Grassroots civil society and those they serve witness the disparate impacts on digitalization. They can help us contextualize challenges and opportunities, engage in ensuring relevant policies, and understand the impact of decisions made. Yet they can be hard to reach, often not well versed in the rhetoric of digitalization, and often left out of pertinent conversations. To ensure program and policy decisions related to a topic as complex as digitalization are addressing actual needs and delivering intended impact, we must improve our capacity to engage with frontline organizations.
Engaging global grassroots civil society in the future of the Web, e.g. giving civil society a voice regarding their needs, and their community needs, vis-à-vis digital equity. A global baseline survey will be carried out with the purpose of mapping out persistent gaps that inhibit digital equity.
Global baselining survey helping map persistent gaps inhibiting digital equity feeding a global dialog about the civil society’s hopes for a digital era leading to a large, engaged, community of grassroots organizations providing regular feedback and guidance to those who would work with them toward common interests.
More than 7,553 CSOs from more than 100 countries completed the www.iinternet.org survey before it closed in mid-September 2022. More than 50 % opted in to participate in phase 2 of the survey (defining the digital futures civil society wants), which kicked off on the 18th of October.