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.
WSIS + 10 and Why It Matters To You
In June, an event called WSIS+10 High Level Event took stock of progress made in the past 10 years, and but will also provide a vision of what this information society should look like for the next 10.
Although you may not have heard of it before, you need to care because it might have a big impact on your ability to access the Internet and to have your say in the future of the Internet.