ICANN Acronyms and Terms
World Summit on the Information Society(WSIS)
A two-phase conference sponsored by the United Nations, where heads of state and other high-profile leaders met to form the principles of an Information Society that would work for all. At the Geneva summit in 2003, participants drafted guiding principles and a plan of action. When the summit reconvened in Tunis in 2005, participants focused on the questions of financing mechanisms, capacity building, and a multistakeholder model of Internet governance. One outcome of the Tunis summit was the establishment of the Internet Governance Forum.
The WSIS Forum is held annually to discuss important issues related to the Information Society.
In 2014, the WSIS+10 High-Level Event convened in Geneva to examine the progress made since the Geneva and Tunis summits, and to establish priorities for the future. One of the resulting documents was “WSIS+10 Vision for WSIS Beyond 2015,” which focused on a globally and digitally inclusive Internet. It called for initiatives to address cultural and linguistic diversity, extend Internet access to underserved regions and populations, and strengthen trust through cybersecurity.