Abstract - The Information Society 20(3)

The World Summit on the Information Society & Civil Society Participation

Audrey Selian

This paper offers a descriptive analysis of the United Nation’s World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) and the involvement of civil society organizations in it. Theoretical and empirical literature on global civil society, a “third sector” distinct from government and business, makes it clear that its changing role in international governance processes raises important political issues. This paper examines what WSIS tells us about how this dynamic is playing out in communication and information policy.

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