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IGF 2018 LIGHTNING SESSION #22 Energizing Connectivity

Energizing Connectivity

In order to connect the unconnected, it is vital to consider innovative options to accomplish this goal.  One such way to help accelerate connecting as many individuals as possible in a short timeframe is through the use of a Dig Once policy, where ICT infrastructure is installed in conjunction with other infrastructures such as power and water infrastructure. 

IGF 2018 WS #450 Fostering Digital Social Innovation in the Global South


We propose a 90-minute, strongly moderated roundtable discussion focused on digital social innovation in the Global South.

  • Introduction by Jan Gerlach and Urs Gasser - 10 minutes
    • This introduction will include a brief overview of the issue, raise key questions, and point out certain challenges around the topic. 
  • Directed topics - 30 minutes (5-7 minutes per topic)
    • Inclusion
    • Local language innovation
    • Reliable/high-quality access to ICT infrastructure
    • Skills for digital social innovation
    • Public-private partnership: Innovation copyright and profit sharing 
  • Open debate among speakers, audience, and online participants on topics raised earlier - 45 minutes
  • Conclusion by Christian Fieseler and Malavika Jayaram - 5 minutes 

IGF 2018 WS #376 Innovative Approaches to Connecting Underserved Areas

Additional Speakers

Karla Valesco, Redes por la Diversidad Equidad y Sustentabilidad A.C. [profile:]

Matthew Rantanen, Director of Technology for the Southern California Tribal Chairmen's Association (SCTCA) and Director of the Tribal Digital Village (TDVNet) Network/Initiative 

Gonzalo Lopez-Barajas, Public Policy and Internet Manager, Telefonica, S.A

Loreto Bravo, Telecommunications Consultant, Rhizomatica 


Introductions and background information from each speaker (30 minutes)

Panel discussion (40 minutes) 

Q&A session with in-person and virtual participants (20 minutes) 

IGF 2018 WS #278 5G, IoT and AI - Addressing Digital Inclusion and Accessibility

Additional Speakers

Merged Proposal for WS #278 and WS #339 5G, IoT and AI -  Addressing Digital Inclusion and Accessibility - Modified List of speakers


Speaker 1: Malavika Jayaram, Civil Society, (Asia-Pacific Group)

Speaker 2: Amar Ashar, Civil Society, Western European and Others Group (WEOG)

Speaker 3: Christian Djefall, Civil Society, Western European and Others Group (WEOG)

Speaker 4: Alexia Gonzalez Fanfalone, Intergovernmental Organization, Latin American and Caribbean Group (GRULAC)

Speaker 5 Juan Manuel Wilches Duran, Government, Latin American and Caribbean Group (GRULAC)

Speaker 6: Mongi Marzoug, Private Sector, African Group



Merged Proposal for WS #278 and WS #339: 5G, IoT and AI -  Addressing Digital Inclusion and Accessibility

Introduction by the moderators: 5 minutes

Every Speaker introduces his / her theme: 5 minutes ; total   30 minutes

Second round discussion between the Speakers:   15 minutes

Open debate:           35 minutes

Conclusions by the moderators:        5 minutes

IGF 2018 WS #45 1.3 Billion Reasons for Making Technology Accessible

Additional Speakers

Derrick L. Cogburn, Executive Director, Institute on Disability and Public Policy (IDPP)

Shadi Abou-Zahra, World Wide Web Consortium (W3C)


10:00  Introduction to the workshop by the moderator, Gerry Ellis

10:15  Presentation on "Internet of Things and Accessibility" by Gunela Astbrink (remote presentation)

10:28  Presentation by  Shadi Abou-Zahra (remote participation)

10:41  Presentation on "Accessibility Challenges: Differences in Developed and Developing Countries?" ,by Muhammad Shabbir Awan

10:54  Presentation on "Disability and Accessibility Discussions at Twelve Years of IGF and in the SDGs Through Computational Text Mining", by Derrick L. Cogburn

11:07  Presentation on "Case Study on Lifelong Learning Experiences of Persons with Cognitive and Psychosocial Disabilities in Higher Education in Norway", by G. Anthony Giannoumis

11:20  Q & A

11:35 Closing remarks by the moderator, Gerry Ellis


IGF 2018 WS #262 The challenges of capacity development: practical approach

Additional Speakers

Bertrand de la Chapelle, Civil Society, Western European and Others Group (WEOG)

Susan Teltscher, UN, Western European and Others Group (WEOG)


0 - 5 minutes - welcome and summary of previous discussions on this issue 5 - 20 - contributions by resources persons on practical challenges in capacity development 20 - 25 - summary of the contributions 25 - 50 - discussions in the wider round-table setting 50 - 60 - summary and next steps We will discuss very practical questions connected to capacity development and brainstorm about a draft 10-point action plan drawing on points suggested at the last discussion Diplo organised on this issue.