Alternative Models of Connectivity: UN-IGF BPF Gender & Access Survey 2018
Do alternative models of connectivity support the needs of underserved populations of women?

The United Nations Internet Governance Forum (IGF) Best Practice Forum (BPF) on Gender and Access is currently studying the potential impact of initiatives that support/develop alternative models of connectivity that directly or indirectly respond to the needs of underserved populations of women and gender non-conforming individuals.

'Alternative models of connectivity' in this survey refers to complementary telecommunication infrastructure models that not only speed up the pace at which unconnected populations can be supported with internet access, but also complement existing models in making communications accessible to all. Examples: Community Networks, Public Wifi, TV White Spaces, Zero Rating.

In 2015, the work of the BPF Gender looked at online abuse and gender-based violence, and in 2016 aimed to identify the different barriers that women face with Internet access. In 2017, the BPF amplified this work by focusing on gathering information about specific communities.

It takes approximately 15-30 minutes to complete this survey (depending on the granularity of information you provide).

The questions in the survey are in English, but we welcome responses in any of the official UN languages.

Please note that all references to 'women' in this survey also include people who identify as women and girls (unless otherwise specified).

This survey will be closed for input on 30 October 2018.

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