The Information Society
WSIS: The world summit on the information society
WSIS Declaration of Principles and Plan of Action
Scroll down to Research Report:
"Understanding WSIS: An Institutional Perspective on the UN World Summit on the Information Society"
RSIS: The role of science in the information society
Global Forum on Disability Geneva Declaration on
Accessible Information Society (2nd draft):
The Beekman Center at Harvard has started this blog, for
those who want to track the meetings:
The World Summit in Reflection: a deliberative dialogue on WSIS
WSIS Gender Caucus: www.genderwsis.org
NGO Gender Strategies Working Group: www.genderit.org
Final press release is available here http://www.itu.int/wsis/geneva/newsroom/press_releases/wsisclosing.html
Excerpt from Charter of Civil Rights for a Sustainable Knowledge Society
"During the WSIS process the discussions on ICT security have shifted from the need for infrastructure integrity to a politicised agenda, characterised by military language and a stress on safeguards against possible terrorist threats. ... national security concerns rather than by concerns for the protection of privacy standards."
"The right to privacy is a human right and is essential for free and self-determined human development in the knowledge society. Respect for privacy allows for both participation and detachment in regard to social activities and opportunities. Every person must have the right to decide freely whether and in what manner he/she wants to receive information and communicate with others. The possibility of receiving information anonymously, irrespective of the source, must be ensured for everyone. The power of the private sector and of governments over information increases the risk of manipulative access and surveillance and must be kept to a legally legitimised minimum. The collection, analysis and release of personal data - no matter by whom - should remain under the control of the individual concerned."
Phase 2 of the Summit in Tunisia - 16 to 18 November 2005