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Working Towards an
Inclusive Digital Society

Digital Rights, Equity, and Justice
in a Digital Era

This interactive forum will address current practices, challenges and possibilities for justice-based approach to digital literacy education in communities that experience various forms of marginality across income, ability, health, gender and race. One area in which these inequalities are manifesting and intensifying is in digital ecosystems, where automated government, technology design and market-based digital infrastructure are pushing people to the margins of citizenship in a digital era. The forum adopts an intersectional approach to consider relationships between digital literacy and digital justice, paying close attention to equity, and how different groups are being positioned within digital ecosystems.

The forum will thus be of interest to adult educators and literacy workers, researchers, community agencies, libraries, policy makers and other stakeholders who want to learn about and share experiences of digital justice issues as they are emerging in their communities.

Forum Goals

a) Share digital justice issues in communities, research and policy (for example: access to secure wifi and internet; equitable access to effective digital education; e-government service design;online-only services that exclude communities; privacy and surveillance of marginalized citizens; data uses and AI...);

b) Showcase promising pedagogies, policies, designs and resources for addressing these issues;

c) Identify policy and programming issues that need more study and advocacy with a view to forming a coalition for digital inclusion and justice in BC. assum.


Marianela Ramos Capelo is OpenMedia’s Design Specialist: Connecting missions: the role of digital justice in our fight for human rights.

1. Facilitated discussion groups #1: Participants will sign up to participate in discussion circles on themes including (and still to be finalized): accessible and affordable internet and public computing; leading practices in digital pedagogies; digital access in indigenous communities; SOGI and online experiences; e-government and low income communities; racialized youth and digital access. These groups are led by people who experience digital exclusion, by community-based educators and by policy-makers and researchers.

2. Panel: Digital justice and intersectionality

3. Break out discussions round 2 (participants sign up for a second discussion topic (see topics in #1)

4. Forum closure: Sharing key points of the day and identify action steps. Is a digital justice coalition needed and feasible? Next steps?

The forum is organized by the DTES Literacy Roundtable, with financial and in-kind support from the Digital Rights Community Grant Program a partnership between Digital Justice Lab, Tech Reset Canada and Centre for Digital Rights; SFU Public Square, SFU Harbour Centre 30th Anniversary event series; UBC Learning Exchange, SFU Faculty of Education and the UBC Language and Literacy Education (LLED).


This workshop is intended for digital literacy educators working with marginalized and vulnerable populations.


Fri, April 12, 2019 | 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM


Djavad Mowafaghian
World Art Centre

SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts
149 West Hastings Street
Vancouver, B.C.

We respectfully acknowledge that this event takes place on the Unceded, Traditional, Ancestral Territories of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, səl̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ, and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm First Nations.

Venue Accessibility

Real Time Captioning or Signing Information  

If you require ASL or other language interpretation please submit a request to no later than 3 weeks in advance.

Venue Information

Due to construction, the Hastings Street doors are currently blocked off. The building is only accessible via the Cordova Street Courtyand and can be accessed by a ramp outside the Woodward's Westbank Atrium. The entrance to the ramp is across from JJ Bean Coffee, under the Stan Douglas Mural.

Inside the building all venues are accessible by elevator.


There is an EasyPark lot located on Cordova Street across from the centre at 65 West Cordova Street. There is also a parkade under the International Village Mall, located at 88 W. Pender, which is a five minute walk away from Goldcorp Centre for the Arts. 


We are located on a major bus route and within easy walking distance of SkyTrain and SeaBus. Plan your transit trip on the translink website or call 604.953.3333.

  • From East Vancouver: take the #10 Granville (from Kootenay Loop); #8 Downtown (Fraser); or #20 Downtown (Victoria Drive).
  • From South Vancouver: take the #3 Downtown (Main and Marine); or #16 Arbutus (29th Ave Station).
  • From Richmond and Vancouver’s west side: take the Canada Line.
  • From Port Coquitlam, Coquitlam and Port Moody: take the #160 Vancouver or the Millenium Line Skytrain via the Evergreen Line Extension.
  • From North Burnaby: take the #95 Burrard Station.
  • From North Vancouver: take the SeaBus.
  • From West Vancouver: take any Blue Bus into downtown Vancouver to its terminus.
  • From Surrey and New Westminster: Take SkyTrain.

For full details on venue accessibility, visit the SFU Woodwards website.

If you have any questions, concerns, or comments regarding this event’s accessibility, feel free to connect with us at or 778-782-5959.

Supporters and Partners

This event is part of SFU Vancouver's 30th Anniversary.