IGF 2018 WS #357
Access to ICTs from gendered lens

Organizer 1: Civil Society, Asia-Pacific Group
Organizer 2: Civil Society, Asia-Pacific Group

Speaker 1: Shmyla Khan, Civil Society, Asia-Pacific Group
Speaker 2: Kee Jac sm, Civil Society, Asia-Pacific Group
Speaker 3: Nanjira Sambuli, Civil Society, African Group
Speaker 4: Liana Kiessling, Intergovernmental Organization, Intergovernmental Organization
Speaker 5: Said Zazai, Technical Community, Western European and Others Group (WEOG)


Panel - 60 Min


The panel will bring together a diverse set of individuals, including lawyers, activists, advocates, from global south and north working towards right to privacy in digital age to discuss how government surveillance affect people’s right to privacy and what can and should be done to ensure the said right.


Digital Rights Foundation strives to highlight diversity in all its work. For these panels, we intend to bring experts and representative from communities that deserve to be heard. Our sessions focus on the issues of people of colour, and most of our work explores the gendered implications of technology. Our sessions at IGF will also be reflective of the principles of diversity that DRF stands for.

Is technological divide real in the global community in this time and age? Is the right to online spaces only limited to the west? Hamara Internet (Our Internet) is a campaign which focuses on the right to access and reclaim online spaces for all as a fundamental open internet right. The digital gender divide in Pakistan is very significant and the hamara internet campaign focuses on how to curb this divide and make the internet more inclusive for all.
In this panel the discussion will focus on the digital divide in terms of accessibility and inclusivity in the global community. What are the contributing factors that result in this divide and how can policy makers and ISP’s can work together to make the internet fit for all.

The discussion will be open by the onsite moderator with the introduction of panelists, moving on to asking questions and facilitating discussion, all the while taking questions from the audience - both online and onsite - during the interventions to promote participant engagement throughout the session.

Digital gender divide is a problem all around the world in which access to technology and inclusivity on the internet is very limited. The driving force which makes matters worse and contribute to gender divide like language, socio-economic status and political reasons makes the internet very limited for certain individuals. The session will focus on this divide and why such divides exist and how can they be overcome. The right to online spaces exists for all then why is it that online spaces are only limited and restricted for certain people?

Online Participation

To accomodate online participation, the onsite moderator will be taking questions from the remote attendees, directed to them by the online moderator. These questions and comments will be collected throughout the session, and will be shared with the room as and when feasible.