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Last Updated: 25.06.2011
 
Asia-Pacific Regional Forum on Digital Inclusion for All  

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) is organizing the “ITU Asia-Pacific Regional Forum on “Digital Inclusion for All” which will be held at Suntec Convention Centre (Room 303 - 305) in Singapore on 21-23 June 2011. The Forum is kindly hosted by Singapore’s InfoComm Development Authority and the Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports (MCYS), with the support of the Government of Australia through the Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy.

Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) have the potential to enhance the quality of life for persons with disabilities, elderly persons and disadvantaged women, men and youth and support them to enjoy independent living and participate in and contribute to society. However, for ICT-enabled solutions, barriers such as accessibility, availability and affordability need to be addressed.

The Forum is organized and designed to contribute to global activities related to ensuring that people with special needs are targeted by efforts to bridge the digital divide in line with Programme 4 of the 2010 ITU World Telecommunication Development Conference (WTDC) Hyderabad Action Plan, WTDC Res.58 (Hyderabad, 2010): “Access to ICTs for persons with disabilities (PwDs), including persons with age-related disabilities”, Res. 55 (Doha, 2006): “Promoting gender equality towards and all-inclusive information society”, and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD). The focus will be on ICT accessibility and the use of telecommunication/ICTs for the social and economic development for all, including persons with disabilities, the ageing society, women and girls, and other disadvantaged people. The Forum is essentially targeted at senior officials from policy makers, regulators, industry and international organizations that are involved in ICT policies, regulations, operations, strategies and development activities promoting digital inclusion for all.

The Forum will be conducted in English only and will be paperless.

We are pleased to inform you that subject to available fellowship funds, ITU will provide one fellowship to one delegate duly authorized by the respective ITU Administrations from Least Developed Countries (LDCs) in the Asia Pacific region to facilitate their participation in the Forum. Accomplished registration and fellowship request forms should be returned to us as soon as possible but not later than 20 May 2011.

Organizations that are interested in contributing or sponsoring the Forum, please contact Ms. Aurora A. Rubio (aurora.rubio@itu.int) for any further information.

TENTATIVE AGENDA  
TUESDAY, 21 JUNE 2011 (DAY 1)
12:00-14:30 Registration
14:30-15:00 ADDRESS BY GUEST OF HONOUR
  • Dr Yaacob Ibrahim
    Minister for Information, Communications and the Arts, Singapore
  ADDRESS BY ITU SECRETARY-GENERAL
  • Dr Hamadoun Touré
    Secretary-General, International Telecommunication Union
15:00-15:15 Call for Partners
15:15-16:00 Group Photo and afternoon break
16:00-17:30 SESSION 1: GENERAL OVERVIEW: PROMOTING DIGITAL INCLUSION FOR THOSE WITH SPECIAL NEEDS - CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES

Chairman: Mr James Kang, Assistant Chief Executive Officer, Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore
 
  • Defining "ALL": Understanding the Digital Inclusion Issues for Persons with Disabilities, Ageing Populations, Women and Girls
    [Presentation] [Abstract] [Biography]
    Speaker: Ms Susan Schorr, Head, Special Initiatives Division, ITU/BDT
  • Basic Principles to ensure ICT Accessibility for All and the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD)
    [Presentation] [Abstract] [Biography]
    Speaker: Honorable Mr Monthian Buntan, Senator, Government of Thailand
  • Economic and Social Aspects of Digital Inclusion: Regional Perspectives
    [Presentation] [Abstract] [Biography]
    Speaker: Ms Tiziana Bonapace, Chief, ICT and Development Section, ICT and Disaster Reduction Division, ESCAP
  • Assistive Technology - Needs, Challenges and Utilization
    [Presentation] [Abstract] [Biography]
    Speaker: Ms Chia Yong Yong, President, Society for the Physically Disabled
  • Q&A
18:00 Welcome Dinner hosted by CEO, IDA
   
WEDNESDAY, 22 JUNE 2011 (DAY 2)
09:00-10:30 SESSION 2: EFFECTIVE POLICY FRAMEWORKS AND STRATEGIES TO PROMOTE DIGITAL INCLUSION FOR ALL

