World Summit on the Information Society

Defining internet universality indicators: Participate in the first phase of the online consultation!
Defining internet universality indicators: Participate in the first phase of the online consultation! 22 June 2017

In 2015, UNESCO put the concept of “Internet Universality” at the heart of its work to promote an internet that works for all. Internet Universality points to four “fundamental norms that have been embodied in the broad evolution of the Internet to date, and which provide a comprehensive way to understand how multiple different aspects are part of a wider whole.” These norms – known for short as the ROAM principles – are concerned with: Rights (R) Openness (O) Accessibility (A) Mu...

APC statement at the WSIS Forum 2017 High-Level Policy Session
APC statement at the WSIS Forum 2017 High-Level Policy Session 05 July 2017 APC

Access to information and knowledge has been recognised as a key principle for achieving the WSIS vision since 2003. Information and knowledge for all are key for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals because they link to empowerment and mobility, enabling people to improve their lives. In this statement delivered at the High-Level Policy Session on Inclusiveness – Access to Information and Knowledge for All at the WSIS Forum 2017, APC considers the ways in which access to information...

Definir indicadores de universalidad de internet: ¡participa de la primera fase de la consulta en línea!
Definir indicadores de universalidad de internet: ¡participa de la primera fase de la consulta en línea! 22 June 2017

En 2015, UNESCO adoptó el concepto de “universalidad de internet” como el corazón de su trabajo para promover una internet al servicio de todos. La universalidad de internet destaca cuatro “principios fundamentales que han estado presentes en la evolución de internet hasta la fecha y que proveen una forma más abarcadora de comprender cómo múltiples aspectos son parte de un todo más...

African School on Internet Governance wins 2017 WSIS Prize for international and regional cooperation
African School on Internet Governance wins 2017 WSIS Prize for international and regional cooperation 16 June 2017

The African School on Internet Governance (AfriSIG) was announced this week as the winner of a 2017 World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Prize, awarded by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), in a ceremony at the Geneva International Conference Centre during the annual WSIS Forum 2017. AfriSIG is a joint initiative of the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) an...

WSIS Prizes 2017: Vote for these projects!
WSIS Prizes 2017: Vote for these projects! 24 April 2017

The voting for the WSIS Prize 2017 is open and APC is part of three of the nominated initiatives. The awards evaluate and recognise individuals and groups for outstanding success in implementing strategies that leverage the power of information and communications technology (ICT) as an enabler of development. You have until 30 April to cast your votes. These are the thr...

Inside the Information Society: Mutistakeholderism and multilateralism
Inside the Information Society: Mutistakeholderism and multilateralism 27 February 2017 David Souter

Each week David Souter comments on an important issue for APC members and others concerned about the Information Society. This week’s blog post reflects on the relationship between multistakeholderim and multilateralism. I’ve written several posts lately about multistakeholder participation in developing policy on ICTs and Internet. A lot of what is said and written about multistakeholder d...

APC input for the CSTD WSIS Progress Report 2016
APC input for the CSTD WSIS Progress Report 2016 25 January 2017 APC

With over 50 member NGOs in more than 35 countries working for the last 25 years in most of the areas related to the WSIS goals, APC’s activities in support of the WSIS action lines and themes are many and diverse. They can be summarised as: a) promoting universal access to ICTs, and b) supporting rights-based, inclusive ICT-related policies, particularly where they affect women, the poor and...

Challenges to civil society participation in internet governance in the MENA region
Challenges to civil society participation in internet governance in the MENA region 25 May 2016 Mohammad Tarakiyee

The landscape of internet governance has been rapidly evolving in the decade since the conclusion of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) in Tunis in 2005. The Tunis Agenda for the Information Society not only affirmed the commitment of all involved countries to develop a people-centred, inclusive and development-oriented information society, but also proposed a multistakeholder a...

Inside the Information Society: After WSIS – Looking back or looking forwards?
Inside the Information Society: After WSIS – Looking back or looking forwards? 13 May 2016 David Souter

David Souter comments each week on an important issue for APC members and others concerned about the Information Society. In his first blog, this week, he writes about the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) – what it achieved and where it should be going. Let’s start with WSIS Let’s start with WSIS. The World Summit on the Information Society, held in Geneva and Tunis in 2003 ...

WSIS 2016: "On its own, internet access is not enough. Let's build greater social equality"
WSIS 2016: "On its own, internet access is not enough. Let's build greater social equality" 06 May 2016 APC

The World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) process is considered a cornerstone of international norms and discourse on internet policy and governance. As the process marks its 11th anniversary, the ‘ICT for development’ community met in Geneva between 2-6 May to continue to work for a people-centric, inclusive and development-oriented Information Society where everyone can create, a...

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