 - Dec 03, 2014