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World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS)

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.

Internet Society contributions to WSIS

Follow this link to see the documents associated with each meeting

Date Document title
10.06.2014 Kathy Brown WSIS Opening Statement
10.02.2014 Internet technical community urging WSIS consultations to stay open to all stakeholders
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"
07.03.2013 ISOC’s participation to the First WSIS+10 Review meeting
27.02.2013 Cybersecurity: Searching for a Common Understanding
27.02.2013 The New PII: Privacy-Impacting Information
26.02.2013 Beyond the Code: Are Human Rights Part of the Internet’s DNA?
18.01.2013 Summary of activities undertaken by the Internet Society related to the implementation of the targets, recommendations, and commitments of the World Summit on the Information Society
09.01.2013 Statement: Commission on Science and Technology for Development (CTSD) Inter-sessional Meeting
04.12.2012 To the negotiating nations of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement
25.10.2012 The Internet Society’s contribution to UNESCO’s Consultation on the WSIS+10 Review
04.10.2012 Statement to the 50th session of the WIPO General Assembly
18.05.2012 CSTD meeting on enhanced cooperation on public policy issues pertaining to the Internet
16.05.2012 Data Privacy on a global scale: keeping pace with an evolving environment
01.02.2012 Summary of Activities Undertaken By the Internet Society Related To the Implementation Of the Targets, Recommendations and Commitments of The World Summit On the Information Society
05.09.2011 ISOC submission to the "Open Consultation Process on Overall Review of the www.ungis.org Implementation of the WSIS Outcomes (WSIS+10)"
12.04.2011 Statement by the Internet technical and academic community on the Commission on Science and Technology for Development Working Group on improvements to the IGF
15.12.2010 Internet Society contribution to Consultation on Thematic aspects of WSIS Forum 2011
14.12.2010 Oral Remarks to UN DESA Consultations on Enhanced Cooperation
14.12.2010 Internet Society's contribution to CSTD WSIS five year review
15.11.2010 Comments on The Process Towards Enhanced Cooperation
13.07.2010 Briefing Session: Business and Internet Technical Communities’ perspectives on the IGF and Enhanced Cooperation
18.05.2010 Remarks by Constance Bommelaer, Senior Manager Strategic Global Engagement, InternetSociety, to the 13th session of the Commission on Science and Technology for Development (CSTD)
18.05.2010 Remarks by Constance Bommelaer, Senior Manager Strategic Global Engagement, Internet Society, to the 13th session of the Commission on Science and Technology for Development (CSTD)
15.03.2010 Internet Society letter to United Nation's Under-Secretary General on Enhanced Cooperation
03.03.2009 Internet Society letter to United Nation's Under-Secretary General on Enhanced Cooperation
11.01.2009 Summary of activities undertaken by the Internet Society related to implementation of the targets, recommendations and commitments of the World Summit on the Information Society
06.10.2008 Internet Society letter to United Nation's Director, Division for Public Administration and Development Management Department of Economic and Social Affairs, on Enhanced Cooperation
19.11.2005 Internet Community Organizations at World Summit Outline Key Factors that will ensure the Internet's continuing growth
18.11.2005 WSIS Press Review from Tunis 2005
18.11.2005 WSIS Plenary presentation given by Lynn St. Amour, President and CEO of ISOC
17.11.2005 Global Internet Organizations Unite to Respond to the World Summit's proposals for Internet Governance
17.11.2005 Press Release: Internet Society welcomes WSIS proposal to build on existing Internet governance mechanisms
15.11.2005 Visit ISOC on the Internet Pavilion
26.09.2005 Internet Society statement to WSIS PrepCom 3 Sub-committee A on Internet Governance
26.09.2005 Comments on the Chair's Internet Governance Paper 26 September 2005
26.09.2005 ISOC@WSIS: Internet Society Statement – 26 September 2005
22.09.2005 Internet Society statement to WSIS PrepCom 3 Sub-committee A on Internet Governance
19.09.2005 The Internet Society’s Capacity Building Programs: Enabling sustainable development of the Internet for over a decade
19.09.2005 WSIS Geneva 2003
15.08.2005 The Comments of the Internet Society on the Report of the Working Group on Internet Governance
14.06.2005 Remarks made by Brian Carpenter at the Open Consultation of the WGIG
14.06.2005 Remarks made by Lynn St. Amour at the Open Consultation of the WGIG
08.05.2005 INET MEA 2005 Regional Conference, Cairo, Egypt, May 8th 2005
18.04.2005 ISOC Commentary on the status of the work of the Working Group on Internet Governance
24.02.2005 Internet Society intervention during WSIS Prepcom 2
01.01.2005 WSIS Survey launched by the Internet Society
01.11.2004 Letter to Markus Kummer from Internet Society
21.09.2004 ICANN's experiences in setting up multi-stakeholder coordination on the Internet's unique identifier system
21.09.2004 Intervention (Day 2) by Lynn St. Amour, President and CEO, Internet Society, during the Consultations on the Working Group on Internet Governance
21.09.2004 Statement by the Number Resource Organization (NRO) at the WGIG consultations
20.09.2004 Intervention (Day 1) by Lynn St. Amour, President and CEO, Internet Society, during the Consultations on the Working Group on Internet Governance
24.05.2004 Internet Governance: A Discussion Document
09.12.2003 ISOC Workshop at WSIS 2003
09.12.2003 ISOC Press Conference at WSIS 2003
09.12.2003 New Internet (IPv6) workshop at WSIS