The World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) (see also the WSIS+10 site) 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. It also 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" and culminates in a High-level Meeting on 15-16 December at the UN Headquarters in New York.
To understand the process we suggest you read:
|Understanding the WSIS+10 Review Process||22/05/2015|
|Internet Society Position Paper on The WSIS+10 Review Process||22/05/2015|
|Matrix of Global Government Positions on the WSIS+10 Review||30/09/2015|
|Call For An Open WSIS 2015 Preparatory Process||12/05/2015|
|The Internet and Sustainable Development||05/06/2015|
Internet Society contributions to WSIS
As the process has unfolded during 2015, we have made the following comments and submissions:
|Internet Society Statement at WSIS Forum 2015||26/05/2015|
|Remarks To The UN WSIS+10 Informal Interactive Stakeholder Consultation||02/07/2015|
|Internet Society Written Submission for the WSIS+10 Non-Paper||31/07/2015|
|Internet Society Comments on the WSIS+10 Non-paper||18/09/2015|
|Internet Society Comments on the WSIS+10 Zero Draft||15/10/2015|
|ISOC Submission to the CSTD 2015 consultation||13/11/2015|
|ISOC Comments on WSIS+10 4 November Draft||17/11/2015|
For more information about events leading up to the WSIS High Level Event in December 2015, please see our Internet Governance Timeline.
Applications for the Policy Fellowship to attend the WSIS+10 Second Informal Consultations are now closed.