Chairman: Ms Susan Schorr, Head, Special Initiatives Division, ITU/BDT
 
  • Digital Inclusion for Indigenous People
    [Presentation] [Abstract] [Biography]
    Speaker: Mr Andrew Maurer, Assistant Secretary, Spectrum and Wireless Serivces Branch, DBCDE, Australia
  • Building a Digitally Inclusive Society
    [Presentation] [Abstract] [Biography]
    Speaker: Ms Tan Kar Joo, Senior Director, Government Cluster Group, Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore
  • The e-Accessibility Policy Toolkit for Persons with Disabilities
    [Presentation] [Abstract] [Biography]
    Speaker: Mr Axel Leblois, Executive Director, Global Initiative for Inclusive Information and Communication Technologies (G3ict)
  • Korea's Cases on Collaborative Governance for Digital Inclusion
    [Presentation] [Abstract] [Biography]
    Speaker: Ms Jiyoung Kim, ICT Capacity Building Researcher, ITU Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific
  • Q&A
10:30-11:00 Morning break
11:00-12:30 SESSION 3: TOWARDS DIGITAL INCLUSION FOR AGEING SOCIETY

Chairman: Ms Thelma Kay, Senior Advisor on Ageing Issues, Elderly and Disability Division, Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports, Singapore
 
  • Shape the Future: transforming society through seamless access to digital information and knowledge
    [Presentation] [Abstract] [Biography]
    Speaker: Mr Pascal van den Nieuwendijk, Director, Public & Private Alliance, Public Sector Asia, Microsoft Operations Pte Ltd.
  • e-Care for Elderly in Hong Kong, a case model
    [Presentation] [Abstract] [Biography]
    Speaker: Mr Timothy Ma, Executive Director, Hong Kong Senior Citizen Home Safety Association
  • Towards Integrated Healthcare Systems - Singapore's Experience in Building Primary and Long-term Care Electronic Healthcare Capabilities
    [Presentation] [Abstract] [Biography]
    Speaker: Mr Peter Morgan, Chief Information Officer, Agency for Integrated Care, Ministry of Health, Singapore
  • Experience of Using IT for Active Ageing
    [Presentation] [Abstract] [Biography]
    Speaker: Mr Dick Yip, 2008 Active Ager Award - Silver Infocomm Champion
  • Q&A
12:30-14:00 Lunch break
14:00-15:30 SESSION 4: ACCESSIBLE TELECOMMUNICATION / ICT AND ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGIES

Chairman: Mr Axel Leblois, Executive Director, Global Initiative for Inclusive Information and Communication Technologies (G3ict)
 
  • Broadcasting and IPTV Access for All
    [Presentation] [Abstract] [Biography]
    Speaker: Mr Peter Looms, Chair of the ITU-T Focus Group on Audiovisual Media Accessibility, Danish Broadcasting/European Broadcasting Union
  • DAISY Standard & Disaster RIsk Reduction for All
    [Presentation] [Abstract] [Biography]
    Speaker: Mr Hiroshi Kawamura, President, DAISY Consortium
  • Universal Service Obligation (USO) and Telecommunication Relay Service for Persons with Disabilities
    [Presentation] [Abstract] [Biography]
    Speaker: Mr Wares Borvonsin, Division Director, Universal Service Obligation Bureau, National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission
    (NBTC), Thailand
  • humannetworklabs - sharing on experience in Silver Community Test-bed programme
    [Presentation] [Abstract] [Biography]
    Speaker: Ms Yiping Goh, Managing Director, Human Network Labs
  • Q&A
15:30-16:00 Coffee break
16:00-18:00 SESSION 5: ICTs FOR THE ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL EMPOWERMENT OF WOMEN AND GIRLS AND YOUTH

