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March, 2018, Judith Hellerstein was one of the faculty members of the North American School of Internet Governance, (NASIG) in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Her talk on the History of Internet Governance is located here

November 2017, ICANN recognized Judith Hellerstein for her three years of leadership of the North American Regional At Large Organization with an award and commendation at their award ceremony.

At Large recognized Judith Hellerstein for her three years of leadership of the North American Regional At Large Organization at an Award's ceremony.

September 2017, The H&A team travelled to Gabon to present our Final National Broadband Strategy for Gabon to the Ministry of Economy and Digital Computer and the National Agency for Digital Infrastructure and Frequencies at a national workshop of all stakeholders. We presented our Final Report and had a good discussion with stakeholders. Later we handed in the report to officials.



July 2017 Judith Hellerstein was one of the main organizers and conceivers for a panel at the IGF-USA Titled: Promoting a More Inclusive Internet Panel and looked at current barriers to an inclusive Internet and explore how access can be expanded to underserved areas and underrepresented communities that are still struggling to get access. The video can be found here
The summary of the panel can be found here

In June 2017 Hellerstein & Associates led a team to Buenos Aires, Argentina to develop 2-3 ICT focused pre-feasibility studies analyzing the viability of ICT, broadband networks, data-centers, and Smart Cities projects for USTDA funding. Created detailed Terms of Reference and budgets for proposed studies. Assessed feasible technologies for last and middle mile infrastructure deployments, including identifying new, low-cost technologies that might replace current infrastructure.

April 2017, The H&A Team travelled to Gabon to present our draft broadband strategy to the Ministry of Economy and Digital Computer and the National Agency for Digitial Infrastructure and Frequencies at a national workshop of all stakeholders


November 2016, Guadelajara, Mexico, Judith Hellerstein was one of the featured speakers at the Global IGF on a panel title Trade, the Internet, Access and connectivity and video is here

In June 2016 Hellerstein & Associates was awarded a contract by the World Bank to provide technical assistance to the Ministry of Economy and Digital Computer (MENP), the Regulatory Authority (ARCEP), and the National Agency for Digital Infrastructure and Frequencies (ANINF) on developing a national broadband strategy for Gabon and an operational plan in place to increase the coverage of broadband and to develop a knowledge economy. She Judith Hellerstein lead a team of seven consultants

  • Current digital infrastructure;
  • Current e-government programs and services;
  • Current and potential applications for broadband in Gabon;
  • Identified the types of applications that can monetize the development of broadband infrastructure and improve the quality and coverage of services; and
  • Developed a digital spatial plan serving as a repository for the Government and private investors;
  • Stabilized Legal and Regulatory Framework

June 2016 Judith Hellerstein was one of the main organizers and conceivers for a panel on the IGF-USA Expanding access, adoption, and digital literacy through technology and local solutions here

June 2016 USTDA Supports Efforts Increase Broadband Access Northern Brazil USTDA awarded a grant to the Empresa de Processamento de Dados do Estado do Par (PRODEPA), the State of Para's information technology (IT) company. The grant will support PRODEPA to develop a roadmap and an implementation plan to expand Para's fiber and wireless broadband network, allowing further connectiand e-government services throughout the state. Hellerstein & Associates reviewed and recommended the funding of this feasibility study to USTDA. The technical assistance will identify best practices for delivering data transmission solutions under the Amazon's challenging conditions of dense tropical forests and uneven terrain divided by major rivers. The project will provide recommendations for creating free broadband access through public telecenters and schools.

In June 2016, H&A was awarded a grant by USTDA to conduct and develop six ICT focused pre-feasibility studies in the States of Bahia, Sao Paulo, Goias, Pernambuco, and Paraba analyzing the viability of ICT, broadband networks and business models, data-centers, increasing citizen-centered services, e-Government and Smart Cities projects for USTDA funding. Created detailed Terms of Reference and budgets for proposed studies. Assessed feasible technologies for last and middle mile infrastructure deployments, including identifying new, low-cost technologies that might replace current infrastructure.

