ID WORLD International Congress: Suvi Linden

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Suvi Linden

Special Envoy – UN Broadband Commission for Digital Development ITU

Speaks at ID WORLD on Future of Mobile

Suvi Lindén was Finland’s Minister of Communications in 2007-2011. She was previously Minister of Culture, 1999-2002. Ms Lindén is a member of the National Coalition Party and was a Member of Parliament 1995-2011

In Parliament she has been Chair of the Education and Culture Committee, and Vice Chair of the parliamentary group of the National Coalition Party. She has also been Member of the Speaker’s Council, Foreign Affairs Committee, Committee for the Future, Transport and Communications Committee, Environment Committee, and the Finnish Delegation to the Conference of Parliamentarians of the Arctic Region.

Ms Lindén has held positions of trust in a number of organisations. These include positions as Commissioner of the United Nations Broadband Commission for Digital Development, Member of the United Nations Advisory Board of the Digital Health Initiative, Chair of the Ubiquitous Information Society Advisory Board, Member of the Board of the Finnish Cultural Heritage Foundation, Chair of the Vocational Education and Training Board, Chair of the Finnish Cultural Institute for Benelux, and Member of the Oulu City Council, to mention only her more recent duties.

The Intelligent Community Forum, a New York-based think tank named her as its “Visionary of the Year for 2011” for her commitment to ensuring affordable broadband access to every citizen in Finland.


During the past decade, our world has been transformed dramatically by the development of ICT. We have moved to an online economy in which the Internet and the infrastructures behind it are at the core of the entire economy and of our social life. This change can be regarded as a way to promote democracy. It is impossible to live in a closed society nowadays. Telecommunications infrastructure increases openness and awareness in society.

Looking forward, it is easy to predict that the pace of technological development is accelerating. The technology behind broadband—from new devices and supercomputer to diverse applications of nanotechnology—offer tremendous promise for a better future. Moreover, services such as open data services, cloud services, social media, and the huge number of new applications in development offer even greater promise than technological development.

It is our responsibility to help and support all nations in becoming part of the connected world. It is of the utmost importance to ensure that people living in less developed countries are also part of the digital globe. Telecommunication infrastructure using new technology enables the creation of easy, efficient tools for secure identification, which for many people will be a key to being part of society and to a better life.

The Broadband Commission for Digital Development was founded to issue proposals to world leaders on how to accelerate achievement of the Millennium Development Goals through the use of telecommunications. All these goals for improving the wellbeing of our world’s citizens are achievable, but progress requires dynamic, coherent interaction between policies, infrastructures, technologies, content, applications, innovation, governments, and people.



Speaking on November 3

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