Hopefully, the introductory pieces by all of the speakers will be short, so that we can have a lively discussion. I am speaking last, so previous speakers will probably have made all of the important points! However, for those unable to attend, this is what I am hoping to say: I would like to use this opportunity to make four brief points: First, unless universal inclusion and accessibility are built into all new digital technologies from the original design stage to end user, they will further increase inequality. The more and more advanced technologies become, the further they benefit those who can afford and are able to use them, rather than the most marginalised and poorest, especially those with disabilities Second, it is crucial that we change the design approach mindset so that inclusion becomes of paramount importance for the internet and the use of digital technologies. This can be done in many ways, but I have always been impressed by the power of the market, and the role that procurement can play, especially by governments and large corporations. Third, we can all get better at what we do!
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The event was remarkable for its diveristy of participants, not only across sectors but also in terms of the diversity of abilities, age, and gender represented.
It was a very real pleasure to participate in and support this workshop, which built on the previous ones that were held in Islamabd in and This was followed by six technical sessions spread over two days: Future of learning and technology Policy to practice: barriers and challenges Awareness and inclusion: strategizing through technology Accessibility and Technology: overcoming barriers Reskilling the marginalised: understandng role reversals Technical provisio: indigenisation for local needs.
These sessions included a wide diversity of activities, ranging from panel sessions, practical demonstrations, and mind-mapping exercises, and there were plenty of opportunities for detailed discussions and networking. Highlights amongst the many excellent presentations included: Recollections by Prof Abdful Mannan and Prof Ilyas Ahmed of the struggles faced by people with disabilities in getting their issues acknowledged by others in society, and of the work that they and many others have been doing to support those with a wide range of disabilities here in Pakistan The inspirational presentations by Julius Sweetland of his freely available Open Source Optikey software enabling those with multiple disbilities to use only their eyes to write and control a keyboard Meeting the young people with Shastia Kazmi Vision 21 and Founder of Little Hands , who have gained confidence and expertise through her work and are such an inspiration to us all in continuing our work to help some of the pooorest and most marginalised to be empowered through digital technologies.
Professor Tim Unwin
As can be inferred from its title, the main criticism — which I fully share — is about the almost total oblivion in what relates to Information and Communication Technologies ICTs , and some other issues concerning the design itself of the Sustainable Development Goals SDGs , how poverty is defined and how development and the Economy are defined too , how the United Nations System works. In my opinion, the problem is not only a total disdain for ICTs and all their potential in enabling, articulating, fostering or multiplying any other initiative against poverty or for sustainable development. The problem, I believe, is that this disdain for ICTs is just a symptom of the real, direst problem: a total disdain for emancipation. There is only one goal out of 17 that deals, in general, about peace, freedom, rights and the government: Goal
Disabilities and ICT4D
TEQtogether Technology Equality together was therefore founded by men and women with the specific objective to change these male attitudes and behaviours. It thus goes far beyond most ally-based initiatives, and argues that since men are a large part of the problem they must also be an integral part of the solution. Most research in this field is nevertheless derived from experiences in North America and Europe, and challenging issues have arisen in trying to translate these guidance notes into other languages and cultural contexts. This post provides a short overview of our most important findings, which will then be developed into a more formal academic paper once the data have been further analysed.