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  World Summit on the Information Society - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Some civil society groups have expressed alarm that the 2005 phase of the WSIS is being held in Tunisia, a country with serious human rights violations [1].
In a press statement released 14 November 2003 [4] the Civil Society group warned about a deadlock, already setting in on the very first article of the declaration, where governments are not able to agree on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as the common foundation of the summit declaration.
He states that although the information society is a blessing one should not ignore the potentiality of it turning into a nightmare.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/WSIS   (4998 words)

  
 ipedia.com: World Summit on the Information Society Article   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
The summit happens twice: its first part was termed for December 2003 in Geneva, its second part should happen in 2005 in Tunis.
In a press statement released 14 November 2003 [1] the Civil Society group warns about a deadlock, already setting in on the very first article of the declaration, where governments are not able to agree on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as the common foundation of the summit declaration.
In a document released 3 December 2003 [1] the United States delegation to the WSIS is advocating a strong private sector and rule of law as the critical foundations for development of national information and communication technologies (ICT).
www.ipedia.com /world_summit_on_the_information_society.html   (873 words)

  
 The World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Phase II
The World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Phase I, 10-12 December 2003, Geneva
The World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Phase II The global information society is evolving rapidly.
The World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) aims to bring together heads of state, executive heads of United Nations agencies, industry leaders, non-governmental organizations, media representatives, and civil society to develop a better understanding of global information society issues.
www.state.gov /e/eb/cip/wsis2005   (305 words)

  
 World Summit on the Information Society
World Summit on the Information Society Geneva 2003 and Tunis 2005
The Summit will provide a unique opportunity to develop a worldwide vision for the information society at the highest possible level and is to result in a political declaration and plan of action.
The modern world is undergoing a fundamental transformation as the industrial society that marked the 20th century rapidly gives way to the information society of the 21st century.
www.cev.be /WSIS_2003.htm   (1565 words)

  
 World Summit on the Information Society
The World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Civil Society Bureau, which encompasses over 20 civil society groups, includes interdisciplinary research based institutes and foundations from around the world that are more commonly referred to as "think-tanks".
The World Summit on the Information Society is a two-phase U.N. summit scheduled for December 10-12, 2003 in Geneva and November 16-18, 2005 in Tunis.
The Summit will develop a common vision and understanding of the Information Society, while developing a Declaration and Plan of Action in order to facilitate the effective growth of the Information Society and to help bridge the Digital Divide.
www.funglode.org /wsis   (278 words)

  
 World Summit on the Information Society
The summit procedures were designed so that non-governmental organizations (mainly those that promote human rights and equality, and work to reduce poverty) could attend, see the discussions, and comment.
The summit has been criticized for situating its 2005 meeting in Tunisia, which is a prime example of what the information society must not do.
The overall attitude of the summit can be seen in its having invited Microsoft to speak alongside, and before, most of the various participating governments--as if to accord that criminal corporation the standing of a state.
www.gnu.org /philosophy/wsis.html   (806 words)

  
 Choike - World Summit on the Information Society - WSIS
The gap between what civil society organizations aimed for the second phase of the Summit (expressed in civil society's declaration at the end of the WSIS first phase) and the real outcomes of the official negotiations is almost as wide as the so-called digital divide between the North and the South.
The financial mechanisms of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in southern countries are one of the most controversial issues in the ongoing international negotations on the information society.
The information society and the digital divide came in for scrutiny as more than a thousand policy makers and NGOs gathered at the United Nations in Geneva to prepare for the second phase of the World Summit on the Information Society.
www.choike.org /nuevo_eng/informes/703.html   (4391 words)

  
 WORLD SUMMIT ON THE INFORMATION SOCIETY
The WSIS Civil Society Plenary on 15th November decided to draft a statement which would assess the summit outcomes, based on the alternative declaration civil society had produced during the first summit in Geneva in 2003.
A draft report released by the World Bank maintains that mobile telephony is rapidly shrinking the digital divide and that the main role of governments is to clear a path for private investment.
As gender activists call for an inclusive knowledge society that respects diversity, recognizes the integrity of local knowledge and cultures, and allows the assertion of women’s rights to information and communication, paradoxically, the articulation of such ethical foundations is circumscribed by economic frameworks that do not recognize the language of ethics.
www.worldsummit2003.de /en/web/21.htm   (8004 words)

