Interview with Michael Kende, IHEID, on Technology

On 7 February 2020, we held a kick-off event that brought together actors and players from International Geneva. We presented our vision for the media, as well as discuss the five key themes which will be covered daily by our newsroom: Climate, Technology, Sustainable Business and Finance, Peace and Humanitarian, and Global Health. We interviewed thought-leaders to give us their perspective on one of these themes.

Michael Kende is a Lecturer at the Graduate Institute of Geneva, teaching a course on Internet Economics and Governance. He is a Senior Fellow at the Internet Society, a Senior Advisor at Analysys Mason, and an Affiliate of the Berkman Klein Center at Harvard University. He shared his views on how the Internet Governance sector in Geneva is covered by the media.

“The Internet is not something by itself. The Internet in Geneva, here, covers global health solutions. [It] covers peace and humanitarian, [where] people are bringing refugees online, bringing them identity, access to their former communities, access to job opportunities. There’s a lot of governance around that.”

Prior to joining the Internet Society in August 2013, Michael Kender was a partner at Analysys Mason, a global consulting firm focused on telecommunications and media. He was head of the Policy and Regulatory sector, head of the U.S. office, and most recently was in charge of developing its Internet practice at Analysys Mason. He has done a significant amount of work on promoting Internet development in emerging regions around the world. He is also working on the economics of cybersecurity, as a means to reduce data breaches and increase trust in the Internet. He has a Ph.D. in economics from MIT and a BA in mathematics and economics from Bowdoin College.

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