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Be part of WSIS Project Prizes 2012!

WSIS Project Prizes 2012 for the first time ever will be presented to recognize excellence in the implementation of WSIS outcomes. This initiative is an immediate response to the requests expressed by WSIS stakeholders to create a mechanism to evaluate and reward stakeholders for their efforts on the implementation of WSIS outcomes.

This is an opportunity for all stakeholders to provide worldwide visibility to their projects and be recognized internationally. Engaging with the international community, there will be opportunities to extend professional networks, to facilitate the creation of partnership and financing opportunities, to be referenced in the WSIS Process and highlighted in the WSIS Stocktaking Report on Success Stories 2012.

The objectives of the WSIS Project Prizes 2012 are to:

  • encourage stakeholders to share their success stories on the implementation of WSIS outcomes;
  • recognize projects which demonstrate efficiency and impact that can be easily replicated;
  • promote the most innovative projects from all over the world;
  • empower and engage WSIS stakeholders to take active part in the evaluation of the implementation of WSIS outcomes;
  • spread awareness about WSIS Action Lines and their implementation;

We encourage all stakeholders to actively participate in the contest of WSIS Project Prizes 2012.

Background

WSIS Project Prizes 2012 containing 18 categories were created in order to encourage all groups of stakeholders from all over the world to share their experiences on WSIS implementation and leverage its activities.

The contest is organized into four phases:

  1. Project submission

    Submission of project descriptions.
    A snapshot of the online questionnaire is available herepdfLogo

    10 October 2011 – 20 January 2012
    Responding to the request of several stakeholders, the deadline is extended until 4th of February 2012

  2. Voting process

    Voting by the members of the WSIS Stocktaking Platform.

    The deadline for completing your votes is 10 April 2012.

  3. WSIS Stocktaking 2012: Success stories

    Compilation of extended descriptions of the winning projects and preparation of "WSIS Stocktaking: Success Stories 2012"

    publication release 15 May 2012

  4. Prize Ceremony

    The WSIS Project Prize Ceremony and release of the Success Stories 2012 publication at the WSIS Forum 2012

    15 May 2012

Categories

The 18 categories *of the WSIS Project Prizes 2012 are linked to the WSIS Action Lines outlined in the Geneva Plan of Action.

*WSIS Action Line C7 is separated into 8 individual categories in-line with the ICT applications sectors.

  • C1. The role of governments and all stakeholders in the promotion of ICTs for development

    The effective participation of governments and all stakeholders is vital in developing the Information Society requiring cooperation and partnerships among all of them.

    1. Development of national e-strategies, including the necessary human capacity building, should be encouraged by all countries by 2005, taking into account different national circumstances.
    2. Initiate at the national level a structured dialogue involving all relevant stakeholders, including through public/private partnerships, in devising e-strategies for the Information Society and for the exchange of best practices.
    3. In developing and implementing national e-strategies, stakeholders should take into consideration local, regional and national needs and concerns. To maximize the benefits of initiatives undertaken, these should include the concept of sustainability. The private sector should be engaged in concrete projects to develop the Information Society at local, regional and national levels.
    4. Each country is encouraged to establish at least one functioning Public/Private Partnership (PPP) or Multi-Sector Partnership (MSP), by 2005 as a showcase for future action.
    5. Identify mechanisms, at the national, regional and international levels, for the initiation and promotion of partnerships among stakeholders of the Information Society.
    6. Explore the viability of establishing multi-stakeholder portals for indigenous peoples at the national level.
    7. By 2005, relevant international organizations and financial institutions should develop their own strategies for the use of ICTs for sustainable development, including sustainable production and consumption patterns and as an effective instrument to help achieve the goals expressed in the United Nations Millennium Declaration.
    8. International organizations should publish, in their areas of competence, including on their website, reliable information submitted by relevant stakeholders on successful experiences of mainstreaming ICTs.
    9. Encourage a series of related measures, including, among other things: incubator schemes, venture capital investments (national and international), government investment funds (including micro-finance for Small, Medium-sized and Micro Enterprises (SMMEs), investment promotion strategies, software export support activities (trade counseling), support of research and development networks and software parks.
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  • C2. Information and communication infrastructure: an essential foundation for the Information Society

    Infrastructure is central in achieving the goal of digital inclusion, enabling universal, sustainable, ubiquitous and affordable access to ICTs by all, taking into account relevant solutions already in place in developing countries and countries with economies in transition, to provide sustainable connectivity and access to remote and marginalized areas at national and regional levels.