  
 WSIS: Whose vision of an information society?
WSIS is part of the ongoing Information Society debate, as it is structured on the UN summit model, a post–Cold War phenomenon first inaugurated in 1992 with the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro.
This Information Society, however, is one that has a focus on "development." In addition, the "common vision" of all governments have framed this society, and it is unclear how flexible this framing of the Information Society is to critique and debate.
The mention of civil society participants as a partner in the development of the Information Society is an attempt to reach out to the large contingent of NGOs working on issues of equity and access in the Information Society.
www.firstmonday.org /issues/issue10_5/pyati   (6765 words)

  
 World Summit on the Information Society - Geneva 2003
World Summit on the Information Society - Geneva 2003
The World Summit on the Information Society - held in Geneva from 10 to 12 December 2003 - brought together over 11,000 delegates representing 176 countries.
The three-day Summit was the first multi-stakeholder global effort to develop a shared vision of an information society that empowers and benefits all people.
www.wsisgeneva2003.org /home.html   (725 words)

  
 The Daily Summit - Unlocking the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
Daily Summit reported live from the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting and the World Summit on the Information Society, bringing up to the minute news and opinion from the summits.
Daily Summit asked Mark Malloch Brown of the UNDP, on the third and closing day of WSIS, to compare it with last year's Earth Summit in Johannesburg - which his organisation was instrumental in running.
This afternoon Nick Thorne, the plump British Ambassador to the United Nations, sang a similar tune when he took to the podium at the World Summit, giving the British verdict on whether his government would be contributing to a Global Solidarity Fund (a UN body designed to build digital infrastructure in poorer countries).
www.dailysummit.net   (1615 words)

  
 METAMUTE : M26: Current   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
Unzipping the World Summit on the Information Society
You might be forgiven for imagining that one of the first imperatives of an occasion such as the World Summit on Information Society, due to take place in Geneva in December 2003, would be to address the social terrors being carried out in the defence of intellectual property.
The draft declaration indicates the questionable content of the ‘information society’ concept itself, comprising 71 different points and resuscitating a ruse reminiscent of the heights of the ‘dot com’ folly: addition of prefix ‘E-’ to any given area of human activity to cast it as an ‘ICT issue’ (E-administration, E-Learning and so on).
www.metamute.com /look/article.tpl?IdLanguage=1&IdPublication=1&NrIssue=26&NrSection=10&NrArticle=873&ST_max=0   (4461 words)

  
 Call for contribution for the "Success Stories Database"
IFLA has been heavily involved in the preparations for the World Summit on the Information Society, the first phase of which was held in Geneva, December 2003.
Within the framework of its activities for WSIS (World Summit on the Information Society) and in order to contribute to the ongoing and long term presence of libraries in the world, IFLA has set up a database that aims to showcase the value of libraries to society as a whole.
On the contrary, the strength of libraries in the world today is to cooperate and network on all levels, local, regional, national and international.
www.ifla.org /III/wsis/announce02052005-e.html   (443 words)

  
 World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS)
The objective of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) is to formulate a common vision and understanding of the global information society.
The Summit will be held in two phases: Geneva from December 10-12, 2003, and Tunis in 2005, preceded by preparatory meetings - the first of which will be held in Geneva from July 1-5, 2002.
The WSIS Gender Caucus has committed to work towards an equitable Information Society that promotes empowerment and contributes to poverty reduction; an Information Society of greater inclusion and diversity, which eliminates cultural, social, technological and economic gaps.
www.wougnet.org /WSIS/wsisgc.html   (883 words)

  
 World Summit on the Information Society
IFLA has been heavily involved in the preparations for the World Summit on the Information Society, the first phase of which was held in Geneva, December 2003 and the second phase in Tunis, 16-18 November 2005.
IFLA Council resolution on World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS)
PrepCom-2, the Preparatory Committee of the World Summit on the Information Society was held in Geneva, 17-28 February 2003.
www.ifla.org /III/wsis.html   (634 words)

  
 Internet Society (ISOC) All About ISOC: Conferences - WSIS   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), December 2003
The purpose of the World Summit on the Information Society, as stated in Resolution (A/RES/56/183), is to develop a “common vision and understanding of the information society and the adoption of a declaration and plan of action for implementation by Governments, international institutions and all sectors of civil society”.
The roles of the various partners (Member States, UN specialized agencies, private sector and civil society) in ensuring smooth coordination of the practical establishment of the information society around the globe will also be at the heart of the Summit and its preparation.
www.isoc.org /isoc/conferences/wsis   (611 words)

