Session: Internet for Democratic Participation of Vulnerable People in Public Life: Best Practices Exchange

Time: 
Wed, 2011-09-28 09:00 - 10:30

Concise Description:
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.
We subscribe to the general theme of the IGF 2011 “Internet as a catalyst of change” and would like to initiate a discussion on how Internet governance and innovative approaches in this field could make the Internet more inclusive and participatory taking into account the needs of socially excluded groups and in particular include into the Building process of Information Society opinions and Initiatives of the people with migrant background.
The present workshop proposal is the result of the conclusions of the workshop n°109 that was held during the IGF 2010. One of the conclusion points’ was to continue discussions concerning the use of ICT by people with migrant background but also to propose concrete actions in cooperation with different actors.
The Internet could be a catalyst for change; it is also a perfect tool that allows people with a migrant background to learn more about their citizenship and the citizenship of residence. These people represent a fragile group due to their particular vulnerability. Using ICTs and the Internet they can then more easily participate in public life at different levels. Internet can grant them the possibility and the motivation to fully discover and enjoy their rights of citizens. Accordingly the Internet can be a catalyst for change that will include and motivate active citizenship and the participation of all in the Building Process of Information Society.
The purpose of this workshop is to share the best of worldwide existing models of ICT by vulnerable people (people with migrant background and those socially excluded) for a better integration into the Building Process of Information Society and more participation in public life. We would also discuss and emphasize the experience we have gained during the implementation of the presented projects and models. We would like to present Initiatives instigated by different actors, i.e. private sector, public sector, civil society, local authorities and politicians for different categories of vulnerable people (youth, elderly people, active citizens, unemployed, and victims of trafficking).
We also wish to share experiences on how the use of Internet can assist people with a migrant background and help them cope with a number of difficulties (literacy, digital divide, Internet access in a number of areas), the dangers and risks (different types of exploitation, online risks and safe Internet, information on their rights and responsibilities, access to information on legal and administrative aspects) in order to fully enjoy their Human Rights and be an integrated part of the public life.
The question of inclusive Internet and of the participation of people with a migrant background and those socially excluded in the global Information society is more and more crucial, due to the recent events worldwide and various political changes.
The objective is also to launch the discussion as to which steps to undertake next and to try to answer the following questions:
-Should we carry on sharing and exchanging this type of experience in future?
-How best take into account national or regional priorities?
-What should our next step be in order to solve the question on how to include into the Building Process of Information Society this type of population worldwide and not only in a number of regions?
-What are the specific issues and questions regarding this type of population and its participation in public life?
-What can be done for fragile people with a migrant background in order to motivate active citizenship of this target group?

From twitter...


Xavier_Rudolph (Ogunbodede oladapo)

RT @gbengasesan: "The biggest vulnerability is poverty. We should build universal access to the internet into MDG goal 8." - Frank La Rue at #igf11 #126

2 years 28 weeks ago

asteris (Asteris Masouras)

RT @gbengasesan: "The biggest vulnerability is poverty. We should build universal access to the internet into MDG goal 8." - Frank La Rue at #igf11 #126

2 years 28 weeks ago

NoSafeWord (Grady Johnson)

RT @gbengasesan: "The biggest vulnerability is poverty. We should build universal access to the internet into MDG goal 8." - Frank La Rue at #igf11 #126

2 years 28 weeks ago

dotunbabayemi (Oludotun Babayemi)

RT @gbengasesan: "The biggest vulnerability is poverty. We should build universal access to the internet into MDG goal 8." - Frank La Rue at #igf11 #126

2 years 28 weeks ago

CowWheel (Mourad Mahidi)

RT @gbengasesan: "The biggest vulnerab. is poverty. We should build univers. access to the inet into MDG goal 8." Frank LaRue at #igf11 #126

2 years 28 weeks ago

chezndy (Uche Ndubuisi-Agwu)

RT @gbengasesan: "The biggest vulnerability is poverty. We should build universal access to the internet into MDG goal 8." - Frank La Rue at #igf11 #126

2 years 28 weeks ago

gbengasesan ('Gbenga Sesan)

"The biggest vulnerability is poverty. We should build universal access to the internet into MDG goal 8." - Frank La Rue at #igf11 #126

2 years 28 weeks ago

polyblog (Polyology)

Rosemary Okello-Orlale: the net has offered women kind of a free zone, a place where they can conduct and say what they want #igf11 #126

2 years 28 weeks ago

polyblog (Polyology)

Rosemary: the internet has offered women kind of a free zone, a place where they can conduct and say what they want #igf11 #126 #genderit

2 years 28 weeks ago

egreenng (MindtheGap Programme)

RT @gbengasesan: "1 in 5 young people are at risk of being exploited/abused online" - Henri Malosse (European Economic/Social Council) via video #igf11 #126

2 years 28 weeks ago