IGF 2020 WS #76 Lessons Learned – best practice examples of digital tools us

Thematic Track

Organizer 1: FAWAD KHAN, Youth coalition on internet governance
Organizer 2: Noha Ashraf Abdel Baky, Digital Grassroots
Organizer 3: Nenja Wolbers, Stiftung Digitale Chancen

Speaker 1: Ashim Rai, Government, Asia-Pacific Group
Speaker 2: Steffen Hess, Technical Community, Western European and Others Group (WEOG)
Speaker 3: Su Kahumbu-Stephanou , Civil Society, African Group

Moderator

Nenja Wolbers, Private Sector, Western European and Others Group (WEOG)

Online Moderator

FAWAD KHAN, Civil Society, Eastern European Group

Rapporteur

Noha Ashraf Abdel Baky, Civil Society, African Group

Format

Other - 90 Min
Format description: Fishbowl: Speakers introduce best-practice examples from different countries (5-10 minutes each); Participants are invited to join in and shortly give feedback, outline their own experiences, and discuss the opportunities and possibilities for an approach to work in a different geographical, cultural, administrative, and social context. Arrangement of chairs is a round table in an U-shape.

Policy Question(s)

1. Using capacity building for inclusion Topics: Digital skills, digital literacy, infrastructure Example: How do we ensure that Internet governance processes are truly inclusive? What needs to be done to enhance the capacity of different actors (and especially those in developing and least-developed countries) to actively contribute to such processes and whose responsibility is it? 2. Using technology for inclusion Topics: Design for inclusion, Connecting the Unconnected, Local Content Development How do we manage the social inclusion within the community affected with technology, as the ICT could bring the change in their social relation? 3. Ensuring social inclusion Topics: social incluson, digital divide, meaningful connectivity How do we manage ICT implementation ensuring social inclusion and preventing disruptions in the life of communities that may harm their social convenience, or increase previously existent inequality gaps?

Following issues will be addressed: 1. Using capacity building for inclusion 2. Using technology for inclusion 3. Ensuring social inclusion

SDGs

GOAL 4: Quality Education
GOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth
GOAL 10: Reduced Inequalities
GOAL 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities
GOAL 12: Responsible Production and Consumption
GOAL 17: Partnerships for the Goals

Description:

How can digitalisation in rural areas be shaped fairly and with bearing in mind to include everybody and leave no one behind? How can digital offers take up the unique characteristics of rural areas? How can the challenges and chances of the digital world be utilised to connect communities and enable inclusion? The workshop aims to collectively introduce best-practice examples of digitally connecting rural areas in different parts of the world and discuss if and how a tool or a method that works well in one country may also be implemented in other countries. The examples will come from different sectors, such as Agriculture/Farming (icow, Kenya), Social connectivity (Digitale Dörfer, Germany), Internet access and connectivity (https://bluetown.com/) Three to Five speakers are invited to shortly introduce their approach before the floor is opened to participants to voice their opinions, bring in their own examples, and discuss the possibilities of transfers. Participants are highly encouraged to introduce examples from the above named sectors or additionally projects concerning E-Health, Mobility, Access to cultural content, Education, Online Banking, Environmental Issues etc. Questions for the speakers and for each participant to consider before attending the session: • Short Introduction of the sector the project is working in, time frame, successes etc. • Conditions in the country and area the project is implemented • Terms of failure and success • Ideas if and how a transfer is possible and which conditions need/should be given. Proposed Format: Fishbowl: Speakers introduce best-practice examples from different countries (5-10 minutes each); Participants are invited to join in and shortly give feedback, outline their own experiences, and discuss the opportunities and possibilities for an approach to work in a different geographical, cultural, administrative, and social context.

Expected Outcomes

Our aim is to identify best practices that will work in a number of similar circumstances, be it socially, culturally, or geographically. Ideally, the session will feed into a continued international exchange and the establishment of a network. A short (online) publication introducing best-practice examples may be considered.

- ask potential participants to think about a number of questions and issues beforehand - using digital tools to enable participation (menti etc.) - online + onsite moderators help with coordinating the contributions by participants

Relevance to Internet Governance: In order to successfully develop rural areas and ensure the best possible living and working conditions for everyone, governments must work with the private sector as well as the civil sector. Pilot projects, funded by governments, are often the way towards generating lager schemes and finding solutions that will shape the future.

Relevance to Theme: While urbanisation is still an ongoing process and the majority of the world’s population lives in cities or large communities, the opportunities rural living affords are numerous, especially in regard to climate change, global pandemics (such as Covid-19), etc. Nevertheless, rural areas are often left behind in the grand schemes of governmental digitisation. In many countries, people have become resourceful in bridging the gap between cities and the countryside in order to ensure digital inclusion.

Online Participation

 

Usage of IGF Official Tool.