“Leave no one offline”

Access and Power Theme for Stockholm Internet Forum 2017 (SIF17)

The connections between access and power are the focus for SIF17. The empowering benefits of Internet accessibility will be disseminated and analyzed from an intersectional perspective, targeting political, economic and social aspects of power.

The theme connects to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development which recognizes that “the spread of information and communication technology and global interconnectedness has great potential to accelerate human progress, to bridge the digital divide and to develop knowledge societies” Digital development and access to information is key to the realization of the 2030 Agenda that strives to leave no one behind, hence “Leave no one offline” is the slogan for SIF17.

Organised and hosted by Sida, SIF is a unique conference that connects a broad range of people from various parts of society working to use the potential of the Internet to reduce poverty and fight oppression.SIF is committed to equality and diversity and it has successfully gathered participants engaged in digital development and freedom of expression from all over the world since 2012. Around 500 people from 90 mostly low and middle income countries participated in SIF 2015.

SIF participants range from internet activists, members of academia, representatives of companies, organisations and governments, entrepreneurs, digital innovators etc. We receive many testimonies from participants that are able to connect and network with likeminded people across sectors in a way that would have been impossible without this conference.

The number of participants are limited and therefore participation is by invitation only. Those of you who are unable to join us in Stockholm in May can follow SIF17 live here and on Twitter.

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