IGF 2023 WS #344 Connecting Worlds: e-governance in indigenous peoples


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

Organizer 1: Abdias Zambrano, 🔒Internet Society Panama
Organizer 2: Mariano Quiroga, Internauta
Organizer 3: Laura Margolis, 🔒
Organizer 4: Lilian Ivette De Luque Bruges, 🔒
Organizer 5: Rodriguez Sandra, Universidad de El Salvador
Organizer 6: Laura Margolis, 🔒
Organizer 7: Mariano Quiroga, Internauta

Speaker 1: Ayesha Iftikhar, Technical Community, Asia-Pacific Group
Speaker 2: Rodriguez Sandra, Technical Community, Latin American and Caribbean Group (GRULAC)
Speaker 3: Abdias Zambrano, Civil Society, Latin American and Caribbean Group (GRULAC)
Speaker 4: Lilian Ivette De Luque Bruges, Government, Latin American and Caribbean Group (GRULAC)
Speaker 5: Elnur Karimov, Civil Society, Eastern European Group
Speaker 6: Cholotío Yamanik, Civil Society, Latin American and Caribbean Group (GRULAC)


Laura Margolis, Technical Community, Latin American and Caribbean Group (GRULAC)

Online Moderator

Mariano Quiroga, Civil Society, Latin American and Caribbean Group (GRULAC)


Osvaldo Larancuent, Civil Society, Latin American and Caribbean Group (GRULAC)


Panel - 60 Min

Policy Question(s)

1. How can the governments of the world digitize indigenous populations through respect and inclusion?

2. How can indigenous populations ensure quality access to the internet?

3. What role does international civil society play in ensuring the digital rights of indigenous peoples?

4. How can governments, the technical community, civil society, and indigenous peoples work collaboratively in the creation of public policies for Internet access?

What will participants gain from attending this session? The participants will gain knowledge about:
how the Internet can be used as a tool to address the most fundamental problems of indigenous groups/communities around the world.
What solutions can be proposed and deployed to address the discussed issues.
What are the potential deployment challenges.


In this session we will discuss the important issue of Internet governance and its relationship with the rights of indigenous peoples to equitable and quality access to the Internet. In particular, we will focus on how we can bring the internet to indigenous communities in ways that respect their traditions and cultures, while addressing challenges related to the cost and availability of access.
We will also discuss how and why the cultural and traditional values (including some of the taboos) of indigenous groups/communities in certain parts of the world have put girls/women in silos digitally, widening the digital divide and limiting their role in socio-economic development of the economies.
We will address these issues from different perspectives, including the experience of indigenous experts and leaders, as well as representatives of governments and international organizations. We will also discuss how the United Nations sustainable development goals can be applied to ensure that internet access is a tool for the inclusion and sustainable development of indigenous communities.

Topics to be discussed include: how the digital divide between indigenous communities and the rest of the world can be addressed; how indigenous traditions and cultures can be respected in the digital age; how can quality internet access be promoted at a reasonable cost; and how governments and other organizations can be involved to ensure that the needs of indigenous peoples are taken into account in Internet governance, in addition to the importance of digital literacy and the protection of appellations of origin in electronic commerce. of indigenous communities.

We hope this session will be an opportunity to learn from different perspectives and experiences, and to explore new ways to ensure that internet access is a tool for the empowerment and sustainable development of indigenous peoples around the world

Expected Outcomes

As a result of this session, we hope to bring this experience to each of our countries and focus on indigenous communities to implement projects that help close the digital divide, accompanied by events to raise awareness of the importance of implementing digital inclusion projects.
The participants will also be able to write an article/publication as an output of the session- comprising the summary of the session, the problems discussed, the proposed solutions and the deployments challenges.

Hybrid Format: The moderator will be responsible to take questions and engage both on site and virtual participants into an interactive discussion.The session will include short informational videos and case studies results about the culture, traditions, digital divide and the challenges associated in Internet access to the different indigenous groups of the world.We will use mentimeter.