This workshop will give a deep analysis on the major Obstacles Africa as a region has and still is facing to become Interconnected, means of overcoming them and how take action as a multi-stakeholder community.
In proposing this workshop we refer to the paragraph 13 of the Geneva Declaration of principles: “…we shall pay particular attention to the special needs of marginalized and vulnerable groups of society…”. Paragraph 90 (n) of the Tunis Agenda on the Information Society reinforces this statement.
The IGF this year takes place in a location where the Digital Divide has been most prominent. However, interesting changes are prevalent in the area of connectivity and access in the Sub-Saharan region, for example, the massive uptake of mobile phone technology, the developments with submarine cable systems, the investments in terrestrial fiber networks.
In concert with a diverse group of stakeholders, UNESCO in collaboration with the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), will host a session to examine the interplay between the use of ICT, efforts to increase participation in the very important virtual digital spaces and some of the unintended consequences that these developments have brought.
The Internet and mobile technologies have made great inroads in the life of young people and Africa is no exception. The continent presents unique characteristics in terms of the understanding of these technologies, their deployment and the interventions (or the lack of) for making the online environment safe for children. Also the social norms, existing practices influence the uptake of these technologies and applications.
Cloud computing has emerged as a key trend in the Internet world.
Cyberattacks have been increasing both in number and ferocity.
Top-level domains are particularly at risk because of the breadth of
the consequences when failures or service degradations occur. When
a country code top-level domain is attacked, both its economy and
its citizens are at risk.
•Moderator introduces key issues and panellists
•Q&A session (including remote participation)
Traditional approaches to ‘online privacy’ are often based on ‘compliance’ with a patchwork of local laws (where they exist). However, as new mobile services, applications and data flows become increasingly global, geo-graphically-bound laws appear unable to keep pace.
In recent social movements, social networks have become mass communication tools and vehicles for mobilization. Social appropriation of the Internet is becoming a significant part of democratization processes. Websites such as Facebook and Twitter are being widely used by activists and citizens to relay information that is not always accessible through traditional Media, and to also bypass censorship.
It seems that the emergence of new technologies has formed a new arena for public debate.