On this second day of the 10-year Review of the World Summit on the Information Society (a.k.a “WSIS+10”) at the United Nations Headquarters in New York our focus is on the main plenary session where our President and CEO, Kathy Brown, will be one of only 10 speakers from non-governmental organizations (NGOs), civil society and industry to address the UN General Assembly (UNGA). Here’s what the day looks like:
Our Schedule Today
At some point today, Kathy will be addressing the UNGA. We don’t know precisely when, though. She is the 82nd speaker on the list of speakers and we anticipate it will be sometime between 3 and 4 pm New York time (UTC-5). You can watch all of the sessions on “UN Web TV” at:
We’ll send out tweets and other social media updates when we are closer to the time of Kathy’s speech.
In the morning, from 11:00 – 12:30, Constance Bommelaer will be participating in and speaking at a side event, “Presentation of GIP Digital Watch: A practical tool for navigating the complex field of digital policy ” that will outline the GIP Digital Watch platform in which we are one of the partners.
During the middle of the day we are one of the main organizers of one of the side events (see the official list) from 13:15 – 14:30:
- Collaboration for Access and Connectivity in Developing Countries – The best routes of the past and the best practices for the future
– UNHQ Conference Room 12 – Raul Echeberria will be speaking
YOU ARE WELCOME TO WATCH REMOTELY as this event will be streamed via the UN’s live video stream.
It will involve these participants:
- Moderator: H.E. Andrej Logar, Permanent Representative of Slovenia to the United Nations and Chair of the Second Committee of the UN General Assembly
- African Network Information Center (AFRINIC)
- Anja Kovacs, Director of the Internet Democracy Project
- Jose Cruz-Osorio, Team Leader, Responsive and Accountable Institutions, Governance and Peacebuilding Group, Bureau of Policy and Programme Support, UNDP
- Salam Yamout , Board Member, RIPE NCC
- Carlos Afonso, Member of the Brazilian Internet Steering Committee
- Raul Echeberria, Vice President of Global Engagement, ISOC
- Dominique Lazanski, Director of Public Policy, GSMA
- Adiel Akplogan, Vice President of Technical Engagement, ICANN
More information about the event can be found on the side event page.
Any events streamed are also typically recorded for later viewing.
Also during the day a couple of us will be monitoring a meeting happening simultaneously with WSIS+10 of the UN Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED) with the lengthy title of “Preventing Terrorists from Exploiting the Internet and Social Media to Recruit Terrorists and Incite Terrorist Acts, While Respecting Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms“.
As the agenda notes, the first session of that meeting is on “Current threats posed by the use of the Internet and social media for terrorist purposes” – a topic certainly of interest to many.
Events on Tuesday
There was obviously a great amount of activity yesterday here at the UN (as I noted in our Day 1 post). The GIP Digital Watch have nicely summarized the activities in:
Several other links to note:
- An opinion column from Kathy Brown was published on USA Today: “Protect global Internet of opportunity“.
- Kathy Brown was interviewed on Bloomberg TV about “Who Controls The Future of the Internet?”
- We are posting video segments and video interviews to our Internet Society Livestream channel.
- Constance Bommelaer and Nicolas Chagny published an article in French about WSIS+10.
We will be continuing to post other updates and posts throughout the event.
Please watch our main WSIS page for more information and updates.
Following Along Today
If you would like to follow along as the WSIS+10 events unfold today, you can, as noted above, watch the UN’s live video stream.
You are of course invited to follow us at @InternetSociety on Twitter and other social networks if you are not already doing so. We’ll be sharing out our views, images and other materials as the day goes on.
I would also suggest visiting our main WSIS page where we have background information, documents, reports and other content that will help you understand what is happening this week in New York.
If you are at the WSIS+10 event, please do find one of us and say hello!