WSIS World Summit on
Information Society

BACKGROUND

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The Infopoverty seminars are focused on the feasibility of global connectivity and on its effects on social and economic development worldwide.

 

The following guidelines have come to light after a thorough analysis and numerous discussions with leading representatives from the European Commission, the World Bank, FAO, UNESCO, ITU, UNDP, IFAD, Department of Education USA, Università Cattolica, Politecnico and the University of Oklahoma, Telespazio, Telbios, IBM, Microsoft, Siemens, T-Systems, Google, and from the governments of Italy, Fiji, Bhutan, Senegal, Kenya, Madagascar, Dominican Republic, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Peru, Honduras, etc.

These contributions constitute the necessary introduction to the Infopoverty Programme, whose main objective is to give concreteness to what is included in the WSIS Plan of Action, which aims at providing global connectivity and activating  sustainable forms of development through the use of ICTs.
 

OCCAM organized and managed the WSIS TV space, the official Television of the World Summit on the Information Society, in more than 200 squared meters next to the Plenary Hall. Thanks to the presence of BBC journalists and specialized technicians from the Navajo Nation, interviews with protagonists, Heads of Government and State were shot and then broadcast worldwide by the main accredited television covering the Summit.

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Among the main events of the WSIS in Tunis, OCCAM organized the Infopoverty Seminar, that was held on November 16th, 2005, enjoying the participation of the Minister of Telecommunications of Madagascar, the President of Navajo Nation, and prestigious representatives from the Governments of Tunisia, Congo, Tanzania, Dominican Republic, Morocco, Romania, Peru and Senegal.