WSIS Forum 2019

Half the world is not connected - that's around 3.5 billion people without Internet access, many of them living in the remote locations. How can they share the benefits this amazing resource brings? Community Networks could be the answer.

In 2019, WSIS will celebrate its 10th anniversary of the establishment of WSIS Forum from April 8 to 12, under the theme “Information and Communication Technologies for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals”.

The Internet Society is contributing partner of thematic workshop on Community Networks and Connecting the Last Billion on Monday, 8 April 2019, 11:00 – 13:00. Sebastian Bellagamba will be speaking about Internet access at the Opening plenary and Jane Coffin will be leading the workshop.

Community Networks play an important role in connecting the unconnected. These ‘do it yourself’ networks built by people, for people. You can help by promoting, donating to, or even building a Community Network. Help us #SwitchItOn!

Photo Copyright: Internet Society / Nyani Quarmyne / Panos Pictures

Date and Time

Monday 08 April 2019 –

Friday 12 April 2019


Geneva, Switzerland

Our Spokespeople

Portrait photo  of Jane Coffin

Jane Coffin

Former Senior Vice President, Internet Growth

Jane Coffin held several roles at the Internet Society from May 2012 to November 2021. Read more about Jane Coffin

Portrait photo  of Sebastian Bellagamba

Sebastian Bellagamba

Vice President, External and Community Engagement

I am the Vice President of External Engagement at the Internet Society, reporting to the SVP, Strategy, Communications, and Engagement. My work is to contribute to a team that builds… Read more about Sebastian Bellagamba

Portrait photo  of Constance Bommelaer de Leusse

Constance Bommelaer de Leusse

Former Vice President, Institutional Relations and Empowerment

Constance was with the Internet Society until November 2022. She was Vice President of Institutional Relations and Empowerment. Image credit: © Jordi Ruiz Cirera/Panos Read more about Constance Bommelaer de Leusse

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