About the session
This is a main session organized to showcase and discuss the Policy Network on Meaningful Access.
Given the state of affordable and meaningful connectivity across rural areas in all global south regions, explore how complementary/alternative provider models can address the existing gaps; and what policy and regulation needs to be in place to support expansion of access to those areas and communities
To ensure a working digital ecosystem, including one where alternative business models are possible, what are the digital and technical capacities required at the community level to sustain networks, services and a thriving ICT ecosystem in rural/marginalized areas.
A closer look at content development and how local content is critical to sustain communities and stimulate demand; focusing on cases where there are good practices with local content development, including in local languages.
Therefore, the PNMA's Multistakeholder Working Group has agreed on the following Statement of Purpose:
"We have come a long way with local, national and global efforts towards universal connectivity and meaningful access, from a wide number of organizations across all stakeholder groups. However, the implementation of policies around meaningful access remains challenging.
Therefore, the PNMA MWG has decided not to concentrate its work on mapping or definition tracks since it is already covered in other fora. We will build on those work from a number of current and past efforts. The MWG agreed to explore concrete actions the members of the PNMA could support so that the main outcome of the PNMA is not only a set of recommendations."
Key policy questions:
"How to improve use and quality of connectivity"
"What is the impact of connectivity"
Co-Moderation by the PNMA MWG Co-Chairs: Mrs. Sonia Jorge and Mrs. Sylvia Cadena
PART 1 - Setting the scene
Mrs. Sonia Jorge, PNMA Co-Chair
Mrs. Anriette Esterhuysen, IGF MAG Chair
Mrs. Marielza Oliveira, Director, UNESCO
PART 2 - Discussions (50 min)
Dialogue 1 - Connectivity: overview & findings (10min)
Carlos Rey-Moreno, Co-lead Local Networks: Policy and Strategy, Association for Progressive Communications (APC)
Jane Coffin, Independent Expert
Dialogue 2 - Digital Inclusion: overview & findings (10min)
Roberto Zambrana, MAG member
Nnenna Nwakanma, Chief Web Advocate, WebFoundation
Dialogue 3 - Capacity Development: overview & findings (10min)
Michuki Mwangi, Senior Director, Internet Technology and Development, Internet Society
Dr. Margaret Nyambura Ndung'u, Senior IG Expert, Technical Assistance to PRIDA
Q&A - Bringing all together (20min)
PART 3 - Looking ahead (10 min)
Juwang Zhu, Director of the Division for Public Institutions and Digital Government/DESA
Moderator 1: Sylvia Cadena, Head of Programs, APNIC Foundation
Moderator 2: Sonia Jorge, Executive Director, Alliance for Affordable Internet (A4AI) - Web Foundation
MAG Liaison: Carlos A. Afonso
MAG Liaison: Giacomo Mazzone
MAG Liaison: Karim Attoumani Mohamed
MAG Liaison: Roberto Zambrana
PNMA Facilitator: Raquel Gatto