16 November 2005. The UN World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) is drawing to a close after almost four years of intense political deliberations. The UN General Assembly's mandate to WSIS was to develop a common global vision of the new society emerging through the impact of information and communication technologies (ICTs) and to identify the strategies and ways to bring it about. But was the global community able to shape a common vision and to explore new ways of dealing with the complexity of the newly emerging policy issues?
This book brings together assessments by women from around the world who, for the most part, have been involved in various civil society constituencies created during the WSIS process. The authors have been engaged in social movements and initiatives dedicated to promoting public awareness and activities in fields such as human rights, women's rights, and various development initiatives concerning media and ICTs. Their contributions reflect on controversies within the discourses of governments and civil society on issues that lie at the core of the summit's declared vision of a people-centred, development-oriented, and inclusive Information Society: human rights, development and participation.
The publication was released today at the parallel event "Towards a sustainable and inclusive Knowledge Society. How to get there from WSIS?", organized by the Heinrich Böll Foundation. There, a number of key civil society actors discussed their perspectives on the WSIS substance and process and, reflected on the lessons learned by the various groups. The event closed with a roundtable with many of the book's contributors. Though it took place at the same time as the popular summit opening ceremony, it was well attended and had inspiring discussions (more detailed report to come).
The publication is licensed under a creative commons license and is available for free online and in print.
Heinrich Böll Foundation (ed.):
Visions in Process II
World Summit on the Information Society Geneva 2003 - Tunis 2005
1st Edition, Berlin 2005, 128 pages
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