IGF 2023 WS #321 Connecting-Unconnected;To Support Meaningful Connectivity


Digital Divides & Inclusion
Skills Building for Basic and Advanced Technologies (Meaningful Access)

Organizer 1: ressa ria lestari, common room networks foundation

Speaker 1: Gustaff Harriman Iskandar, Civil Society, Asia-Pacific Group
Speaker 2: ressa lestari, Civil Society, Asia-Pacific Group
Speaker 3: Sarbani Belur, Technical Community, Asia-Pacific Group
Speaker 4: Donny Utoyo, Government, Asia-Pacific Group


Tisha Amelia Anwar, Civil Society, Asia-Pacific Group

Online Moderator

Gustaff Harriman Iskandar, Civil Society, Asia-Pacific Group


ressa ria lestari, Civil Society, Asia-Pacific Group


Round Table - 90 Min

Policy Question(s)

1) How do the participant interpret the concept of meaningful connectivity?

2) How do the participant organize to drive meaningful connectivity?

3) How the internet is used to face various global challenges & complexities?

What will participants gain from attending this session? At the beginning of the session, Common Room will present the work that has been done in efforts to develop and utilize community-based internet access in rural areas and remote places. This session will then be continued in the form of a sharing session on participants' experiences in encouraging efforts to Support Meaningful Connectivity for Rural Areas and Remote Places in their respective regions.That way there will be an exchange of information, knowledge and understanding related to efforts to encourage the use of meaningful internet access, especially from develop the community network. The purpose of this session is defining the concept of "universal and meaningful connectivity".


Common Room Networks Foundation (Common Room) has been develop and managing the School of Community Networks (SCN) program for 2 years. This program is one of the efforts to address the digital divide challenges in rural and remote areas. Indonesia has similar challenge with several other countries in efforts to reduce the digital divide, especially for internet access and meaningful connectivity. The problem of Connecting The Unconnected is often faced with a some of problems that are not only in the context of Indonesia but maybe also several other countries in Asia Pacific, ranging from very wide and diverse geographical conditions, limited supply of electricity sources, lack of adequate internet infrastructure, large bandwidth cost differences (in Indonesia, bandwidth costs outside Java are much more expensive, especially eastern regions such as Papua and Sulawesi), and the unavailability of adequate internet facilities & infrastructure. We interpret the principle of meaningful connectivity as basically reflects the relevance of the development and utilization of the internet as an enabler that is useful to face various challenges that continue to arise dynamically that are built, managed and utilized by the community in accordance with conditions in their respective regions. Many people, think or even cannot distinguish between universal access and meaningful connectivity. The term Meaningful connectivity often means the ability to access the internet every day using a suitable device with sufficient data and a fast connection. There is no the different between the meaning of universal access with meaningful connectivity, so the effort to connecting the unconnected will only focus on hardware and software. This session will be conducted using a sharing experience approach to redefine the purpose of meaningful connectivity that focuses on developing brainware or human resources.

Expected Outcomes

Develop recommendation documents based on the experiences of various organizations that can later be used in the further development of to support meaningful connectivity for rural areas and remote places.

Hybrid Format: To facilitate online sessions, we will prepare a team that will manage participants who will attend sessions online. This team will then collect responses and questions from online participants to be given to moderators or panelists. Online sessions will be conducted using the zoom meeting application and if possible we will stream youtube for this session.