Reclaiming ICTs for Development

UNESCO Chair in ICT4D, Royal Holloway, University of London


Session 345

Friday, 11:00 – 12:45 Popov Room 1, ITU Tower Thematic Workshop

Empowering the poorest and most marginalised

The key premise of the workshop is that the global spread of ICTs has increased inequality, and that the poorest and most marginalised have therefore failed sufficiently to benefit. The workshop will explore whether the continued focus on the ways through which ICTs can contribute to economic growth will inevitably lead to ever increasing, and dangerous, inequality, and will make recommendations as to how different stakeholders can best ensure that the poorest and most marginalised can indeed benefit from their use.  It begins with short provocative statements by six high-level panellists (see below), and then the collective wisdom of participants will be used to create a map for the future actions that are necessary for a radical rethinking of ICT4D, that may empower the poorest and most marginalised - women and girls in patriarchal societies, people with disabilities, children living and working on the streets, the elderly, the sick, refugees...

The session will also provide a platform for the launch of OUP's new book "Reclaiming Information and Communication Technologies for Development"

It is being convened by the UNESCO Chair in ICT4D, which focuses on research and policy impact, focusing especially on empowering the most marginalised through the use of ICTs.

Panellists will be:

• Alex Wong (Head, Global Challenge Partnerships & Member of the Executive Committee; Head of the Future of the Internet Global Challenge Initiative, World Economic Forum) on The power of partnership

• Dr. Bushra Hassan (School of Psychology, University of Sussex) on The wisdom of marginalised women

• Charlotte Smart (Digital Policy and Programme Manager, Department for International Development, UK) on The delivery of donors

• Michael Kende (Senior Advisor, Analysis Mason, and former Chief Economist of the Internet Society) on The trust in technology

• Nigel Hickson (VP IGO Engagement, ICANN) on The design of the domain name system

• Torbjörn Fredrikson (Head of ICT Analysis Section of the Division on Technology and Logistics, UNCTAD) on The energy of entrepreneurship

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 C6 logo C6. Enabling environment
  • AL C8 logo C8. Cultural diversity and identity, linguistic diversity and local content
  • AL C9 logo C9. Media
  • 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 1: No poverty logo Goal 1: End poverty in all its forms everywhere
  • Goal 3: Good health and well-being logo Goal 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all
  • 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 12: Responsible consumption and production logo Goal 12: Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
  • Goal 16: Peace, justice and strong institutions logo Goal 16: Promote just, peaceful and inclusive societies
  • Goal 17: Partnerships for the goals logo Goal 17: Revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development

Moderator

Prof. Tim Unwin


Speakers/Panellists

• Alex Wong (Head, Global Challenge Partnerships & Member of the Executive Committee; Head of the Future of the Internet Global Challenge Initiative, World Economic Forum) on The power of partnership

• Dr. Bushra Hassan (School of Psychology, University of Sussex) on The wisdom of marginalised women

• Charlotte Smart (Digital Policy and Programme Manager, Department for International Development, UK) on The delivery of donors

• Michael Kende (Senior Advisor, Analysis Mason, and former Chief Economist of the Internet Society) on The trust in technology

• Nigel Hickson (VP IGO Engagement, ICANN) on The design of the domain name system

• Torbjörn Fredrikson (Head of ICT Analysis Section of the Division on Technology and Logistics, UNCTAD) on The energy of entrepreneurship

Links

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