A4AI Webinar: Introducing “Meaningful Connectivity” - A new standard

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Join us to learn and help refine A4AI's newest standard, Meaningful Connectivity, that measures the quality of connectivity people have.

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At the end of 2018, as half the world’s population was online for the first time, it was clear to us that our efforts to secure basic affordable access were not enough. Far too many people remain offline, mostly in low and middle income countries, and among those who are connected, there is a wide disparity in the quality of internet they access. We must do more to ensure that everyone can access an internet that is transformational and life-changing.

To raise the bar for internet access, the Alliance for Affordable Internet (A4AI) has developed “Meaningful Connectivity” — a new standard that measures not only if someone has access to the internet, but the quality of connection they have.

Our research has underlined the wide regional disparities in quality of service with, for example, users across Africa facing average median download speeds of less than a seventh the speed enjoyed by European users. This is simply unacceptable.

Just as A4AI’s “1 for 2 target” is now officially the UN benchmark for internet affordability, we hope that Meaningful Connectivity will become a global standard for measuring the quality of connection worldwide and help to shape policy that supports digital equality.

Please join us to learn more about Meaningful Connectivity and help us refine the standard.

Speakers:

Sonia Jorge, Executive Director, A4AI

Dhanaraj Thakur, Research Director, A4AI/Web Foundation

Maiko Nakagaki, Strategic Partnerships Manager, A4AI (Moderator)

Please register on Eventbrite and registrants will receive the login information for the webinar.

For any questions, please contact Maiko Nakagaki at maiko.nakagaki@webfoundation.org.

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