The Stockholm Internet Forum (SIF) is an international forum for in-depth dialogue and discussions on how a free, open and secure Internet promotes human rights and development worldwide. SIF has been arranged since 2012 by The Swedish Government and SIF15 is the fourth forum in the series. SIF15, this year hosted by Sida will take place on 21–22 October in Stockholm.
The forum aims to bring together policymakers, civil society representatives, activists, business representatives and technical community representatives. SIF has a standing tradition of focusing on the global south and half of the participants come from low-and middle-income countries, often from places where Internet access is restricted and efforts to promote both Internet freedom and human rights can be dangerous.
The overarching theme for Stockholm Internet Forum 2015
This years SIF theme is access seen from a multi-dimensional approach. The aspects of access will be covered through discussions of issues related to economy, technology, policy and human rights – with a special emphasis on gender equality.
Access to the Internet plays an important role in the economic, social, cultural and political development of societies and nations. There are still huge differences – both in terms of access and usage – between those who have, and those who do not have access to the Internet, between countries and regions, between rich and poor, and between men and women. But access is often not what it seems, and simply having access to the Internet does not necessarily achieve social justice and development outcomes. To help us understand access from a multi-dimensional perspective SIF15 will use gender as a lens that can enable us to see beneath the surface.
What does access to the Internet mean? Who has access to the Internet? Who has the ability to assimilate the information available online? These are some areas which will be discussed during SIF15.
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