DEF, in partnership with the Friedrich Naumann Foundation (FNF), organised the first Digital Citizen Summit (DCS) in Bengaluru, Karnataka, last year with the aim of creating a platform for civil society organisations, academics, private stakeholders, government representatives, and citizens to discuss issues that have cropped up as a result of the enthusiastic shift to digital lifestyles. The Summit met its objective of producing actionable policy-based recommendations about the myriad issues that were under discussion at the event. This year, DEF and FNF are returning with the second edition of DCS in New Delhi on September 21-22, 2017.
India and the other South Asian countries have made leaps and bounds in the technology and telecommunications sector in the past two decades, and the number of users is only set to grow in the coming years. With digital technologies taking over most aspects of daily life — be it banking, shopping, healthcare or education — it becomes imperative that access to these technologies is granted to everybody and all are equipped with the skills to use these tools. It is for this reason that this year’s Summit will focus on four main thematic areas to address the issues of Access, Privacy, Freedom of Expression, Digital Literacy & Empowerment.
We hope to have as many participants to join us for two lively days of stimulating panel discussions, workshops, presentations, and tech demonstrations. Join in, and be a part of shaping a free and inclusive internet for the future.
Applicants interested in organising a workshop / panel /round table or presenting a paper can visit dsummit.defindia.org.