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Panel Subject 2019: Inclusion

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This page is for coordination among the panel team to openly discuss the topics that will be covered under the subject of the "Inclusion" The page includes the relevant survey results, Panel Guidelines and a section for the panel team to discuss in the comments.

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Panel Guidelines

Panel teams should use this process to discuss the panel and get as close as possible to consensus on the following items by April 17.

  • Decide on a concrete subject for the panel based upon discussion and rough consensus. The subject and process should take into account:
    • The IGF-USA Principles
    • The working title, working description and related submissions. See Below
  • Assign team leader(s) and a representative to interface with the steering committee and provide ongoing up to date information to the wrangler and secretariat.

Survey Topic

Title: Innovative Solutions for Digital Inclusion

Working Description: The digital divide remains a significant challenge in the U.S. The Internet is hailed as an enabler of economic liberty for all, but many groups remain offline or have limited connectivity access. Similarly, cultural, education and employment opportunities are tied in inexorably to Internet access. As society becomes more and more reliant on 'always-on' Internet access, how can we make good on the promise of the Internet to make the world a more equitable place by ensuring equal access to the Internet? According to the Pew Reseach Center, home broadband adoption climbed steadily through the first decade of the 21st Century but has remained stuck at around 65% ever since.

Digital opportunity is not distributed equally in the United States, as such, communities across the country have developed innovative solutions to bring those online who may have otherwise been left behind. This panel will explore creative and effective solutions for broadband access and digital literacy, and will offer suggestions and next steps for those looking to implement their own digital inclusion efforts.

Related Submissions

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Submission Number Submission Issue Areas
Submission Number Submission Issue Areas
2019 Submission 1 AI, blockchain, AR/VR, and more global access were among the emerging technologies mentioned in the Global IGF 2018-Paris video survey. Access
2019 Submission 10 Digital Inclusion with a focus on fixed wireless deployments in rural America. Access
2019 Submission 10 Digital Inclusion with a focus on fixed wireless deployments in rural America. Digital Inclusion
2019 Submission 20 Standards for enforcement as to the differential between advertised Internet speed, actual speed, and attribution as to any differential. Access
2019 Submission 21 Disinformation/Misinformation and Democracy, National Data Privacy Law Framework, Future of Online News, Broadband and 5G Access/Equality Access
2019 Submission 22 The importance of Electricity in community networks Access
2019 Submission 27 Access and safety Access
2019 Submission 34 What government actions (e.g., legislation, funding) needed for local mesh networks for better bandwidth Access
2019 Submission 4 Internet shutdown and the Digits Right in Africa Access
2019 Submission 44 Connecting the unconnected, digital inclusion and accessibility, can community networks solve connectivity issues, future of work. Access
2019 Submission 44 Connecting the unconnected, digital inclusion and accessibility, can community networks solve connectivity issues, future of work. Digital Inclusion
2019 Submission 47 Broadband availability and adoption - what barriers exist & what policy reforms could encourage more widespread broadband access in the US? Access
2019 Submission 50 1 IoT security

2 Importance of collaboration for rural & remote access 3 Unintended consequences of regulation

4 Impacts of consolidation
Access
2019 Submission 53 The Next Generation Internet: Investigating Community Networks as a Socio-Legal, Technical System and as a Public Trust Access
2019 Submission 58 Aligning with the UN and other bodies to agree upon a standard definition for digital literacy. See additional context below. Digital Inclusion
2019 Submission 69 Internet Accessibility Digital Inclusion
2019 Submission 70 Usage of Internet as an International Development Tool Access