IGF 2019 WS #219 Digital Literacy as a need to guarantee quality access


Organizer 1: ,
Organizer 2: Intergovernmental Organization, Latin American and Caribbean Group (GRULAC)

Speaker 1: Humberto Antonio Arthos Montufar, Civil Society, Latin American and Caribbean Group (GRULAC)
Speaker 2: Paola Perez, Technical Community, Latin American and Caribbean Group (GRULAC)
Speaker 3: carlina rosali fernandez tortolero, Intergovernmental Organization, Latin American and Caribbean Group (GRULAC)

Policy Question(s): 

Is the structure sufficient to guarantee a connection with minimum standards of speed and stability? Based on the theory of "digital natives" can the state and the educational system ignore new technological training needs of learners? In this same context, "digital immigrants" are the only ones with needs for digital literacy programs? The figures of penetration and internet use can be translated into the lack of need for special digital literacy programs?

Relevance to Theme: One of the measures of success that is often used in developing countries is the increase in internet penetration and the number of connections, however, the use of the Internet as a means to achieve greater development of human rights does not seem to have a correlation proportional to the use of the internet itself. This could translate into the need for literacy about the potentialities of digital environments, which are not exhausted in social networks or passive consumers of content.

Relevance to Internet Governance: The governance of the internet is supported by the active participation of the multiple interested factors, and among these civil society plays a fundamental role as direct stakeholders in the use of the internet as a platform for the exercise of citizenship 2.0 and the exercise of digital rights. But for this users must be aware of the uses and potentialities of the Internet, knowledge that must also be constantly updated to the extent of the constant progress of technology. In such a way that digital literacy allows citizens to take digital spaces as their own and give importance to these spaces where they can reach new levels of development of their rights, allowing the actors within the ecosystem in an ideal scenario to be balanced within of internet governance.


Break-out Group Discussions - Flexible Seating - 90 Min

Description: A group discussion in which we will have three participations of the proponents setting the theoretical framework from their particular action, then opening a space for the participation of listeners who attend, during this idea sharing will seek the reconciliation of positions to form common ideas to way of conclusions

Expected Outcomes: Proponents live in different countries of Latin America, the expected results is to counteract the perception of the state of digital literacy in other regions of the planet. Likewise, it is expected that digital literacy has a perception as necessary in all parts of the world, even in developed countries, since it is easier to see its need in countries where there is great access to the Internet, but that access does not translate into participation in 2.0 citizenship, digital activism or the development of digital rights to the full.

Discussion Facilitation: 

From the approach of real life cases and typical case studies, which will probably be common to all attendees, which allows that even without having specifically studied the situation, a position on the subject to be debated can be formed. Likewise, a clear and plain language is used, which invites the participation of all without excluding for lack of domains on technical terms or very academic

Online Participation: 

through the social networks of the speakers and the institutions where they work, the link of the official transmission will be announced to add the followers of these networks to the natural public of the official IGF platform

Proposed Additional Tools: In the case of Venezuela we will use deferred retransmission, since a stable connection is not possible in the country, so the session will be recorded (as well as others of interest) and then a video file will be reproduced in some universities of the country, with the speakers and rapporteur answering questions via whatsapp


GOAL 10: Reduced Inequalities