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Points from the introductions


I would love it if, as a group, we manage to collectively tease out some real drivers and principles of good technology (platform) selection, and of inclusion, because these issues keep cropping up again and it would be good to have better questions to inform how we approach this... (Ewen Le Borgne)


Managing different capacities to participate online – now everybody is having to use online tools, it’s more important than ever to start with the simplest approach to enable the most people to participate meaningfully; that can mean no video, (or sparingly for introductions), respecting different timezones, introducing one “shiny toy” at a time, etc. It’s also not obvious who will be adept at using these tools/behaviours – age, seniority, location, etc. are not reliable indicators. (Cheryl Brown)


Active online engagement / collaboration may not be new but remains a new concept to many I have come in contact with. Not many people can be actively that engaged with such formal platforms as compared to social media related platforms. Maybe we need to look out for some bridge between social media platforms and formal platforms such as Dgroups to start. (Stephen Agbenyo)


We engage with frontline stakeholders for whom privacy and secure channels are important -activists, human rights defenders, and the such. This poses further challenges to online collaboration. Moreover, we are used to working with interpreters. The option of simultaneous interpretation is offered by some platforms, like Zoom, but others are not prepared for it. (Alvaro Gomez del Valle)


One challenge that stands out for me is to balance creating an intuitive user experience with ensuring it does justice to the complexity of realityAnother challenge is that once you want to move from a dialogue to truly creating something in co-creation online, that even a minimal viable product already requires a lot of functionality. In other words, development of such tools is expensive - no surprise there... (Martin Klein).


15 years ago, when I started using email-based exchange platforms like EGroups (precursor of Yahoo groups) and later on dGroups, social media were at their infancy. Hence online exchanges among peers were a novelty and one of the few opportunities to collaborate remotely. Nowadays individuals tend to spend a lot of time on platforms like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, Zoom, etc, which substantially differ from an email based exchange service. Hence, exchanges on such email based platforms (Dgroups, Google Groups, etc) compete for the time available to users and definitely benefit from regular inputs from animators (moderators) who regularly inject content, summarize the outcomes of completed exchanges and more, launch calls for action, etc. Personally I think that email based exchange platforms are the most effective channel when it comes to implementing a shared vision / mission which implies action taking. (Giacomo Rambaldi)


Platforms need to be user-friendly and which can easily be operated on a mobile phone interface. This is because, now days majority access the internet with the help of mobile phone devices. The technologies to consider need to be operated on lower bandwidth and fully compatible to cheaper and affordable digital devices. (Robert Kibaya)


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