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    DPOs are playing an important role in a large and growing number of the global policy activities that we track every day We expect this upward trend in DPO engagement to continue G3ict is working to support it Public Procurement More and more governments are exploring how to use their enormous ICT purchasing power to drive the creation and deployment of increasingly accessible technology In 2016 we expect to see progress on two of the most well known existing accessible technology public procurement policies a final rule for the refreshed Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act in the United States and across the European Union the implementation of 2014 s revised Public Procurement Directive in combination with the relatively new European accessibility standard EN 301 549 Beyond the U S and Europe in 2016 we expect to see more countries create procurement policies and adopt the European accessibility standard perhaps with Australia leading the way G3ict and several other leading organizations have started a global procurement initiative to push progress in this area Smart Cities The implementation of the CRPD is no longer happening only at the national level of government Through our Accessibility Worldview service we are tracking a large and growing number of accessibility policy activities taking place at the state provincial and city levels of government That trend is particularly crucial as the value of both public and private sector investments in Smart Cities continues to grow Infusing technology into cities is a great idea but it must be accessible technology Government policies need to ensure that Smart Cities are also Accessible Cities Voting One policy area of the CRPD that needs more attention from a technology perspective is Article 29 dealing with participation in political and public life There is a compelling policy digital inclusion and human rights case for accessible voting technology to empower persons with disabilities to vote independently privately and securely Policies enabling the broader use of accessible voting technologies can help governments meet their legal commitments under the CRPD In 2016 we expect to see more governments look to both technology and accessibility policy as a way to increase participation rates by persons with disabilities in elections and campaigns Web In 2015 the largest percentage of accessibility policy items identified through our Accessibility Worldview service was related to the web e g in Mexico India the European Union U S etc That is not surprising Web accessibility policies are relatively easy to enact and their impact is immediate and significant Looking forward when we review our Accessibility Worldview indicators of likely future policy activity by governments around the world the largest percentage are also related to web accessibility In 2016 we expect to see a continuation and increase of the considerable web accessibility activity of 2015 Education According to our G3ict Accessibility Worldview data in 2015 inclusive education policies were the second largest single category of accessibility policy activity in countries around the world following only web accessibility in the number of

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  • G3ict.org - News
    in Europe from PCs to mobile phones to banking services and e commerce etc The goal is to help people with disabilities to participate fully in society and strengthen the European internal market Next steps are an 8 week public consultation period followed by the European Parliament and Council of the European Union acting on it Mexican Web Accessibility Act On December 3 the Mexican government announced new web accessibility requirements They apply to all federal government websites and state enterprises e g the electrical commission PEMEX etc They cover both web applications and websites and reference the W3C s WCAG 2 0 standard at the AA level UN Sustainable Development Goals SDGs The UN s new development roadmap through to 2030 was adopted in September Unlike its predecessor the Millennium Development Goals the SDG s 17 goals and associated 169 targets reference disability in an explicit way including in relation to education employment and social economic and political inclusion A focus on disability is critical because 80 of the world s more than 1 billion persons with disabilities live in developing countries Accessible India In December the government launched a broad 5 year campaign to provide more access to persons with disabilities The Accessible India initiative includes a focus on making ICT more accessible In the final weeks of 2015 the national government announced it would earmark a portion of the budget of all ministries for making their public offices and websites accessible and called on state governments do the same There have been calls for the country s significant Smart Cities program to include more of a focus on accessibility as well The Marrakech Treaty In 2015 this treaty took several steps toward becoming a reality The treaty provides greater access to published works for persons with disabilities

