Network World publishes dispatch on Global Forum, a DPI sponsored policy event focusing on digital future

By Jay E. Gillette

Trieste, Italy — The historic industrial port city of Trieste hosted the 22nd Global Forum conference last month, where the focus was on innovation in information and communication technologies as catalysts for economic and community development. The theme for 2013 was “Driving The Digital Future: Strategies to Grow Stronger Communities & Businesses.”


Invitation-only delegates this year came from 36 countries and international organizations and delegates from corporations and global government agencies. Global Forum often forecasts world trends in the information and communication industries. The event was covered by Network World, and its dispatch was reprinted or linked globally over 1600 times.


Digital Policy Institute is one of the conference’s international sponsors, which include government, business, academic and civic organizations worldwide.
The conference this year emphasized regional development. Innovation is no longer driven by separate nation-states, but by regional partnerships and innovative city-states. One of the most intriguing approaches is “Danubio,” a trans-national approach linking the countries and regions of the Danube River drainage, encompassing most of southern Europe.


This is an approach forecast by American nature writer Gary Snyder. Observing that many political borders are based upon abstract surveyor’s boundaries like the Mason-Dixon line, or historical precedent based on wars and treaties, Snyder recommends building identity based on naturally-occurring river basins worldwide.


Such an identity anchors the population to its natural environment, and in fact begins to reinforce the significance of the root of historic movement of peoples, trade and information until the industrial era.


By taking such an approach, new configurations emerge. Antoine-Tristan Mocilnikar, a French government ministerial “Delegate to the Mediterranean,” says the south and western parts of the Mediterranean have 290 million people, almost the population of the United States. There is a 100% rate of mobile adoption, along with 100 million people sharing Internet access and 50 million Facebook accounts.