Dr. Derrick Cogburn Presents at 10th Internet Governance Forum Accessibility Workshop

IGF 2015 logoAssociate Professor Dr. Derrick Cogburn, executive director of the American University Institute on Disability and Public Policy (IDPP), will participate in the 10th Internet Governance Forum (IGF) held from 9-13 November 2015 in João Pessoa, Brazil. In addition to actively participating in the 2015 Annual Symposium of the Global Internet Governance Academic Network (GigaNet) on 9 November, Dr. Cogburn will present “Breaking the Barriers and Expanding Opportunities for Education: the Southeast Asia Experience” at the workshop “Empowering the Next Billion Users by Removing Barriers to Accessibility” on 13 November from 9:00-10:30am Brasilia time.

IDPP is co-hosting and presenting at the workshop facilitated by the Dynamic Coalition on Accessibility and Disability (DCAD) at the International Telecommunication Union along with outreach partner G3ICT and other prominent organizations in the field. Dr. Cogburn’s presentation will explore IDPP’s global model of accessible ICT cyberinfrastructure to create the world’s first virtual graduate institute on disability and public policy, and accelerating the ASEAN community with accessible cyberlearning in disability policy.

The workshop gives attention to the accessibility barriers which prevent over one billion potential users to benefit from the Internet, including essential services affecting persons living with disabilities and illiterate individuals who may benefit from the same solutions designed for persons with disabilities. The session will examine the technological and programmatic solutions available today for an effective removal of such barriers, with examples in education, emergency services, assistive technologies for work and independent living in a variety of economic and geographic environments. The workshop will also provide a detailed benchmark and statistical overview of the progress made by countries around the world in implementing those solutions, with general discussion among government, industry and persons with disabilities representatives.

Dr. Cogburn will be joined by fellow prominent speakers Cid Torquato, Deputy Secretary for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, Government of São Paulo, Brazil; Francesca Cesa Bianchi, Vice President, Institutional Relations, G3ict; Carlos Lauria, Director, Government Relations, Microsoft Brazil; Sunil Abraham, Executive Director, Centre for Internet and Society, India; Fernando H.F. Botelho, F123 Consulting, Brazil; and Gunela Astbrink, GSA InfoComm.

As a global expert in Internet Governance issues, Dr. Cogburn has played an active role in IGF since its inception, having attended nearly all IGFs since its creation after the end of the World Summit on the Information Society in 2005. He helped to found GigaNet in 2006 and served as the inaugural Communications Director, and subsequently, Vice Chair. This year’s IGF presents particularly valuable opportunities as the Information Technology and Global Governance book series at Palgrave Macmillan edited by Dr. Cogburn continues to grow with next month’s publication date of the series’ newest book The Turn to Infrastructure in Internet Governance authored by Dr. Cogburn; American University School of Communication professor Dr. Laura DeNardis; American University School of International Service associate professor Dr. Nanette Levinson; and Ms. Francesca Musiani.

The IGF is a “multistakeholder, democratic and transparent forum which facilitates discussions on public policy issues related to key elements of Internet governance.” This year’s theme is Evolution of Internet Governance: Empowering Sustainable Development.

Accessible Remote Participation available through registration at: http://www.intgovforum.org/cms/igf2015-cast