Friday, 13 June 2014

ToroDev participates in Internet freedom discussions in Sweden

ToroDev participated in the Stockholm Internet Forum, SIF 14, which is a global conference that aims to deepen the discussions on how freedom and openness on the Internet promote economic and social development worldwide. SIF 2014 was held at Münchenbryggeriet from May 27-28, 2014 in Stockholm City, Sweden. ToroDev was represented by Solomon Akugizibwe.

ToroDev was invited to participate in the global internet conference because of its focus in promoting the use and access of appropriate ICT tools especially computers, mobile phones and radios for development among the marginalized population groups of rural youth and women in Uganda.
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The global conference was attended by over 200 policymakers, civil society representatives, activists, business representatives and technical community representatives. Freedom and openness, respect for human rights, innovation and global development were the key concepts for the Forum. The conference discussion was also tweeted live @torodev1, #SIF14, #fixinternet, #internetfreedom.

During the discussions, ToroDev and other partners from the developing world who included WOUGNET, CIPESA who are members of the ICT4Democracy East Africa among others advocated for more investments in affordable internet technology to enable improved internet access and use to the poor population of the developing regions especially in Africa for improved livelihoods.  

ToroDev and ICT4Democracy East Africa partners also advocated for more investments in ensuring equitable gender access and use to ICT tools to enable improved livelihoods because ICT access and use has a direct correlation with improved livelihoods.

The 3 days annual global conference was opened by the Swedish Minister for Information Technology and Energy Anna-Karin Hatt and closed by the Swedish Minister for Foreign Affairs, Carl Bildt.

More on SIF14 follow this link

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