World Summit on the Information Society

Inside the Information Society: Mutistakeholderism and multilateralism
Inside the Information Society: Mutistakeholderism and multilateralism 27 February 2017 David Souter

Each week David Souter comments on an important issue for APC members and others concerned about the Information Society. This week’s blog post reflects on the relationship between multistakeholderim and multilateralism. I’ve written several posts lately about multistakeholder participation in developing policy on ICTs and Internet. A lot of what is said and written about multistakeholder decision-making juxtaposes it with multilateral arrangements – the dialogue among governments, and ...

APC input for the CSTD WSIS Progress Report 2016
APC input for the CSTD WSIS Progress Report 2016 25 January 2017 APC

With over 50 member NGOs in more than 35 countries working for the last 25 years in most of the areas related to the WSIS goals, APC’s activities in support of the WSIS action lines and themes are many and diverse. They can be summarised as: a) promoting universal access to ICTs, and b) supporting rights-based, inclusive ICT-related policies, particularly where they affect women, the poor and other marginalised communities in the developing world. In this respect, APC’s post-WSIS related ...

Challenges to civil society participation in internet governance in the MENA region
Challenges to civil society participation in internet governance in the MENA region 25 May 2016 Mohammad Tarakiyee

The landscape of internet governance has been rapidly evolving in the decade since the conclusion of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) in Tunis in 2005. The Tunis Agenda for the Information Society not only affirmed the commitment of all involved countries to develop a people-centred, inclusive and development-oriented information society, but also proposed a multistakeholder a...

Inside the Information Society: After WSIS – Looking back or looking forward?
Inside the Information Society: After WSIS – Looking back or looking forward? 13 May 2016 David Souter

David Souter comments each week on an important issue for APC members and others concerned about the Information Society. In his first blog, this week, he writes about the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) – what it achieved and where it should be going. Let’s start with WSIS Let’s start with WSIS. The World Summit on the Information Society, held in Geneva and Tunis in 2003 ...

WSIS 2016: "On its own, internet access is not enough. Let's build greater social equality"
WSIS 2016: "On its own, internet access is not enough. Let's build greater social equality" 06 May 2016 APC

The World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) process is considered a cornerstone of international norms and discourse on internet policy and governance. As the process marks its 11th anniversary, the ‘ICT for development’ community met in Geneva between 2-6 May to continue to work for a people-centric, inclusive and development-oriented Information Society where everyone can create, a...

High-level Policy Session statement at WSIS Forum 2016
High-level Policy Session statement at WSIS Forum 2016 03 May 2016 Anriette Esterhuysen

The WSIS+10 review process culminated in December 2015 with a renewed commitment to the WSIS vision as essential to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. We are in a new phase of the WSIS process and it is a unique opportunity to focus on the interaction between technology and the various aspects of development, recognising that technology alone cannot resolve development challen...

APC member Avri Doria at WSIS+10 High Level Meeting
APC member Avri Doria at WSIS+10 High Level Meeting 23 December 2015 Avri Doria

Statement by APC member Avri Doria at WSIS+10 High Level Meeting Thank you Madam President, To the excellencies and delegates of the member states and among the participants of all stakeholder groups. I want to thank the member states who have produced an outcome that not only does no harm to the Internet but offers opportunities for us to reinforce the global Internet as a resource that is to ...

Statement from the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) for the WSIS+10 High Level Meeting
Statement from the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) for the WSIS+10 High Level Meeting 16 December 2015 APC

APC urges member states who worked so hard to reach agreement on the WSIS+10 outcome document to uphold their human rights commitments online and offline. This means ending mass surveillance, both between and within countries. And releasing journalists, activists, bloggers who have been imprisoned as result of their use of the internet for human rights and social justice.

Statement from the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) for the WSIS+10 High Level Meeting
Statement from the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) for the WSIS+10 High Level Meeting 16 December 2015 APC

The Association for Progressive Communications is a global non-governmental network with 70 members in more than 47 countries, mostly from the global south. APC has been mobilising the power of ICTs for social justice and development for the last 25 years, and has participated in the WSIS process since its inception. We are pleased that the Outcome reaffirms the WSIS principles of a people-cent...

The Working Group on Internet Governance - 10th Anniversary Reflections
The Working Group on Internet Governance - 10th Anniversary Reflections 30 November 2015 Various authors. William J. Drake (editor)

2015 marks the 10th anniversary of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS). The UN General Assembly reviewed the progress made over the past decade and negotiated a text that addresses a number of global Internet governance issues. 2015 is also the 10th anniversary of a multistakeholder experiment that helped bring the WSIS to a successful conclusion: the Working Group on Internet Go...

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