World Summit on the Information Society


World Summit on the Information Society

The World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) was a major international conference on information and communication technologies (ICTs) organised by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) in two stages: Geneva in 2003 and Tunis in 2005. The summit process lasted for four years overall (2001 to 2005) and included a series of regional preparatory meetings – with all sectors represented – and global preparatory commissions led by governments. It produced four documents setting out aspirations for the information society (the Declaration of Principles and Plan of Action from Geneva and the Tunis Commitment and Tunis Agenda). APC was active in WSIS and supported the interventions of civil society organisations in the summit process, making a material difference to the outcomes of WSIS by enriching the debate thanks to civil society’s specific expertise and experience in ICTs.

Style information: When using the acronym, do not use the definite article, i.e. write “at WSIS” rather than “at the WSIS”.

Source: APC ICT Policy Handbook and APC Annual Report 2005.

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