By Konstantinos Komaitis, Policy Advisor at the Internet Society
Accessibility is a key issue. Accessibility should be at this stage and as we start discussing today those issues just bear in mind accessibility is — means notice crime nation in terms of access at a very high level and also issues of inclusiveness. It’s quite surprising and disappointing that we are in 2013 and still dealing with issues of disadvantaged people on the Internet. If there is one platform, there is one tool where those bar years should be broken down and eliminated it’s the Internet because there is — technology behind the Internet really allows everybody to be able and engage. There are issued of affordability, Internet is still extremely expensive and it’s expensive especially for some disadvantaged people and minorities.
Also cultural issues, we don’t really understand what sort of when we are talking about disadvantaged people, everybody has a very different understanding and to a certain extent we all agree but we don’t know what their problems are really. Don’t know their culture, where they’re coming from in their cultural issues they have to face.
Internet is for everybody. It should be for everyone. I would think we can expect wonderful things because they are really keen to engage. I don’t want to be all doom and gloom. I really think on a positive note we see increasingly have various organisations taking a step up and doing things. We see it in the regulatory front, less slower but that’s to be expected bus regulation is always slower.
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