WSIS Forum 2017



Geneva, Switzerland
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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.

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Session reports

Monday, 12 Jun

09:00 - 10:45 Connectivity, Meaningful Access and Inclusive Growth in Developing Countries

09:00 - 10:45 Using ICTs to Support Development Opportunities by Building an Online Brand Presence for Small and Emerging Businesses

09:00 - 10:45 Action Line C7. E-environment: Environment, an Important Pillar to Building a Sustainable Future

09:00 - 10:45 The Digital Transformation of Learning, Education and Training and the SDGs

09:00 - 10:45 Mapping and Data Collection to Enable Internet Connectivity at Schools

09:00 - 10:45 Inclusive ICTs for Disaster and Emergency Preparedness for Persons with Disabilities and those with Specific Needs

09:00 - 10:45 How Technology Empowers Refugees

09:00 - 10:45 WePROTECT Global Alliance : Multi-Stakeholder Action to Stop Online Child Sexual Exploitation

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

11:00 - 13:00 Action Line C7. E-business: E-commerce for Inclusive Trade and Sustainable Development

13:15 - 14:00 Impact on Society Through Digital Innovation

13:15 - 14:00 From Sustainable Development Goals SDGs, to Unleashing 21st Century Global Goals Potentials, Part I

13:15 - 14:00 Elaborating the ITU Strategic Plan for 2020-2023: An Invitation to Be Part of an Open, Transparent and Inclusive Process

13:15 - 14:00 The Woman in the Information Society and the Ethics of the Information Society

13:15 - 14:00 The Producer/Consumer (Prosumer) Movement and ICT for Poverty Reduction

13:15 - 14:00 Students eAwareness and School's eSafety

13:15 - 14:00 Cyberlaw, Cyber Security Law, Internet of Things and Emerging Global Trends

13:15 - 14:00 Information Session: IGFSA's Role in Promoting National and Regional IGF Initiatives

14:30 - 16:15 The Internet Social Forum: the Internet Needs Social Justice Movements

14:30 - 16:15 Data Needs for Knowledge Societies: Defining Data Skills for International Organisations

14:30 - 16:15 Public Open Data and E-Governance for Local Government

14:30 - 16:15 Action line C-10: Ethical and Legal Implications of Darknet

14:30 - 16:15 Multilingualism: Enabling Access to the Knowledge Society

14:30 - 16:15 From Sustainable Development Goals SDGs, to Unleashing 21st Century Global Goals Potentials, Part II

14:30 - 16:15 From Policy to Start-ups: Guiding Innovation Dynamics - Part I

14:30 - 16:15 E-Services in Saudi Arabia Success Story-Factors and Enablers

16:30 - 18:15 Languages of the World: Digital Networks and ICT Tools for Inclusion, Education, and Content Creation

16:30 - 18:15 Inclusive Business Models for ICT Companies in Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals

16:30 - 18:15 From Policy to Start-ups: Guiding Innovation Dynamics - Part II

16:30 - 18:15 The Contribution of Electronic Trade (E-commerce) Platforms to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

16:30 - 18:15 E-Science and Sustainable Development in the Information and Knowledge Societies

16:30 - 18:15 Targeting SDG Goal 9: Identifying Development Gaps to Infrastructure Placement and Search for Opportunities

16:30 - 18:15 Data Localization and Barriers to Cross-Border Data Flows

16:30 - 18:15 Rights, Governance, Protocols, and Standards

Tuesday, 13 Jun
Wednesday, 14 Jun
Thursday, 15 Jun

09:00 - 10:45 Action Line C3. E-learning: Is Software the Key to Access to Knowledge in the Digital Age?

09:00 - 10:45 Joining Forces for a #SystemTransformation – ICT for the SDG

09:00 - 10:45 Action Line C1, C11: The Role of Private Sector in Mobilizing ICTs for SDGs

09:00 - 10:45 Ethical Dimensions of ICTs

09:00 - 10:45 Capacity Building Programmes at ICANN and Elsewhere

09:00 - 10:45 Africa and the Digital Economy: Benefits, Losses and Strategies

09:00 - 10:45 Action Line C7: E-agriculture -Democratizing Digital Innovation in Agriculture

09:00 - 10:45 Responding to Cyber Threats: Establishing an Effective Computer Incident Response Team

11:00 - 13:00 Artificial Intelligence for Good

11:00 - 13:00 Action Line C7. E-government: Eradicating Poverty and Promoting Prosperity through Digital Government

11:00 - 13:00 Action Line C7. E-science: Context of Big Data and Analytics for Knowledge Societies

11:00 - 13:00 Innovation in ICT Technologies, Broadband, Smart Cities and Manufacturing for Sustainable Development Goals

11:00 - 13:00 Action Line C6. Enabling Environment- The Regulatory Wheel of Fire: Collaborative Regulation to Leverage ICTs for SDGs

11:00 - 13:00 Investment and the Digital Economy

11:00 - 13:00 Action Line C4. Capacity Building: Building Capacity to Leverage eAgriculture Applications

11:00 - 13:00 Innovating Together: How to Utilize ICT for Achieving SDGs?

11:00 - 13:00 How Technology is Being Used to Accelerate Girls’ Inclusion and Access to Education

13:15 - 14:00 Digital Financial Inclusion

13:15 - 14:00 National Cybersecurity Strategies: Advanced Text Analytics

13:15 - 14:00 Regional Engagement in Internet Governance: Discussing Multistakeholder Partnerships for Participation

13:15 - 14:00 IGF Information Session

13:15 - 14:00 Going Beyond Multi-Stakeholderism and Multilateralism: China’s Perspectives to Internet Governance and Future Developments

13:15 - 14:00 From Digital Inclusion to Online Safety: The Role of the Global Multistakeholder Partnerships

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 Action Line C9. Media: Strengthening Privacy, Encryption and Source Protection for Media Freedom and Internet Development

14:30 - 16:15 Towards African Digital Revolution

14:30 - 16:15 Action Line C7. E-learning. Theme: Open Educational Resources to achieve Quality Education for all (SDG4)

14:30 - 16:15 ICT-driven Innovation and Its Impact on Smart Governance and Finance Management Systems Arctel and UNU

14:30 - 16:15 Enhancing the Internet Economy of Small Island Development States (SIDS) - A Caribbean View

14:30 - 16:15 Building ICT innovation capacity

16:30 - 18:15 Improve Living Conditions for All Through ICTs – Smart Future For all China

16:30 - 18:15 Cybersecurity in the Age of Artificial Intelligence

16:30 - 18:15 Action Line C2. Information and Communication Infrastructure: Building the Foundation for an Inclusive Information Society

16:30 - 18:15 Women Engineers & Scientists in the Digital Economy and Industry 4.0

16:30 - 18:15 Network for Digital Development – Advancing a Global Action Agenda

Friday, 16 Jun
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