Submitted Proposals


Organization: Internet Society of China
Title :
61. Best Practice Forum - Equal Access & Equal Opportunity
Provide a concise formulation for the proposed workshop theme including its importance and relevance to the IGF.

The Information is an increasingly important resource in many aspects of life: education, employment, commerce, healthy care, recreation etc. It’s essential that the Information be accessible in order to provide equal access and equal opportunity to people with disability and vulnerable groups. The Tunis Agenda for the Information Society mentioned that the resolution in the quest to ensure that everyone can benefit from the opportunities those information communications technologies can offer. How to help people with disability to gain the equal access and equal opportunity? How to help people with disability actively participate in information society? It’s a universal concern within the issue of internet governance. To the end, we should pay special attention to the special needs of them. It’s important to ensure that the Internet user to be reached next 1 billion in the worldwide. In the best practices forum we will discuss:

1. The accessibility of connection for disabled people and vulnerable groups,
2. Solution for information accessibility,
3.The experience of promoting information accessibility,
4. The standard of web accessibility of industry.
5. Challenges and problems.

We appeal to the international organizations and forums, first of all IGF, to promote the approaching to a commonly recognized “equal access and equal opportunity”

Provide the names and affiliations of the panellists you are planning to invite. Describe the main actors in the field and whether you have you approached them about their willingness to participate in proposed workshop.

It’s still in preparing

Provide the name of the organizer(s) of the workshop and their affiliation to various stakeholder groups. Describe how you will take steps to adhere to the multi-stakeholder principle, including geographical diversity.


1) Co-sponsors:

  • Internet Society of China (ISC),
  • CAST Consultative Committee on UN Information Technology (CCIT)
  • China Communications Standards Association (CCSA)
  • China Foundation for Disabled People (CFDP)
  • The Hong Kong Council of Social Service (HKCSS)

ISC is a non-profit organization with its goal to promote the development of Internet in China and make it an active part of World Internet Community, sponsored by more than 70 sponsors and now has more than 300 members including. Internet companies, research institutes, academic associations, universities and other organizations whose business scopes are closely related with the Internet. (ISC: http://www.isc.org.cn/)

CCIT is the specially established committee affiliated with CAST (China Association for Science and Technology). CAST is composed of 167 national academic and professional societies and associations for science and technology of China. CCIT consists of the outstanding scientists in the field of information technology in China. (CAST: http://www.cast.org.cn

CCSA is a non-profit legal person organization established by enterprises and institutes in China for carry out standardization activities in the field of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) across China. CCSA is organized with the approval of MII and registration in the Ministry of Civil Affairs. The membership of CCSA is open to corporate bodies only, including R&D institutes, design institutes, manufacturers, operators, universities and other societies. (http://www.ccsa.org.cn)

CFDP is a registered charity serving disabled people. It was founded in 1984, and works to encourage disabled people to become more independent.(http://www.cwfh.org.cn/

HKCSS has grown since then to become an umbrella organization of over 320 Agency Member, that provides over 90% of the social welfare services for those in need through their 3,000 service units all over Hong Kong. (http://www.hkcss.org.hk/


2) We will pay great attention to adhere to the multi-stakeholder principle, including geographical diversity. All CAST,CCSA,CFDP,HKCSS and ISC have broad relations and partners in the fields of ICT benefiting the disabled people., and the Internet related areas throughout the world. We will take the advantage of CAST, CCSA, CFDP, HKCSS and ISC on the broad and friendly relations to invite the multi-stakeholders from different sectors and localities of the world to attend our Workshop in IGF on “Equal access and Equal opportunity”.

Does the proposed workshop provide different perspectives on the issues under discussion?

Please explain how the workshop will address issues relating to Internet governance and describe how the workshop conforms with the Tunis Agenda in terms of substance and the mandate of the IGF.
1) This Workshop focuses on the equal access and equal opportunity for disabled people, which is in conformity with the item 90 of Tunis Agenda as following: “Building ICT capacity for all and confidence in the use of ICTs by all-including youth, older persons, women, indigenous peoples, people with disabilities, and remote and rural communities-through the improvement and delivery of relevant education and training programs and systems including lifelong and distance learning. Paying special attention to the formulation of universal design concepts and the use of assistive technologies that promote access for all persons, including those with disabilities.”2) The Workshop is in conformity with the following items as set out in para 72:                         1, The equal access and equal opportunity will be a result of full exchange of information and best practices, case studies etc. of the IGF process;2, The equal access and equal opportunity will call upon the experts from different fields to find ways and means for making Internet more affordable and accessible;
List similar events you and/or any other IGF workshops you have organized in the past.
1.  CCIT and ISC triumphantly co-organized a Workshop entitled “Global Culture for Cybersecurity” at the Inaugural IGF meeting taken place in Athens, Greece from 30 October to 2 November, 2006. 2.  CAST and ISC organized a side event in United Nations Framework on Climate Change in Kenya, Dec, 2006;3.  WSIS Tunis Phase, 2005, Tunis1) CAST organized a session on the Chinese NGO in bridging the civil society, ICT and MDGs. 2)       ISC organized another session in the Tunis Phase on Internet Governance for Development.4.  Other world-known international conferences organized by CAST and ISC as the following:1) China Internet Annual Conference;2) World Engineers’ Convention, 2004 ( 3,500 participants)3) World Physiological Conference, 20034) World Mathematic Convention      5) General Assembly of International Union for Sciences (ICSU), 20055. ISC and CCIT triumphantly co-organized a Best Practices Forum entitled “Promoting Network Security and Constructing a Harmonious Internet” at the IGF meeting taken place in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil from 12 to 15 November, 2007.
Were you part of organizing a workshop last year? Which one? Did you submit a workshop report?
ISC, CCIT, CAST, HKCSS triumphantly co-organized a Best Practices Forum entitled “Promoting Network Security and Constructing a Harmonious Internet” at the IGF meeting taking place in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil from 12 to 15 November, 2007 CCIT and ISC triumphantly co-organized a Workshop entitled “Global Culture for Cybersecurity” at the Inaugural IGF meeting taking place in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil from 12 to 15 November, 2007. We have submitted the report of the best practices forum.