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  • Press Release
    crowdsourcing approach to captioning In another example YouTube has added to its functionalities and refined the ability to automatically generate captions New technologies also promise to alter the underlying economics of captioning by lowering costs and affording potential revenue streams for video by leveraging captions to perform advanced data mining advertising and search engine optimization Over the intersection of these trends in video programming and captioning technology looms the specter of copyright law Well meaning third party captioners striving to improve video accessibility face potential liability for infringing the copyright of video creators This paper authored by Blake E Reid Assistant Clinical Professor Colorado Law and Director Samuelson Glushko Technology Law and Policy Clinic aims to take stock of this critical moment for captioning The report begins with an overview of closed captioning laws and regulations It then turns to the potential legal conflicts between captioning and copyright law It considers potential drivers behind the conflict closing with an analysis of potential solutions including contracts fair use and legislation The featured session organized at CSUN 2014 for the launching of the report on March 20 included in addition to Axel Leblois President and Executive Director of G3ict the author of the report Blake E Reid as well as Harris Cohen Associate Product Counsel Google YouTube Mark Richert Esq Director Public Policy American Foundation for the Blind AFB and Andrew Phillips Policy Counsel The Law Advocacy Center of the National Association of the Deaf Following the session at CSUN 2014 G3ict plans to organize further meetings during 2014 in Washington DC and Geneva Switzerland for further stakeholder awareness raising and discussions To download a free copy of the White Paper http g3ict com resource center G3ict Publications For ordering a print copy please visit http www magcloud com browse issue 719290

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  • G3ict.org - News
    available by LUCY to persons with disabilities C G The main cloud based applications which will be available free of charge to all users are grouped in several areas which are communication applications such as email chat and instant messaging SMS and audio video calls over IP social networks office applications like Word Excel PowerPoint address book agenda calendar e services such as e health e education e government e skills and e emergency entertainment applications like games e books music and web TV and radio F C B How is the project funded C G The project is initially funded by private and public institutions This initiative is built on a business model that has the goal to reach its full sustainability within the first 18 months of activity In other words LUCY Digital Inclusion is not a pilot but a long term initiative with a business oriented approach in order to guarantee its sustainability on the medium long term F C B Which benefits will be most important for users and persons with disabilities C G The LUCY cloud computing features will benefit all users They will however be particularly beneficial to novice users and users with disabilities The LUCY platform eliminates complex installation processes constant updates and maintenance because all applications are directly available on the cloud instead of being installed on each single device Users do not have to worry about viruses cyber attacks and backup of personal data and configuration because the user profile personal data and application are securely stored in the cloud and available anytime and anywhere All the applications are available as a Software as a Service in other words users do not have to pay single licenses for each application and can use freely the application directly through the web Users can access personal data services and applications through any device personal computers tablets and smartphones and still have the personal configuration and data as if they were using their own computer Cloud based solutions offer an almost full independency from the hardware This is particularly important for persons with disabilities who can use any hardware anywhere anytime Users just need to log in into the LUCY portal to activate their personal profile for accessibility and access their own applications services and personal data like documents e mails information etc Built in Assistive Technology LUCY provides a built in set of assistive tools and applications directly into the browser or in the LUCY Cloud Most of them are Open Source and available for free Others which are proprietary can be available at a very low price because cloud based ATs applications will be offered as a service which is a new distribution and business model for this category of software but has been already very successful for other areas of applications Online and offline capabilities In case of low or inconsistent access to broadband the LUCY solution provides offline capabilities This solution is particularly beneficial in developing countries where access to

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  • G3ict.org - Event overview
    Agenda Speakers Event Photos Speakers G3ict First Global Forum New York NY USA March 26 2007 United Nations Headquarters At its First Global Forum G3ict brought together stakeholders from industry government and organizations for persons with disabilities to discuss key

