World Summit on the Information Society

Communications rights ten years after WSIS:  Civil society perceptions and policy advocacy
Communications rights ten years after WSIS: Civil society perceptions and policy advocacy 28 August 2012

Governments of the world promised to build “a people-centred, inclusive and development-oriented Information Society,” during the UN-sponsored World Summit on the Information Society (2003-2005). Almost ten years have gone by and people-centred development has not been at the forefront of information society policy – policies that shape how and where people access the internet; what content they can download or create; how much they pay to access it, and how much freedom they have to ex...

Global Information Society Watch
Global Information Society Watch 30 August 2010

  Global Information Society Watch (GISWatch) is an annual report co-produced by the APC network and partners, which looks at the progress being made in creating an inclusive information society worldwide (particularly in implementing World Summit on the Information Society or WSIS goals), encourages critical debate, and strengthens networking and advocacy for a just, inclusive information society. The country reports are easy to read and offer a quick insight into a country situation. C...

World Summit on the Information Society Phase II, Tunis, PrepCom I Report
World Summit on the Information Society Phase II, Tunis, PrepCom I Report 16 January 2008 Karen Banks

This report begins with an outline of the background and context that contributed to the controversy in Tunis specifically, the human rights agenda, the ‘north-south’ agenda, lack of clarity regarding the focus and outcomes of phase II and early stress signs experienced by civil society in preparation for the PrepCom. It then goes on to describe the basic elements, ways of working and prepa...

Global policy advocacy in 2006
Global policy advocacy in 2006 18 December 2007

  For the APC policy programme, 2006 was a year of transition. The World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) process reached its zenith in Tunis in November 2005. In its aftermath, it was necessary to review the policy terrain and see what dynamics were coming into play. A number of CIPP projects were evaluated in 2006: The APC policy portals (global, regional and national), our 2003 ...

WSIS process and issues debated
WSIS process and issues debated 11 December 2007 Valeria Betancourt

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. This article offers a general description of the WSIS as an introduction to help u...

Financing the information society in the South: A global public goods perspective
Financing the information society in the South: A global public goods perspective 06 December 2007 Pablo Accuosto and Niki Johnson

This paper sets out to look at the question of financing the provision of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in the South, within the context of the United Nations’ World Summit on the Information Society, and advocates adopting a “global public goods” perspective on the issue. The paper first examines how the question of ICT financing has been debated during the WSIS prepa...

World Summit on the Information Society: APC's recommendation on internet governance
World Summit on the Information Society: APC's recommendation on internet governance 30 November 2007 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.

Citizen participation in the era of digital development
Citizen participation in the era of digital development 05 November 2007 Valeria Betancourt

Information and communication technologies (ICTs) have revolutionised multiple facets of human life in a variety of ways. Many of the most visible types of organic impact undoubtedly take place in the domain of government, where the use of ICTs have led to the modernisation of public administration, improved governability, and the stimulation of local ICT industry development. However, this has...

Whose Summit? Whose Information Society?
Whose Summit? Whose Information Society? 13 March 2007 David Souter

The World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) has been roundly criticised in the past and this new study from APC concludes that the summit “is not the best starting point for new action.” So, what is the point of looking at how developing country delegations and civil society fared at the summit? Because, says the author “it is always important to learn from experience – particula...

E-government: An opportunity for citizen participation in the era of digital development
E-government: An opportunity for citizen participation in the era of digital development 05 June 2006 Valeria Betancourt

Information and communication technologies (ICTs) have revolutionised multiple facets of human life in a variety of ways. Many of the most visible types of organic impact undoubtedly take place in the domain of government, where the use of ICTs (particularly, but not exclusively of the internet) have led to the modernisation of public administration, improved governability, and the stimulation ...

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