[Air-l] New Report: "Understanding WSIS"
hans.klein at pubpolicy.gatech.edu
Wed Dec 10 03:09:16 PST 2003
The UN World Summit on the Information Society is currently underway in Geneva.
This report on WSIS is now available at the IP3 website:
"Understanding WSIS: An Institutional Perspective on the
UN World Summit on the Information Society"
WSIS is hard to understand. The 2003 Geneva meeting of the UN World
Summit on the Information Society has brought thousands of people to Geneva
to articulate a collective vision about the benefits and potentials of
in society and the policies needed to realize them.
Even immediate participants have difficulty understanding what has
With so many recommendations, which ones will lead to concrete political
and social change? What is important and why?
To help answer such questions, this report provides an institutional
analysis of WSIS.
It focuses on two main features: its characteristics as a policy forum and
available to it for policy implementation.
This institutional analysis is then applied to a set of WSIS policies
to identify those with the
greatest potential to lead to social change. Two policies stand out:
Internet governance and
security. The WSIS forum is well suited to bestow legitimacy on a proposal
the existing Internet governance regime, and the available implementation
are well suited to put such a proposal into practice. Likewise, WSIS is an
appropriate forum for promulgating a global agreement on security, and the
implementation mechanisms are also suitable. Other policy topics
free and open software, communication rights, intellectual property, human
To say these policies are good candidates for action is not to say
that they necessarily
will be endorsed and implemented. Nonetheless, by identifying issues that
world summit institution, this analysis can help set priorities for action
and to gain
understanding of outcomes.
Report available at: http://www.ip3.gatech.edu
WSIS web site: http://www.itu.int/wsis/
The Internet and Public Policy Project (IP3) promotes Internet
policy-related research in the
School of Public Policy at Georgia Tech. It promotes dialogue between
and outside the Institute, offering forums for debate and discussion.
This report is a joint project between IP3 and Computer Professionals for
(www.CPSR.org) with funding from the Open Society Institute distributed
through the Internet Democracy Project.
Additional funding came from the Georgia Tech President Undergraduate
Research Award Program.
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