February 2011, Geneva, Switzerland

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Message from the WSIS Team

Dear WSIS Stakeholders,


The WSIS process is evolving towards a stakeholder driven activity and this is a great success. The Open Consultation Process for WSIS Forum 2011 was an excellent example of commitment from all stakeholders towards the WSIS process. The topics and requests we have received set the tone not only for the forum but also for the WSIS process beyond the forum. The UNGIS side event at the LDC Conference at Turkey is another important upcoming event for the process.

We look forward to your engagement in turning the WSIS targets into action!


Best wishes,



WSIS Forum 2011

Open Consultation Process

In order to ensure the participatory and inclusive spirit of the WSIS Forum the Open Consultation Process on the Thematic Aspects and New Innovative Format was structured in four phases that began on the 15th of October 2010. The Review Meeting marked the 4th Phase of the Open Consultations.

Mr Houlin Zhao, Deputy Secretary-General, ITU opened the meeting by welcoming all the participants onsite as well as those participating remotely. He thanked all present for their contributions and enthusiasm towards the open consultation process.

The co organizers of the WSIS Forum , UNESCO, UNCTAD and UNDP joined ITU in thanking all WSIS stakeholders for their participation in the Open Consultative Process.

More information and all documentation is available here.


Registration for WSIS Forum 2011 is now open, we look forward to meeting you in May. Registration is available here.



WSIS Stocktaking Platform  

The WSIS Stocktaking Platform provides a large database that has more than 5000 entries and more than 2000 members. The WSIS Stocktaking platform offers a global events calendar, global repository, blogs, online communities, online forums, interactive online interviews, implementation case studies, country case studies, an embeddable interface and the WSIS Lab.


WSIS Stocktaking platform completed one successful year and celebrated its first anniversary in February. This 1st year anniversary of WSIS Stocktaking Platform was an opportunity to celebrate the close and fruitful interaction, communication and partnerships of WSIS stakeholders amongst each other through the WSIS Stocktaking Platform.



WSIS Stocktaking Online Forum

Latest discussion topics:

Contribute or follow the online Forum here.


WSIS Stocktaking Interviews

As part of the WSIS Network activities, the WSIS stocktaking platform conducted the following interviews online:

  • The European Commission, 08 February 2010
  • e-Agriculture Strengthened by Launch of New Online Platform for Collaboration

View all WSIS Stocktaking interviews here.



WSIS Stocktaking Blog

Provides a virtual space to exchange ideas and articles describing activities of stakeholders within the framework of WSIS. This blog provides you with the opportunity to collaborate electronically, build virtual networks of discussions and increase visibility of your activities. For the best use of information, blog functionalities such as comments and ratings are available for you. Everyone is welcome to submit their comments for the articles. The information may be submitted directly to the blog or to

In January and February, the following articles were submitted to the WSIS Stocktaking Blog:

  • Call for documents for the Global Repository
  • News concerning e.oman
  • Commission on Information and Accountability for Women’s and Children’s Health
  • Follow-up Safer Internet Day
  • ICTs and Private Sector Development : UNCTAD Call for Contributions
  • World Cancer Day - February 4
  • Data Protection Day – January 28, 2011
  • Annual World Economic Forum 2011
  • Contributions from Ryerson University, Toronto

View more WSIS Blog articles here.




Collaborative space on broadband presented new articles that focused on the broadband strategies. By 2010 some countries around the world adopted or planned to introduce the national broadband plans. What type of intervention governments should take to promote and facilitate the deployment of broadband infrastructure – for these and other questions, please search on The updated WSIS Lab website is available with a new logo type and the summary of the outcomes. WSIS lab team invites all users to share relevant research.



Partnership on Measuring ICT for Development

The Partnership on Measuring ICT for Development is an international, multi-stakeholder initiative to improve the availability and quality of ICT data and indicators, particularly in developing countries. Launched in 2004, the Partnership helps measure the information society by:

  • Defining a core list of ICT indicators and methodologies to collect these indicators;
  • Helping developing countries collect ICT statistics, particularly through capacity-building and hands-on training for national statistical offices;
  • Collecting and disseminating information society statistics in a number of formats, including a global report and database.

