5 November 2012

IGF Baku - Digital Inclusion and Public Access to the Internet (6th November 2012, Workshop 130)

 An Investment in Digital Inclusion and Twenty-First Century Skills

IFLA, together with Electronic Information for Libraries (EIFL) and the Internet Society (ISOC) will hold a workshop during this year'’s Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Baku, Azerbaijan. The workshop will highlight the importance of libraries for guaranteeing public access to the internet and the essential role libraries are playing in this. Every day, the world's 230,000 public libraries play a key role in enabling tens of millions of users to access up to date and crucial information through the Internet. You can find further information on this in the background brief.

The workshop is intended to further develop the conversation surrounding libraries as agents for development, and to raise awareness within the IGF's multistakeholder community that libraries are the perfect partner to solve the problem of digital inclusion.

The workshop features

From the funding sector:

  • Siri Oswald, Senior Program Officer, Global Libraries program of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

From the government sector:

  • Paul Andre-Baran, Honorary Advisor to the Ministry of Communications, Romania
  • Sangay Khandu, Member of Parliament and the National Council in Bhutan

The library and community services representatives:

  • Ari Katz, Director, Beyond Access
  • Jamilya Talibzadeh, Deputy Director of the Presidential Library of Azerbaijan;
  • Olivier Crepin-Leblond, Chair of the ISOC England chapter From the business sector:
  • Dejan Cvetovic, Regional Technology Officer of Microsoft, Central and Eastern Europe
  • Kafui Preibbie, CEO of Techaide, an IT social enterprise in Ghana

If you are not in Baku, the good news is that you can still join and actively participate in the workshop via remote participation where you can add your questions and comments.

We look forward to your active input in the session. If you are in Baku for the IGF, please come and join the discussion in Workshop 130 (6th November, Room 7, 14.30pm Baku time).

For more information about the IGF and IFLA’s participation please, see here

WSIS (World Summit on the Information Society), Azerbaijan, Digital inclusion, Intellectual property, IGF, Internet Governance Forum

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