Equal access – Distributed power
The theme of SIF 2017 is “Access and Power” – a duality that can be analysed in many different ways. It is not enough to have access to the Internet, ICT’s and digital tools to achieve social justice and development outcomes. The question of what people have access to and what possibilities access gives also needs to be addressed. Access to the Internet is more than technical aspects and solutions – there are also dimensions related to rights, policy and power that need to be addressed.
At SIF we are keen on framing the current struggles and challenges in order to formulate possible ways ahead. One way to approach this is to discuss the co-relation between access and power. The first main session on the various aspects of access and power, is designed to get the conversation started.
Nnenna Nwakanma – World Wide Web Foundation
Nadia Al Saqqaf – Former minister of Information in Yemen and PhD researcher at Reading university
Frank La Rue – Assistant Director-General Communication and Information at UNESCO
Alexandria Walden – Public Policy and Government Relations Counsel, Free Expression, Google