Supporting Local Content Development

22 October 2013 - A Workshop on Diversity in Bali, Indonesia


Our proposed workshop will explore the benefits of promoting local content development and the means by which communities can do so. We’ll focus particularly on discussing and testing the following hypotheses based on real-world examples: (1) that there is a virtuous cycle where infrastructure investment and content investment reinforce each other; (2) that success in driving localization of content is largely driven by multi-stakeholder partnerships in emerging markets (e.g., recent studies about and sister workshops on IXPs); (3) that the Internet has given traditionally underrepresented communities a voice where they have historically had difficulty getting airtime on traditional media. We hope that participants and panelists will both discuss relevant academic research and speak from their own experiences in the field. To ensure a diversity of perspectives, we propose participants will include a representative from civil society, representatives from the global south, a larger content creator, and possibly an emerging artist.