Internet Governance in the WSIS Context
  Facts, Ressources, Events, and Links
  "Internet Governance" has been one of the last conflictive issues to be resolved before the first World Summit on the Information Society took place in December 2003. There has not been a real solution, though, as the governments agreed to not agree and set up a Working Group to review and develop recommendations on the role of different stakeholders in internet governance. The report was released on 15 July 2005.  Negotiation about this were heating up until the summit. The Summit decided to set up an "Internet Governance Forum" in 2006.

UN Internet Governance Forum
Contact: Markus Kummer, Executive Coordinator, <wgig(at)>
Official Website

WSIS Working Group on Internet Governance
Chair: Nitin Desai, Special Advisor to the UN Secretary-General on WSIS
Contact: Markus Kummer, Executive Coordinator, <wgig(at)>
Official Website | WSIS Website on WGIG | Members | Vittorio Bertola's blog from within WGIG

WGIG Report: pdf doc | Background Paperhtml doc | comments to WGIG reportmore information and other languages 

WSIS Civil Society Internet Governance Caucus
Contact: Jeanette Hofmann <jeanette(at)>, Adam Peake <ajp(at)>
WebsiteMailing list

15 August 2005: Caucus comments on the WGIG report

Upcoming Civil Society Activities on Internet Governance

19-30 September 2005: web-based global deliberative dialogue on Internet Governance
hosted by the Internet Goverance Project. For more information, and to register:

WSIS Internet Governance related past events

more Internet Governance related events

Civil Society and academic Internet Governance papers (selection)

Internet Governance news from 

Other resources

OECD Internet Governance Site

Diplo foundation

Internet Governance Project

Internet Society

Panos media brief on ICANN

Net Dialogue



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WSIS I, Geneva 12/2003
Official and inofficial outcomes WSIS 2005

official WSIS site
UN NGLS site

HBF publications on WSIS:
Visions in Process I (pdf)
Visions in Process II (pdf, 4 KB)

WSIS II Events:
International | German
PrepCom1, June 2004
PrepCom2, February 2005
PrepCom3, September 2005
PrepCom3a, Oct/Nov 2005
WSIS Summit, November 2005

WSIS II Issues:
Financing for ICT4D
Internet Governance

Civil Society @ WSIS

Structure and Working Groups

joint Civil Society Documents

German NGO Coordination

Contact and News

German Civil Society activities 

Charter of Civil Rights for a Sustainable  Knowledge Society

pdf: deutsch | english 
       francais | espanol arabic
rtf:   deutsch | english
       francais | espanol arabic
On the Way Towards the Charter