Many of us pick up our smart phones each day, read the global news off our computers, text a friend, and read trending topics off of Twitter without realizing how dependent we are on this technology. However, the United Nations (UN) is aware of how essential the inter-connectivity of Information Technology is to us and the future of developing nations. The World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) held the second phase of their forum on May 13th -17th in Geneva, Switzerland. It was a five-day forum gathering together over 1,500 people representing countries all over the world. The forum was centered on the question, “How can we best use Information Communication Technology to improve the lives of billions of people across the developing world?”
“The goal of WSIS is to achieve a common vision, desire and commitment to build a people-centric, inclusive and development-oriented Information Society where everyone can create, access, utilize and share information.” WSIS Forum 2013
Information Communication Technology can be used to help empower people, organizations, and companies maximize resources and reach out to a market they could not reach before. By using ICT, people can increase their chances of meeting the goals of global issues such as ending poverty and improving education. The internet is intended to serve people and our needs. It is our responsibility as Technology users especially the Youth to develop and collaborate so that the future of ICT can evolve into our common vision.
On the fourth day of the forum there was a discussion on the dangers of texting and driving and the importance of each country raising awareness to those dangers. WSIS invited Felipe Massa, a Formula One professional racing driver for Ferrari, to demonstrate how difficult it is to text and operate a car simultaneously. During his demonstration he was constantly swerving and fumbling with his phone. Each country has to put texting and driving at the top of their priority level. Not only were important issues raised in discussions but keynote speakers such as Kofi Annan of the Kofi Annan Foundation, visited to increase awareness to global representatives about the some of the issues they stand for. Overall, the WSIS Forum was a tremendous success which will hopefully inspire tremendous strides for Information Communication Technology in the future.