IGF 2023 WS #212 Marginalized perspectives on the impact of tech on education


Organizer 1: Igor José Da Silva Araújo , 🔒
Organizer 2: Giovani Meneguel, Compass UOL / UFRGS
Organizer 3: Denise Leal, UnB & SEBRAE Goiás
Organizer 4: Theorose Elikplim Dzineku, 🔒
Organizer 5: Ihita Gangavarapu, 🔒
Organizer 6: Bobi Adam , Purna Caraka Muda Indonesia

Speaker 1: Kseniia Gnitko, Technical Community, Eastern European Group
Speaker 2: Theorose Elikplim Dzineku, Civil Society, African Group
Speaker 3: Ihita Gangavarapu, Technical Community, Asia-Pacific Group
Speaker 4: de Araújo Santos Najla Helen Graff, Civil Society, Latin American and Caribbean Group (GRULAC)
Speaker 5: Bobi Adam , Civil Society, Asia-Pacific Group


Igor José Da Silva Araújo , Civil Society, Latin American and Caribbean Group (GRULAC)

Online Moderator

Giovani Meneguel, Technical Community, Latin American and Caribbean Group (GRULAC)


Denise Leal, Private Sector, Latin American and Caribbean Group (GRULAC)


Round Table - 60 Min

Policy Question(s)

A. How can legal interventions ensure equitable access to technology and internet connectivity in education for marginalized communities, addressing factors such as affordability, infrastructure, and digital literacy?
B. What strategies can policymakers implement to promote diversity and inclusion in digital educational content, ensuring representation of marginalized groups and addressing cultural biases and stereotypes?
C.How can policy frameworks support professional development and training opportunities for educators to effectively integrate technology in the classroom, particularly for marginalized students, while addressing potential barriers and challenges?

What will participants gain from attending this session? The session is expected to raise awareness and understanding of marginalized perspectives on the impact of technology in education among IGF participants and all others who may be directly and indirectly impacted.

Participants will gain understanding of the work done by youth-led initiatives, and access to a report that summarizes the discussions, case analyses, and recommendations presented during the session; which will serve as a reference for researchers, policy makers, and practitioners involved in the field of education.

It is expected to stimulate the engagement of youth leaders, and enhance collaboration and networking among stakeholders, including policymakers, educators, researchers, and community representatives, to promote collective action toward more inclusive and equitable use of technology in education. At the end we will invite participants to review our work and discuss our proposals, while the output of this session will be shared with governments, international and non-governmental organizations


This session will delve into marginalized perspectives on the impact of technology in education; a discussion in which experts, researchers, educators, and community representatives will come together to share their insights, experiences, and their perspectives on the inclusion of technology and the Internet in educational system in recent years. We will explore how technology and the Internet have influenced education, carefully considering the positive advances and the challenges that have emerged.

The discussion will begin with the exploration of Addis Ababa Messages from IGF 2022 pertinent to Digital Ethics Education. Our young panelists, leading the change in their respective domains, will discuss the current state of education in their regions, and the role youth are playing towards progression. Speakers will share their first-hand experiences and perspectives on addressing issues such as digital exclusion, cultural representation in educational technology, accessibility considerations, and the impact of technology on marginalized learners.

According to recent studies (MARTINS et al, 2020), only 25% of brazilian basic education teachers have training in the use of technologies. Would this number be incorrect or a reality that many countries face in their technology-education relationship? Our goal is to share our study results and vision, through our panelists from 5 countries, and 3 different continents.

The panelists, representatives of a variety of ethnicities, genders, socioeconomic backgrounds, and abilities, will offer comprehensive insights into the successes and obstacles encountered in their communities; to shed light on the specific barriers faced by marginalized groups and promote a deeper understanding of their needs and aspirations. This session will: 1- bring local and regional data and information about educational systems, as well as 2- amplify voices of groups often underrepresented, and, 3- examine how technology can affect different groups (women, indigenous, low-income communities, people with disabilities) highlighting equity and inclusion.

Expected Outcomes

Session Outcomes:
A- Identification of key challenges faced by marginalized groups in accessing and using technology in education.
B- Exchange of best practices and innovative approaches to promote equity, inclusion, and diversity in digital educational content and technology integration.
C- policy recommendations and strategies to promote equitable access, representation, and effective use of technology in education.

Specific Outcomes:
A- Report summarizing the session. It will be shared online with IGF participants and stakeholders.
B- Compilation of best practices and case studies that present successful initiatives and approaches to promote inclusion and equity in the use of technology in education for marginalized groups. This resource will be disseminated through online platforms.
C- Follow-up event with to continue the dialogue and build on the discussions and outcomes of the session. This event will provide opportunity for further collaboration, knowledge exchange, and development of concrete action plans to address the identified challenges.

Hybrid Format: The session aims to facilitate a roundtable where participants will be part of the session itself.
Tentative agenda:
5’: Introduction and background. The moderator explains how the session will take place and points out that attendees can ask questions by using the hand-raising option or in the chat (online), or by requesting the floor (onsite).
40’: The moderator introduces the policy issues and addresses the speakers with questions in a roundtable fashion.
10’: Open floor. The moderator invites all participants to take the floor either online or onsite.
5’: Key takeaways (rapporteur) and conclusions.

The session is going to ensure interactions through a Q&A and comment section in the online application where the session will be taking place (e.g. Zoom). Both online and onsite moderators will make sure that the questions and comments are not overlooked through effective communication, but play an important role throughout the session