Summary: Workshop on the World Summit on the Information Society
Discussing and implementing the proposals
||19 July 2002, 09:00-12:30
Moderator(s):|| • Ms. Rosa Delgado, Internet Society - Devig (ISOC)|
• Mr. Thomas Ruddy, Internet Society (ISOC)
Presenters/ Participants:|| • Ms. Rosa Delgado, Internet Society - Devig (ISOC)|
• Ms. Milda Hedblom, International Telecommunication Union (ITU)
||Jean-Damascène Gasanabo (ICVolunteers)
||information, civil society, media, development, communication, technology
The workshop consisted of questions and answers. Mr. Thomas Ruddy of the Federal Swiss Labs (EMPA) introduced the discussion
by providing a summary of the discussions held in the last days at the Forum. He
explained that the World Summit on Information Society was going to be held in Geneva
(2003) and Tunis (2005).
Ms. Milda Hedblom of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) briefly
presented some important points with respect to the WSIS. There will be three
main groups of Presenters/ Participants:
- The private sector -private sector companies and multinationals including
small and medium sized enterprises;
- Civil society organizations -including media, the academic sector, trade
unions, youth organizations, etc.
According to Ms. Hedblom, the collaboration between these various actors
needs to be reinforced. Further, UN agencies are not listed as a separate actor,
but contribute in a more indirect way, contributing their expertise.
is important for communities from developing countries to be duly represented.
There will be scholarships available to help NGOs from developing countries who
wish to attend the Summit. Further, Ms. Hedblom talked about the different levels
- International level (dealing with global issues);
- National level (countries: e.g. Canada and Cameroon have a national commission);
- Regional level (African region, European region, Latin American region, Arabic
Somebody from Africa asked a question about the typology of the representative people at the next Geneva 2003
Forum. Mr. Ruddy pointed out that civil society participation should be characterized
by transparency and an inclusive process.
Some of the key issues of the Summit will include issues linked to:
- The access to knowledge;
- E-governance: How can new technologies improve the bureaucracy within Government, how to
- Digital divide: E-inclusion (how can we help each other?);
- Access and control, network security and confidentiality: to what extend
should the Internet be controlled (e.g. restriction on access to porno sites?
How to limit the impact of terrorist groups who use the net?).
How security of privacy could be assured?
The problem today is that many people could use the Internet to send e-mails, but do not know how to
make sure that their messages are secure. Even states do today not have enough power to protect people against Internet
theft (e-piracy). Hence, some of these issues are of concern not just to the
technical community, but rather society at large.To role of ITU is to come
forward with possible answers to those challenges. Some countries, such as the
USA and China are particularly interested in the security issue.
The UN Summits held in the past are quite different from that which is
planned for the 2003 conference, as new technologies will make it more
"virtual". Also, the role of the private sector might be more
significant than for example at the Geneva 2000 Summit on Sustainable
World Civil Society working group
Ms. Rosa Delgado presented the plan of the WCSF working group and suggested
that a committee should continue the work in this field. After some discussions,
the following consultative group was designated:
- Chair: Rosa Delgado, ISOC, Geneva
- Co-chair: Thomas Ruddy
Hendrok Bussiek, Global TV initiative
Eiji Hayashi, Pacific Telecommunication Union
Jose Aguilar, The North South Institute
Jonathan Robin, IPv6 Task Force, ISOC ECC
Pio Pata, Swiss development
Michel Loots, World Information Transfer
Synthesis and Recommendations WG on Information Society
Ms. Delgado further presented the "Synthesis and Recommendations WG on Information
Society", including: Civil Society Fundamentals; CS Representation; Participation; Co-operation; Human resource development; Development; Communication privacy; New technologies.
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