August 2015 USTDA ADVANCES IT MODERNIZATION IN SOUTHERN BRAZIL On August 7, USTDA awarded a grant of $356,920 to the Companhia de Processamento de Dados do Estado do Rio Grande do Sul (PROCERGS), Rio Grande do Sul's state IT company. Hellerstein & Associates reviewed and recommended the funding of this feasibility study to USTDA. The grant will provide technical assistance to help PROCERGS develop a roadmap to expand the states fiber and wireless broadband network and to modernize its existing data center.

July 2015- Hellerstein & Associates has been actively involved in the Internet Governance Forum's Intersessional work on Policy Options for Connecting the Next Billion. See this website for a complete description of the program. The outputs from this program are intended to become robust resources and serve as inputs into other forums. H&A's contribution can be found here . We encourage others to make similar contributions and give their ideas on how to connect the next billion.

May 2015 USTDA PROMOTES IT MODERNIZATION IN BRAZIL, May 20, 2015 USTDA awarded a grant to the Empresa Sergipana de Tecnologia da Informacao (Sergipe State Information Technology Company, or EMGETIS). Hellerstein & Associates reviewed and recommended the funding of this feasibility study to USTDA. The grant will provide technical assistance to help the state-owned entity develop a roadmap to expand its broadband network and modernize an existing data center. More articles about this visit can be found here


July 2014- Brazil - In 2014 an H&A team went down to Brazil to evaluate a series of IT and infrastructure projects for USTDA. Hellerstein & Associates reviewed and recommended the funding of five of the six feasibility studies to USTDA for the states of Rio Grade Do Sol, Tocantins, Sergipe, Para, and Santa Catarina. We then developed five ICT focused pre-feasibility studies, which included detailed terms of reference, budgets, and qualifications for consultants in these states. Our reports also analyzed the viability of ICT, broadband networks, data-centers, e-Government and Internet of Things projects for USTDA funding.

Grants have been signed already with EMGETIS from the State of Sergipe to provide technical assistance to help the state-owned entity develop a roadmap to expand its broadband network and modernize an existing data center.


December 14, 2012- Freetown, Sierra Leone - H&A's Judith Hellerstein & Rene Bustillo hosted a successful workshop at the Shangri-La to review the deliverables submitted under the Developing and Negotiation of Regulatory Instruments with NATCOM, the Ministry of Information and Communications, and SALCAB.

November 1-9 2012-Baku, Azerbaijan H&A's Judith Hellerstein developed a two day program under the auspices of the Commercial Law Development Program of the US Department of Commerce which funded a 10 member delegation of regulators and ministry officials from Iraq and a 3 person delegation from Egypts Civil Society prior to the 7th Internet Governance Forum held in Baku, Azerbaijan from November 6-9 2012. The program included talks on copyright, intellectual property, Internet Freedom, Internet Governance, and cyber risk assessment.


June 12-15, 2012- Chisinau, Moldova H&A's Judith Hellerstein and Sofia Abraham Mendoza working for The Annenberg School of Communications conducted a successful training for the Ministry of Information Technology and Communications of the Republic of Moldova on ICT, e-Government, leadership skills, ICT Policy and institutional development, cyber crime, spectrum policy, open access, broadband deployment and other policy issues. This project was financed by InfoDev under their New Directions for Growth, Regulation, and Public Policy: Broadband and Mobile for the Western CIS Region.


April 20-26 2012-Geneva, Switzerland H&A's Judith Hellerstein a Council member of the Greater Washington DC Internet Society was chosen to represent the chapter at the Global Chapter meetings and the Global INET in Geneva, Switzerland by the Internet Society.


December 2011-Freetown, Sierra Leone H&A visits Freetown, Sierra Leone to begin its technical assistance work for the Ministry and the Regulator relating to open access issues to the submarine cable. The landing station is shown above as is the current satellite station


November 2011-Freetown, Sierra Leone H&A signed a contract with the Ministry of Industry and Commerce, Sierra Leone under the World Bank funded West Africa Regional Communications Infrastructure Program-Sierra Leone to provide technical assistance and develop and negotiate a series of regulatory instruments to assess the current legal and regulatory actions needed to ensure open and non-discriminatory access to cable landing and other international gateway facilities.

