Presentation on theme: "Getting beyond the Global Digital Divide: A Reality Check, Progress Report and Workshop Introduction Thomas Ruddy, Workshop Co-Chair Solothurn University."— Presentation transcript:
Getting beyond the Global Digital Divide: A Reality Check, Progress Report and Workshop Introduction Thomas Ruddy, Workshop Co-Chair Solothurn University of Applied Sciences, Olten
firstname.lastname@example.org Workshop Overview Recent changes on the international scene and their effects on digital divide programs What the big players have been doing and say should be done What our speakers‘ organizations are doing, and what we think should be done
email@example.com The Story of Ali and his Crank-up Radio
firstname.lastname@example.org Ali heard about McDonald‘s hamburgers and Levi‘s jeans.
email@example.com Ali‘s friend replies: “Ali, those are all lies:” [materialism, enlightenment ideals of freedom of expression, democracy, education, human rights]
firstname.lastname@example.org Ali‘s Friend “Ali, You are part of our collective metaphysical phantasy...“ [only a small part]
email@example.com Ali‘s Friend “...and I am your hero.“
firstname.lastname@example.org Globalization issues: Envy, globalization backlash How can we reconcile: the differing levels of cultural sophistication (“readiness“) among nations with the current pervasion of our economic /technical globalization everywhere?
email@example.com The global digital divide SIA applied to int‘l co-op on ICT reveals social problem called global digital divide 1 bn “haves“ 5 billion“have-nots“
firstname.lastname@example.org 2000 = “the year of the digital divide“ per http://www.globalcentres.org the global study group (G-8) the global gateway (World Bank) the international special fund (IFC/Softbank) the private sector (http://www.digitaldividends.org) 2001 = beginning of the “War on Terrorism“
email@example.com What lies “beyond the digital divide“? An older civilization divide? An even more fundamental human-rights divide? Declaration of Universal (?) Human Rights Speakers involved in countries: Malaysia - GKP (Indonesia), with Islamic fundamentalists in population Tunisia - ITU World Summit 2003/ 2005 Japan - two speakers Philippines - special guest
firstname.lastname@example.org Data security issues Philippine hackers Swiss TV series “CyberCrime“
email@example.com Data security issues The digital divide may become a moat around a fortress “protecting“ the “haves“ (privacy?)...... from the “have-nots“ ? (French fossé = moat)
firstname.lastname@example.org Tripartite partnerships Most speakers‘ organizations are partnerships. Work in such a partnership is done by: government, private sector civil society None is able to solve the global digital divide alone.
email@example.com Conflicting partners? But partners have different interests. Can the partnerships deal better internally with the conflicts of interest among partners than partners could deal with the conflicts by themselves?