    1. Governments should take action, in the framework of national development policies, in order to support an enabling and competitive environment for the necessary investment in ICT infrastructure and for the development of new services.
    2. In the context of national e-strategies, devise appropriate universal access policies and strategies, and their means of implementation, in line with the indicative targets, and develop ICT connectivity indicators.
    3. In the context of national e-strategies, provide and improve ICT connectivity for all schools, universities, health institutions, libraries, post offices, community centres, museums and other institutions accessible to the public, in line with the indicative targets.
    4. Develop and strengthen national, regional and international broadband network infrastructure, including delivery by satellite and other systems, to help in providing the capacity to match the needs of countries and their citizens and for the delivery of new ICT-based services. Support technical, regulatory and operational studies by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and, as appropriate, other relevant international organizations in order to:
      1. broaden access to orbital resources, global frequency harmonization and global systems standardization;
      2. encourage public/private partnership;
      3. promote the provision of global high-speed satellite services for underserved areas such as remote and sparsely populated areas;
      4. explore other systems that can provide high-speed connectivity.
    5. In the context of national e-strategies, address the special requirements of older people, persons with disabilities, children, especially marginalized children and other disadvantaged and vulnerable groups, including by appropriate educational administrative and legislative measures to ensure their full inclusion in the Information Society.
    6. Encourage the design and production of ICT equipment and services so that everyone, has easy and affordable access to them including older people, persons with disabilities, children, especially marginalized children, and other disadvantaged and vulnerable groups, and promote the development of technologies, applications, and content suited to their needs, guided by the Universal Design Principle and further enhanced by the use of assistive technologies.
    7. In order to alleviate the challenges of illiteracy, develop affordable technologies and non-text based computer interfaces to facilitate people's access to ICT.
    8. Undertake international research and development efforts aimed at making available adequate and affordable ICT equipment for end users.
    9. Encourage the use of unused wireless capacity, including satellite, in developed countries and in particular in developing countries, to provide access in remote areas, especially in developing countries and countries with economies in transition, and to improve low-cost connectivity in developing countries. Special concern should be given to the Least Developed Countries in their efforts in establishing telecommunication infrastructure.
    10. Optimize connectivity among major information networks by encouraging the creation and development of regional ICT backbones and Internet exchange points, to reduce interconnection costs and broaden network access.
    11. Develop strategies for increasing affordable global connectivity, thereby facilitating improved access. Commercially negotiated Internet transit and interconnection costs should be oriented towards objective, transparent and non-discriminatory parameters, taking into account ongoing work on this subject.
    12. Encourage and promote joint use of traditional media and new technologies.
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  • C3. Access to information and Knowledge

    ICTs allow people, anywhere in the world, to access information and knowledge almost instantaneously. Individuals, organizations and communities should benefit from access to knowledge and information.

    1. Develop policy guidelines for the development and promotion of public domain information as an important international instrument promoting public access to information.
    2. Governments are encouraged to provide adequate access through various communication resources, notably the Internet, to public official information. Establishing legislation on access to information and the preservation of public data, notably in the area of the new technologies, is encouraged.
    3. Promote research and development to facilitate accessibility of ICTs for all, including disadvantaged, marginalized and vulnerable groups.
    4. Governments, and other stakeholders, should establish sustainable multi-purpose community public access points, providing affordable or free-of-charge access for their citizens to the various communication resources, notably the Internet. These access points should, to the extent possible, have sufficient capacity to provide assistance to users, in libraries, educational institutions, public administrations, post offices or other public places, with special emphasis on rural and underserved areas, while respecting intellectual property rights (IPRs) and encouraging the use of information and sharing of knowledge.
    5. Encourage research and promote awareness among all stakeholders of the possibilities offered by different software models, and the means of their creation, including proprietary, open-source and free software, in order to increase competition, freedom of choice and affordability, and to enable all stakeholders to evaluate which solution best meets their requirements.
    6. Governments should actively promote the use of ICTs as a fundamental working tool by their citizens and local authorities. In this respect, the international community and other stakeholders should support capacity building for local authorities in the widespread use of ICTs as a means of improving local governance.
    7. Encourage research on the Information Society, including on innovative forms of networking, adaptation of ICT infrastructure, tools and applications that facilitate accessibility of ICTs for all, and disadvantaged groups in particular.
    8. Support the creation and development of a digital public library and archive services, adapted to the Information Society, including reviewing national library strategies and legislation, developing a global understanding of the need for "hybrid libraries", and fostering worldwide cooperation between libraries.
    9. Encourage initiatives to facilitate access, including free and affordable access to open access journals and books, and open archives for scientific information.
    10. Support research and development of the design of useful instruments for all stakeholders to foster increased awareness, assessment, and evaluation of different software models and licences, so as to ensure an optimal choice of appropriate software that will best contribute to achieving development goals within local conditions.
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  • C4. Capacity Building

    Everyone should have the necessary skills to benefit fully from the Information Society. Therefore capacity building and ICT literacy are essential. ICTs can contribute to achieving universal education worldwide, through delivery of education and training of teachers, and offering improved conditions for lifelong learning, encompassing people that are outside the formal education process, and improving professional skills.

