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How can we reach the media have-nots of the developed and developing worlds?
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Video and Audio media will become the predominant traffic on the Internet in future, and broadcast services continue to expand in spite of predictions to the contrary. Media ‘access technologies’ will become ever more necessary and valuable to those who have disabilities and to those not yet literate.
In 2011, ITU-T established a Focus Group on media accessibility, open to all interested parties, to bring together the requirements and systems across all the different media platforms – Internet, IPTV, and Broadcasting. The bold aim is to unify access system technologies across the world and across all media.
The group will face many challenges to achieving its objectives. One will be to understand the different priorities of developed and developing nations. The Focus group will also need to hear and act on the voices of those who will really use the access services, rather than the politicians.
The Session will bring together panellists from across the world and across the different media to help the dream of the Focus group a reality.
Which of the five broad IGF Themes or the Cross-Cutting Priorities does your workshop fall under?
Access and Diversity
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Provide the names and affiliations of the panellists you are planning to invite:
Peter Olaf Looms, Chairman of ITU-T Focus Group on Audiovisual Media Accessibility (ITU-T FG AVA)
Masahito Kawamori, Vice-chairman of ITU-T FG AVA
David Wood, European Broadcasting Union
Kawamori Masahito (Mr.)
Looms Peter Olaf (Mr.)
Wood David (Mr.)
Provide the name of the organizer(s) of the workshop and their affiliation to various stakeholder groups:
Alexandra Gaspari, ITU,International Telecommunication Union (ITU)
David Wood, European Broadcasting Union (EBU)
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NKURUNZIZA Jean Paul (Mr), Consultant, Burundi
Souter David (Mr), ICT Development Associates, UK
Bollow Norbert (Mr), Self-employed consultant - Systems analyst and technologist – FOSS (Free and Open Source Software), Switzerland
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