At Tunis this month, the global Internet community gathers to determine the future of the Source: TechSoup Glossary and GenderIT.org">internetand the information society in general. Source: APC ICT Policy Handbook and APC Annual Report 2005.">WSIS's focus is on Source: Tunis Agenda for the Information Society">internet governance, to determine the future of the internet and how to financing the information society for global inclusion. As a member of this community, this blogger will share three articles; the first (below) offering another perspective of the internet governance debate. Promised next is the case for "Open Access and Financing Principles for the Information Society" and, then, a zooming-in to on "Africa in Internet Governance and Financing the Information Society", what does Africa bring to the table and what should she take home. Eric Osiakwan, secretary of Ghana's Internet Service Providers Association, welcomes conversations around the issues. See Eric's blog.
Late on Sunday night, November 13, 2005, an assembly of about 100 people agreed to a series of minimal points of common ground related to Source: Tunis Agenda for the Information Society">internet governancein Tunis. These points were then to be reported back to the general plenary of what is called the resumed PrepCom 3 meeting of the World Summit on the Information Society (Source: APC ICT Policy Handbook and APC Annual Report 2005.">WSIS) for definitive negotiation and implementation.
APC has participated extensively in the internet governance process at the World Summit on Information Society. Out of this participation and in collaboration with other partners, including members of the WSIS civil society internet governance caucus, APC has crystallized a set of recommendations with regard to internet governance ahead of the final Summit in Tunis in November 2005.
Might interest you: Inter-Press Service has this story U.S. Fights to Remain the Ultimate Webmaster which says that international efforts to break down the digital barriers facing the world's poor will backfire if governments fail to work out their differences on the issue of Source: Tunis Agenda for the Information Society">internet governance. Meanwhile, here's the website for the Citizens' Summit on the Information Society (CSIS). It was launched on November 10.
The second phase of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) gets underway later this year. Between September 19th – 30th, GenderIT.org writers Jac sm Kee and Brenda Zulu participate in the third and final WSIS preparatory meeting (PrepCom 3) before the summit in Tunis. Check out their chronicle and read the following unreleased (on the APC website) postings about the activities of gender advocates, and women concerns regarding key issues on the agenda – internet governance and financing.
Six major international civil society networks working on questions of access and affordability of the internet have emitted a joint statement on 27 September 2005, during the third Preparatory Meeting (PrepCom 3) of the WSIS process. The World Summit on the Information Society is making a last stop in Geneva before phase II of the summit in Tunisia, in November of 2005. The statement of the Informal Coalition on Financing ICTD goes beyond a document released by the WSIS Chair of a Sub-Committee on Internet Governance and suggests a series of steps to be taken to make the internet a true tool for development.
Just after the United States made clear it intention to retain control over the internet’s root-servers, an ICANN meeting took place in Luxembourg. ICANN, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, is a California-based non-profit corporation created in 1998 to take over a number of Internet-related tasks earlier performed on behalf of the US Government by other organizations, notably the IANA.
The WSIS Civil Society Internet Governance Caucus has supported and voiced its appreciation for the process and outcome of the Working Group on Internet Governance (WGIG). The Caucus has welcomed the adoption of a broad working definition of Internet Governance, and believes that the high quality of the WGIG final report is the result of both the multi-stakeholder collaboration and the open and inclusive consultation with the wider WSIS community.
How’s this huge, influential and potentially-useful beast called the internet to be governed? Who is to call the shots? Brazil-based RITS’s strategy director Carlos Afonso takes a close look at how control of the internet is sought to be transformed, before a crucial crossroad comes up in the next few months. This 50-page paper in PDF format, commissioned by APC member Instituto del Tercer Mundo (ITeM) as part of its WSISpapers series, also provides useful historical background on the current internet global governance system.