World Summit on the Information Society

WSIS Follow up: APC contribution to the session on Development-oriented policies for an inclusive information society
WSIS Follow up: APC contribution to the session on Development-oriented policies for an inclusive information society 11 June 2008 Anriette Esterhuysen

The Commission on Science and Technology for Development (CSTD) is one of the UN bodies that took up the follow up of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS). This is APC’s contribution to a CSTD meeting meeting dealing with development-oriented policies for a social-economic inclusive information society, including access, infrastructure and an enabling environment, that took place on May 2007 in Geneva, as part of a series of WSIS follow-up meetings.

Pushing and prodding, goading and hand-holding: Reflection from APC at the conclusion of the WSIS (2006)
Pushing and prodding, goading and hand-holding: Reflection from APC at the conclusion of the WSIS (2006) 05 November 2007 APC

The Civil Society Statement on WSIS concluded that: “The broad mandate for WSIS was to address the long-standing issues in economic and social development from the newly emerging perspectives of the opportunities and risks posed by the revolution in Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs). The summit was expected to identify and articulate new development possibilities and paradigms being made possible in the Information Society, and to evolve public policy options for enabling a...

APC launches new book on WSIS, developing countries and civil society: Time for lessons learned
APC launches new book on WSIS, developing countries and civil society: Time for lessons learned 12 September 2007 APCNews

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...

‘Whose Summit? Whose Information Society?’ – An investigation of developing country and civil society experience in the World Su
‘Whose Summit? Whose Information Society?’ – An investigation of developing country and civil society experience in the World Su 12 September 2007 Kat Walraven for APCNews

Organised in two stages, and lasting four years, WSIS certainly consumed a great deal of time and resources – both financial and human. But was it worth it? What did WSIS actually achieve? What did developing countries and civil society organisations (CSOs) gain from it? And, perhaps more importantly, did these gains outweigh the costs associated with participation? These are just some of the...

Interview with David Souter: Learning from the WSIS Experience
Interview with David Souter: Learning from the WSIS Experience 12 September 2007 Kat Walraven for APCNews

APCNews interview with David Souter, author of ‘Whose Summit? Whose Information Society? Developing countries and civil society at the World Summit on the Information Society’.

UN World Summit on the Information Society: What’s going on in Geneva right now? (Part II)
UN World Summit on the Information Society: What’s going on in Geneva right now? (Part II) 24 May 2007 Willie Currie

A cluster of World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) implementation meetings is taking place in Geneva from May 14 to 25. Part of the APC crew is there, ensuring that “the strong development orientation” promised by organising agencies goes beyond paper. Read APC input to the informal consultation between the International Communication Union and civil society on the participation of...

UN World Summit on the Information Society: What’s going on in Geneva right now? (Part I)
UN World Summit on the Information Society: What’s going on in Geneva right now? (Part I) 23 May 2007 CIPP

A cluster of World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) implementation meetings is taking place in Geneva from May 14 to 25. Part of the APC crew is there, ensuring that “the strong development orientation” promised by organising agencies goes beyond paper. Themes and action lines stemming from agreed-upon documents are being discussed. Read APC’s input to three action lines that took...

WSIS follow-up article on implementation
WSIS follow-up article on implementation 10 May 2006 Karen Banks, Willie Currie, Anriette Esterhuysen

The World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) process culminated with the Tunis Summit in November 2005 and we are now five months into the post-WSIS implementation phase. … But what does that mean in practice? What are the post-WSIS implementation processes, what actors are involved, when and where are they taking place and how can you get involved? The following ten-page overview s...

WSIS follow-up: IT for Change makes commentary piece public
WSIS follow-up: IT for Change makes commentary piece public 17 March 2006 APCNews

IT for change, an NGO figthing alongside APC during the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) has published "WSIS: The beginning of a global information society discourse" on March 11 in the Economic and Political Weekly. The piece attempts to place WSIS in the present geopolitical context and discusses its outcomes. It concludes that "WSIS may need to be judged more from the processes...

WOUGNET, Uganda: Meet to consolidate WSIS achievements, attain targets
WOUGNET, Uganda: Meet to consolidate WSIS achievements, attain targets 30 January 2006 APCNews

APC-member WOUGNET in Uganda was one of the organisers of a conference in mid-December, on a post-World Summit on Information Society (WSIS) consolidation for Uganda. This conference aimed at strengthening what happened at WSIS and finding a concrete way forward to meet the WSIS targets at the national level. Specially, establishing national priorities and benchmarks.

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