    1. Develop domestic policies to ensure that ICTs are fully integrated in education and training at all levels, including in curriculum development, teacher training, institutional administration and management, and in support of the concept of lifelong learning.
    2. Develop and promote programmes to eradicate illiteracy using ICTs at national, regional and international levels.
    3. Promote e-literacy skills for all, for example by designing and offering courses for public administration, taking advantage of existing facilities such as libraries, multipurpose community centres, public access points and by establishing local ICT training centres with the cooperation of all stakeholders. Special attention should be paid to disadvantaged and vulnerable groups.
    4. In the context of national educational policies, and taking into account the need to eradicate adult illiteracy, ensure that young people are equipped with knowledge and skills to use ICTs, including the capacity to analyse and treat information in creative and innovative ways, share their expertise and participate fully in the Information Society.
    5. Governments, in cooperation with other stakeholders, should create programmes for capacity building with an emphasis on creating a critical mass of qualified and skilled ICT professionals and experts.
    6. Develop pilot projects to demonstrate the impact of ICT-based alternative educational delivery systems, notably for achieving Education for All targets, including basic literacy targets.
    7. Work on removing the gender barriers to ICT education and training and promoting equal training opportunities in ICT-related fields for women and girls. Early intervention programmes in science and technology should target young girls with the aim of increasing the number of women in ICT careers. Promote the exchange of best practices on the integration of gender perspectives in ICT education.
    8. Empower local communities, especially those in rural and underserved areas, in ICT use and promote the production of useful and socially meaningful content for the benefit of all.
    9. Launch education and training programmes, where possible using information networks of traditional nomadic and indigenous peoples, which provide opportunities to fully participate in the Information Society.
    10. Design and implement regional and international cooperation activities to enhance the capacity, notably, of leaders and operational staff in developing countries and LDCs, to apply ICTs effectively in the whole range of educational activities. This should include delivery of education outside the educational structure, such as the workplace and at home.
    11. Design specific training programmes in the use of ICTs in order to meet the educational needs of information professionals, such as archivists, librarians, museum professionals, scientists, teachers, journalists, postal workers and other relevant professional groups. Training of information professionals should focus not only on new methods and techniques for the development and provision of information and communication services, but also on relevant management skills to ensure the best use of technologies. Training of teachers should focus on the technical aspects of ICTs, on development of content, and on the potential possibilities and challenges of ICTs.
    12. Develop distance learning, training and other forms of education and training as part of capacity building programmes. Give special attention to developing countries and especially LDCs in different levels of human resources development.
    13. Promote international and regional cooperation in the field of capacity building, including country programmes developed by the United Nations and its Specialized Agencies.
    14. Launch pilot projects to design new forms of ICT-based networking, linking education, training and research institutions between and among developed and developing countries and countries with economies in transition.
    15. Volunteering, if conducted in harmony with national policies and local cultures, can be a valuable asset for raising human capacity to make productive use of ICT tools and build a more inclusive Information Society. Activate volunteer programmes to provide capacity building on ICT for development, particularly in developing countries.
    16. Design programmes to train users to develop self-learning and self-development capacities.
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  • C5. Building confidence and security in the use of ICTs

    Confidence and security are among the main pillars of the Information Society.

    1. Promote cooperation among the governments at the United Nations and with all stakeholders at other appropriate fora to enhance user confidence, build trust, and protect both data and network integrity; consider existing and potential threats to ICTs; and address other information security and network security issues.
    2. Governments, in cooperation with the private sector, should prevent, detect and respond to cyber-crime and misuse of ICTs by: developing guidelines that take into account ongoing efforts in these areas; considering legislation that allows for effective investigation and prosecution of misuse; promoting effective mutual assistance efforts; strengthening institutional support at the international level for preventing, detecting and recovering from such incidents; and encouraging education and raising awareness.
    3. Governments, and other stakeholders, should actively promote user education and awareness about online privacy and the means of protecting privacy.
    4. Take appropriate action on spam at national and international levels.
    5. Encourage the domestic assessment of national law with a view to overcoming any obstacles to the effective use of electronic documents and transactions including electronic means of authentication.
    6. Further strengthen the trust and security framework with complementary and mutually reinforcing initiatives in the fields of security in the use of ICTs, with initiatives or guidelines with respect to rights to privacy, data and consumer protection.
    7. Share good practices in the field of information security and network security and encourage their use by all parties concerned.
    8. Invite interested countries to set up focal points for real-time incident handling and response, and develop a cooperative network between these focal points for sharing information and technologies on incident response.
    9. Encourage further development of secure and reliable applications to facilitate online transactions.
    10. Encourage interested countries to contribute actively to the ongoing United Nations activities to build confidence and security in the use of ICTs.
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  • C6. Enabling environment

    Confidence and security are among the main pillars of the Information Society.

