The Web is the biggest open public space for information, communication and knowledge sharing for billions on the planet. However, it is not (yet) accessible for over half of the world population, mostly in the Global South. This symposium addresses the ensuing issues, in other words, it tackles the Web dimension of what is commonly called the Digital Divide, and (even more importantly) what can be done about it.
Barriers to the Web and universal access to it include no Internet, poor infrastructures, scarce electricity, language and limited text literacy. Such obstacles are here to stay for many years to come. Thus, innovative solutions, cross-border and interdisciplinary thinking and a reflective debate are needed to realize the full potential of the Web.
The fifth annual symposium on Perspectives on ICT for Development aims to address these challenges. This workshop, co-located with the 10th ACM Web Science Conference in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, will be held on 27 May, 2018.
This year’s theme will be “The Web and the Digital Divide“. We aim to facilitate a reflective debate that should include the people at the “other” side of the digital divide, whose voices are all too often ignored.