W4C in Advocacy

Bridging the Gap: The Digital Divide in Times of COVID-19

By World Learning & Digital Communication Network

Nov 2020

COVID-19 has reaffirmed the need to bridge the gaps in Internet access. The digital divide exists across borders, fields, and generations, impacting virtually every aspect of life. Within the digital realm, the pandemic has increased the digital divide — the uneven distribution in the access to and use of digital technologies whether based on age, geographical or geopolitical factors, social factors, or economic factors. Read More

Promoting Rural Broadband Access Through Partnerships and Policy Reform

By By A4AI at WSIS

July 2020

Today, half of the global population still remains offline. The reality of the geographic divide is bleak: most of those offline are from low and middle-income countries, and only 14% of rural areas have access compared to 42% in urban areas in countries of the Global South. In order to achieve the universal goals for reducing inequality and achieving universal access by 2030, clear frameworks that can guide and speed up progress are crucial. Read More

IGF 2020 Community Networks at Times of Crises and Pandemics

By DC3 at IGF2020

Nov 2020

The session will discuss the value of community networks to expand access and empower individuals and communities in times of emergencies, such as the covid19 pandemic. Participants will discuss concrete initiatives, present case studies and innovative approaches to foster meaningful connectivity, featured in the 2020 DC3 outcome report on “The Value of Internet Openness at Times of Crisis”. Read More

Closing the Digital Divide Gap – Post COVID-19 Contingency Plans

By APrIGF2020

Serves as a platform for discussion, exchange and collaboration at a regional level, and also where possible to aggregate national IGF discussions, ultimately advance the Internet governance development in the Asia Pacific region. In 2010, while the global IGF is already in its fifth and final year of its initial charter, and Regional IGFs have been established in many other regions, including Africa, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, to date, Asia has seen no parallel forum for discussing Internet governance issues at a
regional level. Read More

Innovative Approaches to Connecting Underserved Areas

By Internet Society & Rhizomatica at IGF 2018

2018

The following are the outputs of the real-time captioning taken during the Thirteenth Annual Meeting of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Paris, France, from 12 to 14 November 2018. Although it is largely accurate, in some cases it may be incomplete or inaccurate due to inaudible passages or transcription errors. It is posted as an aid to understanding the proceedings at the event, but should not be treated as an authoritative record. Read More

DC on Community Connectivity

By DC3 at IGF 2016

2016

The following are the outputs of the real-time captioning taken during the Eleventh Annual Meeting of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Jalisco, Mexico, from 5 to 9 December 2016. Although it is largely accurate, in some cases it may be incomplete or inaccurate due to inaudible passages or transcription errors. It is posted as an aid to understanding the proceedings at the event, but should not be treated as an authoritative record. Read More

Technologies and Policies for Last Mile Access and Inclusion

By IEEE Internet Initiative

March 2016

“Universal Access for Social and Economic Inclusion” was the main theme of the IEEE Experts in Technology and Policy (ETAP) Forum on Internet Governance, Cybersecurity, and Privacy in Delhi, India, on 4 March 2016. This was the fourth in a series of regional meetings— “local conversations on a global scale”—to be organized by the IEEE Internet Initiative to connect technology developers and policy makers in a uniquely meaningful way. Read More

IEEE – Advancing Solutions for Internet Inclusion

By IEEE at IGF 2016

Dec 2016

The following are the outputs of the real-time captioning taken during the Eleventh Annual Meeting of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Jalisco, Mexico, from 5 to 9 December 2016. Although it is largely accurate, in some cases it may be incomplete or inaccurate due to inaudible passages or transcription errors. It is posted as an aid to understanding the proceedings at the event, but should not be treated as an authoritative record. Read More

Community Networks: The Internet by the People for the People (DC on Community Connectivity)

By IGF 2016

2016

This is the preview of the book “Community Networks: the Internet by the People for the People,” which is the Official 2017 Outcome of the UN IGF Dynamic Coalition on Community Connectivity (DC3). DC3 is a multistakeholder group aimed at fostering a cooperative analysis of the community network model, exploring how such networks may be used to foster sustainable Internet connectivity while empowering Internet users. Read More

Low-Cost Sustainability Access

By DEF at IGF 2008

2008

The last three days of IGF at Hyderabad we have been talking about innumerable topics related to internet and its various topics , privileges, advances so on. But for the first time there was this interesting session presented by DEF (Digital Empowerment Foundation) India on a topic to ensure that we bring the neglected masses of the underprivileged rural poor who don’t have access to internet. Read More