2017 Forum programme

Panel Session
When connectivity is not enough: driving meaningful digital inclusion
Thursday, September 28, 2017, 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM, Room 201-202

Meeting the ICT sector’s ambitious goal of connecting the next 1.5 billion world citizens by 2020 calls for innovative approaches to universal access, including new technologies, new business models and new public-private-civic sector partnerships. But connectivity alone is not enough. To drive broadband adoption with all the associated socio-economic benefits it brings, we need to focus explicitly on creating demand. Content must be in local languages and relevant to local contexts and communities. Compelling services and applications in areas such as banking, health, education and entertainment is key. Digital inclusion can only be effective and meaningful when there is awareness of the benefits of connectivity, the skills and confidence to exploit it, and affordable, attractive content. What progress is being made towards meaningful connectivity, and what stumbling blocks are emerging? How can we reach the marginalized groups that are disproportionately unconnected, the rural, low-income, illiterate, elderly and female? Can improving access to public services drive demand? What training and education programmes have proved successful? Are affordability, bandwidth and awareness as important as local content creation?

 

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