IGF 2017 WS #58 Internet Inclusion Solutions: Shaping the Digital Future

Short Title: 
Internet Inclusion Solutions: Shaping the Digital Future

Proposer's Name: Ms. Karen McCabe 
Proposer's Organization: IEEE
Co-Proposer's Name: Mr. Justin Caso
Co-Proposer's Organization: IEEE
Co-Organizers:
1 World Connected Mr., Christopher, Yoo, Technical Community, 1 World Connected, and University of Pennsylvania

Agenda: 

In this interactive roundtable, a moderator will facilitate the discussion amongst the speakers where they will initially briefly provide their perspectives and insights that are based on real-world connectivity projects and initiatives in which they are engaged. The session will open with a moderated question and answer segment that will ask thought provoking open-ended questions to get at and discuss the issues surrounding the topics. The focus of this session is to be an open dialogue amongst the speakers and the audience. The roundtable discussants will directly engage the in situ and online attendees as they address the questions and as the dialogue progresses--as the participant engagement and inclusion in the dialogue is of upmost importance. 


Session Format: Round Table - 90 Min

Proposer:
Country: United States
Stakeholder Group: Technical Community

Co-Proposer:
Country: United States
Stakeholder Group: Technical Community

Speaker: Christopher Yoo
Speaker: Jane Coffin
Speaker: Sonia Jorge
Speaker: Roger Baig
Speaker: Samar Baba

Content of the Session:
From a collective of initiatives and programs dedicated to an internet for all, we see definitive opportunities to accelerate progress in connecting the estimated 60 percent of the global population who remains unconnected around the world. We also see that closing the gap of the digital access divide is multi-faceted and requires working across various domains, as well as locally, so that the digital future of communities and citizens is meaningful, impactful and sustainable.
Online access is a main channel to connect to services, learning, entrepreneurship and opportunity that leads to social and economic growth and development. But in working to make the internet for all vibrant, affordable and valuable, there is a mix of inter-related aspects and needs that must be holistically and locally addressed.  These include helping communities remove barriers, improving communications infrastructure and services, determining what technologies to deploy, new innovative business models, building skills and capacity, education, effective policy making, trust and privacy protection and empowering people.
At this interactive roundtable, speakers will share and discuss regional perspectives and current, real-world case studies on meaningful and sustainable internet inclusion solutions that are shaping the digital future of communities. The speakers will openly dialogue on what worked and what did not, lessons learned, the importance of networks of communities, and what needed to initiate, launch, build and sustain projects that ultimately transition to and are integrated into a local community’s daily life.


Relevance of the Session:
Bringing the unconnected online, specifically in developing and underserved regions of the work, requires not only a collection of issues and needs that must be addressed on a regional and local level, it also requires empowerment of community citizens to enable skill development and capacity building, development of content that is relevant to their communities and culture and understanding local business and social needs. These elements are vital to help sustain meaningful access for social and economic growth, but also for the members of the communities to shape their digital futures.

Tag 1: community empowerment
Tag 2: community networks
Tag 3: internet inclusion

Interventions:
In an interactive roundtable, the speakers will provide their perspectives and insights rooted in real-world connectivity projects and initiatives in which they are engaged. Initially led from a moderated question and answer segment, the roundtable will be open to all attendees of the session to join the discussion, to enrich an deepen the content of the session.

Diversity:
The proposed roundtable includes a young woman and student from Tunisia. It includes a gentleman from Spain who has help built and sustains a robust community network and is pursuing a PhD on community networks. It includes a woman with deep knowledge of the internet governance and who advocates for policies for affordable internet access and provides ICT policy and regulatory advice on a global scale. It includes a professor who is spearheading significant work on internet inclusion projects around the world, and a women from an organization dedicated to an internet for all, who works collaboratively across local communities and organizations for expanding internet infrastructure, access and related capacities in emerging economies.

Onsite Moderator: Karen McCabe
Online Moderator: Justin Caso
Rapporteur: Christopher Jannuzzi

Online Participation:
In this type of session, the online moderator will act as the voice of the online participants by actively intervening on their behalf to allow them to make their own statements or ask their questions over audio/video or by intervening on their behalf. The session moderator will work closely with the online moderator to ensure that the online participants have full, active and meaningful participation during the entire duration of the session.

Discussion facilitation:
In this interactive roundtable, a moderator will facilitate the discussion amongst the speakers where they will initially briefly provide their perspectives and insights that are based on real-world connectivity projects and initiatives in which they are engaged. The session will open with a moderated question and answer segment that will ask thought provoking open-ended questions to get at and discuss the issues surrounding the topics. The focus of this session is to be an open dialogue amongst the speakers and the audience. The roundtable discussants will directly engage the in situ and online attendees as they address the questions and as the dialogue progresses--as the participant engagement and inclusion in the dialogue is of upmost importance.

Conducted a Workshop in IGF before?: Yes
Link to Report: http://www.intgovforum.org/multilingual/index.php?q=filedepot_download/4098/224

Additional Reference Document Link: http://internetinitiative.ieee.org/images/files/resources/white_papers/universal_access_feb2017.pdf

Contact Information

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