Hi all,

I submitted a RightsCon proposal but I didn’t have time to crowdsource the proposal through the DC3 list (I remembered about the call for proposals on the 4th and the deadline was the 5th )

The proposal is below. Should it be approved, I will be very happy to involve DC3 members in the session.

All the best



Sustainable Connectivity : Expanding Infrastructure and Empowering People


According to ITU figures, 4 billion people are still unconnected to the Internet. Digital divides are particularly sharp with regard to rural communities and low-income populations. Internet access is today’s most democratic and cost-effective means to gain education, work, and express one’s opinion. Inclusion of all individuals helps society go forward  This session aims at exploring different strategies that could be elaborated and implemented to expand connectivity in a sustainable and inclusive world.


The session will adopt a critical approach in order to analyse three main categories of strategies that have been experimented so far to expand connectivity. The categorisation is based on the stakeholders that are at the origin and that lead the implementation of the connectivity strategies. Notably, the panellists will debate the pros and cons of a variety of initiatives whose stated purpose is to connect the unconnected, such as:

* State-driven initiatives, e.g. public investments and universal access funds; 

* Business-driven initiatives, including traditional operator-led strategies and recent platform-led strategies, such as zero-rating plans;

* Community-driven initiatives e.g. community networks.


During the first segment of the session, the panellists will provide short and punchy presentations. During the second segments, the speakers will engage in a dynamic discussion with the workshop participants, trying to put forward recommendations for sustainable expansion of connectivity.



FGV Direito Rio

Luca Belli, PhD
Senior Researcher
Head of
Internet Governance @ FGV luca.belli@fgv.br
+55 21 3799 5763



De: dc3-bounces@listas.altermundi.net [mailto:dc3-bounces@listas.altermundi.net] Em nome de Raoul Plommer
Enviada em: quinta-feira, 8 de dezembro de 2016 16:46
Para: Dynamic Coalition on Community Connectivity <dc3@listas.altermundi.net>
Assunto: Re: [DC3] Rightscon Brussels session


If we didn't make one, it's too late now. The deadline was on the 5th.


On Dec 8, 2016 12:42, "Leandro Navarro" <leandro@pangea.org> wrote:

Dear all, I remember seeing an email (Luca?) about proposing a session
about our topics in the Rightscon conference in Brussels. How is that?

Regards, Leandro.

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