Since the beginning of the Choike portal, we have covered the issues related to communication, media and information and communication technologies (ICTs), particularly following the process around the World Summit for the Information Society (WSIS) that began in 2003 and ended in 2005. Civil society organizations have been involved in the whole process trying to bring to the agenda issues such as the digital divide between the North and the South, internet governance, the impact of intellectual property rights and the right to freedom of expression, among others.

To support well informed decision-making during the summit and beyond from a civil society perspective, Choike developed the project WSIS papers that offers a collection of research papers and briefing papers that were then compiled in the book Information Society for the South: Vision or Hallucination, 2005.

Together with the Association for Progressive Communications (APC), the Third World Institute (ITeM) also developed the Global Information Society Watch project that consists of a series of yearly reports covering the state of the information society from the perspectives of civil society and stakeholders in the global South.

In addition, you will find below a collection of in-depth reports on other issues including media diversity, the right to communicate, cybercrime and human rights, access to knowledge, intellectual property rights, Telecentres and much more. Also find below a directory of organizations working on the issue, campaigns and news.

Information Society for the South: Vision or Hallucination

See an on-line version of the book available for download by chapters or order a hard copy sending an email to

Global Information Society Watch
See the web site of the project featuring the Global Information Society Watch 2007 report - the first in a series of annual reports- that looks at state of the field of information and communication technology (ICT) policy at local and global levels and particularly how policy impacts on the lives of people living in developing countries.
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World Summit on the Information Society - WSIS

World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) process

Internet governance

Internet governance



Rural access to ICTs

Rural access to ICTs

Universal Access Funds

Universal Access Funds

Trade agreements and ICTs

WTO trade agreements and ICTs

Cultural diversity

UNESCO Convention on Cultural Diversity


Software: Patents and copyrights

Media diversity

Media diversity under threat



ICTs and MDGs

ICTD within the framework of the MDGs

ICTs in Africa

The challenge of developing ICTs in Africa


"Cybercrime" and human rights

Access to Knowledge (A2K)

Access to knowledge

The right to communicate

The right to communicate

Other useful information

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