WSIS WORLD SUMMIT ON INFORMATION SOCIETY
The Infopoverty seminars tried to answer this question and focused on the feasibility of global connectivity and on the effects that this would have on social and economic development worldwide, convinced that, a negative answer would hamper the whole present process.
The following guidelines have emerged from a thorough analysis, after having had discussions with leading representatives from the European Commission, the World Bank, FAO, UNESCO, ITU, UNDP, IFAD, Department of Education USA, Università Cattolica, Politecnico and the University of Oklahoma; Telespazio, Telbios, IBM, Microsoft, Siemens, T-Systems, Google, and from the governments of Italy, Fiji, Bhutan, Senegal, Kenya, Madagascar, Dominican Republic, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Peru, Honduras, etc. These contributions constitute the necessary introduction to the Infopoverty Programme, whose main objective is to give concreteness to what included in the WSIS Plan of Action in regards to global connectivity and activation of sustainable forms of development through the use of ICTs.
OCCAM organized and managed the WSIS TV space, the official Television of the World Summit on the Information Society, in more than 200 squared meters next to the Plenary Hall. Thanks to the presence of BBC journalists and specialized technicians from the Navajo Nation, interviews with protagonists, Heads of Government and State were shot and then broadcast worldwide by the main accredited television covering the Summit.
Among the main events of the World Summit of Information Society in Tunis, OCCAM organized the Infopoverty Seminar, that was held on November 16th, 2005, enjoying the participation, among the others, of the Minister of Telecommunications of Madagascar, the President of Navajo Nation, and prestigious representatives from the Governments of Tunisia, Congo, Tanzania, Dominican Republic, Morocco, Romania, Peru and Senegal.
In light of this new reality, the second session of the Infopoverty World Conference took place online. It featured prestigious institutional actors and experts including Mr Ivan Shumkov, CEO of Build Academy, Mr. Makoto Okubo (Nippon Life Insurance Company, General Manager) and Dr Dodjevic from IDLO
(International Law Organization) who discussed digital innovations for the development of a sustainable architecture, a concept in perfect coherence with SDGs 8 (Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all) and 11 (Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable), looking to define a new paradigm that includes the delineation of a new digital way of life.
The ICT village of Sambaina was founded in 2006 by OCCAM, following the invitation of the Malgasy Republic, S.E. Marc Ravalomanana, the main purpose was to create a sat-hub and to provide adequate technologies and computers, in order to assure digital services such as e-learning, tele-medicine, and food security assistance
to the community. The school started to operate with more than thousand students, the health care centre operate in maternal care more than hundred women and the community centre is important for the whole inhabitants. In 2007 was proclaimed UN Millennium Village by Jeffrey Sachs, director of the UN Millennium Project and Special Advisor of the Secretary General, Kofi Annan; In 2017, after the political crisis, OCCAM received an appeal for relaunching the project. In 2019, with the help of the ST Foundation and Telma Foundation, important results have been achieved. This step promotes further actions and explained how this model could be replicate successfully in order to empower all the rural villages accelerating the development thanks to the remote assistance and the creation of job for young and women.
Furthermore, this third session was also centred on SDG 11 while considering SDGs 3 (Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages), 4 (Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all), 6 (Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all) and 7 (Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all). During this webinar, speakers such as Dr Hassan Ghazal (Founder and Director Moroccan Society for Telemedicine), Dr Aliye Celik (Chair of the Board, Consortium for Sustainable Urbanization) Mr. Francesco Sicurello (Director of Telemedicine centre) presented their contribution.
“Expanded cinema enriching new social cultures for gender equality” (SDG 4)
OCCAM has played a pioneering role in the promotion of technologies such as e- learning, telemedicine, food-security and e-commerce, it has implemented it since 2000. As for today, the ever-growing turmoil involving humanity as a whole is revealing the deepest weaknesses of the system as well as highlighting how the digital revolution has created many possibilities to all and applications
disclosing themselves as tools of salvation and construction of the new world.
Nothing will be the same as before and the new generations will be called to manage this process, already started successfully in Cinema and Audio-Visual world. These forced experiments aimed at finding solutions that will be consolidated in a new digital anthropology, will involve us all.
It will be up to all of us to evolve, abandoning obsolete decision-making systems and socio- political structures that can no longer guarantee the well-being of the people.
The main focus of this fourth step is how Cinema could express these elements, the conversation was enriched by important experts such as Ms Lola Poggi, secretary of CICT- IFCT; Dr Rizwad Ahmad, Director of Instructional Media Centre (MANUU), Vittorio Giacci (Italian film critic), Ms. Jasmina Bojic (UNAFF Founder).
INFOPOVERTY EXIBITION IN DAVOS
Could the Digital Society overcome poverty? (SDG 1)
OCCAM organised the first session of the Conference during the 2020 edition of the World Economic Forum in Davos, focusing on the implementation of SDG 1: End poverty in all its forms everywhere. It was underlined how only 2% of the total world population holds the vast majority of the global wealth, and how endemic inequalities lead to three
quarters of the planet to live in absolute poverty. After few weeks, the Coronavirus begins its insane expansion, inducing salvific practices until then used only by “digital natives”, always fully interconnected. The perception is that of a new reality where obsolete structures and governance, socio-economic imbalances and self-referential élites fade, prefiguring an imminent kind of global reset of the current paradigm.