IGF 2019 WS #397 Digital Inclusion for Young Generations

Organizer 1: Government, African Group
Organizer 2: Civil Society, Latin American and Caribbean Group (GRULAC)
Organizer 3: Civil Society, African Group
Organizer 4: Technical Community, African Group
Organizer 5: Technical Community, African Group

Speaker 1: Eileen Cejas , Civil Society, Latin American and Caribbean Group (GRULAC)
Speaker 2: OUMIE SAINE SAINE, Government, African Group
Speaker 3: Julius, Opeyemi Ilori , Civil Society, African Group
Speaker 4: Esther Mwema, Civil Society, African Group

Policy Question(s): 

INTERMS OF POLICIES AND HUMAN RIGTS LAW:
1.HOW ARE POLICIES ALIGNED WITH THE TRENDING ISSUES AROUND THE INTERNET
2.DO WE HAVE TO CENSOR OR MONITOR THE ACTIVIITIES OF THE DIGITAL NATIVES
3.HOW DO WE RELATE THE ONLINE CRIMES TO THE OFFLINE COURTS
4.WHAT NEW DIGITAL LAWS HAVE BEEN ADOPTED TO DEAL WITH CYBER -CRIMES CASES
5.HOW CAN WE ENSURE OUR POLICIES MATCHED UP WITH TRENDING TECHNOLOGICAL DEVELOPMENT

IN TERMS OF INFRASTRUCTURE AND LIVELIHOOD OF THE DIGITAL NATIVES:
1.WHAT INFRASTRUCTURE HAVE BEEN IN PLACE TO ENSURE DIGITAL PARTICIPATION?
2.WHAT IS THE LEVEL OF AFFORDABILITY FOR INTERNET ACCESS
3.HOW DO WE MATCH UP OUR SKILLS WITH THE GROWING NEW TECHNOLOGIES
4.DO WE HAVE ENOUGH CAPACITY BUILDING PROGRAMS FOR DIGITAL LITEARCY
KEY DRIVERS TO ENSURE DIGITAL INCLUSION:
1.HOW INCLUSIVE IS THE DIGITAL ENVIRONMENT FOR PARTICIPATION
2.HOW DO WE CONTINUE TO INVOLVE UNDER-REPRESENTED COUNTRIES
3.WHAT ARE THE CHANNELS CREATED TO PARTNERS WITH THE UNDER-REPRESENTED COUNTRIES
4.WHAT HAVE BEEN THE LEVEL OF AWARENESS AND PARTICIPATION IN THE DIGITAL SPACE
5.WHAT IS THE LEVEL OF POVERTY ALLEVIATION
6.WHAT NEW HUMAN RIGHTS LAW HAVE BEEN IMPLEMENTED TO PROTECT THE DIGITAL NATIVES

FROM RESEARCH AND ACADEMIC POINT OF VIEW
1.WHAT ARE THE IMPLICATIONS OF THE DISRUPTIVE TECHNOLOGIES
2.HAVE THERE BEEN ANY RESEARCH ON THE NEW EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES
3.WHAT HAS THE LEVEL OF ICT EDUCATION IN GRADE SCHOOLS

Relevance to Theme: The digital Inclusion plays a pivotal role in deriving towards sustainable development goals through an inclusive national development plan. It diversely reflect on the strength of digital participation and to increase the involvement of more digital natives.
Despite the recent technological advancement in terms of the growing new technologies, the internet should continue to be inclusive in all spheres of development. To achieve this objective, the IGF shall stand to evaluate the infrastructure, access and affordability, digital transformation skills, gender equality and equity, disability and necessary policies in order to ensure that it does not cause a havoc but rather to increase the participation of all digital natives.
The digital Inclusion involves a wide spectrum across the SDGs. The discussion would be centered on the innovative trends and the inclusivity of these amass development towards the safety and equal opportunity for all. The ideology of theme would focus on bring together communities, technologist, researchers, policy makers, academia, regulators, under one platform to foresee the impact of the digital revolution, to voice out their opinion and concerns and how ensure a sustainable digital inclusion

Relevance to Internet Governance: *To able to understand the impact and development and innovations
*To engage relevant authorities on the pertaining issues around digital inclusion
*To further engage in research activities to evaluate its relevance and impact
*To engage in policy related issues, especially on gender perspective
*To evaluate on the assessment of the IGF communities on how these could influence its mission
*To allow stakeholders to reflect on these dynamics of digital inclusion in relation with above key
*To engage young generations to work on addressing digital inclusion issues in their countries with the support of network of people working on the same problems.

Format: 

Other - 90 Min
Format description: The Format would be a combination between Panel and Break Out Discussion and it would last 90 minutes. Ideally the place should be on a classroom to create an atmosphere of mutual understanding and cooperation among speakers and attendees.

Description: The session would start with a quick presentation of 10 minutes of the Digital Inclusion perspective from Latin America and Africa,according to the personal and proffessional views of the speakers Oumie Saine (Gambia), Julius Ilori (Nigeria), Esther Mwema (Zambia) and Eileen Cejas (Argentina). In this presentation, we are going to give a summary of issues in each country and propose possible solutions on these matters.

The next step would be dividing group of attendees, where each group would be having small conversations of a picked aspect of digital inclusion, which would be revealed at the panelists' presentation.

Each speaker would join of the 3 groups that would interact as a facilitator of the discussion with the assistance of moderators to balance conversations among all attendees (online and offline) at the fixed time of 50 minutes.

At the end of the session, groups would come back to the large space and make a summary of the main challenges that are facing in their countries for 10 minutes; and they would be invited to create a network of young leaders (in case there would be young attendees) to follow up the mentioned issues.

Expected Outcomes: The goal of the session is to raise awareness of the issues that African and Latin America inhabitants are having related to the lack of access and language barrier, among others, that prevent them from getting an adequate access to Internet and Internet Governance discussion as well. We are going to focus on young generations and how the digital divide affects them in their lifes.

After the session, we would encourage attendees to create a network of young leaders to work on addressing digital inclusion issues, that would become a part of Digital Grassroots work on Youth participation in Internet Governance.

In adittion, we would invite young attendees to join Digital Grassroots Natives Forum, a platform that gathers young people from around the world, where they can easily access to group discussion and weekly reports on opportunities in Internet Governance.

Discussion Facilitation: 

The session would foster attendees to share their experiences and expertise on the group discussions, maintaning an equal opportunity for all the attendees to speak up about their countries.

We would also promote the participation of young attendees to join existing Digital Grassroots networks of young leaders and encourage them to create a network of young leaders tackling digital inclusion problems that would be a DIGRA's project for the future.

Online Participation: 

We are going to use the Adobe Connect Platform to allow online attendees to ask their questions to Speakers during the group discussions.

Proposed Additional Tools: We are going to use the Digital Grassroots Digital Natives Forum to inspire current Digital Grassroots Ambassadors to share their perspectives on digital inclusion.

Digital Grassroots Twitter account would be posting comments and questions from attendees, in order to have a more inclusive interaction with those participants who could not attend the event.

SDGs: 

GOAL 4: Quality Education
GOAL 5: Gender Equality
GOAL 10: Reduced Inequalities