By APCNews LONDON, 04 August 2008
Equitable access is about addressing social and economic imbalances when developing policy and rolling out ICTs, so that people from diverse backgrounds have more or less similar opportunities when it comes to accessing and using technology. Many information and communication technologies (ICT) enthusiasts are developing innovative new solutions to bring access one step closer to communities but these pioneering efforts are currently scattered and largely unavailable in public domain.
APC launches a series on equitable access to ICT infrastructure. This included an event on equitable access which took place in Rio de Janeiro in November 2007 as well as a series of papers and commentaries on the themes of business models, policy and regulation, tools and technologies and people, networks and capabilities.
All summaries, issue papers and commentaries will be available in Spanish and French at the end of August.
Read all of them here [in English]
- Business models for equitable access – issue paper by Muriuki Mureithi and a commentary by Seán Ó Siochrú
- Capacity building for equitable access – issue paper by David Souter and commentaries by Steve Buckley and F.F. Tusubira
- Policies for equitable access – issue paper by Lishan Adam and commentaries by Amy Mahan and Willie Currie
- Tools and technologies for equitable access: issue paper by Alberto Escudero-Pascual and commentaries by Carlos Afonso and Steven Song
- Rio Workshop – summary by Alan Finlay [pdf format]
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