e-STAS is a Symposium about the Technologies for the Social Action, with an international and multi-stakeholder nature, where all the agents implicated in the development and implementation of the ICT (NGO’s, Local authorities, Universities, Companies and Media) are appointed in an aim to promote, foster and adapt the use of the ICT for the social action.
Here come my notes for session II. (notes at random, grouped by speaker, but not necessarily in chronological order)
Left to right: Daniel Pimienta, Stéphanie Lucien-Brun, Kafui Amenu Prebbie
ICTs can be very strong barriers towards rights expression if are not properly made accessible for everyone.
We should not talk about access, but about uses, strictly related with capacity. How technologies are appropriated and how people and communities are empowered. And how do you make sense of these technologies for emancipatory purposes, for community building, to engage people in the conversation and in participation.
Daniel Pimienta, Funredes
Participation is the key.
He explains a couple of interesting stories about open access and open science.
We should avoid strengthening the manufacturers (de facto) monopolies by training people not in capacities but in specific applications.
Digital literacy should be given way more importance than actually is.
Intellectual Property Rights need to be reconsidered (definition, application, etc.), as they are, in their actual state, a clear barrier for both the development of the Information Society and development in general.
The role of the Third Sector should not be connectivity, but appropriation.
Kafui Amenu Prebbie, OneWillageFoundation
How can the Digital Divide can be closed by using low cost technologies? The limiting factor of access is cost.
Then comes the right use of technology, and how to teach the best use of it.
Open Hardware Initiative, Merakis.
e-Stas 2008, Symposium on Technologies for Social Action (2008)
If you need to cite this article in a formal way (i.e. for bibliographical purposes) I dare suggest:
Peña-López, I. (2008) “e-STAS 2008 (II). Round Table: The role of the Third Sector to achieve the Socio-Digital Inclusion” In ICTlogy,
#55, April 2008. Barcelona: ICTlogy.
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