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  • G3ict.org - Newsletter Print News
    such as the development of standards or best practices that foster accessibility or the development of a new consumer clearinghouse of disability related products and services We also believe that teaching modules and tools that could help students learn Universal Design and other accessibility practices could be worthy of recognition A L Who can apply for the Chairman s AAA P G Anyone over the age of eighteen or even age sixteen with parental permission The Chairman s AAA is open to and encourages international entries whether it is from a more accessibility advanced country or a developing country It is open to any individual or entity in the public sector private sector or even a public private partnership This is the perfect way to hear the wonderful stories that are happening right now that advance accessibility A L What is the time line for the Chairman s AAA P G This year the product service technology or practice must be available and promoted publicly until 1 May 2011 In the future we will consider available and publicly promoted advancements that occur during a 12 month period prior to the award s announcement A L Who can nominate an entity for the Chairman s AAA and how will the FCC pick the winners P G Anyone from any country can nominate an entity We will be forming an internal cross bureau advisory group to review the nominations and advise the Chairman on the awards Employees of the Commission and their families are not eligible for this competition A L How does one apply or nominate an entity for the Chairman s AAA P G It is very simple When you visit the Chairman s AAA webpage http www broadband gov accessibilityandinnovation there is some text that explains the Chairman s

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  • G3ict.org - News
    Deaf Information Resource Project A new initiative launched by Gallaudet University enables users to find deaf organizations and schools in 149 countries around the world The Federal Communications Commission FCC held a field hearing at Gallaudet University on Nov 6 on broadband access for Persons with Disabilities in the development of the FCC s National Broadband Plan which will be submitted to U S Congress in February 2010 4 6 billion mobile subscriptions by the end of 2009 The latest ITU statistics reveal a thriving global ICT industry driven by the mobile sector but also highlight the digital divide Digital Britain Report U K Consumer Expert Group CEG to report on the specific issues facing disabled persons using the Internet Current U S legislation Minnesota proves successful in getting a Technology and Web Accessibility Standards Bill passed and signed into law The bill requiring that technology be made accessible is based on Section 508 and Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2 0 WCAG 2 0 Tayloring Technology for the Seniors U K Telecom TV video investigates what types of communication devices are out there for the senior market Interviews with Emporia Telecom Doro and MyJoice The Right to Read campaign India

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  • G3ict.org - Event overview
    at the conditions for the creation of a knowledge economy requiring a concerted effort supported by seamless investments in five pillars These five pillars summarize the key elements needed for the formation of a knowledge based economy When education ICT infrastructure and systems innovation social inclusion and a government policy environment conducive to changes like protection of intellectual property rights seamlessly converge towards the same objective a virtuous cycle is triggered that would eventually lead knowledge to become a tangible good that has a value in the market and facilitates the economic growth of a country Contributions from both academics and practitioners are welcome on topics including but not limiting to the following the role of ICTs in fostering knowledge economy and knowledge for development the role of ICTs for attaining the Millennium Development Goals ICTs for all and digital inclusion innovative systems for large scale education based on ICTs intellectual property rights Call for Papers Mini Track on The Organisational Impact of Social Computing Track Co Chairs Professors Walter Castelnovo and Elena Ferrari University of Insubria Como Italy Social Computing is already a mainstream in Europe and around the world Social Computing technologies tools and applications are more and more pervasive in the lives of individuals and organizations as well Under many respects Social Computing has already changed the way in which individuals and communities of individuals communicate and interact Based on this both in the Academia and in the industry there is a growing expectation that Social Computing capabilities deeply reshape the way in which intra organizational and inter organizational communications and relationships will be managed in the next future However despite its increasing popularity the impacts and benefits of corporate social computing still remain unclear The aim of this mini track is to identify and discuss the conditions that would enable Social Computing technologies tools and applications to spread their potential benefits both on enterprises and government agencies The goal is also to understand which are the constraints that could limit their impact on the core processes of an organization and what can be done to remove such obstacles Solicited contributions will be either research papers as well as papers describing real world case studies and applications Contributions from both academics and practitioners are welcome on topics including but not limiting to the following Security privacy and trust management for social computing Social computing and risk management Case studies in enterprise 2 0 and government 2 0 The impact of social computing on work and organizations Social computing and innovative models for inter organizational cooperation Business Process Reengineering based on social computing Innovative applications of social computing mobile social computing opinion mining social learning Publication opportunity Papers accepted for the conference will be published in the conference proceedings subject to author registration The proceedings have an ISBN and details of the proceedings accreditations are listed on the conference website Selected papers from the conference will be considered for a special conference issue of the Electronic Journal of

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