The first part of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) took place from 10 to 12 December 2003 in Geneva, Switzerland.

Heads of state and government from all over the world have approved a summit declaration and a plan of action there.

Besides this official programme, there were almost 200 parallel events, from the "World Electronic Media Forum" or the "World Forum on Communication Rights" to Demonstrations and a counter summit of critical media activists. Altogether, about 14 000 people participated in the summit or the related events.

Official and unofficial summit outcomes

Schedule from December and more information

Reports from the Summit

The "Community Media Forum" at the WSIS

How was the summit? "The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of the Summit"
A helpful list in case your friends (or any reporters) ask you 

First phase of WSIS Summit concluded
Governments adopt Declaration and Action Plan

Video stream intervention into WSIS events
High Noon around the globe

Tunisia Censored Terra Viva Newspaper
Thousands of copies disappeared from various sites at WSIS

Direct Action around WSIS
WIPO is looking for Mermaid

"Between Today's Realities and Tomorrow's Expectations"
Wolfgang Kleinwächter on the two declarations and civil society's involvement

ICT4D exhibition: African Village brings life to WSIS market-place

Summit Opens with High-Level Participation
Nice speeches, but is there true will?

Media Debates at WSIS
World Electronic Media Forum celebrates and reflects - media activists expose "Infowar"

Finance / final negotiations ended with consensus
Digital Solidarity Fund postponed until 2005

Media Laboratory closed by police
Swiss Police bring Digital Divide to Geneva

Summit Preparations Closer to Agreement
Only finance still open

WSIS Side-Events
"More interesting than the summit"


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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