Digital inclusion policies for the forgotten billion

04 September 2014 - A Workshop on Istanbul,Turkey


IGF 2014 sub theme that this workshop fall under

Policies Enabling Access


There are one billion people with disability globally of which 80% live in developing countries according to the World Health Organisation. In many cases, they are the forgotten billion in terms of digital inclusion policies.

This workshop is designed to identify and discuss the key policy drivers to overcome the barriers to participation in the digital economy by people with disability. 2014 is a pivotal year for Internet governance with NETmundial and the transition of the stewardship of the IANA functions. The multistakeholder model is a key part of these Internet governance discussions.

However, if a substantial stakeholder group is forgotten, then do we have a real multistakeholder model?

This workshop will bring together representatives from key international organisations to discuss and debate what the barriers and challenges are but most importantly, how to break through these barriers to bring about significant policy change and to move towards a more inclusive multistakeholder model.

Through this gradual change, people with disability will in future have more opportunities for education, employment and participation through increased accessibility to and affordability of the Internet.

The participants in the workshop will be key representatives from the Internet Society, NETmundial, ICANN, ITU and W3C together with representatives from developing countries.

Inter-governmental and international organisations will bring a high-level perspective on developments and future plans. This will be balanced with reports of actual user issues in India.

Introduction of topic
Introduction of panel members
5-minute key points provided by each panel member
Focused discussion on strategies to involve disability representatives as stakeholders in Internet governance policy development
Summary and suggested actions

Name(s) and stakeholder and organizational affiliation(s) of institutional co-organizer(s)

Ms Gunela Astbrink
Civil Society
Internet Society of Australia

Has the proposer, or any of the co-organizers, organized an IGF workshop before?


The link to the workshop report

2009 IGF (unable to access on IGF website)

Type of session


Duration of proposed session

90 minutes

Subject matter #tags that describe the workshop

#inclusion, #disability, #accessibility, #policy, #multistakeholder model

Names and affiliations (stakeholder group, organization) of speakers the proposer is planning to invite

Markus Kummer
Technical community
Senior Vice-President
Internet Society
Contacted and confirmed

Adam Peake
Civil society
Executive Research Fellow, Center for Global Communications, International University of Japan
Executive Multi-Stakeholder Committee of NETmundial
Contacted and confirmed

Andrea Saks
Civil society
TDI Telecommunications for the Deaf Inc.
Coordinator of the Dynamic Coalition for Accessibility and Disability
Contacted and confirmed

Olivier Crepin-Leblond
Civil society
Chair, At-Large Advisory Committee
Contacted. Confirmed

Shadi Abou-Zahra
Technical community
Activity Lead, Web Accessibility Initiative International Program, W3C Office
Contacted. Confirmed

Satish Babu
Technical community
Director, International Centre for Free and Open Source Software (ICFOSS)
Contacted. Confirmed

Name of Moderator(s)

Gunela Astbrink

Name of Remote Moderator(s)

Deirdre Williams

Description of how the proposer plan to facilitate discussion amongst speakers, audience members and remote participants

This workshop will comprise 5 minute presentations from each of the speakers. After this scene-setting, focused questions will be set by the moderator and directed towards the panel of speakers. Audience members and remote participants will be encouraged to participate in this discussion.
A summary of the discussion will be provided and relevant points highlighted for follow-up.

Description of the proposer's plans for remote participation

If any invited speakers are not able to attend the IGF in person, they will be asked to participate remotely.

Background paper

background paper