One World, Diverse Content, and Flexible Access

2 September 2014 - A Workshop on Other in Istanbul, Turkey

Brief substantive summary of the workshop and presentation of the main issues that were raised during the discussions

1) Topics of the Thematic Workshop:
a) How to maintain the cultural and linguistic diversity
b) The governmental policies required to enhance the creation and dissemination of local content

2) The main issues were raised during the discussion:
• How cultural and linguistic diversity can be maintained within the information and knowledge societies using information and communication technologies
• The different approaches in creating and disseminating local content in order to achieve global collaborative horizons that extends beyond national and linguistic boundaries
Pay attention to the local content creation and make content in endangered languages more accessible and find means to protect them
Propose recommendations to encounter challenges of creating and improving the enabling environment for the development of local content.

Conclusions drawn from the workshop and possible follow up actions

1. Conclusions for the preservation of cultural and linguistic diversity:

• Supporting multilingual education and promoting the use of mother tongue are essential in multicultural societies

• Establishing virtual Knowledge Networks across continents to share information and data and knowledge, taking into account cultural and linguistic diversity

• Supporting and strengthening global collaborative projects, and the need for community participation to be empowered through simple tools

2. Conclusions for the governmental policies required to enhance the creation and dissemination of local content:

• Lowering the cost of digital technology, along with the reduction of Internet access costs

• Safeguarding linguistic diversity, particularly endangered and lesser-used languages by exploring all technological solutions and innovative platforms

• Formulating policies and strategies for the development of digital content at the sectorial, national and regional levels.

• Encouraging investments to support entrepreneurs, start-ups and SMEs operating in the digital content industry

• Governments should work on making public sector information widely accessible in digital format so it can be easily used, re-used, combined and shared.

Estimation of the overall number of participants present at the workshop


Estimation of the overall number of women present at the workshop

about half of the participants were women

Extent to that the workshop discuss gender equality and/or women’s empowerment

it was not seen as related to the workshop’s theme and was not raised

A brief summary of the discussions in case that the workshop addressed issues related to gender equality and/or women’s empowerment


Reported by

Raymond Maher Kamel