IGF 2018 WS #339
Artificial Intelligence and Inclusion


Sub-theme description: Artificial Intelligence

Organizer 2: Ashar Amar, Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society

Speaker 1: EDUARDO MAGRANI, Civil Society, Latin American and Caribbean Group (GRULAC)
Speaker 2: Malavika Jayaram, Civil Society, Asia-Pacific Group
Speaker 3: Ashar Amar, Civil Society, Western European and Others Group (WEOG)

Additional Speakers

Organizer 1: EduardoMagrani, ITS RIO (GRULAC)

Organiser 2: Carlos Affonso Pereira, ITS RIO (GRULAC)
Organizer 3: Ashar Amar, Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society, WEOG

Organizer 4: Marie-Noemie Marques, Orange (WEOG)
Organizer 5: Pedraza-Barrios Ricardo, CRC (GRULAC)
Organizer 6: Xiaofeng Tao, China Association for Science and Technology (Asia Pacific)

Organizer 7: Maarit Palovirta, Internet Society


Speaker 1: Malavika Jayaram, Civil Society, (Asia-Pacific Group)
Speaker 2: Ashar Amar, Civil Society, Western European and Others Group (WEOG)

Speaker 3: Christian Djefall, Civil Society, Western European and Others Group (WEOG)

Speaker 4: Alexia Gonzalez Fanfalone, Intergovernmental Organization, Latin American and Caribbean Group (GRULAC)
Speaker 5: Juan Manuel Wilches Duran, Government, Latin American and Caribbean Group (GRULAC)
Speaker 6: Mongi Marzoug, Private Sector, African Group



Online Moderator

Amar Ashar


Eduardo Magrani and Amar Ashar


Round Table - 90 Min


The session would be moderated by the Institute for Technology and Society of Rio de Janeiro (ITS Rio) – Eduardo Magrani and ETNO – Marta Capelo. The speakers will bring their views coming from various geographies and sectors. As such, a technical view will be first presented, followed by an economic approach. Further to that, a regulatory approach will be provided, along with the view s of the private sector. Finally, a vision by the civil society and youth will be offered. Subsequently, the moderators will encourage debate with the IGF community, enlarging the conversation and deepening the understanding the topics and the inclusion challenges building upon the interventions.


Among the speakers, two women, from Technical/ Academic and Intergovernmental Organisations and two men, from Government and Private sector have been confirmed. Geographically, the speakers cover Asia, Latin America, Africa and Europe.

To bring digitalization’s benefits for society and economy, connectivity remains a main concern in the world. With the introduction of new fixed and mobile technologies, such as 5G and the development of an array of new IOT based services, this concern will remain. These technologies will need to be progressively introduced in all regions so that the citizens may enjoy the performances and the potentialities they are bringing, in relation to an extended coverage of populations (geographical coverage), and altogether the opportunities offered by IOTs (coverage with services). This topic highlights a key issue for Internet governance and inclusive and sustainable growth: connectivity to ensure access to all and the benefits of a digitalised society and inclusiveness for all the citizens. In addition, this roundtable aims to provide a global view on AI and inclusion's debates focused on the geographic divide between the Global North and the Global South when it comes to the future of labour and transparent and inclusive design of new technologies, with representatives of different continents and contexts in a multistakeholder approach.

The workshop moderators will announce the plan of the workshop, announcing as well that a slot is provided for questions by the audience after each speaker’s intervention and after the second round of speakers. Each speaker will introduce in its speech a key issue to be discussed by the next speaker. The questions by the audience will be taken into account for key takeaways.

The Session will explore the potential of 5G, IOT and AI, to address complementary and interlinked goals: Digital inclusion and Accessibility. The Session will discuss the policies that will promote the deployment of 5G, an advanced and efficient technology,  in order to contribute to the objectives of the sustainable development goals, in view of the commitment made in General Assembly resolution 70/125 to close the digital divides between and within countries, including the gender digital divide, through efforts to improve connectivity, affordability, access to online services, education, information and knowledge, multilingual content, digital skills and digital literacy.  The developing world will be directly affected by the deployment of Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies and services. There is a growing need for a more diverse perspective regarding the policy issues and consequences of AI. As a follow up of the last Internet Governance Forum session on AI and Inclusion (2017), there is a need to identify, understand, and address new issues, from a more interdisciplinary and global perspective when it comes to the future of labour and transparent and inclusive design of new technologies.  This Session is related to Connecting and Enabling the Next Billion (CENB) and will offer an opportunity to present 5G, IoT and AI  technical features and promises, suggest the possible regulatory issues at stake, propose an economic perspective and address the civil society concerns, in view of the increasing requirements of a digital economy.

Online Participation

Online participation will be attended equally with onsite participation; the roundtable moderators will have the online participation session open, and will be in close communication with the workshop’s online moderator, to be able to attend online attendees.

Reference Document: https://aiandinclusion.org/


New session Title (MERGED): 5G, IoT and AI -  Addressing Digital Inclusion and Accessibility