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 International Colloquium

Venice 22-23 November 2004 (Isle of San Servolo)

The Multi-stakeholder Approach

in Information and Communication Policies

Global strategies, local authorities, business interests and citizens’ practice

From Geneva to Tunis



 Monday, 22nd November 2004

Official opening of colloquium

9.30 – 10.00

Introduction to colloquium:

Claudia Padovani (University of Padova)

Greetings from authorities:

President, Province of Venice, Davide Zoggia

Vice Mayor, Municipality of Venice, Michele  Mognato

Vice Chancelor Delegate, University of Padova, Prof. Gianni Riccamboni


Session I (chair: Claudia Padovani, University of Padova)

WSIS and the International Level of Experience

10.00 – 13.30

This session focuses on how the multi-stakeholder approach has developed within the WSIS, how different stakeholders have participated in the process and their understanding of multi-actor governance, to conclude looking at how the inclusive approach promoted through WSIS may affect the conduct of political processes in local contexts


Opening speech

Andrew Calabrese (University of Colorado, Boulder, USA)


Assessment on WSIS

  • Governments – Filippo Colombo (Italian Permanent mission at ITU, Geneva, Switzerland)

  • Private sector - Ayesha Hassan (International Chamber of Commerce & CCBI, Paris, France)

  • Civil society - Wolfgang Kleinwachter (Civil Society Bureau and IG caucus, Aarhus University, Denmark)

  • WSIS-online - Bertrand de la Chapelle (WSIS-online, Geneva, Switzerland)

  • Union of Italian Provinces – Vincenzo Vita (Province of Rome, Italy)

  • Federcomin – Antonello Busetto (Federcomin, Rome, Italy)


Closing speech

Charles Geiger (WSIS executive Secretariat, ITU, Geneva)


Lunch break


Session II (chair: Andrew Calabrese, University of Colorado)

Local authorities and Innovative Experiences

15.00 – 18.30

This session looks at innovative experiences of multi-stakeholder dialogues that are being promoted by local authorities, both in the attempt to foster the role of cities and regions as stakeholders in the conduct of global politics and in the attempt to build mechanisms to strengthen relations between citizens and public administrations


  • Veronique Kleck (Lyon Summit of Cities and Local Authorities in the Information Society organizing committee, Paris, France)

  • Leda Guidi (Communication Services, Iperbole, Municipality of Bologna, Italy)

  • Carmen Cordero/Carlos Castro (Directorate Information Society, Estremadura, Spain)

  • John Wilson (Wales BSG Broadband Stakeholder Group, Wales, UK)

  • Cezar Busatto (Parliament of Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, Brasil)

  • Angelo Buongiovanni (Rete Telematica Regionale Toscana, Italy)


Closing speech:

Roberto Savio (Honorary President IPS)


Tuesday, 23rd November 2004


Session III (chair: Giorgia Nesti, University of Padova)

The European Level of Experience

09.30 – 13.00

This session focuses on the European context of multi-stakeholder governance in the field of information, which is also a multi-level experience in itself, connecting European institutions, States and a growing number of networks of local authorities, business entities and civil society organizations. Furthermore insights from new members countries will be presented, towards a better understanding of implications of participatory governance in an enlarged EU


  • Giangaleazzo Cairoli (former director of EU DG Info Society regional, Brussels, Belgium)

  • Javier Ossandon (Elanet)

  • Brugi (Telecities)

  • Arunas Augustinaitis (Knowledge Society Management Institute, Law University of Lithuania, Vilnius)


Closing speech:

Robin Mansell (London School of Economics, UK)



Lunch break



Session IV (chair: Brian Shoesmith, Edith Cowan University)

Speaking from the Margins …

14.30 – 18.00

Interesting experiences are being carried on in different geographical and cultural context, a direct knowledge of which can contribute to a better conceptual definition of the multi-stakeholder approach. Moreover concrete proposals are emerging that could have an impact on future United Nations activities in the field, some of them stemming from WSIS. Let’s listen what happens worldwidegovernance in an enlarged EU

  • Allison Gillwald (Learning Information Networking Knowledge Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa)

  • Nathalie Saint Pierre (Consultant, Quebec, Canada)

  • Ned Rossiter (University of Ulster, Coleraine, Northern Ireland)

  • Lucas Walsh (Edith Cowan University, Perth, Western Australia)

  • Francis Muguet (World Tour Information Society, Paris, France)



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