Australia’s 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' 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 IT website, the Broadband Commission's aims are to promote the use of broadband worldwide, and to "coordinate broadband policy and practice within all sectors".
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is expected to present the commissions findings on global broadband use 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.