China's Information Accessibility Charity Action Kicked Off

2017-12-25 14:21:28

On December 21, 2017, the Internet Society of China (ISC) launched the China Information Accessibility Charity Action and the Information Accessibility Committee of ISC was set up at the launch ceremony in Beijing.  Representatives from over 50 member units and relevant research institutions, enterprises and media attended the conference.

The charity action aims to actively carry out the construction of China's information accessibility public service system, and build an information accessibility service platform through using of the Internet, comprehensively improve  information access service capabilities, speed up the construction of exchange environment of the information accessibility, and keep a sustainable development. 

Zhao Houlin, Secretary-General of the International Telecommunication Union, sent a congratulation video to the event. He pointed out that the Chinese government authorities, local governments, and industry organizations are actively promoting the development of information accessibility, promoting use of information accessible technologies and functions on government websites, and providing guarantees for the Chinese people’s equal sharing of China’s Internet development achievements, providing the international community with Chinese experience and best practice. ITU, as a UN agency responsible for information and communications technology, will support China’s accessibility of public information activities and support the sustainable development of China’s information accessibility business. At the same time, it will cooperate with China in the information accessibility to explore and promote global information accessibility development.

Marielza Oliveira, representative of the UNESCO office in China, said  in her remark that UNESCO has long been committed to promoting universal access to information and knowledge through ICT and assistive technologies so that the disabled group can benefit equally as others.

ISC is one of the pioneer organizations to carry out information accessibility work. Since 2004, the ISC has done a lot of work in the popularization and construction of information accessibility, not only actively participated in the international accessibility of information accessibility, but also promoted the achievements of China's information accessibility development in various international forums, such as the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) and the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Forum. In June 2017, the International Telecommunication Union awarded ISC "China's Government Information Accessibility Service System" of 2017 WSIS Awards.

The Launch Conference was moderated by Lu Wei, Secretary General of ISC.

Mr. Zhao Houlin, Secretary General of the ITU

Ms. Marielza Oliveira from UNESCO