The World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Forum 2017 will be held on 12-16 June 2017, in Geneva, Switzerland.
The annual WSIS Forum is a global multistakeholder platform facilitating the implementation of the WSIS Action Lines for advancing sustainable development. The Forum is co-organised by ITU, UNESCO, UNDP, and UNCTAD, in close collaboration with all WSIS Action Line co-/facilitators and other UN organizations (UNDESA, FAO, UNEP, WHO, UN Women, WIPO, WFP, ILO, WMO, ITC, UPU, UNODC, UNICEF, and UN Regional Commissions). It provides an opportunity for information exchange, knowledge creation and sharing of best practices, while identifying emerging trends and fostering partnerships, taking into account the evolving Information and Knowledge Societies.
The Forum will serve as a platform for discussions on the role of information and communications technologies (ICTs) as a means of implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals and targets, with due regard to the global mechanism for follow-up and review of the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
The one week long event will include more than 150 sessions tackling a wide range of issues, from access and digital divide, to cybersecurity and privacy, and from the Internet of Things and artificial intelligence, to multilingualism and cultural diversity. There will also be a High-Level Track which will include interactive policy dialigue, a ministerial round table, and a high-level networking programme.
For more information, visit the Forum website.
The Geneva Internet Platform reported from WSIS Forum 2017. The GIP's just-in-time reporting initiative was supported by ICANN and the Internet Society. The GIP is an initiative supported by the Swiss authorities and operated by DiploFoundation.
[Update] The Summary Report is now available.
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09:00 - 10:45 How Technology Empowers Refugees
11:00 - 13:00 The Economics of Cybersecurity
11:00 - 13:00 International Organizations and Open Access
11:00 - 13:00 Cybersecurity and Managers: Opportunities & Challenges
11:00 - 13:00 Capacity Building in Underserved Regions
13:15 - 14:00 Impact on Society Through Digital Innovation
13:15 - 14:00 Students eAwareness and School's eSafety
14:30 - 16:15 Public Open Data and E-Governance for Local Government
16:30 - 18:15 Rights, Governance, Protocols, and Standards
14:30 - 15:15 Moderated High - Level Policy Session 2
14:30 - 15:15 Moderated High - Level Policy Session 1
15:15 - 16:00 Moderated High - Level Policy Session 4
15:15 - 16:00 Moderated High - Level Policy Session 3
16:00 - 16:45 Moderated High - Level Policy Session 5
16:00 - 16:45 Moderated High-Level Policy Session 6
16:45 - 17:30 Moderated High-Level Policy Session 8
16:45 - 17:30 Moderated High-Level Policy Session 7
09:00 - 10:00 Moderated High-Level Policy Session 10
09:00 - 10:00 Moderated High-Level Policy Session 9
10:00 - 11:00 Moderated High-Level Policy Session 12
10:00 - 11:00 Moderated High-Level Policy Session 11
11:00 - 12:00 Moderated High-Level Policy Session 14
11:00 - 12:00 Moderated High-Level Policy Session 13
15:00 - 16:30 Digital Skills for Decent Jobs for Youth
16:30 - 18:00 High-Level Policy Statements: Concluding Session
09:00 - 10:45 Ethical Dimensions of ICTs
09:00 - 10:45 Capacity Building Programmes at ICANN and Elsewhere
11:00 - 13:00 Artificial Intelligence for Good
11:00 - 13:00 Investment and the Digital Economy
13:15 - 14:00 Digital Financial Inclusion
13:15 - 14:00 IGF Information Session
14:30 - 16:15 AL C7. E Health: ICT for Universal Health Coverage (UHC)
14:30 - 16:15 Action Line C5. Measuring Cybersecurity
14:30 - 16:15 Towards African Digital Revolution
14:30 - 16:15 Building ICT innovation capacity
16:30 - 18:15 Cybersecurity in the Age of Artificial Intelligence
09:00 - 10:45 G-STIC: Fostering Technological Solutions for the SDGs
09:00 - 10:45 WSIS Stocktaking and WSIS Prizes
09:00 - 10:45 Local Connectivity Solutions for the Unconnected
11:00 - 12:45 Addressing the Global e-waste Challenge
11:00 - 12:45 Future and Emerging Technologies - Quantum Computing
11:00 - 12:45 Reclaiming ICTs for Development
11:00 - 12:45 Local Content and Broadband Access
11:00 - 12:45 Getting the Jump on Big Data and IOT for SDGs
12:45 - 14:00 Challenges and Opportunities for Journalism Online
12:45 - 14:00 BUN: Bluemix for the UN Ecosystem
16:00 - 17:00 Closing Ceremony