    1. Governments should foster a supportive, transparent, pro-competitive and predictable policy, legal and regulatory framework, which provides the appropriate incentives to investment and community development in the Information Society.
    2. We ask the Secretary General of the United Nations to set up a working group on Internet governance, in an open and inclusive process that ensures a mechanism for the full and active participation of governments, the private sector and civil society from both developing and developed countries, involving relevant intergovernmental and international organizations and forums, to investigate and make proposals for action, as appropriate, on the governance of Internet by 2005. The group should, inter alia:
      1. develop a working definition of Internet governance;
      2. identify the public policy issues that are relevant to Internet governance;
      3. develop a common understanding of the respective roles and responsibilities of governments, existing intergovernmental and international organisations and other forums as well as the private sector and civil society from both developing and developed countries;
      4. prepare a report on the results of this activity to be presented for consideration and appropriate action for the second phase of WSIS in Tunis in 2005.
    3. Governments are invited to:
      1. facilitate the establishment of national and regional Internet Exchange Centres;
      2. manage or supervise, as appropriate, their respective country code top-level domain name (ccTLD);
      3. promote awareness of the Internet.
    4. In cooperation with the relevant stakeholders, promote regional root servers and the use of internationalized domain names in order to overcome barriers to access.
    5. Governments should continue to update their domestic consumer protection laws to respond to the new requirements of the Information Society.
    6. Promote effective participation by developing countries and countries with economies in transition in international ICT forums and create opportunities for exchange of experience.
    7. Governments need to formulate national strategies, which include e-government strategies, to make public administration more transparent, efficient and democratic.
    8. Develop a framework for the secure storage and archival of documents and other electronic records of information.
    9. Governments and stakeholders should actively promote user education and awareness about online privacy and the means of protecting privacy.
    10. Invite stakeholders to ensure that practices designed to facilitate electronic commerce also permit consumers to have a choice as to whether or not to use electronic communication.
    11. Encourage the ongoing work in the area of effective dispute settlement systems, notably alternative dispute resolution (ADR), which can promote settlement of disputes.
    12. Governments, in collaboration with stakeholders, are encouraged to formulate conducive ICT policies that foster entrepreneurship, innovation and investment, and with particular reference to the promotion of participation by women.
    13. Recognising the economic potential of ICTs for Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs), they should be assisted in increasing their competitiveness by streamlining administrative procedures, facilitating their access to capital and enhancing their capacity to participate in ICT-related projects.
    14. Governments should act as model users and early adopters of e-commerce in accordance with their level of socio-economic development.
    15. Governments, in cooperation with other stakeholders, should raise awareness of the importance of international interoperability standards for global e-commerce.
    16. Governments, in cooperation with other stakeholders, should promote the development and use of open, interoperable, non-discriminatory and demand-driven standards.
    17. ITU, pursuant to its treaty capacity, coordinates and allocates frequencies with the goal of facilitating ubiquitous and affordable access.
    18. Additional steps should be taken in ITU and other regional organisations to ensure rational, efficient and economical use of, and equitable access to, the radio-frequency spectrum by all countries, based on relevant international agreements.
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  • C7. ICT applications: benefits in all aspects of life

    ICT applications can support sustainable development, in the fields of public administration, business, education and training, health, employment, environment, agricultureand sciencewithin the framework of national e-strategies. This would include actions within the following sectors:

    • E-government

      1. Implement e-government strategies focusing on applications aimed at innovating and promoting transparency in public administrations and democratic processes, improving efficiency and strengthening relations with citizens.
      2. Develop national e-government initiatives and services, at all levels, adapted to the needs of citizens and business, to achieve a more efficient allocation of resources and public goods.
      3. Support international cooperation initiatives in the field of e-government, in order to enhance transparency, accountability and efficiency at all levels of government.
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    • E-business

      1. Governments, international organizations and the private sector, are encouraged to promote the benefits of international trade and the use of e-business, and promote the use of e-business models in developing countries and countries with economies in transition.
      2. Through the adoption of an enabling environment, and based on widely available Internet access, governments should seek to stimulate private sector investment, foster new applications, content development and public/private partnerships.
      3. Government policies should favour assistance to, and growth of SMMEs, in the ICT industry, as well as their entry into e-business, to stimulate economic growth and job creation as an element of a strategy for poverty reduction through wealth creation.
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    • E-learning

      Everyone should have the necessary skills to benefit fully from the Information Society. Therefore capacity building and ICT literacy are essential. ICTs can contribute to achieving universal education worldwide, through delivery of education and training of teachers, and offering improved conditions for lifelong learning, encompassing people that are outside the formal education process, and improving professional skills.

