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Is connectivity still one of the main challenges facing ICT4D?

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REGISTRATION DEADLINE : Monday 18th September, 4pm

In the past, discussions of ICT4D were always meshed with discussions of connectivity: access, low bandwidth and areas of no coverage are just a few examples.

In recent years, discussions and literature have moved on and there is talk of the coming age of ubiquitous connectivity; statistics show ever increasing broadband and mobile data connections. Mobile phones have penetrated developing markets to a greater extent, for example, the 2016 ICT Development Index (http://www.itu.int/net4/ITU-D/idi/2016/#idi2016rank-tab) indicated that the Least Developed Countries had an average of 68 mobile-cellular telephone subscriptions per 100 inhabitants.

But what is the reality on the ground behind the numbers? To what extent is simply providing connectivity still one of the main challenges facing ICT4D? What new and hybrid options exist to do this in areas where governments and the markets have not yet provided. Or is access not the real issue and we should be discussing concerns of content creation, inclusion and agency?

Join us on September 20th to discuss these topics.

Expert guests joining us will include:

• Lionel Bodin, Accenture Development Partnerships

• Tony Roberts, Institute of Development Studies

• Mike Santer, Blupoint

• Michael Brodbin, Psycle Interactive

Join us at Mozilla (Metal Box Factory, Suite 441, 4th Floor, 30 Great Guildford Street, London, SE1 0HS) on Wednesday September 20th from 2pm to 5pm.

Please note, Mozilla require a final guestlist by Monday September 18th so no registrations after this will be possible. And there is limited space, so if you can no longer make it please let us know!