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1 Session 4a, 6 May 2009 IST-Africa 2009 Copyright 2009 Digital World Forum Digital World Forum: Low-cost Technologies against the Digital Divide Stéphane Boyera W3C France

2 Session 4a, 6 May 2009 IST-Africa 2009 Copyright 2009 Digital World Forum Background Digital World Forum on Accessible and Inclusive ICT FP7 funded project Support Action for International Cooperation (International Relations Unit) Project Officer: Thierry Devars Focus on Sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America Start date: End date: partners from: –France –Spain –Nigeria –Ghana –South Africa

3 Session 4a, 6 May 2009 IST-Africa 2009 Copyright 2009 Digital World Forum Partners Consortium

4 Session 4a, 6 May 2009 IST-Africa 2009 Copyright 2009 Digital World Forum Domain: ICT4D ICT and the Information Society: a great opportunity to leverage social and economic development –by facilitating the development and deployment of services (finance, health, education, government, agriculture,...) at large scale and low cost –by leveraging north-south, and international communication and exchanges Required Infrastructure, and investments (global and personal) created the Digital Divide Low-Cost technologies and mobile technologies: a new hope for potential solutions to bridge the Digital Divide Digital World Forum: paving the road from hope to reality

5 Session 4a, 6 May 2009 IST-Africa 2009 Copyright 2009 Digital World Forum Scope Mobile Applications Low-cost laptops Low-cost broadband technologies

6 Session 4a, 6 May 2009 IST-Africa 2009 Copyright 2009 Digital World Forum Objectives State of the art Community Building: creating a global forum for all actors: industry, research, local communities, NGO... –particular focus on field expertise, and involvement of final users/customers/local communities Identification of challenges and roadmap definition Dissemination

7 Session 4a, 6 May 2009 IST-Africa 2009 Copyright 2009 Digital World Forum Project Structure 3 technical Work Packages (WP) –WP1: Mobile Web applications (Leading Partner: W3C) –WP2: Low-Cost Laptops (Leading Partner: CSIR) –WP3: Low-cost Broadband Infrastructures (Leading Partner: Orange Labs)

8 Session 4a, 6 May 2009 IST-Africa 2009 Copyright 2009 Digital World Forum WP1: Mobile Web for Social Development Mobile Phones offer a scalable and affordable platform to develop and deploy eServices: > 4+billion of mobile phones in the World >80% of the World Population covered by a GSM network How to unleash the power of mobile phone as an ICT platform ?

9 Session 4a, 6 May 2009 IST-Africa 2009 Copyright 2009 Digital World Forum WP2 Low-Cost Information Access Device The goal of this work package is to get an understanding and updated scenario of the current state-of the-art in the sector of low- cost laptop technologies for developing countries. It will particularly focus on providing a framework for a bottom-up process in order to define interactively a roadmap within an inclusive participation from all stakeholders. Leverage EU and EU major actors roles in the Low-cost laptop sectors WP Leader: Cleophas Dzinotyiweyi - CSIR

10 Session 4a, 6 May 2009 IST-Africa 2009 Copyright 2009 Digital World Forum WP3: Low-Cost Broadband Access and Infrastructure The goal of this work package is to devise a generic approach to the "last mile" issue in developing countries, by assessing each key technological solution in the light of a typology of local contextual factors. Major competing technologies: WiFi and WiFi mesh, WiMax, Edge, CDMA, 3G/HSxPA,... Modus operandi: –conduct an exhaustive in-lab analysis of each technology –enrich this analysis via interactions with key industry/market players and stakeholders –identify appropriate initiatives to be undertaken at EU level WP Leader: Bruno Conquet - Orange labs

11 Session 4a, 6 May 2009 IST-Africa 2009 Copyright 2009 Digital World Forum How to get involved in the project A public Website: –Announces and future events –Conferences and Exhibitions participations –Public Documents –Contacts A list for any enquiries: A set of Fora dedicated to each theme of the project –a Forum on Mobile Web for Social Development: ent –A Forum on Low-cost Information Access Device: –A forum on Low-Cost Broadband access and Infrastructure: nfrastrucure

12 Session 4a, 6 May 2009 IST-Africa 2009 Copyright 2009 Digital World Forum Conclusion Digital World Forum aims at –Make a state of the art in the domain of Low-cost technologies for ICT deployment –Identify key challenges and most promising directions to explore –Assemble a worldwide inter-disciplinary community to discuss future implementation of the roadmaps Feedback, participation and contributions are welcome Final event in Brussels 29 September 2009

13 Session 4a, 6 May 2009 IST-Africa 2009 Copyright 2009 Digital World Forum Agenda Introduction (S. Boyera - W3C) WP1: Mobile Web Applications (S. Boyera - W3C) WP2: Low-Cost Information Access Device (C. Dzinotyiweyi - CSIR) WP3: Low-Cost Broadband Access and Infrastructure (B. Conquet & M. Francisco - Orange Labs) Round Table (S. Boyera, C. Dzinotyiweyi, B. Conquet, M. Francisco, T. Devars)


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