      1. Develop domestic policies to ensure that ICTs are fully integrated in education and training at all levels, including in curriculum development, teacher training, institutional administration and management, and in support of the concept of lifelong learning.
      2. Develop and promote programmes to eradicate illiteracy using ICTs at national, regional and international levels.
      3. Promote e-literacy skills for all, for example by designing and offering courses for public administration, taking advantage of existing facilities such as libraries, multipurpose community centres, public access points and by establishing local ICT training centres with the cooperation of all stakeholders. Special attention should be paid to disadvantaged and vulnerable groups.
      4. In the context of national educational policies, and taking into account the need to eradicate adult illiteracy, ensure that young people are equipped with knowledge and skills to use ICTs, including the capacity to analyse and treat information in creative and innovative ways, share their expertise and participate fully in the Information Society.
      5. Governments, in cooperation with other stakeholders, should create programmes for capacity building with an emphasis on creating a critical mass of qualified and skilled ICT professionals and experts.
      6. Develop pilot projects to demonstrate the impact of ICT-based alternative educational delivery systems, notably for achieving Education for All targets, including basic literacy targets.
      7. Work on removing the gender barriers to ICT education and training and promoting equal training opportunities in ICT-related fields for women and girls. Early intervention programmes in science and technology should target young girls with the aim of increasing the number of women in ICT careers. Promote the exchange of best practices on the integration of gender perspectives in ICT education.
      8. Empower local communities, especially those in rural and underserved areas, in ICT use and promote the production of useful and socially meaningful content for the benefit of all.
      9. Launch education and training programmes, where possible using information networks of traditional nomadic and indigenous peoples, which provide opportunities to fully participate in the Information Society.
      10. Design and implement regional and international cooperation activities to enhance the capacity, notably, of leaders and operational staff in developing countries and LDCs, to apply ICTs effectively in the whole range of educational activities. This should include delivery of education outside the educational structure, such as the workplace and at home.
      11. Design specific training programmes in the use of ICTs in order to meet the educational needs of information professionals, such as archivists, librarians, museum professionals, scientists, teachers, journalists, postal workers and other relevant professional groups. Training of information professionals should focus not only on new methods and techniques for the development and provision of information and communication services, but also on relevant management skills to ensure the best use of technologies. Training of teachers should focus on the technical aspects of ICTs, on development of content, and on the potential possibilities and challenges of ICTs.
      12. Develop distance learning, training and other forms of education and training as part of capacity building programmes. Give special attention to developing countries and especially LDCs in different levels of human resources development.
      13. Promote international and regional cooperation in the field of capacity building, including country programmes developed by the United Nations and its Specialized Agencies.
      14. Launch pilot projects to design new forms of ICT-based networking, linking education, training and research institutions between and among developed and developing countries and countries with economies in transition.
      15. Volunteering, if conducted in harmony with national policies and local cultures, can be a valuable asset for raising human capacity to make productive use of ICT tools and build a more inclusive Information Society. Activate volunteer programmes to provide capacity building on ICT for development, particularly in developing countries.
      16. Design programmes to train users to develop self-learning and self-development capacities.
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    • E-health

      1. Promote collaborative efforts of governments, planners, health professionals, and other agencies along with the participation of international organizations for creating a reliable, timely, high quality and affordable health care and health information systems and for promoting continuous medical training, education, and research through the use of ICTs, while respecting and protecting citizens' right to privacy.
      2. Facilitate access to the world's medical knowledge and locally-relevant content resources for strengthening public health research and prevention programmes and promoting women's and men's health, such as content on sexual and reproductive health and sexually transmitted infections, and for diseases that attract full attention of the world including HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis.
      3. Alert, monitor and control the spread of communicable diseases, through the improvement of common information systems.
      4. Promote the development of international standards for the exchange of health data, taking due account of privacy concerns.
      5. Encourage the adoption of ICTs to improve and extend health care and health information systems to remote and underserved areas and vulnerable populations, recognising women's roles as health providers in their families and communities.
      6. Strengthen and expand ICT-based initiatives for providing medical and humanitarian assistance in disasters and emergencies.
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    • E-employment

