World Summit on the Information Society
What are the world’s governments thinking in the lead-up to the 10-year review of the World Summit on the Information Society? This report aims to inform stakeholder engagement by providing insight into 15 key government perspectives. The country chapter on South Africa was contributed by APC.
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.
This document was originally produced in Spanish February 2004 for the publication The World Summit on the Information Society: A subject for all, produced by the Third Sector Information Network (RITS) and the Heinrich Böll Foundation. The present version offers an update related to the second phase of the WSIS.
On 15-16 December 2015, the UN General Assembly held the 10-year review to “take stock of the progress made in the implementation of the outcomes of the WSIS and address potential information and communications technology gaps.” Just as WSIS sought to address pressing internet issues of the day, WSIS+10 addressed the challenges facing today’s global community.
The 2005 UN World Summit on the Information Society set the tone for global discussions on internet and society that continue to dominate the sector. At the end of 2015, the UN General Assembly is holding a high-level meeting to review the WSIS, which again will profoundly shape the debate in the short and long term.
The goal of people-centred information societies can only be achieved through constant adherence to the principle of inclusive participation. This is why meaningful participation of all stakeholders is so important in the ten-year review and in furthering the WSIS vision beyond 2015.
Hosted annually, the WSIS Forum is a space in which APC has participated actively since its inception. We are committed to the WSIS goal of a “people-centred, inclusive and development-oriented Information Society”; where everyone can create, access, use and share information to fully promote sustainable development and improve their quality of life. Our statement outlines ongoing efforts r...
The World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) process and its outcome documents are considered cornerstones of international norms and discourse on internet policy and governance. This year, as WSIS marks its 10th anniversary, the UN General Assembly is set to evaluate its progress and decide its future.
The Association for Progressive Communications, the International Federation of Library Associations and the Internet Democracy Project welcome the Commission on Science and Technology for Development Secretariat’s report on the Ten-year Review of Progress Made in the Implementation of the Outcomes of the World Summit on the Information Society and issued the following statement on the occasi...
On 16 December APC will be presenting research findings on civil society perceptions around WSIS, as part of the third phase of the multi-stakeholder open consultation towards the WSIS+10 high-level event.