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On Monday, March 2, in Paris, a group of civil society organisations including Global Partners Digital (GPD), Association for Progressive Communications (APC), Center for Democracy and Technology (CDT), International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA), Internet Democracy Project, KICTANet, Centre for Communication Governance at National Law University Delhi, and the Internet Rights and Principles (IRP) Coalition – in collaboration with the Internet Society (ISOC) and the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) – will be holding a 1-day event focused on the WSIS+10 Overall Review.
For more information about the WSIS review and why it matters, follow this link. The purpose of the event is to raise awareness of the review process and to facilitate coordination and strategy development for effective civil society engagement. Part of the event will be dedicated to facilitating cross-community dialogue with representatives from the technical community, the business sector and governments.
A rough agenda for the day is as follows:
|09:00-12:00||Civil society awareness raising and coordination session 1|
|13:00-14:00||Cross-community session 1: Setting the scene for the WSIS process in 2015: what is at stake?*|
|14:00-15:00||Cross-community session 2: Sharing strategies and finding synergies*|
|15:30-17:30||Civil society awareness raising and coordination session 2|
A detailed agenda for the civil society sessions as well as info on speakers for the cross-community sessions will be shared closer to the date. The event will be held on the margins of UNESCO’s CONNECTing the Dots conference.
To participate remotely at the cross-community sessions, please follow this link: http://www.
UNESCO has undertaken a consultative study on Internet-issues that will be discussed at this multi-stakeholder conference on 3-4 March 2015 in Paris. The study draws on 30 questions on Internet-related issues in the four areas of access to information and knowledge, freedom of expression, privacy, and ethical dimensions of the information society. The questions also explore the intersections between these areas and options for future UNESCO action in these fields.
This comprehensive Internet-related study was mandated by UNESCO’s 195 Member States through Resolution 52 of the Organization’s 37th General Conference Resolution in November 2013. The questions and design of the study have been elaborated through a five-month multi-stakeholder consultation process with civil society, academia, the private sector, the technical community, inter-governmental organizations and UNESCO’s Member States. In addition to written submissions from a range of stakeholders, consultation events were held in a dozen global fora, including the World Press Freedom Day International Conference, the Stockholm Internet Freedom Forum, the Freedom Online Coalition Meeting, and the WSIS+10 High Level Review Event.
A civil society side meeting will take place on the preceding day, 2 March 2015, focusing on the WSIS plus 10 process, for which UNESCO are keen for their study to be an input. Its objective is to produce a civil society strategy for what we want from the process.
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