Briefing Papers towards Tunis

[Research papers]

During the first phase of the WSIS in Geneva no clear response could be reached on topics such as the future of Internet governance and the funding for ICT development in Southern countries. Nor have the documents approved in Geneva resolved conflictive issues such as those pertaining to "intellectual property rights". In parallel to the WSIS process other UN agencies and special groups are focusing on the role of ICT in global developmental issues such as poverty reduction, development and education. The discussion around information and communication issues has been launched at large, then, exceeding the WSIS process and deeply involving civil society organizations, multilateral organizations, governments and the private sector in it.

Independently of the outcomes of the WSIS - and its success or failure, it is essential that decision-makers and the civil society organizations that are able to have an active role in these discussions (in all and any fora in which they are presented, including WSIS, but also current processes at WIPO, UNESCO, IFIs and the WTO) have timely and appropriate information and analysis about the issues at stake, their impact and the possible alternatives.

In this context, this project aims at: 1) Involving Southern civil society in debates on the issues on the agenda at the summit and to give visibility to their opinions so that they may be taken into account in policy-making; 2) Assisting government delegates from the South on their positions that may be favourable to the regional interests and defend them in their general negotiations; 3) Making use of research results in other instances where the issues studied under this project may help in the consideration of the civil society organisations' contributions to the on-going process of construction of the Information Society; 4) Publishing briefing papers on the research results of key issues for the World Summit in Tunis, 2005.

These briefing papers and links to the research papers they are based on, are available below.

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In-depth reports
Detailed reports on key issues
Towards an information society coordinated at a multi-sectoral level and actively incorporated into development agendas.
Promoting digital inclusion, social equity and local development through mutual learning and exchange.
ICTD within the framework of the MDGs
Would MDGs be better achieved through ICTs? How do they fit into Southern development agendas?
The right to communicate
A foundation stone in the construction of the information society.
Software: Patents and copyrights
Promoted by large corporations, software patents slow down development in the South.
Media diversity under threat
Concentration of media property by large corporations is an obstacle for freedom of expression.
World Summit on the Information Society - WSIS
An opportunity to build an equitable information society.

Financing a sustainable information society

Political economy of the information society: A Southern view

A systemic vision for financing the information society as a global public good

Proposed strategies for the information society in the South

Community ownership of ICTs: New possibilities for poor communities

Financing universal access

The information society global governance processes

The cultural diversity debate in current multilateral processes

A global Internet governance forum: The view from Brazil

Intellectual property and the WIPO "Development Agenda"

Pursuing development goals through ICTs: Making ICTs work for the poor

Risks and opportunities for access to knowledge

Regional perspectives

The information and knowledge society in LAC: Different approaches and their implications for policies

Progress and issues in financing ICTD in Africa

Fostering local resources and technologies in the South: Perspectives for the Arab world

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