World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS)

As per the UN General Assembly Resolution 56/183, the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) took place in two phases. The first phase took place in Geneva from 10 to 12 December 2003 and the second phase took place in Tunis, from 16 to 18 November 2005.

WSIS provided a forum in which multiple stakeholders including international organizations, governments, the private sector and civil society could discuss the opportunities of the new information and communication environment, and also address challenges such as the inequality in access to information and communication that is called the ‘digital divide’.

The Summit output in a set of outcome documents and also resulted in the creation of Internet Governance Forum (IGF) and UN Group on the Information Society (UNGIS).

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