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Thursday, September 4 • 4:30pm - 6:00pm
WS99: Digital inclusion policies for the forgotten billion

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There are one billion people with disability globally of which 80% live in developing countries according to the World Health Organisation. In many cases, they are the forgotten billion in terms of digital inclusion policies.

This workshop is designed to identify and discuss the key policy drivers to overcome the barriers to participation in the digital economy by people with disability. 2014 is a pivotal year for Internet governance with NETmundial and the transition of the stewardship of the IANA functions. The multistakeholder model is a key part of these Internet governance discussions.

However, if a substantial stakeholder group is forgotten, then do we have a real multistakeholder model?

This workshop will bring together representatives from key international organisations to discuss and debate what the barriers and challenges are but most importantly, how to break through these barriers to bring about significant policy change and to move towards a more inclusive multistakeholder model.

Through this gradual change, people with disability will in future have more opportunities for education, employment and participation through increased accessibility to and affordability of the Internet.

The participants in the workshop will be key representatives from the Internet Society, NETmundial, ICANN, ITU and W3C together with representatives from developing countries.

Inter-governmental and international organisations will bring a high-level perspective on developments and future plans. This will be balanced with reports of actual user issues in India and Pacific Island countries.

Introduction of topic
Introduction of panel members
5-minute key points provided by each panel member
Focused discussion on strategies to involve disability representatives as stakeholders in Internet governance policy development
Summary and suggested actions

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Gunela Astbrink

Women With Disabilities Australia
For the past 25 years, Gunela Astbrink has been active in disability policy and research. Recently, she researched ICT accessibility and public procurement in OECD countries. Gunela is a member of the Australian and Pacific Islands Chapters of the Internet Society. She initiated disability... Read More →


Markus Kummer

Senior Vice President, Internet Society
Markus Kummer is Senior Vice President of the Internet Society.   He has extensive experience with Internet policy at the global, regional, and national levels. Before joining the Internet Society in February 2011, he was the Executive Coordinator of the Secretariat supporting the... Read More →

Adam Peake

Associate Professor, GLOCOM
Senior researcher at the Center for Global Communications (GLOCOM), International University of Japan. Works on telecommunications, Internet and broadband policy, and Internet governance. Adam has been active in policy-making activities for the deployment and development of the... Read More →

Andrea Saks

Chairman of the ITU JCA-AHF
Chairman of the ITU JCA-AHF, Coordinator of the IGF DCAD, Permanent G3ict Representative to the ITU and other organizations dealing with access for Persons with Disabilities. Ms Andrea Saks is a known advocate for ICTs for persons with disabilities. She grew in a family of two deaf... Read More →

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Thursday September 4, 2014 4:30pm - 6:00pm EEST
Workshop Room 01 (Rumeli Ground Floor / Room B1)

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