What is the WSIS?
The World Summit on the Information Society will be
held, hosted by the United Nations, in Geneva, Switzerland in December
2003. The Summit will bring together all of the world’s nations
in an attempt to develop a global framework to deal with the challenges
posed by the information society, and to take advantage of the opportunities
it presents. Whether this goal will be attained remains to be seen. Nevertheless,
it is an important opportunity to critically engage a range of issues
related to media and information and communication technologies that are
relevant to civil society.
Why get involved in WSIS?
The WSIS provides a good opportunity to open spaces for debate and discussion, to create consensus and basic agreements between multiple stakeholders in relation to key Information Society issues, not only at global level, but also at national level.
The process is also a great learning opportunity for CSOs that are new to the ICT policy process. By engaging in the issues outlined at the WSIS, CSOs begin to articulate their positions and gain valuable experience in lobbying that can be taken back to their home countries.
The WSIS timeline
What's happening in the UK?
On 22 May 2003 the British Council hosted the UK's official participation event for the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS). The event provided delegates with an opportunity to learn more about the Summit and to explore and develop ideas for continued involvement. Read the reports from the event >>
Available soon: WSIS National
Frequently Asked Questions