Network for Digital Development – Advancing a Global Action Agenda

World Economic Forum/IEEE

Session 335

16:30–18:15, Thursday, 15 June 2017 ICT Discovery, ITU Montbrillant Thematic Workshop

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Launched in 2016, the Network for Digital Development and the Internet Inclusion: Advancing Solutions platforms, coordinated by the World Economic Forum and IEEE respectively, have brought together dozens of global organizations and experts across business, government, civil society, and the multilateral/bilateral sector to increase global coordination and collaboration on digital development efforts. This session will feature breakouts on a number of topics associated with the Global Working Groups established to date. Session participants are invited to learn about the work completed to date, share ideas and insights, and get involved in the working group next steps.


Alex Wong, World Economic Forum/ Karen McCabe, IEEE


Breakout Group 1: Gender and the Digital Divide
Discussion Leader:

  • Doreen Bogdan-Martin, Chief, Strategic Planning and Membership Department, International Telecommunication Union (ITU), Geneva

Breakout Group 2: Data for Digital Development
Discussion Leader:

  • Christopher Yoo, John H. Chestnut Professor of Law, Communication and Computer and Information Science; Director, Center for Technology, Innovation and Competition, University of Pennsylvania, USA

Breakout Group 3: Access to Justice
Discussion Leader:

  • Karen Tse, Chief Executive Officer, International Bridges to Justice, Switzerland

Breakout Group 4: New Models to Finance Connectivity Infrastructure
Discussion Leader:

  • Maikel Wilms, Director, The Boston Consulting Group, Netherlands

Breakout Group 5: Digital Literacy
Discussion Leader:

  • Melissa Sassi, Program Manager, Affordable Access Initiatives, Microsoft
  • Stephen Wyber, Manager, Policy and Advocacy, The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA)

Moderated by

  • Alex Wong, Head of Global Challenge Partnerships, Member of the Executive Committee, World Economic Forum
  • Karen McCabe, Senior Director, Technology Policy and International Affairs, IEEE, USA


Session's link to WSIS Action Lines

  • AL C1 logo C1. The role of public governance authorities and all stakeholders in the promotion of ICTs for development
  • AL C2 logo C2. Information and communication infrastructure
  • AL C3 logo C3. Access to information and knowledge
  • AL C4 logo C4. Capacity building
  • AL C5 logo C5. Building confidence and security in the use of ICTs
  • AL C10 logo C10. Ethical dimensions of the Information Society
  • AL C11 logo C11. International and regional cooperation

Session's link to Sustainable Development Process

  • Goal 4: Quality education logo Goal 4: Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all
  • Goal 5: Gender equality logo Goal 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
  • Goal 8: Decent work and economic growth logo Goal 8: Promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth, employment and decent work for all
  • Goal 9: Industry, innovation and infrastructure logo Goal 9: Build resilient infrastructure, promote sustainable industrialization and foster innovation
  • Goal 10: Reduced inequalities logo Goal 10: Reduce inequality within and among countries
  • Goal 16: Peace, justice and strong institutions logo Goal 16: Promote just, peaceful and inclusive societies


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