Trylon Communications  - December 2005

World Summit Conclusions

The United Nations' recent World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), held in Tunisia, marked a new stage of global cooperation in the age of the digital revolution. The Summit demonstrated a firm international consensus for increased cooperation and coordination to advance the digital revolution and to overcome the "digital divide" between rich and poor nations.

Approximately 20,000 participants, representing 174 countries and more than 800 private sector businesses, decided to maintain the current Internet governance structure, rejecting proposals for creating a new international body to oversee and regulate the Internet.

“The outcome means that more than a billion Internet users can have confidence in the ongoing stability and security of the Internet’s core infrastructure and workings,” said Paul Twomey, president and CEO of the U.S.-based ICANN (the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers).

"In a very real sense, WSIS is about making the best use of a new opportunity and a new tool," said Yoshio Utsumi, secretary-general of both the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) and WSIS. "WSIS reinforces the value of global dialogue and cooperation to address emerging issues in the 21st Century. The information society can be a win-win situation for all, provided that we take the right actions."

The official U.S. line, voiced by John Marburger, director, Office of Science and Technology Policy; Executive Office of the President, was: “Consistent with market-based policies and the belief that private sector leadership has allowed this medium the flexibility to innovate and evolve, the United States is committed to the continued growth and diffusion of the Internet and the variety of applications it supports.”

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