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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 of the Summit, the main actors involved, the results obtained, the preparatory process and the authorities that participated in the first phase. The second phase is introduced and commented upon. Then, it summarizes the key issues that were formally raised during the first phase of the Summit. Finally, some ideas for an evaluation of the process and suggestions for the future are presented.