Social inclusion and equal participation

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No Name Affil./Org. SH-group Topic and sub-issues Description Remarks
23 Stuart Hamilton International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) Civil society The Internet and Development: Access, Inclusion and Empowerment -- Public access to ICTs – Access to information for all – The post-2015 development framework Within an IG context IFLA has consistently advocated for public access to ICTs as a key enabling element for access to information and therefore for development. We propose that this issue be explored in its broadest context at EuroDIG, against the backdrop of the post-2015 development framework that UN Member States will create following the reviews of the MDGs and WSIS. EuroDIG should assess how IG can contribute to the framework particularly as ALL Member States (not just developing countries) will be developing policies to implement the post-2015 framework in the coming years.
53 Marianne Franklin IRP Coalition - UN IGF Civil society 2) Right to Access: Accessibility by Design for Internet Users with Disabilities -- A closer look at the EU Accessibility Act and its implications for procurement decisions, emplacement and financing of “disability-proof” internet access at all levels. .Broaden the understanding and definition of inclusiveness and disadvantaged groups to include: gender and sexual minorities, indigenous populations, oral communities, the homeless, youth, remote participants, and the elderly.
-identify the role of end users in discussions, research, and design of accessibility technology and policy in order to best identify how tangible needs, problems and solutions intersect among marginalized groups.
-ways to coordinate between policy makers, ministries, designers, users, and effected populations.

55 Yuliya Morenets TaC-Together against Cybercrime International, France Civil society Internet and social aspects -- Social responsibility of actors; The role of private sector; Disadvantaged groups in the Information Society & HR. We recommend discussing the issue of social responsibility of different actors in the Information Society, especially with regard to disadvantaged groups. We propose to engage in a close discussion with private sector and launch a multi-stakeholder dialogue on what needs to be done and how we could achieve the objective of better integration of vulnerable/disadvantaged groups in the Information Society in the respect of human rights and fundamental principles.
60 Jorge Fernandes FCT- Department of Information Society (Ministry of Education and Science), Portugal Govern. Org. Switch-off of the textbooks -- The eTextBooks are potentially generators of inclusion for students with disabilities or print disabled students. Why? Is Europe preparing to switch-off the TextBooks? The next generation of TextBooks will pass through the Internet. In Japan the switch-off is scheduled for April 2020. What about in Europe? For public with special needs in reading, the "eTextBooks" can be the step that is missing to remove this group from the classification of "Vulnerable People". The DAISY (Digital Accessible Information System) created in 1994 in Sweden, that allowed, among other things, doing a search by words in audio tracks, in 2012 achieved to merge with the ePub3, placing the accessibility technology available to the consumer mass market. The issue of the complex content digitalization, as the writing/reading of the math and music, brings new challenges.
61 Jorge Fernandes FCT- Department of Information Society (Ministry of Education and Science), Portugal Govern. Org. Internet - the best friend of Braille in the Digital World -- Who can we blame for the low levels of braille literacy? The Internet? The ICT? A blind person who doesn’t know braille is illiterate? Does it makes sense do not learn braille in the Digital Era? Germany is one of the countries in Europe that has more contributed for the access to the braille system: libraries with wide collections of printed Braille; manufacturers of Braille typewriters; manufacturers of Braille rotaries. But the future of the braille system doesn’t pass through the paper. The future of the braille passes through the Reading of eBraille in electronic devices. The future of the braille passes through the Internet. Is also in Germany that we can find the biggest manufacturers of electronic devices of Braille reading? Is also in Germany that universities devote their time to research new ways of reading braille in devices like tablets? In the USA only 10% of the students (K12) learn braille. Europe is better but also down.