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WSA GRAND JURY NEW DELHI 2009

Local e-Content triumphs at the WORLD SUMMIT AWARD 2009

 

New Delhi, India, April 2 -8 , 2009

The WSA 2009 Jury Meeting, hosted by the Department of Information Technology, Ministry of Communication and Information Technology, Government of India and organised by the Digital Empowerment Foundation (DEF) took place in New Delhi, India, April 2-8, 2009. 34 leading e-Content experts from all continents met for the WSA Grand Jury to consider 545 national finalists from United Nations Member States.

 

“The trend to mobile contents is slow in developing and the most interesting and socially relevant contents are still to be found on the Internet. Online also beats Interactive TV and has by far outdone Offline DVD productions in terms of the richness and diversity of quality content around the world,” said WSA Chairman Peter A. Bruck.

 

 

Two awards each went to China, Egypt and Italy, which have shown excellent results already in the last years, but also to the newcomers Ghana and Sri Lanka, showing that excellence in the content use of new ICTs is neither a matter of size of population, nor is it driven by wealth.

 

One award each went to Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, India, Israel, Lithuania, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, Oman, Poland, Slovenia and Spain. Two newcomers from countries with less developed content industries that returned home with 2009 World Summit Awards leapfrogging technologies with creative innovations are Democratic Republic of the Congo (“Congoblog”) and Nigeria (“Mark of ‘Uru’ ”).

 

Meet the WSA Winners 2009:

“In contrast to mass TV and newspapers, the new media do not concentrate in one country or one region; we do not see a digital Hollywood or digital Fleet street. Rather, the most interesting e-Contents come from smaller markets, and there from smaller players. They appear to be much more in touch with users and their communities. Local content, not global, triumphs in terms of quality,” conluded WSA Chairman Peter A. Bruck from the Jury proceedings.

 

 

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WSA GRAND JURY MEMBERS 2009

These were the Grand Jurors of the WSA Grand Jury 2009!

Josephine Cacdac

Vice President for Academic Affairs

TRACE College in Los Banos

Philippines

Jak Boumans

Managing Director

Electronic Media Reporting

Netherlands

Effat El Shooky

Director of Online Distance Learning Program, Cairo Regional Center for Training on Conflict Resolution and Peacekeeping in Africa -CCCPA- Cairo

Egypt

Anya Sverdlov

Senior Vice President

Wunderman Health

Russian Federation

Rudy Laddaga

Entrepreneur

Gnius Club

Mexico

Chitranganie Mubarak

Digital Society Development Consultant

ICT Agency of Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka

Latif Ladid

President

IPv6 Forum

Luxembourg

Osama Manzar

Founder & Director

Digital Empowerment Foundation

India

Peter A. Bruck

WSA Chairman

World Summit Awards

Austria

Alfredo Ronchi

Gerneral Secretary

MEDICI Framework

Italy

Rudi Vansnick

President

Internet Society Belgium

Belgium

Christian Rupp

Chief Innovation Officer

European Joint Innovation Lab eGovernment

Austria

Shinta Dhanuwardoyo

CEO

Bubu.com

Indonesia

Maria Mercedes Zaghi

Operations Director

Ergocom

Guatemala

Zawan Al-Sabti

Projects Specialist

Information Technology Authority (ITA)

Oman

Manar Al Hashash

eContent Alchemist & Activist ; Secretary General Arab eContent Award

DotDesign

Kuwait

Ehssan Riazi Esfehani

IT Consultant

Hamsafar eSolutions

Iran

Faouzi Zaghbib

General Manager

R2i

Tunisia

Nawaf Abdulrahman

Head of Information Technology

Mohammed bin Khalifa Cardiac Center

Bahrain

Lumko Caesario Mtimde

Chief Executive Officer

Media Development and Diversity Agency (MDDA)

South Africa

Jan Bieringa

Director

BWX Productions

New Zealand

Andrew Gakiria

National Coordinator

KENYA e-LEARNING CENTRE

Kenya

Dorothy Gordon

Consultant

Technology for Development Consultant

Ghana