Internet Inclusion: Advancing Solutions – New Delhi, India – 6 October 2017

The IEEE Internet Initiative hosted an Internet Inclusion Workshop on 6 October, at the ITC Maurya New Delhi as a pre-event leading up to the Global Conference on Cyberspace 2017 (GCCS) on 23-24 November in New Delhi. GCCS promotes an inclusive Cyberspace with a focus on policies and frameworks for inclusivity, sustainability, development, security, safety and freedom, technology, and partnerships for upholding digital democracy, maximizing collaboration for strengthening security and safety, and advocating dialogue for digital diplomacy.

The IEEE 6 October workshop built on IEEE’s overall internet inclusion series held around the world, including previous events in Washington, D.C., New Delhi, Tel Aviv, Geneva, Joao Passoa, Brazil, Guadalajara, Mexico, and Windhoek, Africa.

Invited leaders from businesses, NGOs, government bodies, and academia, among others, discussed issues of internet inclusion from such perspectives as innovative business models and financing, public access and community networks, energy and connectivity, the gender divide, and digital literacy in the context of what the needed consensus-driven outputs are that can advance ideas and hasten the development, adoption, and use of sustainable solutions.

Via a collective process, participants clustered and prioritized challenges to clearly define problem statements and identify possible approaches and solutions that can be adopted and used to frame the focus of an IEEE India Internet Inclusion expert group’s work plan to promote equitable access and use of the internet through efforts to identify, build, and advance solutions to this end.


Event report

“IEEE Series Aims to Advance Internet Inclusion Worldwide” by Karen McCabe | The Institute (November 2017)

News release: IEEE Hosts ‘Internet Inclusion: Advancing Solutions—India’ to Collaborate on Connecting the Unconnected 

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Start Time End Time Lunch Workshop Agenda
12:30 p.m. 13:00 p.m. Registration
13:00 p.m. 14:00 p.m. Lunch
14:05 p.m. 14:10 p.m. Opening Remarks
14:10 p.m. 14:20 p.m. Workshop Overview and Instructions
14:20 p.m. 14:45 p.m. Activity 1: Challenges

In a "rapid fire" methodology participants will brainstorm on internet inclusion challenges. The output will be a list of issues inhibiting internet inclusion progress in India.
14:45 p.m. 15:00 p.m. Activity 2: Clustering & Prioritization

Participants will cluster and vote on the challenges, then prioritize the top three. The output is a prioritized list of the top challenges to address.
15:00 p.m. 15:45 p.m. Activity 3: Solutions

In three break-out groups for each of the three prioritized challenges participants will define the challenge, noting impacts, contributing factors and critical/key actors. They will then identify solutions and discuss them, assemble recommendations and next steps, and report out on their discussions.
15:45 p.m. 16:10 p.m. Activity 4: Team Presentations
16:10 p.m. 16:25 p.m. Global Conference on Cyber Space (GCCS) Presentation
16:25 p.m. 16:30 p.m. Next Steps and Closing Remarks

Review of action items, next steps, and concluding remarks.



September 2016 Internet Inclusion: Advancing Solutions — New Delhi Event

Internet Inclusion: Advancing Solutions — New Delhi Report — September 2016 

Experts in Technology and Policy (ETAP) — New Delhi Report — March 2016

Other IEEE Internet Initiative event reports