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World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS)

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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 shared commitment to building a people-centric, inclusive and development-oriented Information Society where everyone can create and share information.  

In December 2015, the United Nations General Assembly reviewed if the WSIS goals progressed over the past ten years and considered the future of the WSIS process beyond 2015.  This was often called the "WSIS+10 Review" and culminated in a High-Level Event on 15-16 December at the UN Headquarters in New York.

Coverage of the December WSIS+10 Review

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For the 15-16 December High-Level Event please read:

To understand the process we suggest you read:

Documents and Blogs Date

WSIS+10 And The Challenge Of Securing The Internet

08 Dec 2015

The Internet, an Opportunity for Sustainable Development

16 Oct 2015

Matrix of Global Government Positions on the WSIS+10 Review

30 Sep 2015

The Internet and Sustainable Development

05 Jun 2015

Understanding the WSIS+10 Review Process 22 May 2015 
The Internet Society Position Paper on The WSIS+10 Review Process 22 May 2015

Call For An Open WSIS 2015 Preparatory Process

12 May 2015

 

Internet Society contributions to WSIS

Contributions and Submissions Date
Internet Society Statement at WSIS Forum 2015 26 May 2015 
Remarks To The UN WSIS+10 Informal Interactive Stakeholder Consultation 02 Jul 2015
Internet Society Written Submission for the WSIS+10 Non-Paper 31 Jul 2015
Internet Society Comments on the WSIS+10 Non-paper 18 Sep 2015
Internet Society Comments on the WSIS+10 Zero Draft 15 Oct 2015
ISOC Submission to the CSTD 2015 consultation 13 Nov 2015
ISOC Comments on WSIS+10 4 November Draft 17 Nov 2015


Follow this link to see the documents associated with each meeting

History

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 critical event in the history of the Internet.  It recognized that it is not only governments who need a say in the development of the Internet, but everyone who can play a role in its future. It also defined a set of targets, recommendations, and commitments to build an inclusive, people-centric and development-oriented Information Society.

For more information about events leading up to the WSIS High-Level Event in December 2015, please see our Internet Governance Timeline.

 

Date Document title
01.12.2015 WSIS+10 Matrix of Comments on 4 Nov 2015 Draft Outcome Document
23.11.2015 ISOC Comments on WSIS+10 4 November Draft
23.11.2015 ISOC Submission to the CSTD 2015 consultation
16.10.2015 The Internet, an Opportunity for Sustainable Development
15.10.2015 ISOC Comments on WSIS+10 Zero Draft
30.09.2015 WSIS+10 Matrix
18.09.2015 September 2015: Internet Society Comments on the WSIS+10 Non-paper
31.07.2015 July 2015: Internet Society Written Submission for the WSIS+10 Non-Paper
22.05.2015 Understanding the WSIS+10 Review Process
22.05.2015 Internet Society Position Paper On The WSIS+10 Review
10.06.2014 Kathy Brown WSIS Opening Statement
10.02.2014 Internet technical community urging WSIS consultations to stay open to all stakeholders
13.01.2014 Official Submission Form #1 on the Outcome Documents of the WSIS +10 High-Level Event
08.01.2014 Flow of information of the follow-up of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS)
20.09.2013 WSIS+10 High-Level Event Open Consultation Process Official Submission Form #1
02.09.2013 Internet Society response to the Questionnaire of the CSTD Working Group on Enhanced Cooperation
10.06.2013 ITU CWG on WSIS
05.06.2013 Agenda item 2: Progress made in the implementation of and follow-up to the World Summit on the Information Society outcomes at the regional and international levels
31.05.2013 ISOC’s participation to the 2013 WSIS Forum and WSIS+10 tracks
25.03.2013 "Science, technology and innovation, and the potential of culture, for promoting sustainable development and achieving the Millennium Development Goals"

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