Digitally Open: Innovation and Open Access Forum

Monday, October 25, 2010
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ictQATAR Secretary General, Dr. Hessa Al Jaber's opening speech at ictQATAR's Digitally Open forum, October 23, 2010.

Creating a digitally open society is key to developing a knowledge-based economy in Qatar, where openness means transparency, collaboration, sharing and innovation. ictQATAR is committed to creating an open ecosystem in which digital content and innovation will thrive, says Dr. Hessa.

She outlines various efforts taken by ictQATAR toward creating an open ecosystem in Qatar which includes creating Creative Commons and Internet Society chapters in Qatar, working on policies to encourage adoption of inter-operable open source solutions across government, locally produce digital content, work with W3C to develop comprehensive accessibility standards in Arabic and so on. Creating an environment that will truly support global collaboration and innovation will create a unique competitive advantage over markets and will attract big thinkers and bold new companies.