Global Impact Study’s Principal Investigator, Chris Coward, will be participating on a panel organized by IFLA during the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) +10 review Meeting in Paris, France, February 25-27, 2013. The panel, Supporting Knowledge Societies through Public Access to the Internet, will cover various issues related to public access to technology. This is a great opportunity for us to present the findings of the Global Impact Study, the largest, most comprehensive study on public access centers to date.
By participating in this panel, the Global Impact Study will support the discussions with rich data and evidence about public access in developing countries. Our findings will contribute to the panel and inform WSIS participants by describing the socio-economic impacts of public access, the benefits of public access, the role of public libraries in providing access, and providing recommendations for future policy and funding decisions, public access program design, and the future of public access. This panel, along with all of the other sessions of WSIS, features remote participation.
Participation in this event precedes our forthcoming final report, which will be released in March 2013. Make sure you receive a copy of the report by signing up here.