World Summit on the Information Society

World Summit on the Information Society
World Summit on the Information Society 19 August 2015

The two-stage World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) took place in 2003 (the Geneva phase) and 2005 (the Tunis phase). It was convened upon the recognition that there was “an urgent need to harness the potential of knowledge and technology for promoting the goals of the United Nations Millennium Declaration.” WSIS started out as a primarily development-focused process. The Geneva phase resulted in a coordinated international action plan, know as the WSIS Action Lines, for harnessi...

Looking back to move ahead: A recap of the WSIS+10 Overall Review
Looking back to move ahead: A recap of the WSIS+10 Overall Review 23 July 2015 Deborah Brown

Nearly 10 years ago, the second and final phase of the UN World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) concluded in Tunis, setting the tone for global discussions on the impacts of internet and ICTs on society. At the end of this year, the UN General Assembly (UNGA) will hold a two-day high-level meeting in New York, which has the potential to shape UN debates on the internet and ICTs in the coming years, if not decades. This post highlights recent developments in the WSIS+10 Overall Review...

APC letter to the President of the UN General Assembly on the World Summit on the Information Society Ten-year Review (WSIS+10)
APC letter to the President of the UN General Assembly on the World Summit on the Information Society Ten-year Review (WSIS+10) 13 June 2015 APC

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.

APC speaks at WSIS Forum 2015, Geneva
APC speaks at WSIS Forum 2015, Geneva 26 May 2015 APC

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...

Everything you need to know about the WSIS+10 review
Everything you need to know about the WSIS+10 review 28 January 2015 Deborah Brown and Lea Kaspar (Global Partners Digital)

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.   What is WSIS? The two-stage WSIS took place in 2003 (the Geneva phase) and 2005...

Joint statement on the Ten-year Review of Progress Made in the Implementation of the Outcomes of the World Summit on the Information Society
Joint statement on the Ten-year Review of Progress Made in the Implementation of the Outcomes of the World Summit on the Information Society 05 December 2014 APC

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...

WSIS+10: APC attends open consultation meeting
WSIS+10: APC attends open consultation meeting 09 December 2013

On 16 December 2013 APC will be presenting research findings on civil society perceptions around WSIS, from 10:30 to 13:00 (GMT +1), as part of the third phase of the multi-stakeholder open consultation towards the WSIS+10 event. The high-level event, which will take place in April 2014, will review the progress made in the implementation of the WSIS outcomes under the mandates of participating...

Communication rights ten years after the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS): Civil society perceptions
Communication rights ten years after the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS): Civil society perceptions 04 September 2013 Mallory Knodel

This GISWatch special report collates civil society perceptions of the changes that have taken place in the information and knowledge-sharing society over the last ten years, capturing the kinds of shifts that have been experienced by communications activists and stakeholders in a rich and nuanced way. You can download the report in English, French and Spanish.

Communication rights ten years after the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS): Civil society perceptions
Communication rights ten years after the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS): Civil society perceptions 04 September 2013 Association for Progressive Communications

This Global Information Society Watch (GISWatch) special report by the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) collates civil society perceptions of the changes that have taken place in the information and knowledge-sharing society over the last 10 years. Available in English, Spanish and French, it responds to the opportunity provided by the World Summit on the Information Society (WS...

WSIS Forum: Dialogue on integrating gender equality, women's empowerment and ICT
WSIS Forum: Dialogue on integrating gender equality, women's empowerment and ICT 15 May 2013 Flavia Fascendini

Many gender equality and women’s empowerment related events are taking place at the World Summit on the Information Society Forum from May 13-17 in Geneva. As “ICTs are increasingly leveraged as an innovative development tools because they promote more engaged and empowered citizens, flows of information and knowledge and provide new mechanisms for delivering critical services and meeting t...

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