The World Summit for the Information Society (WSIS) has finally arrived!
After four years of preparatory discussion and debate, the event will officially commence on Wednesday, 16 November.
Hosted by Tunisia, WSIS was initially focused on the imperative for the world to bridge the "digital divide and place the MDGs on the ICT-accelerated speedway to achievement."
Unfortunately, much of the initial noble intention has been diluted by the various political interests at play over the actual "ownership" of the Internet. Specifically, these relate to the U.S. government which "does not intend to give up control of either the Internet root servers or of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) and its name assignment functions."
The reality on the ground is that, while these technical debates are being unravelled, recent statistics from the WSIS website indicate that "around one billion people worldwide – still lack connection to any kind of information and communication technology."
Read a more detailed account of the issues and concerns facing WSIS on the Information Today website .