World Summit on the Information Society

Side Event: Putting People at the Centre of the WSIS+10 Review
Side Event: Putting People at the Centre of the WSIS+10 Review 16 October 2015 APC

The Association for Progressive Communications (APC), the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA), the Internet Democracy Project, and the Internet Society are co-organising a side event for non-governmental stakeholders to share and exchange their views and priorities with governments on WSIS+10 in a dynamic, interactive setting.    

Building a context for self-development and learning through the provision of free access to the internet in public libraries  in South Africa
Building a context for self-development and learning through the provision of free access to the internet in public libraries in South Africa 29 September 2015 Association for Progressive Communications (APC) on behalf of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA)

This report focuses on the provision of free internet access to communities in public libraries in South Africa. It has been prepared in response to a United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) review of the 2003 World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Plan of Action commitments, with the aim of gauging the extent to which South Africa has met those commitments ten years after the second WSIS summit in Tunis in 2005.

The Road to WSIS+10: Key Country Perspectives in the Ten-Year Review of the World Summit on the Information Society
The Road to WSIS+10: Key Country Perspectives in the Ten-Year Review of the World Summit on the Information Society 06 September 2015 Lea Kaspar, editor

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's Recommendations to the WSIS on Internet Governance (2005)
APC's Recommendations to the WSIS on Internet Governance (2005) 04 September 2015 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.

The World Summit On The Information Society (WSIS) Process And Issues Debated (2004)
The World Summit On The Information Society (WSIS) Process And Issues Debated (2004) 04 September 2015 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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.  

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