Steve Vosloo

Policy Specialist, Digital Connectivity, United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

I’m a digital policy, edtech and innovation specialist, with particular experience in mobile learning in Africa. Currently I’m the digital policy specialist for UNICEF, based in New York. I work at the intersection of children and their digital lives. Key projects that I lead focus on AI for Children and digital literacy. Previously I was a Senior Project Officer at UNESCO, Paris, managing a partnership with Pearson to examine and highlight how inclusive digital solutions can help people with low skills and low literacy use technology in a way that supports skills development and, ultimately, improves livelihoods. Before that I was Head of Mobile at Pearson South Africa’ Innovation Lab, established the mobile learning programme at UNESCO, and was Mobile Impact Evangelist for the mLab Southern Africa, an infoDev funded initiative to incubate mobile apps and content services development in the region. For three years I held a prestigious Shuttleworth Foundation fellowship for 21st century learning and before that was a fellow of the Reuters Digital Vision Program at Stanford University. My big idea: Digital is only a force for good when it serves all of humanity’s interests, not just those of a privileged few. At this moment in technology history, we need to fight for digital equality and user’s rights. My mantra: “Use the ICTs in the hands of people to enable their participation.” My strength: Practical experience of using ICT to improve the lives of developing country people.

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