GLOBAL INFORMATION SOCIETY WATCH is the first in a series of yearly reports covering the state of the information society from the perspectives of civil society and stakeholders in the global South. GLOBAL INFORMATION SOCIETY WATCH has three interrelated goals:
- survey the state of the field of ICT policy at the local and global levels
- encourage critical debate, and
- strengthen networking and advocacy for a just, inclusive information society.
The report discusses the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) process and a range of international institutions, regulatory agencies and monitoring instruments. It also includes a collection of country reports which examine issues of access and participation within a variety of national contexts.
Each year, the report will focus on a particular theme. In 2007 GLOBAL INFORMATION SOCIETY WATCH focuses on participation. GLOBAL INFORMATION SOCIETY WATCH is a joint initiative of the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) and the Third World Institute (ITeM), and follows up on our long-term interest in the impact of civil society on governance processes and our efforts to enhance public participation in national and international forums.