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As we close in on the digital gap, marginalized groups continually slip through the cracks. Particularly indigenous groups who even in developing or developed countries, are often left out of the digital race, falling back because of the lack of access to education and the internet, as well as language barrier.
Speakers from this session with years of experience in dealing with bridging that gap in connecting indigenous communities, will lay the context of the current situation in various levels; setting the scene using the guidelines of Freedom of Expression (FoE), giving examples of how applications like Whatsapp, GoogleDocs and Facebook have been utilized tangibly to disseminate and access information, and the role resource centers in rural indigenous areas have played.
Interactive in nature, the session will draw experiences not just from the speakers but also from the attendees on their experience using social media technologies in human rights advocacy, particularly for marginalized communities.
Discussions will aim to find common challenges globally and seek solutions to be proposed to existing social media applications and develop guideline recommendations to donors, particularly in regards to building capacities of the rural indigenous youth on the use of social media and information exchange.