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The panel will analyze and share the experiences of indigenous communicators and community networks about the actions taken in different countries and contexts by diverse stakeholders, including policy makers and regulators, to create an enabling environment that have allowed them to manage and operate their own technological and communication projects. It will also go through challenges that face some communities towards accessible and equitable conditions for inclusive connectivity and the role that governments and non-governmental stakeholders should play to address them. The participants, in preparation for the WSIS+20 Review, will also reflect on new challenges facing indigenous and rural communities when incorporating their realities to the information society.


Carlos Francisco Baca Feldman (Moderator)
Learning and Mentorship Lead at LocNet Initiative
Rhizomatica Communications (Mexico)

Roxana Widmer-Iliescu
Senior Coordinator of Digital Inclusion
International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Development Bureau- BDT

Josephine Miliza (Remote Panelist)
Policy Lead at the Local Access Networks Initiative
Association for Progressive Communications (Kenya)

Sushil Pal
Joint Secretary
Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) Government of India

Dawit Bekele
Regional Vice President for Africa
Internet Society

Michel Roberto de Souza
Public Policy Director
Derechos Digitales



29 May 2024
10:00–10:45 (UTC+02:00)
Room 16, CICG, 3rd Floor
Organised by
Association for Progressive Communications (APC), Rhizomatica and ITU-D Digital Inclusion
APC Members