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6th European eAccessibility Forum
Putting eAccessibility at the core of information systems

26/03/2012, 9:00 - 18:00
Cité des sciences et de l'industrie, Paris

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Axel Leblois (USA)
axel_leblois (at) g3ict.org

Speaker's information

photo Axel Leblois

Axel Leblois is the Executive director of G3ict (The Global Initiative for Inclusive ICTs), a United Nation flagship advocy initative. He is the co-Founder of W2i, the Wireless Internet Institute, and President of its parent company World Times, Inc. Prior to creating W2i, Axel Leblois spent over 20 years at the helm of information technology companies in the United States including as CEO of Computerworld Communications, CEO of IDC - International Data Corporation, President of Bull HN Worldwide Information Systems - Formerly Honeywell Information Systems and CEO of ExecuTrain.



First, Axel Leblois recalls the ambition of G3ICT and why G3ICT is a partner of the European e-Accessibility Forum.

He recalls the history of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities finalized and adopted by the UN in 2006 and how the G3ICT was created to promote the provisions of the Convention on digital accessibility. He insists that from the beginning industry leaders like Microsoft, IBM and Ephox have joined this initiative with major associations of persons with disabilities to work with international organizations on developing e-Accessibility.

He also recalls the friendship born over the years and work in collaboration with the team of Dominique Burger in Paris, in particular through the European e-Accessibility Forum whose subjects are often avant-garde topics used to frame policy discussions internationally.

He estimates that the topic chosen in 2012, "Putting e-Accessibility at the core of information systems", is extremely important since in many countries provisions are made for making the accessibility of web sites, mobile services, digital interfaces such as smartphones or ATMs mandatory, and that this issue affects both the public and businesses.

NB: A White Paper on the "benefits costs and of e-accessibility" has been published by G3ICT and BrailleNet following the European e-Accessibility Forum held in 2011.



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