Tag Archives: WSIS

Three ways to promote and preserve linguistic diversity online

Only 5% of the world’s existing languages are readily accessible on the Internet according to the Broadband Commission. With more than 7,000 distinct languages in use around the world, many of them are at risk of going extinct. To ensure that the world’s abundance of linguistic diversity is well-preserved, there are international efforts needed to ensure […]

Nominate projects for WSIS Prizes 2017: Only two weeks left!

The World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) is calling for nominations for WSIS Prizes 2017, an annual award that recognizes and rewards successful development-oriented strategies that leverage the power of information and communication technologies (ICTs) that also help advance the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The contest closes on 15 February 2017. Eligible stakeholders can […]

Digital solutions to achieve the SDGs

During this week’s WSIS Forum a special session presented a sneak preview of the much anticipated ‘System Transformation’ report which presents early research and new data on how digital solutions will drive progress towards the sustainable development goals. The full report, produced by GeSI and Accenture in cooperation with ITU, will receive its full global […]

‘E-solutions’ to propel small firms in emerging markets

By any measure, e-commerce is big business. It also represents a major change in the way that trade is conducted and offers great potential to contribute to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. And yet, developing countries are not taking full advantage of this opportunity. For instance, best estimates put the current share of African […]

New #WSIS Forum Chair

The United Nations (UN) first brought all stakeholders together in 2003 and 2005 at the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) in order to establish a common goal: bringing the potential of information and communications technologies and all that they enable to the entire world. Ten years later at the UN General Assembly in […]

#WSIS: A decade of ICTs for Development

10 years ago, the second phase of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) process was finalized in Tunis. This innovative meeting gathered governments, private sector, civil society and international organizations to agree a global blueprint for equitable access and ongoing development of information and communication technologies (ICTs). These principles have since shaped global […]

Engaging Civil Society in the ICT Sector

International Information and Communication Technology (ICT) policy-making is made up of multiple stakeholders – governments, private sector, civil society, intergovernmental and international organizations – all of whom have an interest in ensuring its continued development. In order to realize an effective and productive Information Society, we must ensure that the diverse views of all constituents […]