This report touches on issues such as the human rights and ‘north-south’ agendas, as well as the preparation by civil society in the WSIS process up to 2004. It includes brief observations, suggested discussion points and strategies needed to protect and strengthen civil society participation in the WSIS process.
Prior to the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), UN Summits were largely closed spaces for inter-governmental debate and negotiation on issues of global public policy such as sustainable development or the position of women. Civil society summits ran in parallel to those of governments and usually at some distance. So during the UN Summit on Sustainable Development held in Johannesburg in 2002, governments met in the elite business zone of Sandton, while civil society met in the black township of Soweto.
“The working group on internet governance: a feminist conversation”, in Visions in process II the WSIS, Karen Banks, for Heinrich Boell Foundation.
The purpose of this paper is to describe our current understanding of the debate about internet governance in WSIS, and to examine the main policy issues that are being considered in that discussion. It also suggests opportunities for developing nation stakeholders to contribute to the processes that are defining the internet governance landscape. The key message is that there are opportunities for civil society to engage and we must take them. Internet governance is one of the most controversial and debated issues to come from the WSIS process. It is also a moving target in that the UN working group that will help define what internet governance is, and identify the public policy issues involved is only just being set up and we can only make a best guess at its working methods and the scope of issues it will consider. As such this paper is very much a work in progress and may be modified over the coming months.
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.
APC’s reflections and priorities at the commencement of the second Internet Governance Forum held in Rio de Janeiro in November 2007. This document includes APC’s assessment of the first forum, held in Athens in 2006, and highlights our priorities for the second IGF.
Milena Bukova is the executive director of Bluelink, a virtual network offering a broad variety of internet based services for those who are interested in issues related to environment, natural resources, and sustainable development in Bulgaria and all over the world. Its mission is to create a free information forum for democracy, civil society and sustainable development.
When more than 1,700 technology experts from around the world envision the Internet’s future, they see cars and household appliances that are online, wireless Internet networks in remote African villages and astronauts e-mailing one another from different corners of outer space. Read the full article, which mentions John Dada of APC-member Fantsuam Foundation.
The Register reports that certain countries such as China, Russia and Saudi Arabia are on the fast track to net domains that use their own alphabets.
Andrea Molinari is posting some great summaries of the IGF sessions on her live journal, including the Tuesday panel on partnerships in practice. She specifically mentions panellist Anriette Esterhuysen, executive director of APC, and her discussion on the CATIA project.