      1. Encourage the development of best practices for e-workers and e-employers built, at the national level, on principles of fairness and gender equality, respecting all relevant international norms.
      2. Promote new ways of organizing work and business with the aim of raising productivity, growth and well-being through investment in ICTs and human resources.
      3. Promote teleworking to allow citizens, particularly in the developing countries, LDCs, and small economies, to live in their societies and work anywhere, and to increase employment opportunities for women, and for those with disabilities. In promoting teleworking, special attention should be given to strategies promoting job creation and the retention of the skilled working force.
      4. Promote early intervention programmes in science and technology that should target young girls to increase the number of women in ICT carriers.
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    • E-environment

      1. Governments, in cooperation with other stakeholders are encouraged to use and promote ICTs as an instrument for environmental protection and the sustainable use of natural resources.
      2. Government, civil society and the private sector are encouraged to initiate actions and implement projects and programmes for sustainable production and consumption and the environmentally safe disposal and recycling of discarded hardware and components used in ICTs.
      3. Establish monitoring systems, using ICTs, to forecast and monitor the impact of natural and man-made disasters, particularly in developing countries, LDCs and small economies.
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    • E-agriculture

      1. Ensure the systematic dissemination of information using ICTs on agriculture, animal husbandry, fisheries, forestry and food, in order to provide ready access to comprehensive, up-to-date and detailed knowledge and information, particularly in rural areas.
      2. Public-private partnerships should seek to maximize the use of ICTs as an instrument to improve production (quantity and quality).
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    • E-science

      1. Promote affordable and reliable high-speed Internet connection for all universities and research institutions to support their critical role in information and knowledge production, education and training, and to support the establishment of partnerships, cooperation and networking between these institutions.
      2. Promote electronic publishing, differential pricing and open access initiatives to make scientific information affordable and accessible in all countries on an equitable basis.
      3. Promote the use of peer-to-peer technology to share scientific knowledge and pre-prints and reprints written by scientific authors who have waived their right to payment.
      4. Promote the long-term systematic and efficient collection, dissemination and preservation of essential scientific digital data, for example, population and meteorological data in all countries.
      5. Promote principles and metadata standards to facilitate cooperation and effective use of collected scientific information and data as appropriate to conduct scientific research.
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  • C8. Cultural diversity and identity, linguistic diversity and local content

    Cultural and linguistic diversity, while stimulating respect for cultural identity, traditions and religions, is essential to the development of an Information Society based on the dialogue among cultures and regional and international cooperation. It is an important factor for sustainable development.

    1. Create policies that support the respect, preservation, promotion and enhancement of cultural and linguistic diversity and cultural heritage within the Information Society, as reflected in relevant agreed United Nations documents, including UNESCO's Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity. This includes encouraging governments to design cultural policies to promote the production of cultural, educational and scientific content and the development of local cultural industries suited to the linguistic and cultural context of the users.
    2. Develop national policies and laws to ensure that libraries, archives, museums and other cultural institutions can play their full role of content - including traditional knowledge - providers in the Information Society, more particularly by providing continued access to recorded information.
    3. Support efforts to develop and use ICTs for the preservation of natural and, cultural heritage, keeping it accessible as a living part of today's culture. This includes developing systems for ensuring continued access to archived digital information and multimedia content in digital repositories, and support archives, cultural collections and libraries as the memory of humankind.
    4. Develop and implement policies that preserve, affirm, respect and promote diversity of cultural expression and indigenous knowledge and traditions through the creation of varied information content and the use of different methods, including the digitization of the educational, scientific and cultural heritage.
    5. Support local content development, translation and adaptation, digital archives, and diverse forms of digital and traditional media by local authorities. These activities can also strengthen local and indigenous communities.
    6. Provide content that is relevant to the cultures and languages of individuals in the Information Society, through access to traditional and digital media services.
    7. Through public/private partnerships, foster the creation of varied local and national content, including that available in the language of users, and give recognition and support to ICT-based work in all artistic fields.
    8. Strengthen programmes focused on gender-sensitive curricula in formal and non-formal education for all and enhancing communication and media literacy for women with a view to building the capacity of girls and women to understand and to develop ICT content.
    9. Nurture the local capacity for the creation and distribution of software in local languages, as well as content that is relevant to different segments of population, including non-literate, persons with disabilities, disadvantaged and vulnerable groups especially in developing countries and countries with economies in transition.
    10. Give support to media based in local communities and support projects combining the use of traditional media and new technologies for their role in facilitating the use of local languages, for documenting and preserving local heritage, including landscape and biological diversity, and as a means to reach rural and isolated and nomadic communities.
    11. Enhance the capacity of indigenous peoples to develop content in their own languages.
    12. Cooperate with indigenous peoples and traditional communities to enable them to more effectively use and benefit from the use of their traditional knowledge in the Information Society.
    13. Exchange knowledge, experiences and best practices on policies and tools designed to promote cultural and linguistic diversity at regional and sub-regional levels. This can be achieved by establishing regional, and sub-regional working groups on specific issues of this Plan of Action to foster integration efforts.
    14. Assess at the regional level the contribution of ICT to cultural exchange and interaction, and based on the outcome of this assessment, design relevant programmes.
    15. Governments, through public/private partnerships, should promote technologies and R&D programmes in such areas as translation, iconographies, voice-assisted services and the development of necessary hardware and a variety of software models, including proprietary, open source software and free software, such as standard character sets, language codes, electronic dictionaries, terminology and thesauri, multilingual search engines, machine translation tools, internationalized domain names, content referencing as well as general and application software.
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  • C9. Media

