The World Summit on the Information Society:
A Photo Diary

by Andy Carvin

Iranian delegates listen to President Khatami during the plenary
In December 2003, I traveled to Geneva to participate in the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS). The first of two summits organized by the United Nations to address the digital divide, WSIS featured delegates representing government, business and civil society organizations from around the world.

These pictures document my trip to Geneva, along with the online diary I wrote during the course of my week-long trip. (The diary, written as a Web log or "blog," is written in reverse order, with the last installment displayed first.) I hope you enjoy the photos and the diary!
Overhead view of the ICT4D expo The ICT for Development Platform: An international exposition on bridging the digital divide. Delegates at the opening ceremony WSIS Opening Ceremony: Speeches by world leaders from around the globe.

Lawrence Lessig WSIS Side Events: Forums, meetings and press conferences galore. Mohammed Khatami Mohammed Khatami: Iran's president holds a press conference.

ss World Summit Awards: Honoring the world's most creative digital content. Geneva Cathedral Geneva: Celebrating the annual L'Escalade festival.

View of the Alps Lausanne: A daytrip to one of the prettiest cities along Lake Geneva.

About the photographer: Andy Carvin is Senior Associate at the Benton Foundation.

Picture at top: Iranian delegates listen to President Mohammed Khatami during the summit's opening plenary meeting.

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