  
 IP Justice: WSIS World Summit on the Information Society   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
IP Justice is accredited to participate in the United Nations sponsored World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) as a member of Civil Society.
The goal of the summit is to produce recommendations about legal and development issues arising from the the switch from an industrial to information-based global economy.
The World Summit on the Information Society is being conducted in two phases.
www.ipjustice.org /WSIS   (305 words)

  
 World-Information.Org
The 30.000 copies of the World-Information City publication will also be distributed in Europe and Asia as well as at events related to the World Summit of Information Society (WSIS) in Tunis November 2005.
World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) in Geneva in December 2003.
The aim of the infopaper is to alert the delegates and the participating public that current and future regulations and practices concerning intellectual property are among the most fundamental issues shaping the Information Society.
www.world-information.org /wio/wsis   (298 words)

  
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Tunisia, on the Mediterranean coast of Africa, was chosen as a symbolic representative of the "digital divide" between the industrialized and developing world.
The EU envisions a "public-private" partnership, "a middle ground between two extremes: those who are for a complete overhaul and those who are for the status quo." It does not appear such a resolution will be forthcoming, as negotiators for both sides appear to be doing little more than reiterating positions.
Beyond that eternal debate, the goal of the summit is to ensure half the population of the planet has access to the Internet by 2015.
arstechnica.com /news.ars/post/20051114-5568.html   (558 words)

  
 UNESCO Between Geneva and Tunis - About the Conference
The Conference is organized with a view to clarify the next steps and key decisions of UNESCO with regard to the building of the global information society.
One of the main objects set by the conference is drafting recommendations for determining UNESCO`s position on further implementation of provisions of the main documents adopted at the World Summit on the Information Society.
The conference welcomes representatives of intergovernmental and international non-governmental organizations, public authorities in the sphere of culture, education, science, information and communications; representatives from business, civil society, research and education communities, mass media; political and public figures, and leading experts.
confifap.cpic.ru /conf2005/eng/info   (300 words)

  
 The World Summit on the Information Society (Human Rights Watch, 14-11-2005)
One might think that a world conference on improving global Internet access represents a prime chance for the government to reverse its reputation for intolerance of dissent, but the day’s events proved it to be an opportunity missed.
Meanwhile, some 10 kilometers away in the northern suburb of Kram, dignitaries, diplomats and members of accredited civil society and press organizations gathered to attend preliminary parallel sessions of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), whose official sessions open on November 16.
The limited participation of Tunisian civil society in the WSIS conference is reflected in the venue of the conference, in an exposition park at a distance from the city center, reached via a heavily guarded road.
www.hrw.org /english/docs/2005/11/14/tunisi12026.htm   (965 words)

  
 World Summit on the Information Society (Human Rights Watch, 16-11-2005)
The official opening of the diplomatic phase of WSIS began with a clarion call from the president of Switzerland (host of the 2003 Geneva phase of the summit) for respect for free expression.
Dispatch from Tunis: The Civil Society Summit That Wasn’t
The mayor of Geneva made a strong statement to the effect that freedom of expression and information is universal and not the domain of any one culture or civilization.
www.hrw.org /english/docs/2005/11/16/tunisi12051.htm   (1039 words)

  
 World Summit on the Information Society - Tunis 2005
President Ben Ali chaired, on november, 21, 2005, a cabinet meeting dedicated to the evaluation of the overall results of the World Summit on the Information Society which was held in Tunis on November 16-18, 2005.
The theme for this year’s symposium is “Regulation in the broad-band world: key instruments to build an information society”.
Paying tribute to all parties involved in preparing for the forthcoming Summit on the Information Society, President Ben Ali reiterated Tunisia’s commitment “to optimize preparations for this big global event and to provide all conditions of success for its organization.”...
www.smsitunis2005.org /plateforme/index.php?lang=en&PHPSESSID=03d9fd6371b9060f92fdd079a6553191   (654 words)

  
 WSIS & The UK Civil Society Bureau - British Council   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
These pages were compiled on behalf of UK Civil Society in preparation for the second phase of the World Summit on the Information Society that was held in Tunis, 16-18 November 2005.
An introduction to the World Summit on the Information Society and Civil Society with details of Summit documents and events.
Up to date news reports and views on issues that are happening on a national and global scale in the run up to the Summit.
www.britishcouncil.org /wsis.htm   (293 words)

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