October 2011-Washington, DC H&A's Judith Hellerstein signed a letter of Intent with the Annenberg School of Communications to develop a diagnostic and analysis on broadband and e-Government deployment in the Western CIS countries and the Central Asian Countries. H&A will also be developing curricula for the training of public officials and students on ICT, e-Government, leadership skills, ICT Policy and institutional development, cyber crime, spectrum policy, open access, broadband deployment and other policy issues.

October 2011- Chisinau, Moldova H&A in partnership with Millennium International Limited was awarded the Moldova Telecom Privatization project by the International Finance Corporation.

October 2011- St. Lucia H&A held a successful drafting review workshop where Attorneys General from the 6 OECS countries worked to finalize and approve new legislation and regulations for electronic transactions; digital signatures; electronic payment; E-Filing; cybercrime; cyber security; privacy and data protection; interception of communications; and freedom of information laws following WTO & UNCTAD best practices.

September 2011-Washington, DC H&A's Judith Hellerstein signed a letter of Intent with the Annenberg School of Communications to develop a revised edition of the Afghanistan Media Law Manual.

September 2011- St. Lucia H&A held a successful drafting review workshop where legislative drafters from the 6 OECS countries worked to finalize new legislation and regulations for electronic transactions; digital signatures; electronic payment; E-Filing; cybercrime; cyber security; privacy and data protection; interception of communications; and freedom of information laws following WTO & UNCTAD best practices.

May 2011-Vientiane & Pakse, Laos H&A held two successful workshops for the Lao Ministry of Industry and Commerce in Vientiane and in Pakse on the assessment and capacity building that was accomplished during the project to provided the necessary skill sets to NAST so that it can strengthen the Governments legal framework in advance of Laos entry into the WTO. The workshops were attended by Government employees, civil society, NGOs, and the private sector. The Pakse workshops were geared to manufacturers based in that part of the country.

January 2011- Castries, St. Lucia H&A signed a contract with the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States to provide technical assistance to the OECS countries in 2010-2011 to harmonize their legal and regulatory frameworks for electronic transactions, trade, electronic payment, E-Filing, cybercrime, and cyber security.

November 2010-Vientiane, Laos H&A signed a contract with the Ministry of Industry and Commerce, Foreign Trade Policy Department, National Implementation Unit to provide technical assistance to assess the institutional, legal and regulatory framework for Technical Barriers to Trade in the Lao PDR with regard to WTO compliance and effectiveness in enabling a market economic system

USTDA Projects in Brazil

BRAZIL RECEIVES USTDA COUNTRY OF THE YEAR AWARD. Reflecting the success of the agency's program in advancing mutual economic benefits and U.S. policy priorities, USTDA Director Larry W. Walther presented an award today naming Brazil as the agency's 2008 Country of the Year. Hellerstein & Associates reviewed and recommended to USTDA to fund five of these projects over the past few years. "In establishing its priorities, Brazil has continuously focused on both infrastructure development and economic growth," said USTDA Director Walther. "Our program responds to these priorities and demonstrates USTDA's effectiveness in bringing U.S. technology, expertise and ingenuity to bear in addressing priority infrastructure projects." Click the above link to read more about this award.

USTDA SUPPORTS BROADBAND PROJECT IN BRAZIL'S ACRE REGION - On September 18, USTDA awarded a grant to the Government of the State of Acre to promote the development of a statewide broadband project to further economic growth of the Secretariat of Administrative Management in the State of Acre (Secretariat). Hellerstein & Associates reviewed and recommended the funding of this feasibility study to USTDA. USTDA is pleased to support this project because ICT infrastructure is an essential catalyst for growth in the global economy. This project will connect the Acre region with the world. The State of Acre is committed to the development of a statewide broadband project that includes a hybrid voice, data and video Internet Protocol-based network to reduce the region's interconnectivity and broaden its access to the global economy. Click the above link to read more about this award.

Conference Presentation

Judith Hellerstein provided three days of training and capacity building to Regulators attending IP3's Annual Next Generation Telecom Regulatory Seminar from December 6-17, 2010. Presentations from Day 1 & Day 2 can be found here

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