The World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Forum 2016 starts on 2 May 2016 in Geneva, and emphasizes Information and Communications Technology (ICT) as critical to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 

The first High-Level Dialogue session will be dedicated to SDG 16 & to “Promoting Peaceful and Inclusive

[Knowledge] Societies,” and will explore how technologies used from different Action Line perspectives can both advance and slow down the achievement of this goal. Future Knowledge Societies will need to cope with considerable socio-economic and cultural transformations coming from the uses of ‘new technologies’, such as the Internet of Things, big data, artificial intelligence, robots, ubiquitous connectivity, new social media, digital identities and platforms, and undecipherable algorithms. The concept of inclusive knowledge societies offers key elements to meet some of the SDG 16 targets and to address socio-cultural challenges and aspirations emerging from the new technologies.

This session will include a roundtable on Fighting youth radicalization and preventing violent extremism on the Internet.  It will also include a new Match-making session, where several concrete projects will be presented and opportunities for joint action will be explored. 

Joining online:

For those unable to participate in this year’s WSIS Forum in person, the event can be easily accessed remotely by choosing the desired session on the WSIS Forum Agenda online and selecting the preferred type of remote participation (Webcast or Adobe Connect). Remote participants will be required to fill in a real-time registration form in order to access the session. Each session will have 10 to 15 minutes dedicated to the questions from remote participants, so please try it out and join at a distance.