Tackling Barriers to Access, Participation and Impact of the Internet in the developing world

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This session is inspired by the Africa focus night parallel event held at the IGF, which sought to weigh African contributions to global internet governance debates, which noted that issues of access remain critical in the developing world. It is also inspired by disparities in internet penetration between, particularly Africa the rest of the world, which stands at 27% , against world average of 45%. The question that the session, which would be structured as a strategy meeting aimed at feeding into the national and regional IGF, seeks to address is; 1. Why in spite of all the investment in infrastructure by governments, growth of mobile industry and competitive operators does internet access remains low? & what strategies can be employed to enhance access particularly to marginal sections of society? (This would largely focus on policy trends - in relation to ISP's/Tax regimes/priorities for marginal communities) 2. What are the barriers to accessing the internet and what common strategies can be employed so that the developing world make a 'significant' contribution to the connecting of the next billion? (This would focus on the politics of cost i.e. net-neutrality and zero rated services etc ) 3. What are the barriers and hinderances to full and meaningful organising, participation and transacting online in the realisation of the full potential of the internet (This would be largely be the human rights aspects - digital literacy, surveillance, self-censorship, media laws) At the end of the meeting, strategy documents that clearly outline parameters of enhancing the above will drawn for possible adoption nationally and regionally.

Tackling Barriers to Access, Participation and Impact of the Internet in the developing world
Presenter/s Nanjira and Xeenarh
Bio/s bio to come
Language English

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