Main session 2

A positive outlook: Leave no one offline

Half of the world’s population — specifically women, the poor and marginalised populations in developing countries — are still being left offline. What is needed to reach those still offline?

Beyond access, there are still many obstacles to achieving a digital inclusive society. Access to the Internet, ICT’s and digital tools is not only a catalyst for economic growth but increasingly a means for people to participate in today’s society.  Too often access is measured by number of subscribers. This session will address access and power from a multidimensional approach – including infrastructure, affordability and contextual factors such as regulation and social and power structures.


Alison Gillwald – Executive Director, Research ICT Africa

Lawrence Yanovitch – President, GSMA Foundation

Elaine Weidman-Grunewald – Senior Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer, Ericsson

Tarlev Vitalie – Deputy Minister of of Information Technology and Communications, Moldova

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Location: Mässhallen