[Privsec] WSIS Copenhagen Conference recommendations
bendrath at zedat.fu-berlin.de
Wed Apr 5 15:55:08 BST 2006
They nicely incorporated our proposal for a Global Privacy Forum, and on
top of that now ask for a UN Rapporteur on Privacy. :-)
See under workshop 3.
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Subject: [WSIS CS-Plenary] Copenhagen Conference recommendations
Date: Wed, 5 Apr 2006 15:25:33 +0200
From: Jane Johnsen <jane at una.dk>
Reply-To: plenary at wsis-cs.org
To: <plenary at wsis-cs.org>
I have attached and inserted below, a short report and compilation of
recommendations from the Copenhagen conference "Where to go from Tunis".
You can also find more information at: www.una.dk/wsis
I aplogise for the delay in sending this out.
Jane Finnerup Johnsen
FN-forbundet/Danish UN Association
Midtermolen 3 st. th.
DK-2100 Copenhagen Ø
Tel.+45 35467375 (direct)
e-mail:jane at una.dk
Copenhagen Conference on
*”Where to go from Tunis?”*
- */Implementation of and follow-up to the World Summit on the
Information Society (WSIS) and the role of Civil Society in this process/*
On February 21st and 22nd the Danish network on WSIS and the WFUNA Task
Force on WSIS hosted the international conference “Where to go from
Tunis” in Copenhagen. The focus of the conference was to follow up on
the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), which concluded on
November 18th 2005 with an agreement among world leaders on ambitious
objectives and promises for the future Information Society. The
Copenhagen conference specifically focused on evaluating the results of
the WSIS process and taking stock of what impact the Tunis Agenda for
the Information Society can have on global development in general, and
more specifically on the future of the Information Society, particularly
from a civil society perspective.
The conference presented keynote speeches and workshops focused on four
concrete issues and approaches:
1. /National ICT strategies /
2. /Local access to ICT /
3. /Human Rights and ICT /
4. /International follow-up mechanisms to the WSIS process – with
special focus on the Internet Governance Forum and the ECOSOC
Commission on Science and Technology /
*Key conclusions from keynoters and workshops included: *
* All countries should create a national ICT strategy consistent with the
WSIS Declaration and Plan of Action.
* Public-private partnerships in ICT should be subject to the public
interest regulation and spectrum should be considered a public good.
* In addition, the the Internet Governance Forum is to conduct an
investigation on models of transparent and public interest investment in
and governance of international data backbone
* The Committee on Science, Technology and Development's (CSTD)
composition, work program and reform process should be fully transparent
and include all stakeholders
* The Internet Governance Forum should allow for the bottom-up creation of
working groups on any relevant topic of interest to participants.
The full set of recommendations from the four workshops are presented
below. Because of coinciding views and interests, workshops 1 and 2
chose to collaborate and write a joint set of recommendations.
*Recommendations from Workshop 1 and 2: National ICT Strategies and
Local Access to ICT*
1. All countries should create a national ICT strategy consistent
with the WSIS Declaration and Plan of Action.
2. Civil Society should ensure that the WSIS Civil Society
Declarations are implemented locally and nationally.
3. National and regional strategies should address infrastructure
and content separately and in sequence.
4. Partnerships between the private sector, civil society, local
government, academia, libraries and research organizations should be
promoted at all levels to provide local access and content.
5. It is the responsibility of governments to ensure that a
monitoring multistakeholder engine is established.
6. Public-private partnerships for ICT development should be
subject to public interest regulation.
7. Spectrum should be considered a public good.
8. The Internet Governance Forum should conduct an investigation
on models of transparent and public interest investments in and
governance of international data backbone.
9. Regulators should have the capacity to work independently and
*Recommendations from Workshop 3: Human Rights and ICT
1. A special effort should be put on learning about Human Rights in the
information society starting in primary school, and special efforts should
target the general public.
2. A special UN Rapporteur on Privacy should be appointed.
3. A study should be conducted on how current legislation on digital
rights, market dominance, and digital rights management (DRM) technology
prevents the exercise of the right to education including fair use and an
extended public domain of knowledge.
4. Internet Governance mechanisms must be tested for compliance with Human
Rights, democracy and the rule of law.
5. A global privacy forum working towards international data
protection/privacy legislation should be appointed.
6. An independent commissioner on the information society and Human Rights
should be appointed to monitor practices and policies related to ICT
*Recommendations from Workshop 4: International Follow-up Mechanisms*
/The group recommends that, in relation to their follow-up and
implementation efforts, Civil Society actors that were involved in WSIS
* Inform the Civil Society plenary list about their status, priorities and
* Undertake consultations on the possible need for coordination on
procedural and substantive issues;
* Enhance their outreach efforts to engage a broader range of civil
society actors* *
/In accordance with the WSIS principles and Tunis Agenda:/
* The Commission on Science and Technology for Development's (CSTD)
composition, work program and reform process be fully multi-stakeholder
* That all international organizations designated as lead facilitators or
moderators conduct their work in an open and transparent manner allowing
for the full involvement of all stakeholders on an equal footing.
* That the Internet Governance Forum gives priority to promoting and
assessing, on an ongoing basis, the embodiment of WSIS principles in all
Internet governance processes.
/Forum Specific:// /
* The Internet Governance Forum (IGF) should allow for the bottom-up
creation of working groups on any relevant topic of interest to participants.
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