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[BOAI] International Conference "UNESCO between two Phases of WSIS". 17-19 May 2005
From: Peter Suber <peters AT earlham.edu>
[Forwarding from UNESCO. --Peter.] International Conference "UNESCO between two Phases of the World Summit on the Information ↵ Society" Information letter and invitation An International Conference "UNESCO between two Phases of the World Summit ↵ on the Information Society" will be held on May 17-19, 2005 in Saint-Petersburg (Russian Federation) under the auspices of UNESCO. The conference is organized with a view to clarify the next steps and key decisions of UNESCO with regard to the building of the global information society. The conference welcomes representatives of intergovernmental and international non-governmental organizations, public authorities in the sphere of culture, education, science, information and communications; representatives from business, civil society, research and education communities, mass media; political and public figures, and leading experts. The main organizers of the conference are: Ministry of Culture and Mass Communications of the Russian Federation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, Ministry of Information Technologies and Communications of the Russian Federation, Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation, Russian Committee of the UNESCO Information for All Program, UNESCO, Institute of the Information Society, and Centre of Informatization in the Sphere of Culture. The conference will discuss the following issues: 1. Building the Information and Knowledge Societies: concepts, strategies and programs. 2. Human Capacity Building for Knowledge Societies. Person's Information Culture. 3. Education in Knowledge Societies. 4. Science and Innovations in Knowledge Societies. 5. Cultural Diversity in Cyberspace. 6. Universal Access to Public Domain Information. 7. Development of Communications and Freedom of Expression. 8. Stakeholders' Partnership and Cooperation to Foster Information Society Development. 9. Business Environment for Knowledge Societies. 10. Information Society Technologies for Knowledge Societies. 11. Policies for Digitization and Preservation of Digital Cultural and Scientific Heritage The conference covers plenary sessions, thematic meetings, sections, round tables, forums and seminars. One of the main purposes of the conference is drafting recommendations to determine UNESCO's position on further implementation of provisions of the main documents adopted at the World Summit on the Information Society. Conference proceedings will be published in Russian and English. The working languages of the conference are Russian and English. Simultaneous and consecutive translation will be provided throughout the conference. Detailed information, applications for presentation and registration procedures are available at the conference site http://ifap.ru/wsis TERMS OF PARTICIPATION: Participation in workshops, round-tables, cultural program and conference as well as information materials are free of charge. To register please fill in the Application for Participation on the above web-site not later than April 15 2005. The Organizing Committee will make its final decision on the list of participants and send out official invitations as well as post the list of invited participants on the conference web-site not later than April 20, 2005. The Organizing Committee will provide visa support, assistance in hotel reservation and airport-hotel-airport transfer for all participants. The Organizing Committee will have a limited number of scholarships to support the invited speakers and participants. Applications for presentations are to be submitted via the conference web-site. The Program Committee retains the right to accept/decline the application and to determine the status of presentation (plenary session, thematic meeting, workshop presentation, etc.). CONTACT INFORMATION: Phone: +7 (095) 925-1727, 940-0284 Fax: +7 (095) 925-1928, 940-0284 å-mail: wsis AT ifap.ru URL: http://ifap.ru/wsis
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