The World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) was a unique two-phase United Nations (UN) summit that began with the goal of achieving a common vision, desire and commitment to build a people-centric, inclusive and development-oriented Information Society where everyone can create, access, utilize and share information.
The first phase of the WSIS took place in Geneva in 2003 and the second phase took place in Tunis in 2005. The WSIS is a key event in the history of the Internet. It recognized that it is not only governments who should have a say in the development of the Internet’s future, but also businesses, civil society, engineers, and everyone who can play a role in its future. Today, annual WSIS Forums are an integral part to the follow-up of the World Summit on the Information Society, which defined a set of targets, recommendations and commitments to build an inclusive, people-centric and development-oriented Information Society.
In December 2015, the United Nations General Assembly will review whether sufficient progress has been made to achieving the WSIS goals over the past 10 years and will consider the future of the WSIS process beyond 2015. This is often called the "WSIS+10 Review".To understand the process we suggest you read:
For more information about events leading up to the WSIS High Level Event in December 2015, please see our Internet Governance Timeline.