    The media—in their various forms and with a diversity of ownership—as an actor, have an essential role in the development of the Information Society and are recognized as an important contributor to freedom of expression and plurality of information.

    1. Encourage the media - print and broadcast as well as new media - to continue to play an important role in the Information Society.
    2. Encourage the development of domestic legislation that guarantees the independence and plurality of the media.
    3. Take appropriate measures - consistent with freedom of expression - to combat illegal and harmful content in media content.
    4. Encourage media professionals in developed countries to establish partnerships and networks with the media in developing ones, especially in the field of training.
    5. Promote balanced and diverse portrayals of women and men by the media.
    6. Reduce international imbalances affecting the media, particularly as regards infrastructure, technical resources and the development of human skills, taking full advantage of ICT tools in this regard.
    7. Encourage traditional media to bridge the knowledge divide and to facilitate the flow of cultural content, particularly in rural areas.
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  • C10. Ethical dimensions of the Information Society

    The Information Society should be subject to universally held values and promote the common good and to prevent abusive uses of ICTs.

    1. Take steps to promote respect for peace and to uphold the fundamental values of freedom, equality, solidarity, tolerance, shared responsibility, and respect for nature.
    2. All stakeholders should increase their awareness of the ethical dimension of their use of ICTs.
    3. All actors in the Information Society should promote the common good, protect privacy and personal data and take appropriate actions and preventive measures, as determined by law, against abusive uses of ICTs such as illegal and other acts motivated by racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia, and related intolerance, hatred, violence, all forms of child abuse, including paedophilia and child pornography, and trafficking in, and exploitation of, human beings.
    4. Invite relevant stakeholders, especially the academia, to continue research on ethical dimensions of ICTs.
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  • C11. International and regional cooperation

    International cooperation among all stakeholders is vital in implementation of this plan of action and needs to be strengthened with a view to promoting universal access and bridging the digital divide, inter alia, by provision of means of implementation

    1. Governments of developing countries should raise the relative priority of ICT projects in requests for international cooperation and assistance on infrastructure development projects from developed countries and international financial organizations.
    2. Within the context of the UN's Global Compact and building upon the United Nations Millennium Declaration, build on and accelerate public-private partnerships, focusing on the use of ICT in development.
    3. Invite international and regional organizations to mainstream ICTs in their work programmes and to assist all levels of developing countries, to be involved in the preparation and implementation of national action plans to support the fulfilment of the goals indicated in the declaration of principles and in this Plan of Action, taking into account the importance of regional initiatives.
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Rules and Guidelines

Rules and guidelines for voting phase

The winners are selected based on the appreciation/voting of projects by WSIS stakeholders representing WSIS online network

  1. Only registered members of the WSIS Stocktaking Platform (STK) may vote for/appreciate a project
  2. STK Members are not allowed to vote for/appreciate their own project
  3. Votes/appreciations of all STK members are weighted equally
  4. Each STK member may only vote for/appreciate one project in each category
  5. The winner of each category will be the project that is voted for/appreciated the most by STK members
  6. WSIS Stocktaking reserves the right to use the entity (organization) details of all STK members taking part in the voting phase. Specifically, the entity name, country, and type.

Rules and guidelines for submission phase

  1. All projects must be submitted through the online questionnaire
  2. For each project submission only one category should be selected.
  3. WSIS Stakeholders may submit one project per category.
  4. All details requested in the questionnaire should be completed strictly respecting the type of stakeholder.
  5. The project description should not exceed 100 words. Projects that exceed this limit will not be accepted.
  6. The project description should contain the information about the goals, a short overview, results, challenges and next steps of the project. In order to support your answer, please use numbers and links.
  7. The project will be counted for the competition if the project description presents one activity and not a list of activities.
  8. The same project may not be submitted in more than one prize category.
  9. All projects submitted to this competition should cover work that is completed or at the end of a major phase in order to provide evidence of outcomes.
  10. The deadline for project submisison is 31st January 2012. The project submisison deadline should be strictly respected. Late submissions will not be accepted.
  11. Only projects submitted in English will be accepted.
  12. There will be no correspondence regarding the decision of online community.
  13. WSIS Stocktaking has the right to use the content of submitted projects according to its needs.

