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Accessibility Worldview by G3ict

An Information Service for Global ICT Companies

G3ict Accessibility Worldview ServiceG3ict, the Global Initiative for Inclusive Information and Communication Technologies, is pleased to offer its Accessibility Worldview service. This unique knowledge management resource will provide your company, organization, or government agency with curated and prioritized worldwide policy intelligence that matters to your mission. The new service leverages G3ict’s deep insights on Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) accessibility, its broad view to global activity, and its unique access to international experts to provide your company with timely and actionable data and analysis. 

Knowledge is power and early intelligence is key to competitive advantage. Accessibility policy activity continues to grow rapidly across the world. G3ict’s proprietary global survey data shows:

  • More than 50 percent of countries worldwide have already expanded the definition of accessibility in their legal frameworks to embrace ICT, including mobile, Internet, computers, video programming, services using digital interfaces, and assistive technologies.

  • That is a 61 percent increase between 2012 and 2014. We expect this global trend toward greater legal definition of accessible ICT and policies to promote broader digital inclusion of persons with disabilities to continue worldwide.
As a result, country level ICT accessibility policies, laws and regulations and their implementation by governments and judicial systems are increasing in both depth and breadth around the world. This rapid growth is primarily driven by digital inclusion concerns for aging populations and by the ratification of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) by more than 154 countries, as of May 2015, making it compulsory for countries to develop ICT accessibility policies.
 
The comprehensive Accessibility Worldview by G3ict is a service that includes four main features:

1. Continuous Policy Sweeps. Twice monthly validated and prioritized summary of ICT accessibility policy and standards activities in 20 top global markets. Interim alerts for urgent and time-sensitive items.

2. Quarterly Policy Dashboard. An analytical report showing policy trends across markets and industry sectors, including updates from key international organizations that influence national level policy making.

3. Annual Global Trends Report summarizing proprietary G3ict survey findings on ICT accessibility status in 87 countries with populations larger than 10 million.

4. Up to 12 hours of Analyst-on-Call assistance via telephone and email.

For more information, please contact James Thurston.

Premium Services – available at additional cost
  • Additional countries: Intelligence provided for additional countries beyond the 20 top markets.
  • Additional topics: Intelligence provided for additional accessibility-related topics of specific interest to your company.
  • Country profiles: In-depth analytical reports detailing the accessibility policy environment in a specific country.
  • Company briefings: Strategic discussions with G3ict staff and experts to better understand priority issues and apply that understanding to your corporate programs and objectives.
  • On-demand analysis: Research and analysis on specific topics of interest to your company by G3ict Senior Analyst.
G3ict’s Unique Capabilities
 
  • G3ict’s Accessibility Worldview staff collectively has more than 75 years of experience in technology policy, accessibility, and in the technology industry.
  • G3ict has created a premier knowledge database on ICT accessibility policy, including by partnering with international organizations to develop toolkits and model policies for ICT accessibility for television, web sites, public access points, mobile devices and services, public procurement rules and, more specifically, for inclusive ICTs in education.    

  • G3ict’s incomparable CRPD Progress Report regularly surveys disability leaders and experts in more than 75 countries to understand how they are implementing policies to comply with the ICT accessibility components of the CRPD.   

  • G3ict has created and regularly works with a network of more than 1,100 experts registered as G3ict Fellows in every region of the world.      

  • Since 2007, G3ict has provided resources or direct policy making assistance to governments, industry, and organizations of persons with disabilities in more than 40 countries around the world.         

  • G3ict was created by industry and disability advocates at the request of the United Nations to specifically drive global progress on the implementation of the ICT components of the CRPD.  

  • G3ict enjoys an extensive level of cooperation in matters of ICT accessibility with key United Nations System Specialized Agencies (ILO, ITU, UNESCO, WHO, WIPO, World Bank), Funds and Programmes (UNDP, UNICEF), Departments and Offices (UNDESA, OHCHR), and Regional Commissions (UNESCAP) involved in supporting the creation by governments of ICT accessibility policies and regulations.           

  • G3ict has carefully developed an unrivaled intermediary role across industry, governments, and organizations of persons with disabilities in the ICT accessibility policy making process globally.

Appendix One: Top 20 Markets Surveyed and Analyzed Bi-Monthly

 1. Australia
 8. Italy
 15. Spain
 2. Brazil
 9. Japan
 16. Sweden
 3. Canada
 10. Mexico
 17. The Netherlands
 4. China
 11. Poland
 18. Turkey
 5. France
 12. Republic of Korea
 19. United Kingdom
 6. Germany
 13. Russia
 20. United States
 7. India
 14. South Africa

 


Appendix Two: International Institutions Accessibility Policy Activities Analyzed Quarterly

1. European Union (including European Commission, European Parliament) and the Council of Europe

2. United Nations System affiliated organizations involved in ICT accessibility and Assistive Technologies policy development (e.g. ITU, UNESCO, UNICEF, OHCHR, UNESCAP, WHO, etc.)

3. Regional telecommunications organizations

4. W3C, ISO, CEN, ANSI, other regional or national standard development organizations

5. Other leading multilateral organizations (e.g. Organization of American States, etc.).              


Appendix Three: Technology and Policy Areas Covered

 Computer Public Access Points
 Education
 Software IT infrastructure Labor / social affairs
 Web sites
 Electronic media
 Public procurement
 Mobile devices  Television Ebooks and ePublishing
 Printers Assistive Technologies (AT)

 ECommerce

 Kiosks Financial Services
 Emergency Services
 Fixed line telephony
 E-government