Mr Yoshio Utsumi worked in the Japanese government for over thirty years and has a proven track record of expertise in telecommunications at senior policy levels gained both nationally and internationally.
After earning a Bachelor of Law degree from the University of Tokyo and a Master of Arts in Political Science from the University of Chicago, Mr Utsumi joined the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications (MPT) in Japan, where he held a number of senior policyma kinglevel positions. In 1972, he was nominated professor of public administration at the MPT Postal College.
From 1986, he led Japan’s largest investment fund at MPT’s Postal Life Insurance Bureau until 1988, when he moved to broadcasting as the Head of the General Affairs Division of MPT’s Broadcasting Bureau. He later joined MPT’s Communications Policy Bureau, where he helped shape Japan’s domestic policies.
Mr Utsumi is credited with having introduced the competition and liberalization policy at a time when such ideas were not widely accepted. His initiative led to Japan’s first reform of its telecommunication market. He was also a major driving force in many of Japan’s most important projects to develop multimedia industries. In the postal sector, he undertook a major restructuring of Japan’s postal services, which he carried out skilfully and successfully with the cooperation of 200,000 staff at every level. On the international scene, Mr Utsumi has played a very active role in many negotiations, and in particular, those leading to the historic WTO agreement on basic telecommunications.
Before being elected as Secretary-General of ITU in 1998, he was the Deputy Minister of Telecommunications in Japan. After his first 4 year term with ITU, he was re-elected for a second term as Secretary General in 2002.
Mr Utsumi led the successful organization of the two phases of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) resulting in the adoption of the Geneva Declaration of Principles, the Geneva Plan of Action, the Tunis Commitment and the Tunis Agenda for the Information Society which, together provide a common understanding and vision on the way to shape the emerging information society so that it be inclusive, people-centered and equitable. A combined total of more than 30,000 people, including around 100 Heads of State and Government, took part in the two phases of the Summit.
Mr Utsumi successfully refocused ITU as a policyoriented organization by introducing new issues to ensure its continuing relevance, with landmark activities such as the New Initiatives Programme and the Global Symposium for Regulators. He also strengthened the role of ITU in the coordination of policy issues among Member States.
After leaving the ITU in 2006, he has been Advisor to Toyota InfoTechnology Center, the IT research arm of the Toyota Motor Company. He was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws Science degree from Waseda University in Tokyo, and also teaches as a visiting professor at Waseda University’s Law school.
Mr Utsumi was born on 14 August 1942. He and his wife Masako, an architect, have a son and a daughter.
Dr Jeffrey Cole has been at the forefront of media and communication technology policy issues in both the United States and internationally for the past 25 years. Dr Cole serves as an adviser to governments and leading companies around in the world as they craft digital strategies.
In July 2004 Cole joined the USC Annenberg School for Communication as Director of the newly formed Center for the Digital Future and as a Research Professor. Founded on the belief that the best policy arises from the best information, the Center is a research and policy institute committed to work that has a real and beneficial effect on people’s lives, while seeking to maximize the positive potential of the mass media and our rapidly evolving communication technologies.
Prior to joining USC, Dr Cole was a long-time member of the UCLA faculty and ser ved as Director of the UCLA Center for Communication Policy, based in the Anderson Graduate School of Management.
At UCLA and now at USC Annenberg, Cole founded and directs the World Internet Project, a long-term longitudinal look at the effects of computer and Internet technology, which is conducted in over 25 countries.
At the announcement of the project in June 1999, Vice President Al Gore praised Cole as a “true visionary providing the public with information on how to understand the impact of media.” Ten years into the project, The World Internet project, through its unique data on Internet users around the world, is the leading international project examining the ways in which our social, economic and media lives are changing.
Cole has testified before the US Congress on television issues and has spoken as a keynote and panel member at more than 500 conferences on media and technology. He has worked with the US White House on media and telecommunications issues, including detailed briefings on the Center’s work, and he regularly makes presentations to business and government leaders across the US and in Europe, Asia, Latin America and Africa.
In 1994 the Center co-sponsored “The Superhighway Summit” in UCLA’s Royce Hall with the leaders of most of the nation’s major media companies.
He was previously a member of the ITU (International Telecommunicat ion Union) Forum Program Committee, and he was a member of the Executive Committee of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (ATAS) from 1997 to 2001 and was the founding governor of the ATAS Interactive Media Peer Group.
Over the past 31 years, Dr Cole has taught to over 35,000 students, and in 1987 he received UCLA’s “Distinguished Teaching Award”.
Michael Jones is Google’s Chief Technology Advocate, charged with advancing the technology to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful. Michael travels the globe to meet and speak with governments, businesses, partners and customers in order to advance Google’s mission and technology. He previously was Chief Technologist of Google Maps, Earth, and Local Search – the teams responsible for providing location intelligence and information in global context to users worldwide.
Before its acquisition by Google, Michael was CTO of Keyhole Corporation, the company that developed the technology used today in Google Earth. He was also CEO of Intrinsic Graphics, and earlier, was Director of Advanced Graphics at Silicon Graphics.
A prolific inventor and computer programmer since the 4th grade, he has developed scientific and interactive computer graphics software, held engineering and business executive roles, and is an avid reader, traveller and amateur photographer using a home-built 4 gigapixel camera, made with parts from the U2/SR71.
Christopher Field studied Japanese history and electronics at Harvard College and works as a technical interpreter of Japanese — a lifelong challenge.
He has studied the opening of Japan by Commodore Perry in 1853, and collaborated with MIT historian John Dower (Embracing Defeat) on a multimedia online course about that subject.
Working with his client Fujitsu in the area of submarine optical instruments spurred him to investigate his ancestor Cyrus Field, whose transatlantic cable project occurred at just the time of Perry’s Japan voyage, with many interesting overlaps.
Christopher lives in Lincoln, Massachusetts, where he and his wife raise chickens, bees, fruits, vegetables, and two carrot top daughters.