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APC launch new book on WSIS

19 September, 2007
By Allison Orr

The Association for Progressive Communications (APC) has launched a new book called Whose Summit? Whose Information Society? which examines the experience of developing country delegations and civil society representations to the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS).

The UN-sponsored WSIS was the largest and longest international gathering on information and communications technologies (ICTs) in the past decade.  It lasted four years and consumed a great deal of time and resources, and this report asks, was it worth it?  Did developing countries or civil society organisations gain anything from it?  The study concludes that the WSIS had only limited success, partly because it was dominated by the ICT sector, and the agenda was too narrow and didn’t deal with the broader issues encompassed by the "information society", such as the digital divide.

The main positive outcome, according to author David Souter, is the establishment of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) as a valuable and innovative forum for multi-stakeholder discussion on issues relating to the Internet.

You can download the whole book online: Whose Summit? Whose Information Society?

Read an Interview with author David Souter

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