IGF 2023 Lightning Talk #96 Emerging Tech and Solutions for Digital Inclusion

Sunday, 8th October, 2023 (00:40 UTC) - Sunday, 8th October, 2023 (01:10 UTC)
SC – Room H

Internet Society of China
Rui ZHONG, Internet Society of China, Civil Society, Asia Pacific Region


Xiao ZHANG, CNNIC, Technical Community, Asia Pacific Region


Mr. Chengqing HUANG, VP of the Internet Society of China, Diretor General of China IGF, Asia Pacific Region


Ms. Xiao ZHANG, Deputy Director of CNNIC, Asia Pacific Region


Ms. Haiyan GU, GM, Law Affairs, Sina Group, Asia Pacific Region

Onsite Moderator

Rui ZHONG, Internet Society of China

Online Moderator

Ping WU, Internet Society of China


Rui ZHONG, Internet Society of China



Targets: To empower the disadvantaged groups through new Internet and digital technology is a very important approach to realize the goal of improving their economic and social benefits.


Presentation + Q&A Interaciton

Duration (minutes)

According to the UN World Population Prospects 2022, the population above age 65 years is growing more rapidly than the population below that age. The share of global population at ages 65 and above is projected to rise from 10 per cent in 2022 to 16 per cent in 2050. Meanwhile, an estimated 46% of older people aged 60 years and over are people with disabilities. One in every five women is likely to experience disability in her life, while one in every ten children is a child with a disability. The commitment to realizing the rights both online and offline of the vulnerable groups is not only a matter of justice, it is an investment in a common future. It is central to the promise of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development to leave no one behind in this digital era. As the rising of emerging Internet digital technology, people could enjoy the convenience brought by new intelligent services in travel, consumption, medical treatment, handling of affairs, and other aspects of daily life. But sometimes certain groups will feel difficult to keep pace with the new development of technology. Examples as the ageing groups are no familiar with the operation of smart devices, the visual vulnerability groups are hard to operate on the APP or enjoy some interaction services. New technology shall be the leverage to a more inclusive social environment other than to create new digital divides. In this regards, the session is expected to bring together speakers from multi-stakeholders to share how to promote the comprehensive development of inclusive digital environments, by taking the advantage of emerging tech and solutions, and avoiding the new gaps coursed by new tech.

The session is open for online and onsite with hybrid format that online and onsite moderators will be in charge of facilitate the interaction with the participants. The moderators will invite participants to raise questions for the speakers afther the presentation. We will request more time to be left for the interaction to ensure a smooth communication between two sides. To attract more participants, we will post session info on our social network platform and will put post-stand up at the IGF Booth, if successfully applied.