In an effort to increase digital equity awareness globally, the US National Digital Inclusion Alliance and the Australian Digital Inclusion Alliance co-organized International Digital Inclusion Week (IDIW)on 15-21 October, 2018. IDIW2018 aims to increase awareness and commitment to digital inclusion, create opportunities for national focus, promote international engagement and learning, and act as a catalyst to build an enduring coalition of national digital inclusion alliances and international efforts to create global momentum towards a fully digitally included world.
On 15 October, IDIW 2018 included an online panel discussion, organised in partnership with the Australian Digital Inclusion Alliance, ALL DIGITAL (Europe), and ALL DIGITAL member Good Things Foundation (UK). The four panelists represented a variety of digital inclusion activities and came from different continents:
The panel highlighted our similarities, challenges and differences, and offered the opportunity for international information exchange. Among the topics discussed by the panelists were:
In the context of the last topic, Achilles Kameas presented DCDS project as a good practice of designing and developing a common European framework for the certification of digital skills, a topic of great interest around the world, because it can lead to universal recognition of digital skills and global mobility; both are important steps towards achieving digital inclusion at international level.
The discussion was attended by more than 50 online participants, who posed interesting questions on issues related to digital inclusion. The organizers aim at sustaining this dialogue at international level by organizing more similar events in the future.