From information society to knowledge societies Ten Years after the World Summit on the Information Society

Ten years after the World Summit on the Information Society, world leaders and high-level participants from governments, the private sector, NGOs, intergovernmental organizations and other groups will meet in Paris from 25 to 27 February to take stock of progress towards the goals set by that summit. They’ll review the major changes that have occurred in this domain and make recommendations on the way forward.

Dubbed WSIS +10, the meeting comes at a time of intense public debate over the future development of the Internet; debate shaped by the defense of the right to freedom of expression and freedom of information online, the growth of multilingualism on the net and the ever-increasing influence and impact of communications technologies on all aspects of people’s lives. 


            A packed programme on these and a wide range of related issues  - from Internet governance, to the role of ICT’s in the classroom, the ethical challenges of the information society, the power of citizen journalism and open access to scientific information - features a range of prestigious speakers.


            Two key reports will be presented at the event. 


             “Technology, Broadband and Education: advancing the education for all agenda”, will be launched on 25 February (Room 1, 10.45-12.00), during a debate on the lessons learned on broadband and education over the past ten years. It is the fourth report to be published by the Broadband Commission and analyses trends, data, and several case studies to explain how technology and broadband are radically changing education.


            The EURid-UNESCO World Report on IDN Deployment 2012 will be launched the following day (26 February, Room 1, 8.30 – 11.00). This report prepared with the European Registry for Internet Domains (EURid), reviews the uptake of IDN registrations since they first became available as Top Level Domains in 2009, and highlights the challenges posed, notably, by the slow growth of local language use on the Internet.


            The three-day event is hosted by UNESCO and co-organized with the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).   


            The outcomes of this first WSIS+10 review event will feed into the UN review on progress towards the Millennium Development Goals, and a possible post-2015 sustainable development framework.


Journalists wishing to cover the event require accreditation. Please contact:



Sue Williams

Tel: +33 1 45 68 17 06

Cell: +33 1 15 92 93 62


Isabelle Le Fournis

Tel : +33 1 4568 1748