Workshop Proposal 14


Date: 6 Aug 2014

Time: 10:30 – 12:00

Venue: Tapas 2

Remote Participation LInks: Video / Text / Adobe Connect

Workshop Title Bridging the Digital Divide: Lessons from South East Asia and the South Pacific
Thematic Area of Interest #Access #Digital Divide #ICT #Regulatory #Stimulus #Incentives
Specific Issues of Discussions & Description The Asian Pacific Region contains the world’s largest internet users in the world today yet it also remains amongst the world’s unreached as far underserved regions within the respective countries. The various countries and territories within the Asia Pacific Region are diverse in landscape and terrain making its ICT proliferation challenging. The workshop aims to highlight case studies from Vietnam, India, Nepal, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Fiji, Australia and New Zealand. The Workshop will showcase a fifteen minute video highlighting the case studies within the countries and summarizing key issues. Prior to the APrIGF the Team will be collaborating and streamlining their presentations through the video to ensure a compacted session and to leave room for robust discussions. The Video will include perspectives from Regulators, Telcos, ISPs, Educators, ordinary citizens etc. Then a Panel will discuss the strengths and challenges and discuss ways of leveraging resources to ensure ICT proliferation that is sustainable and accessible. This will be in a round table format with interaction and intervention from the floor. The Workshop will aim to produce a Paper that will summarize the key issues and recommendations. We will also aim to be using remote participation.
Expected Format and Target Panel Members
  • Ms.Salanieta Tamanikaiwaimaro –President of South Pacific Computer Society, Member of SEARCC ExComm, Manager ICT Center, University of the South Pacific, Founder of Pasifika Nexus (Remote)
  • Mr. Benjamin Matthews, Business Consultancy (Remote)
  • Mr. Sakaio Manoa, USP ICT Outreach Coordinator (Remote)

Workshop Organiser Salanieta Tamanikaiwaimaro,Pasifika NEXUS and South Pacific Computer Society