Event Highlights - Wednesday 2 December 2009 On Day 2 of the event, speakers and panel sessions continued to educate and raise awareness of issues and challenges that networking can help to address:
Delegates were reminded of the stark differences between connectivity across the world and the severe need for geographical extension of the internet. For example, amongst Africa’s population of 1 billion only a tiny percentage have internet access, with some universities having little more bandwidth than the average European household. This connectivity is set to grow by a factor of 15 in the next two years.
With science focusing more and more on global issues, the demand for seamless global connectivity will continue to grow exponentially.
Raised as part of a panel discussion was the positive contribution networks make towards society:
As a community we are more able to experiment than the commercial world – we should not be afraid of risk, and should be more open to publicising our failures Our next challenge should be to achieve desk-to-desk connectivity.
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