In 2003 at Geneva, delegates from 175 countries took part in the first phase of WSIS where they adopted a Declaration of Principles. This is a road map for achieving an information society accessible to all and based on shared knowledge. A Plan of Action sets out a goal of bringing 50 percent of the world’s population online by 2015. It does not spell out any specifics of how this might be achieved. The Geneva summit also left unresolved more controversial issues, including the question of Internet governance and funding.
When the 2003 summit failed to agree on the future of Internet governance, the Working Group on Internet Governance(W.G.I.G) was formed to come up with ideas on how to progress.
Civil Society delegates from NGOs produced a document called “Shaping Information Societies for Human Needs” that brought together a wide range of issues under a human rights and communication rights umbrella.
According to the Geneva Plan of Action the WSIS Action Lines are as follows:
- The role of public governance authorities and all stakeholders in the promotion of ICTs for development
- Information and communication infrastructure
- Access to information and knowledge
- Capacity building
- Building confidence and security in the use of ICTs Enabling environment
- ICT Applications:
- Cultural diversity and identity, linguistc diversity and local content
- Ethical dimensions of the Information Society
- International and regional cooperation
community information society and development (N.P.O) was formed as a results of delivery these programmes for local communities and civil society and community in general.The World Summit on the Information Society (W.S.I.S) was a unique two-phase United Nations (UN) summit that began with the goal of achieving a shared commitment to building a people-centered , inclusive and development-oriented Information Society where everyone can create and share information