Submit your Project

The deadline for the submission of projects is 31st January 2012. The project submission deadline should be strictly respected. Late submissions will not be accepted. Only projects submitted in English through the online questionnaire will be accepted.

A snapshot of the online questionnaire is available herepdfLogo. The submission phase is now over.

Submitted projects should show success in the following areas:

  • Impact on the development of the Information Society
  • measurable input to achieve WSIS targets
  • ability to be replicated

Vote for Project

The voting phase is now complete.

The deadline for completing your votes was 10 April 2012.

Prize Ceremony

The Prize Ceremony was held on 14 May 2012 during the WSIS Forum 2012, in Geneva, Switzerland.

ITU Secretary-General Dr. Hamadoun Touré announced the winners of 18 WSIS Project Prizes, as part of the Opening Ceremony of the WSIS Forum 2012 event, which took place in Geneva (14-18 May).

The prizes, which are being awarded for the first time this year, recognize excellence in the implementation of projects and initiatives which further the goals of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) in improving connectivity to information and communication technologies (ICTs) in line with the 11 Action Lines laid out in WSIS outcome documents agreed at the UN World Summit on the Information Society.

More than 170 projects from 50 countries were nominated. Submissions, which were subject to a stringent multi-phase evaluation, came from governments, international organizations, civil society, the private sector and individuals, reflecting the multi-stakeholder nature of the WSIS process.

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The winners of WSIS Project Prizes 2012 are:

  • The Association for Progressive Communications (South Africa/international) with the project Global Information Society Watch (GISWatch) in category C1: The role of public governance authorities and all stakeholders in the promotion of ICTs for development
  • The National Information Center (Sudan) with the project Sudanese Internet Exchange Point in category C2: Information and communication infrastructure
  • Computers to Educate (Colombia) with the project Computers to Educate in category C3: Access to information and knowledge
  • The Ministry of Administration and Digitization (Poland) with the project Lighthouse Keepers in category C4: Capacity building
  • Odessa National Academia of Telecommunications N.A. Popov (Ukraine) with the project Building a Safer Internet for Educational Institutions in category C5: Building confidence and security in the use of ICTs
  • Rural Technology and Business Incubator (India) with the project Rural Technology and Business Incubator in category C6: Enabling environment
  • Network for Information & Computer Technology (India) with the project Samadhan in category C7: ICT applications - e-Government
  • The Ministry of Commerce and Industry (Oman) with the project One Stop Shop Business eServices in category C7: ICT applications - e-Business
  • The Ministry of Education (Saudi Arabia) with the project Noor Program in category C7: ICT applications - e-Learning
  • Cognizant Technology Solutions (USA/India) with the project Ruhanga – RealTime Remote Health Monitoring in category C7: ICT applications - e-Health
  • The Human Resources Development Fund (Saudi Arabia) with the project National Unemployment Assistance Program in category C7: ICT applications: e-Employment
  • ICVolunteers (Switzerland) with the project Green Voice in category C7: ICT applications - e-Environment
  • e-Agriculture Community (Food & Agriculture Organization), with the project e-Agriculture Community in category C7: ICT applications - e-Agriculture
  • University of La Punta (Argentina) with the project Automatic Meteorological Stations Network in category C7: ICT applications: e-Science
  • Telecentre.org Foundation (Philippines) with the project Telecentre.org Community Learning Programme in category C8: Cultural diversity and identity, linguistic diversity and local content
  • Video Volunteers (India) with the project Building A Community Newswire Service in category C9: Media
  • The Ministry of Information Society and Telecommunications (Montenegro) with the project Promotion of the Information Society Among People with Disabilities in category C10: Ethical dimensions of the Information Society
  • The Information Technology Organization of Iran (ITO) and Iran University of Science and Technology (Islamic Republic of Iran) with the project WSIS Cooperation: Research Study and Preparation of International Strategic Documents for the Information Society in category C11: International and regional cooperation.

The project descriptions of winners are highlighted in the 2012 edition of the WSIS Stocktaking Report on Success Stories.

The ceremony was followed by a day-long series of presentation sessions on project implementation by managers from the winning organizations that were invited to showcase their projects to the public by focusing on the impact of their projects for the development of the Information Society and achieving WSIS targets:

In case you would like to contact the winners, please kindly contact WSIS secretariat at wsis-stocktaking@itu.intthat could put you in touch.

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