Fundación Cibervoluntarios to take part in the Annual Conference of the Internet Governance Forum Spain (IGF Spain)
Fundación Cibervoluntarios, as a pioneer in providing transformative and innovative solutions to reduce the digital divide, will be attending the IGF Spain Annual Conference. The conference will take place in Madrid on 16 and 17 November under the theme: 'Internet unites us. The network as an engine for transformation, recovery and sustainability'.
Every year, representatives of the Government, the private sector and social organisations involved in the IT, communication and telecommunications sectors take part in this forum for debate. Academics, professionals and organisations dedicated to promoting the digital society will contribute to establishing Spain's position at the Annual Meeting of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF Global), to be held from 6 to 10 December in Poland and online.
On Thursday 16, at 12 pm, Yolanda Rueda, President of Fundación Cibervoluntarios, will contribute her perspective and her 20 years of experience promoting digital transformation actions with social impact in the session "The digital ecosystem: What can be done to eliminate the digital divide?"
The debate will address the problem of depopulation in rural areas, which suffer from a significant digital divide, and will seek to provide digital transformation and innovation solutions that can contribute to the development of these areas and innovation in sectors such as agriculture or tourism.
In Spain there are still 26,767 villages with more than 10 inhabitants that do not have access to the Internet and around 13 million people are affected by this lack of coverage, according to data published by the Secretary of State for Digital Advancement just before the start of the pandemic. However, Yolanda Rueda notes that "the main reason why Spain has one of the biggest digital divides in Europe is not the unavailability of infrastructures, but the absence of interest and the lack of digital skills, and this is what I want to emphasize in this conference, the lack of these skills.
Even people with access, good devices and technological skills at some point have found difficulties in communicating, remote working, making online transactions or just carrying on with their business on the internet. This is an issue that we cannot afford as a society. That is why we have been training in digital skills for 20 years at Fundación Cibervoluntarios".
The IGF-Spain Conference, an organism promoted by the United Nations, is an open forum for all those interested in the future of the Internet, who will be able to join in the open debates. The sessions can also be followed by streaming on the IGF Spain website.