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World Summit on the Information Society
Preparatory Committee 17-28 February

Press Conference to include Information Society Visionaries

Geneva, 14 February 2003 — The dramatic development of information and communication technologies (ICTs) has revolutionized the way people work, interact and conduct their daily lives. It has transformed the global economy and heralded a new and dynamic information society. However, it has also created a world of information ‘haves’ and ‘have nots’.

The second meeting of the Preparatory Committee for the World Summit on the Information Society (Geneva 10-12 December 2003 and Tunisia in 2005), will begin consideration of a draft Declaration of Principles and Action Plan to bridge the ‘digital divide’. It will be submitted for the approval of Heads of State attending the Summit.

A number of workshops, panels and sessions will be held during the first week of the Preparatory Committee meeting. These discussions will focus on critical issues to the development of an information society for all. The topics include:

  • Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) and Security
  • ICT applications and services
  • Access to knowledge, including cultural and linguistic diversity
  • The role of the different stakeholders (including media) in the information society
  • The needs of special groups
  • ICT infrastructure and financing

For a complete agenda and additional information about the Committee,  please click here.

Press conference - Monday, 17 February 2003 in Room 15 of the CICG at 14h00 15h30.

Participants in the Press Conference will include:

14h00 14h30

  • Mr Yoshio Utsumi, Secretary General, ITU
  • Mr Adama Samassekou, President of the WSIS Preparatory Committee

14h30 15h00

  • Prof. Lawrence Lessig, Stanford University, author of books such as "Future of Ideas" and "Code and other Laws of Cyperspace".
  • Dr. Jacques Attali, Writer and President of PlaNet Finance.
  • Maria Livanos Cattaui, Secretary-General of the International Chamber of Commerce

15h00 15h30

  • Civil Society participants
  • Following the press conference, the participants will join a 'visionaries' panel on the Future of the Information Society. The panel will be moderated by Maria Livanos Cattaui.

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