Agenda in Philadelphia
What are the variables associated with successful digital-inclusion initiatives? How is digital inclusion measured? While broadband-wireless stakeholders are moving beyond build-it-and-they-will-come, current business models may not include accurate variables for inclusion. Community leaders may not know how to view inclusion or to measure it. New metrics are required, as an aid to community leaders seeking to bridge the digital divide, and to the private sector seeking to properly monetize the digital-inclusion objective. The emphasis of this session is on collaborative thinking. Following a series of project overviews, participants will identify and rank the metrics for a successful digital inclusion model.
Axel Leblois, Executive Director, Cifal Atlanta; Chair, Global Initiative for Inclusive Technologies (GiiT)
W2i cofounder introduces the Digital Inclusion Track and session moderator.
Framing the Discussion
Moderator: Anne-Rivers Forcke, IBM Research, WW Human Ability & Accessibility Center
Moderator raises key questions and concerns associated with digital-inclusion project expectations and impacts.
||Project Metrics Presentations
Several project champions explore the variables associated with their digital inclusion objectives.
* What are/were your objectives?
* What are the metrics for each of those?
* What are the measurements (data source) for each of those?
* What are the data collection methods that you have used?
||Structured Brainstorm Session
For the purpose of generating a model to be shared with the broader stakeholder community, participants are invited to identify and rank the variables mostly closely associated with a successful digital-inclusion outcome.
||Conclusions and Output
W2i extends its thanks to our 2006 session moderators:
- Costis Toregas, President Emeritus, Public Technology Institute; Chair, National Academy of Public Administration Standing Panel on Social Equity in Governance
- Anne-Rivers Forcke, IBM WW Human Ability & Accessibility Center, and
- Nigel Ballard, Manager, Digital Inclusion, Intel Americas, State & Local Government
About W2i Digital Cities
The Wireless Internet Institute (W2i) is an independent forum bringing together stakeholders around the world to accelerate the adoption of wireless Internet in support of economic and social development and better city and county management. Held annually in three to four regions of the world, the W2i Digital Cities Convention includes a thought-leadership conference exploring the issues surrounding the deployment of broadband-wireless infrastructure for cities and communities; practical training for local-government professionals; roundtables for service providers and digital-inclusion stakeholders; the annual Wireless Communities Best-Practices Awards; and a technology showcase produced in partnership with local authorities, the private sector, and international development institutions. Building on conventions in Philadelphia, Shanghai, San Francisco, Bilbão, Houston, Rio de Janeiro, Los Angeles, Taipei and London, planning is in final stages for Tempe (February 1314) and Chicago (May 2223).