Oxfam calls for collaboration on enabled internet transformation

Oxfam has called on government, non-government and academic organisations to work together to use technology to help alleviate poverty and hunger.

Oxfam has called on government, non-government and academic organisations to work together to use technology to help alleviate poverty and hunger.

The internet is changing everything in our lives, and that is true in the context of Oxfam and the work it does around the world, said Sarah Jordan, head of digital communications at Oxfam.

"The internet is changing our perceptions; our world view; our way of doing things," she told delegates attending the London Cyber Conference.

The internet is a tremendously enabling technology, she said, but the challenge is working out how we all work together to grasp these opportunities.

Jordan called on all the groups represented at the conference to collaborate to set up the system required to enable the transformative power of technology and the internet.

The cyberspace and international development session was one of the opening sessions of the London Conference on Cyberspace, hosted by UK foreign secretary William Hague.

Opening the sessions, Hague said the UK will always be on the side of those aspiring to greater political and economic freedom anywhere in the world.

"We will always champion freedom of expression on the internet as well as in every other aspect of life. I can assure you that this will be very much at the centre of discussions here at the London Cyber Conference, and look forward to hearing your ideas," he said.

The conference will bring together representatives of governments, civil society and business, European commissioner for the digital agenda Neelie Kroes, and Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales.

US secretary of state Hillary Clinton was scheduled to speak at the event, but pulled out for family reasons. US vice-president Joe Biden is to address the conference in her place by video link.

 

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