Imagine... every device
automatically changing into a form
you can understand and use,
whenever and wherever you encounter it.
The purpose of the Global Public Inclusive Infrastructure (GPII) is to ensure that everyone who faces accessibility barriers due to disability, literacy, digital literacy, or aging, regardless of economic resources, can access and use the Internet and all its information, communities, and services for education, employment, daily living, civic participation, health, and safety.
As our countries build out their broadband infrastructures to ensure that broadband reaches everyone, it is important that 'everyone' includes people with disability, literacy and aging related barriers to Internet use. We need to be sure that we don't stop at just connecting people to the Internet - but that we also see to it that they can actually use it, and benefit from all that it has to offer.
The GPII would not create new access technologies or services, but would create the infrastructure for making their development, identification, delivery, and use easier, less expensive, and more effective. Like building a road system does not provide transportation but greatly enhances the ability of car companies and others to do so -- and provides an infrastructure that car companies themselves cannot do. The Internet is the infrastructure for general information and commerce. The GPII enhancements to the Internet would provide the infrastructure to enable the Internet to be truly inclusive for the first time.
GPII is a paradigm shift. The GPII will, for the first time, introduce automatic personalization of user interfaces and user context adaptation based on user preferences. Each information and communication technology (ICT) device will be able to instantly change to fit users as they encounter the device, rather than requiring users to figure out how to adapt, configure or install access features they need. It also introduces a system of shared components and services to reduce cost, increase interoperability, and foster innovation.
We have an unprecedented opportunity to fundamentally change and advance accessibility -
- to create an infrastructure that supports both commercial and non-commercial efforts to:
- make accessibility more affordable - to users, industry, government, and other stakeholders
- reach more of the people who need it than the estimated 3 - 15% we reach now
- make it all simpler
- serve disabilities and aging groups we don't now serve or serve well
- to build access that will work with the new technologies that are coming (that won't work with many of our current access strategies)
- and finally, to build something that can be replicated locally in other countries
- countries that don't have good access technologies or infrastructure today
- allowing these countries to provide access to their citizens and visitors as well.
Building an on-demand, personalized, accessible, on-ramp to the Internet
Anytime, Anywhere, Any Computer Access
The GPII would eventually allow people who cannot use standard interfaces and content to be able to use broadband connected ICT anywhere they encounter them. It would provide these people with the ability to invoke the interface adaptations they need, automatically, on any device, anywhere, anytime -- so they can use the same devices in the same places for all the same purposes as everyone else.
Facilitating the Advancement of Both Commercial and Free Built-in or Public Access Technologies
All of the GPII components and systems will be designed to support both commercial assistive technologies and free, built-in access features (universal design). The GPII would include a delivery system, personalization profiles, a system to automatically configure devices to meet user needs, and a rich development system with common modules. It will also include the robust awareness program needed to ensure that those who benefit from accessibility, and their educators, employers, etc., are aware that GPII-based solutions exist and how to find them.
Enabling New Types of Assistive Technology and Services
In addition to lowering development costs and increasing the number of solutions for different disabilities, the GPII can also enable new types of assistive technologies and services, including assistance-on-demand services that allow consumers to invoke computer or human assistance whenever and wherever they need it.
It can also provide a base for researchers and new developers to more quickly prototype new ideas – and move them from the lab to commercial availability.