World Summit on the Information Society

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 guide ICT Policy: A Beginner’s Handbook and policy training curriculum, and the efforts to involve...

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 understand the process. Thus, it emphasizes and highlights some background aspects of the celebration...

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 ...

WSIS deal... and internet rights
WSIS deal... and internet rights 18 November 2005 APC

What actually brought about the WSIS deal on internet governance, in the way it evolved? An explanation from Canada… And, from Italy, a demand from the Greens for a href=“http://www.adnki.com/index_2Level.php?cat=Trends&loid=8.0.230178282&par=0”>Charter of Web Rights. WSIS.ecommons.ca has this article The WSIS 2 Deal on Internet Governance by Michael Geist focussing on “on t...

WSISlinks... do check these out
WSISlinks... do check these out 16 November 2005 APC

Some official and not-so-official links to sites covering the WSIS: Citizens’ Summit on the Information Society… blocked in Tunis WSIS Wire WSIS official site from the ITU UN Multi-Stakeholder Partnerships Summit > Newsroom, Tunis Phase Open access: the facts Andy Carvin’s Waste of Bandwidth blog WSISblogs.org ITU’s ICT success story home page Unesco WSIS pu...

APC... reflecting the WSIS
APC... reflecting the WSIS 12 November 2005 APC

Some of APC’s plans for reflecting what’s happening at Tunis include its English and Spanish websites and a blog in French. These blogs aim to be a mix of indepth structured articles plus notes and comment from the APC team in Tunis, and anyone else who would like to write. It’s open to the public to post items and comments, subject to posts being relevant to the theme. Some of APC’s p...

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