The May 14-15, 2003, Global E-commerce Summit at the United Nations
|The May 14-15, 2003, “Global E-commerce Summit” marked the 15th Anniversary in an ongoing Series of E-summits for Business and Public Sector Officials, and Diplomats.The Summit attracted well over 750 attendees from 127 nations. Approximately 60% of the attendees had the title of Vice President, or higher.
Speakers included Senior Executives from the Executive Office of the President, Washington, DC, The World Bank, NYC Office of Emergency Management, the US Department of State, Hewlett Packard, Psynapse Technologies, Siemens, Symantec, Tandberg Americas, CIO/CSO, Computerworld, FORTUNE, Brown University,
Dowling School of Business, Yale University, the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), the Information Systems Security Association (ISSA), the Northern Virginia Technology Association (NVTC), and more.
In most cases, citizens wade through thousands of websites and dozens of call centers to obtain a service in view of the manner in which most government departments and business agencies overlap. Citizens are required to file countless application forms and visit several government offices in order to implement a simple project.
Whereas a government is concerned about security and privacy, especially in a troubled world where security has been heightened after 9-11, citizens continue to look for means to overcome barriers that exist between them and their government, and subsequently remove these bureaucracies altogether. It is against this background that governments need to reform their operations, and apply new technologies of E-government that will improve quality of service to the people, and subsequently enable them to visit one point of service on-line.
The use of E-commerce has expanded tremendously in the private sector over many of the last few years, and has enabled businesses around the world to commercialize their goods and services on the Internet in order to increase and improve productivity. There are many lessons that have been learnt in successful E-commerce operations, the basic ones relate to: Security; confidentiality; identification of buyers and sellers; and, guarantee of delivery. Furthermore, as demand for E-commerce continues to sharply rise in both developing and developed countries, technology to provide systems that can enhance the ability of logistics service providers to satisfy customers demands, may not be developed at the same pace.
E-governments will only be successful and acceptable if they are secure and ensure privacy for personal information that is to be shared with the government and that information is handled with care. In a troubled world, personal data falling in the hands of unauthorized organizations can be a serious security breach in a government department. The move towards E-government should, therefore be incremental and as demand grows and departments understand the benefits and changes required, then a wider range of on-line transactions can be integrated in a secure environment.
|Mike Lackey, AIT; Bruce Judson, Yale University; with co-hosts Ambassador June Clarke, Barbados to the UN; and Ambassador Joel Adechi, Benin to the UN.||It was a great joke, but neither Mike Lackey nor co-host Ambassador Serksnys admitted to being the jokester!|
|Ambassador June Clarke with Keynote John LaNave, VP, Siemens.||Rob Clyde, VP and Chief Technology Officer, Symantec Corporation, providing his Keynote on Revealing Internet Security’s Future.|
|Mark Forman, Administrator for E-government & IT, Office of Management and Budget, Executive Office of the President, Washington, DC, Special Guest Speaker, discussed E-government as a mechanism for driving results that matter for the citizen.||Tom Glaessner, Lead Financial Economist, The World Bank, was a Special Guest Speaker.|
|Mike Lackey, IT Summit Host Ambassador Bob F. Jalang’o, Kenya to the UN and Chairman UN ECOSOC Working Group on Informatics, congratulating Special Guest Speaker Andrew Weinschenk, Director for Global IT Policy in the Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs at the U.S. Department of State, on his Special Guest Presentation that instilled the importance of Wi-Fi: The New Wireless Revolution.||Mike Lackey, Ambassador Jalang’o, and Mark Forman.|
|Brad Johnston, President Tandberg Americas, discussed Travel…what was the real cost of your last business trip? during his Keynote.||Dr. Bruce Judson, Faculty Fellow at the Yale School of Management, Yale University, provided an excellent overview on The Impact of Global Internetworking: The Unacknowledged Revolution.|
|Dr. Sarah McCue, Practice Manager, ICT for Development, UNDP, provided a worldview on Trends in Electronic Commerce: What Developing Countries Need to Know.||Jim Nelms, Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), Treasury & Global Operations, The World Bank, Special Guest Speaker, explained Cyber-Security Infrastructure: A Business Challenge.|
|John Thomas Odermatt, Commissioner, Office of Emergency Management (OEM), New York City, Special Guest Speaker, provided a first hand view on The Role of Information and Communications Technologies in the Office of Emergency Management’s Dealing with the 9-11 Terrorist Attack on New York City.||Tom Hoffman, Editor at Large, Computerworld, led the Expert Panel that discussed E-commerce and E-government 2.0: Tackling the Next Set of Challenges. Panelists included Tom Glaessner, Lead Financial Economist, The World Bank, Dr. Peter Otto, MBA, PhD, Dowling School of Business, Alan Simpson, Publisher, ComLinks.com, Sudhakar V. Shenoy, Chairman, Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC), Patrick Vogt, Vice President Americas, E-business, Hewlett Packard, and Michael Walker, Director, Emerging Technology, Tandberg Americas.|
|Lew McCreary, editor CSO and editorial director at CIO Magazine (top right), moderated the Panel of Experts that discussed How much E-security can an organization endure before the drain on productivity becomes too costly? Panelists included Rob Clyde, Chief Technology Officer, Symantec Corporation, Greg Dunne, Vice President Communications, ISSA, Jim Nelms, CISO, Treasury & Global Operations, The World Bank, Terry Gudaitis, PhD, Chief, Business Development, Psynapse Technologies, and Connie Sadler, Director, IT Security, Brown University. Included with the Panelist are Ambassador Jalang’o and Mike Lackey.||Expert Panel Moderator David Kirkpatrick, Sr Editor, Internet & Technology, FORTUNE, moderated the panel on Connectivity is Today’s Watchword. Panelists included John LaNave, Senior Vice President, Information and Communications Network Division, Siemens, Dr. Bruce Judson, Faculty Fellow at the Yale School of Management, Yale University, Joelle Laszlo, Research Analyst, Technology and Public Policy Program, CSIS, and Andrew Weinschenk, U.S. Department of State. Also shown is Ambassador June Clarke.|
|Mike Lackey, AIT, Rob Clyde, Symantec, Ambassador Jalang’o, and Ambassador Serksnys Gediminas, Lithuania to the UN.||Patrick Vogt, Vice President Americas, E-business, Hewlett Packard, gave an excellent presentation that detailed The Role of E-commerce in a Global Business-to-Business Marketplace.|
|Dan Verton, Senior Writer, Information Security, Computerworld, provided an excellent view on Cyber-Terror & The Future of E-Commerce.|