Empowerment of Displaced People through Online Education Services

2 September 2014 - A Workshop on Other in Istanbul, Turkey

Original Proposal

IGF 2014 sub theme that this workshop fall under

Internet as an Engine for Growth & Development


IGF 2013 showed that the topic of services for migrants and displaced people was not covered except the workshop which representatives of the NRU HSE organized. In 2014 we propose to be more focused on services which help to socialize, assimilate, and propose to discuss particular educational services available for displaced people and migrants.

We would like to discuss the role of migrants and displaced people in the Information society.
Putting connectivity and ICT services within reach of vulnerable populations and especially migrants and displaced people is important to ensure the participation of all in sustainable human and economic development.

The trends in mobile connectivity, called a “mobile miracle” by the ITU, are not just technology enhancements. They are used by governments and different stakeholders to bring services to their citizens, including educational services.

We propose to focus on ICT services and solutions, which can help migrants, and displaced people to better socialize, assimilate and become an integral part of the public local life.
We would like to discuss particular Information society educational services and capacity building programs available or to be developed for displaced people and migrants.
We would like also raising the question of “virtual” universities and MOOCs projects and how these initiatives could assist and help displaced people and migrants to have the access to fare education.

The right to the fare education and access to the information is the Human right, which has to be ensured for everyone, including migrants and displaced people. The Information society Initiatives could help to better ensure the access to education and to information for the fragile groups of society: migrants and displaced people.

Name(s) and stakeholder and organizational affiliation(s) of institutional co-organizer(s)

Dr. Svetlana Maltseva, National Research University Higher School of Economics, Academic community (Civil society), Russia,
Mr. Ajay Ranjan Mishra, ITU-T , Technical Community, INDIA, Asia-Pacific Group
Ms Yuliya Morenets, TaC, Civil society

Has the proposer, or any of the co-organizers, organized an IGF workshop before?


The link to the workshop report


Type of session


Duration of proposed session

60 minutes

Subject matter #tags that describe the workshop

#education, #empowerment, #services, #displaced

Names and affiliations (stakeholder group, organization) of speakers the proposer is planning to invite

Key Speakers:

1.Andrey Shcherbovich, NRU Higher School of Economics, Male, Civil Society, RUSSIAN FEDERATION - Confirmed
2.Patrick Ryan, Google Inc., Male, Private Sector, UNITED STATES, Western Europe and Others Group - WEOG - Confirmed
3.Nasser Kettani, Microsoft, Male, Private Sector, Marocco - Confirmed
4.Ivan Shapran, Nortal, Male, Private Sector/Government, Estonia - Confirmed
5.Olga Cavalli, ICANN, Female, Intergovernmental Organizations, ARGENTINA, Latin American and Caribbean Group - GRULAC - Confirmed

Resource persons:
1. Mr Jasper Schellekens, ISOC Malta - Confirmed

Name of Moderator(s)

Dr. Svetlana Maltseva

Name of Remote Moderator(s)

Dr. Sergey Efremov / Olga Tsukanova

Description of how the proposer plan to facilitate discussion amongst speakers, audience members and remote participants

There will be 5 short presentations (5 minutes each), after that there will be session of Q&A from the remote participants, and after that there will be discussion with the audience on important points of the workshop (some topics will be collected before the workshop from the pre-registered remote participants). So, the whole process will be fully interactive between the panelists, remote participants and audience in the room. Resource persons will participate at the discussion sharing their expertize.

Description of the proposer's plans for remote participation

There will be arranged remote session as well as there will be also organized Russian remote hub (based in Moscow, Russia) and participation from the civil society, academic society, private sector and technical community.

Background paper

background paper