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Thu, 01 Oct, 2015 01:53:44 AM
2-day Global Forum IT summit ends in Oulu
Need for decisive government actions underscored
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Global Forum 2015, an international melting pot of innovation and creativity in the IT sector, concluded in Oulu on Tuesday emphasising increased availability and affordability of internet.
Prime Minister Juha Sipilä inaugurated the two-day summit often dubbed as the Davos of IT. It was organised for the 24th time this year by Oulu Innovation Alliance in conjunction with the City of Oulu and the Finnish government. 
More than 350 participants from 37 countries across the globe took part in this year’s forum centred on the theme of ‘DIGITALIZATION, from Disruption to Sustainability’. In particular, they debated several IT-related issues that have the potential to initiate significant global changes in business, politics, media, and society, said an official press release.
The world IT leaders and policymakers assembled also underscored the need for decisive government actions towards digitalisation. 
In his inaugural address, Juha Sipilä, who hails from Oulu himself, welcomed the guests to the capital of Northern Scandinavia and reminded them that he used to be an entrepreneur in the IT field before entering politics.
“Digitalisation is high on my government’s agenda,” said the prime minister. “We have set a long-term objective to ensure that Finland makes the best of the opportunities offered by digitalisation. An important aspect of this is to dismantle regulation and cut excessive red tape. This will result in more effective public services and will help the private sector at the same time,” he added.
Oulu Mayor Matti Pennanen took the stage next. Highlighting the IT credentials of his city and its unique connections to the Arctic region, Pennanen said, “Oulu is one of the youngest cities in Europe. Of our population of 250,000, we have nearly 40,000 students. More than one third of our inhabitants hold an academic degree. There are more than 500 start-up ventures in ICT and other fields in Oulu, and we were the first city to test the new 5G mobile network.” 
This year’s forum that followed successful editions in New York, Stockholm, Brussels and Washington, D.C., was structured into more than 10 sessions and exchange with a large number of high-level speakers and experts covering a wide area of business and policy issues affecting our transformation into a digital society. The main issues of discussion included sustainable digitalisation, 5G networks, connected health, the Internet of Things, digital society, and cybersecurity.
Some other critical issues like availability and affordability of internet for all, data generation, security guarantee, healthcare data system, smart communities, intelligent infrastructure, and intellectual property also came under scrutiny during the conference. 
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