Digital technologies ensure access to information
UNESCO Office in New Delhi in collaboration with the National Digital Library of India (NDLI) organised a regional online event on the theme of “Leveraging Digital Technologies to Ensure Access to Information”, on 8 October, commemorating the International Day for Universal Access to Information (IDUAI) 2021.
The webinar aimed at highlighting the role of access to information laws and their implementation to build back strong institutions for the public good and sustainable development, as well as to strengthen the right to information and international cooperation in the field of implementing this human right, especially in the view of challenges posed by COVID-19 pandemic.
The panel further discussed about good practices focusing on developments in the region, how to strengthen transparency and accountability, the need of ensuring open access to data for the public good and building public trust by providing access to information, and its role especially in furthering the education agenda. The need for strong data based journalism, and safety of journalists was also discussed.
Other speakers included- Sanjoy Hazarika, Director, Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI); Madhu Parhar, Director, Commonwealth Educational Media Centre for Asia (CEMCA); Sherine Xavier, Director, The Social Architects (TSA). The session was moderated by senior journalist and founder-editor of Go News, Pankaj Pachauri.
The panel deliberated on the timeliness of the topic and called for affordable and meaningful access to the internet, digital public goods, the future of education, and the need for regional and global policy cooperation.