Moderated High-Level Policy Sessions

Moderated High-Level Policy Sessions

WSIS FORUM 2016 – 04 may 2016

10:40 – 11:30 Session THIRTEEN: Bridging Digital Divides

  1. Mr Houlin Zhao, Secretary-General, ITU (BR)
  2. Chairman: Ambassador Daniel A. Sepulveda, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs, United States of America
  3. High-Level Track Facilitator (HLTF): Dr. Cisse Kane, President, African Civil Society on the Information Society (ACSIS), Senegal
  4. WSIS Action Line Facilitator: Mr. Kemal Huseinovic, Chief of the Infrastructure, Enabling Environment and E-Applications Department, ITU
  5. Guinea (Republic of)– S.E. M Moustapha Mamy Diaby, Ministre, Ministère des Postes, Télécommunications et de l’Economie Numérique
  6. India, National Internet Exchange of India, CEO & Joint Secretary, Department of Electronics & Information Technology, Mr Rajiv Bansal
  7. Internet Society (ISOC)– Mr Raúl Echeberría, Vice President



Look at all means and all groups of people (including those who have not the opportunity to go to school) and identify specific solutions for them in order to get them on board

Complement digital inclusion with investment in local languages and cultures

Include people who have not been to school

Make people concerned about ICT

ICT as an enabler for development and wealth (education, training, and sensitization), not only for fun


Fresh Priorities

Not only follow business models and aspirations

Not only see people as a market but stick to their own needs and aspirations

Avoid gadgetisation

Promote appropriation of ICT through topic interesting populations


Emerging Trends

Software, interfaces and applications in local languages (India)

Networking on critical Internet issues (ISOC)

Culture and local contents



Africa with big potential of growth

The youth

Local languages and cultures as a new market for ICT and an opportunity to narrow digital gaps

Rural areas

Improving quality of service

Demography can lower costs like in India


Key Challenges

Financing implementation

Financing infrastructure

Increase technical skills in emerging and developing countries

Ho to capture more financial resources from the ICT sector to be invested in narrowing digital divides


Case Examples 

Guinea national digitization plan

Computerization of all schools in Guinea

ISOC Networking sessions

IXPs in India

India universal access plan (already 400 million connected) – optic fiber to the villages (250000)



Road ahead

Balance between local needs and business priorities

More equitable redistribution processes: how to capture more resources from the ICT sector to help bridging digital divides

redistribute more ICT revenues in creating new opportunities,

training and capacity building on ICT and critical Internet issues

Invest in enabling access to literacy

enabling more presence of local languages and local contents

Continue to invest in infrastructure




Done by Dr. Cisse Kane,

President, African Civil Society on the Information Society (ACSIS), Senegal

WSIS FORUM 2016 High-Level Track Facilitator (HLTF)

4 may 2016 Geneva