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WSIS+10 series: WSIS+10 and Women’s Empowerment

During the first phase of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), leaders from various countries came together and affirmed that the development of information and communication technologies (ICTs) provided a wealth of opportunities for women, and that women should be an integral part of the information society. It called for removing the gender barriers to ICT education […]

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    WSIS+10 series: From access to trusted access – human rights in the WSIS+10 Review

WSIS+10 series: From access to trusted access – human rights in the WSIS+10 Review

When the two-part World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) was held in 2003 and 2005, one of the key agreements reached among world leaders related to the necessity to bridge the digital divide between developed and developing countries. In the fourth of a series of posts on the WSIS+10 process edited by LSE alumna Anri van der Spuy, Nicolas Seidler, […]

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    WSIS+10 series: Truly multistakeholder? Participation in Internet governance debates: an African perspective

WSIS+10 series: Truly multistakeholder? Participation in Internet governance debates: an African perspective

While the 2003 World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) in Geneva paid special attention to the needs of developing countries to meaningfully participate in debates about Internet governance, the participation of African countries in these debates – and in particular in the WSIS processes that have taken place since 2003 – has been more limited. In the third […]

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    WSIS+10 series: Internet governance: on the right road or the road to nowhere?

WSIS+10 series: Internet governance: on the right road or the road to nowhere?

Next week, the UN General Assembly will agree a text that reviews the outcomes of the 2003/2005 World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) and, to the extent that agreement can be reached, also points forward to the future. In the second in a series of posts on the WSIS+10 process edited by LSE alumna Anri van der Spuy, […]

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    WSIS+10 Series: Reflections on the Internet Governance Forum (IGF)

WSIS+10 Series: Reflections on the Internet Governance Forum (IGF)

With the mandate of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) up for renewal in December this year, the 10th annual IGF taking place this week in João Pessoa, Brazil, is happening at an interesting time for the future of the Internet governance landscape. While ongoing deliberations seem to support the extension of the IGF’s mandate for another ten years, there will […]

The WSIS+10 Lessons for Digital Development

The United Nations Commission for Science Technology and Development (CSTD) is meeting for its eighteenth session in Geneva, 4-8 May 2015 on two themes – strategic foresight for the post-2015 development agenda and Digital Development. Its review of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) outcomes is summarized in the Ten-Year Review Report. Here, adapted from a speech […]

ICANN 52 and the road to WSIS+10

ICANN held the first of its three annual open meetings in Singapore last week. LSE alumna and ICANN fellow Anri van der Spuy attended and encountered a reluctant yet growing willingness to start opening the debate to accommodate broader internet governance issues, besides an expected focus on the IANA stewardship transition.

As one of the primary bodies tasked with the technical […]

Our top 10 blog posts so far this year

As you prepare to embark on (or return from) summer holidays, why not take a look at our most read blog posts so far this year? Here are some of the Media Policy Project Blog’s highlights from January to June 2015, covering children’s rights and digital safety, the European Audiovisual Media Services Directive and Digital Single Market Strategy, privacy […]

Internet Governance Series: The Road from Bali to Rio… to Dystopia?

The UN’s Internet Governance Forum ended on 25 October. Following on from his initial report from the event, University of Sussex’s Chris Marsden‘s reflects on the Forum and sounds a note of cautious optimism for the prospects of Internet governance reform. The Internet Governance Forum is a diverting annual sideshow, a pit-stop on the flying circus towards Internet governance, with […]

UNESCO Renews Its ‘Knowledge Societies’ Vision – LSE’s Professor Mansell

This week, UNESCO is hosting its WSIS+10 Review Meeting: Towards Knowledge Societies for Peace and Sustainable Development. LSE’s Robin Mansell, Professor of New Media and the Internet, has been invited to present her report, co-authored with Professor Gaëtan Tremblay, UQAM, entitled Renewing the Knowledge Societies Vision: Towards Knowledge Societies for Peace and Sustainable Development. In an interview with the […]