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Invited Session 6

Friday, 25 September 2020 | 15:00 - 17:00 |


The ROAM-X indicators: a UNESCO tool for evidence-based national internet policies

The Internet connects cities, countries and regions. It is a now a global platform for the data, content and information flows that are the lifeblood of the knowledge economy and knowledge societies. The internet and related digital services, products and processes are driving social and economic transformations in fields as diverse as government, education, healthcare and agriculture. These positive internet-enabled developments offer much needed responses to deep-seated challenges such as poverty and provide new opportunities to enhance individual well-being and realize the 2030 sustainable development goals.

Yet today, only about half of the world’s population is able to participate in the Internet. So unchecked, the Internet can compound age-old inequalities and create new forms of inequity. The internet is also enabling new forms of harm and conflict – for example between individuals and groups. It is has also become an enabler for organized crime and a new frontier for confrontation between organizations and states.

UNESCO's ROAM-X Indicators provide a human-rights based framework, indicators and multi-stakeholder processes that enable nations to better assess their use of the Internet. Through its multi-dimensional lenses and context-based approach, the ROAM-X supports the identification of areas of strength as well as gaps in national strategies. By understanding what is working, where change is needed and through bench-learning the framework can enable nations to develop practices, strategies and policies, based on evidence, to better leverage the Internet in support of their national development strategies and visions.


  • Provide an overview of the development of this new policy instrument that has been endorsed by UNESCO's Member States;
  • Share experiences and findings from ongoing implementation in a subset of the over 20 countries currently using the framework;
  • Presents a case for more countries to use this new policy tool and shows them how to do so.


Moderated panel presentation followed by interactive Q&A with the audience.


Xianhong Hu
Alain Kiyindou
Bordeaux Montaigne University
Grace Githaiga
Kenya ICT Action Network
Karima Mahmoudi
Electronic Communications Market Observatory
Lucien Castex
Internet Society France
Paul Hector
UNESCO Regional Bureau for Sciences in the Arab States
Simon Ellis
Independent Consultant


Organiser - Invited Session 6