Conroy goes global with United Nations role

Senator Stephen Conroy adds an appointment to a UN commission to his list of titles

The Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Senator Stephen Conroy, has added to his ministerial role with an appointment as founding member of the United Nations' (UN) Broadband Commission for Digital Development.

Conroy's new position was announced in conjunction with the new commission's establishment in Geneva by the UN's communications agency, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).

According to the ITU website, the Broadband Commission's aims are to promote the use of broadband worldwide, and to "coordinate broadband policy and practice within all sectors".

The commission is expected to report it's findings - with cooperation from telco analyst Paul Budde - to the UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, at the 2010 MDG Summit in September. A spokesperson for Conroy told Computerworld Australia that the senator will be sharing his experiences around the roll out of the national broadband network (NBN) with the commission.

With this new title, Senator Conroy is expected to offset his negative image as the 11th Internet Villain of the Year and further cement his position as one of the most influential players in IT.

It remains to be seen if Conroy intends to proliferate the notion of his widely criticised mandatory Internet filter.

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