Download the partnership information brochure here.

Partnership on Measuring ICT for Development's Task Group on Measuring the WSIS targets (TG WSIS)

The TG WSIS was launched in May 2010, during the WSIS Forum 2010 held in Geneva, Switzerland.

The main objective of the TG WSIS is to track progress towards the achievement of the 10 WSIS targets. To this end, the TG WSIS is currently working on a monitoring framework document that will help countries in tracking the WSIS targets. In particular, this document will present a proposed list of indicators and address methodological issues and include definitions and model questions.

More information is available here.



United Nations Group on the Information Society (UNGIS)

UNGIS Chairs and Vice Chairs are preparing and coordinating for a possible UNGIS side event during the Fourth United Nations Conference on the Least Developed Countries to be held from the 30th May to 3 June in Turkey.



ITU Kaleidoscope academic conference 2011

The fully networked human? − Innovations for future networks and services” Cape Town, South Africa, 12-14 December 2011

The call for papers has been issued. Submission of full paper proposal deadline is 15 May 2011. A prize fund totaling $10,000 will be awarded to the authors of the three best papers. The winning papers will be featured in a future special edition of IEEE Communications Magazine, with all papers available from the IEEE Xplore online catalogue. Young Author Recognition certificates will be also issued.

It is the fourth in a series of peer-reviewed academic conferences, organized by ITU-T and technically co-sponsored by IEEE ComSoc, which brings together a wide range of views from both academia and industry. The aim is to identify emerging developments in information and communication technologies (ICTs) for development of international standards.

Kaleidoscope 2011 will highlight multidisciplinary aspects of future ICTs including future services and applications demand as well as social, economic and policy aspects of human-centric systems. This year, in addition to an exhibition for local universities and the presence of high-level keynote speakers and invited papers, the conference will host the second Jules Verne’s corner, a special space for science fiction writers and visionaries.

For sponsorship opportunities please contact us at


ICTs and Private Sector Development : UNCTAD Call for Contributions.

UNCTAD's Information Economy Report 2011 will focus on the role of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in private sector development. UNCTAD is interested in receiving studies/articles related to how governments and other stakeholders are applying ICT to support the creation or growth of enterprises in developing countries. Contributions should be sent to by 18 March 2011.


Case Studies

  • ITU/UPU (Book, 2010), ICTs, new services and transformation of the post (including a series of separate case studies for Buthan, Bostwana, Brazil, Korea, Russian Federation, Sauri Arabia)
  • ITU (2010), Satellite Connectivity to Remote Areas and E-Services for Development: Initiatives through Post Office Telekiosks in Buthan
  • ITU (2010), ICTs Communicty Access and Development: Case Studies from Six Developing Countries (Mali, Bhutan, Honduras, Vietnam, Nicaragua, Tanzania)
  • Innovative ways of appropriating mobile telephony in Africa (2010)


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Global Repository

Recently submitted publications:

Standards and eHealth

eHealth systems that use information and communication technologies for the delivery of healthcare services and information hold great promise for improving global access to healthcare services and health information, particularly in the developing world. Delivering on this promise requires more universal eHealth interoperability standards, overcoming technical infrastructure barriers, and addressing privacy, security, and other legal requirements.


Innovative ways of appropriating mobile telephony in Africa

The democratization of mobile telephony in Africa, its availability, ease of use and, above all, the extent to which it has been appropriated by the public, have made it a major success story. Very low-income populations are not only actively demanding access to mobile telephone services but also innovating, by creating the functions and applications they can use. Development is thus happening “from the bottom up” and an entire economy, both formal and informal in nature, has come into being to meet people’s needs.


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Global Events Calendar

Upcoming Events

ITU’s pre-conference Event for the Fourth United Nations Conference on Least Developed Countries (LDC IV)

Digital Inclusion For LDCs: Innovation•Growth•Sustainability

ITU Headquarters (Room K)
8 – 9 March 2011
Geneva, Switzerland


UN agencies International Women’s Day 100th anniversary week

High-level debate: Goodbye to the IT girl: Why are young women deserting technology?

ITU Headquarters (Room C)
10 March 2011
Geneva, Switzerland


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