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Share any “ICT for Development” project that YOU have been either involved in or heard/read about. (Please feel free to select any of the projects we have discussed or mentioned during the series if you need some inspiration).
What are the contours of the project? What are its aims and objectives, and how is it working to achieve them? Are you impressed by the project and do you believe in its approach? If so, why? If not, why? Could you place this project in the context of the approaches this Series has highlighted? What are the complementary projects, if any, that the success of your chosen project relies on? What are the legal, political and cultural hurdles that have been overcome and still need to be overcome for the success of the project?
Has this series made you reassess the goals and approach of this project? If so, how? Do you have any constructive suggestions to make to those running this project?
The United Nations will host the World Summit on the Information Society in Geneva, Switzerland in December 2003. The Summit aims
to explore the major advances in information and communications
technologies and how these are impacting the way we learn, work, govern and play. The Summit will bring together all the world's nations to develop a global framework to deal with the challenges posed by the information society, and fully and equally take advantage of the opportunities it presents.
If there were ever an area where young people were the leaders not only of the future, but also of today, it is the emerging information society. From web development to information access, we are growing up with the latest technologies and extending them, providing innovative solutions to global challenges. Clearly, if the World Summit on the Information Society is to effect real change, it must involve youth - not just in implementation, but also in decision-making. However, it hasn't been easy to mainstream youth into the WSIS process, and the Youth Caucus is working with national government, international bodies, NGOs, businesses and civil society groups in order to tackle this issue.
The Caucus was formed at the First Preparatory Committee meeting held in Geneva, July 1-5, 2002, by bringing together all the young people participating in the meeting to coordinate activities and prepare positions on procedures, and content and themes. Since then, the group has been actively organizing online, in a series of electronic consultations and YCDO.net, an online community of young people working in information communication technologies for development.
The Youth Caucus aims to mainstream youth perspectives into civil society, private sector, and government input throughout the WSIS process.
You can download our strategic plan which outlines the coordination of our efforts throughout the WSIS process at:http://www.takingitglobal.org/documents/wsis/youthstrategy.doc
More information can also be obtained at http://ycdo.takingitglobal.org/policy/wsisyouthglobal
"But youth is the Lord of Life. Youth has a kingdom waiting for it." In this instance I hope Mr. Wilde is correct. It is very encouraging to see a site where so many young people have gathered from diverse backgrounds to work together. The task is no small one and I am sure that resistance, or what seems worse to me, disdain may at times be the response to WSIS proposals. It is obvious that those involved are determined to move forward rain or shine. Courage is an often underestimated requirement for change. Though it shouldn't be the case, youth is a more courageous/risk taking period. It is great to see a beneficial application of it.
The information you provided in your response displays the ability of the organization to share the vision and a determined plan of action to make progress. I was particularly impressed by the preparation for impromptu adjustments based on the circumstances at the summit. The principles stated in the strategic plan and the attention to their consistent presentation will be a strong indication of the organizations dedication and resourcefulness.
How consistent is the support for democracy among the world's youth? What actions are being taken to assure that the representation is not only international by socially and economically diverse as well? i would be very interested in hearing more about how the principles were defined and agreed upon. What was that experience like and how where any obstacles to the process resolved?
Thank you for your answer and I will remain attuned to any news of this organization as december approaches.
Thank you for this: I'll communicate the URL's for the caucus to the http://www.comunica-ch.net, the Swiss (civil society ) platform for information society. For those who want to read more about WSIS, seehttp://www.itu.int/wsis/.
It's worth noting as well that ISOC-AU see http://www.isoc-au.org.au as a result of our last AGM is planning to undertake a specific youth focus in the next year or so ranging from a commitment to increasing opportunity for Youth Membership (which requires constitutional change to include any under 18y) an outreach into ITC education facilities with Membership drive in this sector to gain greater access to the views of Australian Youth on Internet matters and to effectively lobby/represent there best interests in the work ISOC-AU does in this country, as well as planning/focusing both content and style of the future workshops and seminars we are committed to better meet the needs and interests of youth.