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Digital Inclusion & Accessibility


IGF 2018 Main Session: 
 Accessibility and Digital Inclusion

1. Title, Date, Time, Format and Venue, Facilitators

Title: Accessibility and Digital Inclusion

Date: 14 November 2018

Time: 11:30am - 12:50pm (80 minutes)

Format: Panel Discussion

Venue: UNESCO HQ / room Salle 1 

Organisers / Facilitators:

●   Wisdom Donkor, MAG Member

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 LIGHTNING SESSION #4 Solving Digital Divides in New Zealand: a multistakeholder approach


Title: Solving Digital Divides in New Zealand: a multistakeholder approach


Solving digital divides to ensure all people can benefit from the Internet remains an enduring challenge. This lightning session will share some details of the recent multistakeholder approach being undertaken in New Zealand by civil society, government and others, to define, understand and close digital divides.

IGF 2018 LIGHTNING SESSION #9 Model of Community and Indigenous Connectivity

·  Title: Model of Community and Indigenous Connectivity

·  Presenter Name/Organization/Stakeholder Group/Regional Group: Karla Velasco Ramos/Redes por la Diversidad, Equidad y Sustentabilidad A.C./GRULAC

·  Short Description, including Subtheme:

IGF 2018 NRI Session on Access beyond Mere Connectivity

IGF 2018 NRIs Access Session Long Report

Pre-Session Synthesis Due: 2 November 2018

Short Report Due: Within 12 hours of when session is held

Long Report Due: 23 November 2018


IGF 2018 WS #146 Hidden aspects of digital inclusion

Additional Speakers: 

Rose Ofianga, Women Empowerment Foundation (Technical community, female)

IGF 2018 WS #172 Accessibility Improved: building inclusive societies with AI

Additional Speakers: 

Dr. Olga Cavalli, Ministry Foreign Affairs, Argentina

Mr Nobuhisa Nishigata, Economist / Policy Analyst - Artificial Intelligence, OECD - International Organization, APAC

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.

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 #279 Scaling community networks: exploring blockchain and efficient investment strategies

Additional Speakers: 

Speaker: Silvia Díaz Molina, Social Researcher, Intergovernmental Organization
Speaker: Carl Elmstam, SIDA (WEOG)
Speaker: Monique Calisti, Martel Innovate CEO, Switzerland
Speaker: Panayotis Antoniadis, NETHOOD, Switzerland

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 #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 #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 

Contact Information

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Secretariat of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF)

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