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

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.

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WSIS+10 Matrix

What are the positions of world governments on the 10 year Review of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS+10)? As a part of preparation for the December 2015 high-level meetings at the United Nations in New York, the Internet Society made this matrix available with our understanding of the positions of world governments.


WSIS+10 Overview

Understanding the WSIS+10 Review Process

Read more about the United Nations and its 10-year Review of the World Summit on the Information Society in December 2015 on our WSIS+10 Overview page.


WSIS+10 Position Paper

The Internet Society and the WSIS+10 Review

As one of the organizations involved in the WSIS since its inception, the Internet Society is following the WSIS+10 process closely and participating to the greatest extent possible.


Internet Society contributions to WSIS

WSIS: The Summit

Since the first World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) took place in Geneva in 2003 and the second phase took place in Tunis in 2005, the Internet Society’s Public Policy team is committed to helping to achieve the goals outlined in Geneva and Tunis.

WSIS: The Forums

As a way to track progress, WSIS Forums were started.  These are smaller meetings and anyone can take part – even you.

The Internet Society’s Public Policy team has been a part of each of these forums. As we move toward the UNGA High-Level Meeting on the Overall WSIS+10 Review we encourage all policy and decision makers to review.

The summary of Internet Society’s contributions to the WSIS process can be found on Contributions to WSIS page archived at Wayback Archive.