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World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), Second Phase

16-18 November 2005

The Internet Society continues its strong participation in the World Summit on the Information Society (including Preparatory Committees) with the Second Phase of the WSIS, held in Tunis. As noted by Internet Society President and CEO Lynn St. Amour, the Tunis Summit “advances the debate beyond the details of technical administration and on to broader issues that require increased coordination by stakeholders in order to ensure the continued stability of the Internet.”

A consensus emerges from Tunis that governments should not become involved in the daily operational and technical matters of the Internet but allow for the continued successful operation of the Internet by the Internet community as a whole. One of the most significant developments to come out of WSIS is the Tunis Agenda, which includes a proposal for a new forum for multistakeholder policy dialogue—the Internet Governance Forum, in which the Internet Society becomes an active and ongoing participant.

Since the Tunis Summit, the Internet Society has been actively involved in supporting implementation of the targets, recommendations, and commitments of the WSIS as they pertain to the Internet and to Internet governance.

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