Chairman: Ms Maria Teresa Camba, Director of Operations, Telecentre.org Foundation
  • The Importance of Digital Inclusion Policies Targeting Women and Girls
    [Presentation] [Abstract] [Biography]
    Speaker: Dr Yoo-Jin Han, Vice Director, Asia Pacific Women Information Network (APWINC)
  • WITNET - Global Network of Women in ICT
    [Presentation] [Abstract] [Biography]
    Speaker: Mr Slobodan Markovic, Adviser to the State Secretary for Digital Agenda, Republic of Serbia
  • 4G WI-MAX Community Broadband Centers in Malaysia: Its impact on the citizens with particular attention to people with special needs
    [Presentation] [Abstract] [Biography]
    Speaker: Mr Michael Lai, CEO, Packet One Networks, Malaysia
  • ICTs for Women's Self Help Groups in Rural India
    [Presentation] [Abstract] [Biography]
    Speaker: Ms Archana G. Gulati, Joint Administrator (Finance), USO Fund, Department of Telecommunications, Ministry of Communication and Information Technology, India
  • Cyberonia - A Game to teach our Young
    [Presentation] [Abstract] [Biography]
    Speaker: Mr Lum Hon Fye, Chairman IT Committee Organization, National Crime Prevention Council, Singapore
  • Q&A
   
THURSDAY, 23 JUNE 2011 (DAY 3)
09:00-11:00 SESSION 6: DIGITAL INCLUSION FOR ALL: LESSONS LEARNT & CASE STUDIES

Chairman: Prof. Vu Minh Khuong, Assistant Professor, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore
  • SIJ@RSVP - An Innovative Approach
    [Presentation] [Abstract] [Biography]
    Speaker: Mr Koh Juay Meng, 2nd Vice President, RSVP Singapore - The Organisation of Senior Volunteers
  • The Role of Universities in Promoting Digital Inclusion for PwDs and Ageing Societies
    [Presentation] [Abstract] [Biography]
    Speaker: Prof. Toshio Obi, Director, APEC e-Government Research Center Waseda University
  • Text-to-Speech (TTS) Development for Mongolia
    [Presentation] [Abstract] [Biography]
    Speaker: Mr Wisit Atipayakoon, Telecom/ICT Specialist, ITU/BDT Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific
  • Accessible Technology - Unlocking Potentials and Opening Opportunities
    [Presentation] [Abstract] [Biography]
    Speaker: Ms Chia Woon Yee, Director, Technology & Vocational Training, Society for the Physically Disabled, Singapore
  • Addressing the Special Needs of Citizens with Disabilities through ICTs: The Case of Sri Lanka
    [Presentation] [Abstract] [Biography]
    Speaker: Mr Mohan Jayasekere, Deputy Director (Policy and International Relations), Telecommunications Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka
  • Q&A
11:00-11:15 Morning break
11:15-12:15 SESSION 7: GLOBAL/REGIONAL INITIATIVES & PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP PROJECTS

Chairman: Ms Aurora A. Rubio, Head, ITU Area Office for South East Asia
  • ITU-telecentre.org Foundation Global Telecentre Women's Digital Literacy Campaign
    [Presentation] [Abstract] [Biography]
    Speaker: Ms Maria Teresa Camba, Director for Operations, Telecentre.org Foundation / Ms Susan Schorr, Head, Special Initiatives Division, ITU/BDT
  • Building Disability Awareness among Internet Stakeholders
    [Presentation] [Abstract] [Biography]
    Speaker: Ms Gunela Astbrink, Director, Internet Society of Australia
  • ITU Activities and Call for Partnerships
      - Connect a School, Connect a Community
      - Proposal for Building Capacity on DAISY
  • Q&A
12:15-12:45 CONCLUSION & ADOPTION OF THE FINAL REPORT
12:45-13:00 CLOSING
 
  • International Telecommunication Union
  • MCYS
     
13:00-14:00 Lunch break
14:00-15:30 SITE VISIT (1): Infocomm Accessibility Centre
 
16:00-17:30 SITE VISIT (2): Silver Infocomm Junction
 
   
At a Glance  

Dates:
21st - 23rd June 2011

Fellowship Deadline:
20 May 2011

Location:
Suntec Convention Centre, Room 303 - 305, Singapore

Organised by: ITU, MCYS, IDA

Contact: For detailed information, please contact

Ms. Aurora Rubio
Head, ITU Area Office for South-East Asia
Email: aurora.rubio@itu.int

or

Mr. Wisit Atipayakoon
ITU Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific
Email: wisit.atipayakoon@itu.int

Target Audience:
  • Policy makers
  • Regulators
  • Executive and Managers
  • Administrators and officials dealing with Persons with Disabilities and/or the Elderly
     
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