Today Raúl Echeberría, our Vice President for Global Engagement, delivered the following remarks as part of the Opening Session of the WSIS Forum 2016 in Geneva.
UPDATE: A video recording of Raúl's speech is now available.
Mr. Chairman, Honorable Ministers, Excellencies, distinguished delegates, ladies, and gentlemen, on behalf of the Internet Society, working globally through 80,000 members and 115 volunteer Chapters in 92 countries to ensure that the Internet is Everywhere, thank you for the opportunity to speak to you today.
The Internet Society was founded by the Internet's pioneers,...
Date published 03 May 2016
This week, we concluded the UN's ten year review of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS+10), a multi-year process, designed to cover discussions about the evolution of the Information Society and the governance institutions and frameworks for its realization. Overall, the agreed outcome document represents a positive vision by re-committing to the Tunis Agenda and the principle of a multistakeholder model for Internet governance. Recognizing the role that the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) plays, the WSIS+10 outcome document renews the IGF's mandate for ten years. It also...
Date published 18 December 2015
IGF 2015 in João Pessoa, Brazil will be seen as a milestone for the global Internet community. After 10 years of intense work, the IGF has earned the right to celebrate its success and prepare itself for the future.
As we come out of the meeting, we are urging all who want to be heard at this important moment in the evolution of the Internet to join over 80 organizations and individuals who have already signed on to a message to the UN General Assembly that will 1) help safeguard the IGF for the future; 2) preserve the multistakeholder model of governance; and 3) help keep us focused on the...
Date published 16 November 2015
Today is "Day 1" of the 2015 Internet Governance Forum (IGF2015) and this begins an incredibly packed schedule of many different simultaneous sessions, workshops, roundtables and other events. First, a quick reminder that all our Internet Society activities today can be found here:
Also, please remember that remote participation is possible if you are not in Brazil - and please review our other blog posts about IGF2015 for background.
Additionally, I'd encourage you all to read this new Huffington Post article from our President...
Date published 10 November 2015
NOTE: On 19 October 2015, Dr. Alejandro Pisanty spoke at the United Nations General Assembly as part of the WSIS+10 Second Informal Interactive Consultations. Dr. Pisanty is one of three WSIS Fellows sponsored by the Internet Society. Dr. Pisanty's comments relate to the "Zero Draft" document as part of the UN's WSIS+10 process. The Internet Society also submitted comments on the Zero Draft. More information about the WSIS+10 Review can be found at https://www.internetsociety.org/wsis.
These comments are articulated around the zero draft of the document for the United Nations...
Date published 22 October 2015
NOTE: On 19 October 2015, Mr. Osvaldo Larancuent spoke at the United Nations General Assembly as part of the WSIS+10 Second Informal Interactive Consultations. Mr. Larancuent is one of three WSIS Fellows sponsored by the Internet Society. Mr. Larancuent's comments relate to the "Zero Draft" document as part of the UN's WSIS+10 process. The Internet Society also submitted comments on the Zero Draft. More information about the WSIS+10 Review can be found at https://www.internetsociety.org/wsis.
Last Monday Mr. Osvaldo Larancuent, ICT professor at university INTEC in Santo Domingo,...
Date published 22 October 2015
NOTE: On 19 October 2015, Constance Bommelaer delivered the following statement on behalf of the Internet Society before the UN General Assembly as part of the WSIS+10 Second Informal Interactive Consultations.
In listening to today's panelists, it strikes me that the discussions of Internet Governance (IG) start with the issue of its definition, which reflects different interests and perspectives: engineers will focus on the development of technical standards and applications, Human Rights activists may look at it from the perspective of its impact on free speech, and...
Date published 21 October 2015
Over the next few months, major discussions at the United Nations will shape the future of Internet governance. In order to prepare with our community for the ten-year Review of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS+10), in New York, USA, on 15 to 16 December 2015, we are publishing today a matrix of the countries' positions on WSIS+10. The matrix draws from their written contributions to the UN this summer, and is designed to help all stakeholders better understand the key issues at the the heart of the negotiations.
Countries are making contributions on an ongoing basis so...
Date published 30 September 2015
How can the global Internet play a role in the future of a sustainable global society? And how can we bring the next 4 billion people online so that they, too, can participate in the Internet of Opportunity?
This week the United Nations will host in New York an important summit on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that will guide future work by international community in alleviating poverty, advancing health and education and preserving our planet for the future.
The Internet Society is eager to discuss how the global Internet and related technologies can enable a world of greater...
Date published 22 September 2015
I was very pleased to see that earlier this week the United Nations Development Programme reached an agreement on the "post-2015 development agenda" that includes a strong recognition of the role that information and communication technology (ICT) has in bringing about a better world.
These Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are important because they guide the direction of UN activity – and through that the member countries – with regard to improving the lives of people and ensuring peace, prosperity and the sustainability of our planet.
This new document, "Transforming Our World: The 2030...
Date published 06 August 2015