How the others saw Tunis...

Here are some other voices about how civil society responded to the Tunis

mega-meet over the past week.

href=“http://www.ipsterraviva.net”>IPS/TerraViva has done an interesting

job in highlighting diverse issues. Including

href=“http://www.ipsterraviva.net/tv/tunis/viewstory.asp?idnews=377”>reporting

on how the non-profit world saw the results of the global meet (a

“consolation prize”),

href=“http://www.ipsterraviva.net/tv/tunis/viewstory.asp?idnews=364”>how the NGO world sees the deal on internet governance (“disappointed”), the treatment civil society got in Tunis (“a poor welcome”) and some crucial background to understanding the issues involved.

Here are some other voices about how civil society responded to the Tunis

mega-meet over the past week.

href=“http://www.ipsterraviva.net”>IPS/TerraViva has done an interesting

job in highlighting diverse issues. Including

href=“http://www.ipsterraviva.net/tv/tunis/viewstory.asp?idnews=377”>reporting

on how the non-profit world saw the results of the global meet (a

“consolation prize”),

href=“http://www.ipsterraviva.net/tv/tunis/viewstory.asp?idnews=364”>how the

NGO world sees the deal on internet governance (“disappointed”),

href=“http://www.ipsterraviva.net/tv/tunis/viewstory.asp?idnews=358”>the

treatment civil society got in Tunis (“a poor welcome”) and some crucial

background to understanding the issues involved.

This report

href=“http://www.ipsterraviva.net/tv/tunis/viewstory.asp?idnews=377”>Civil

society vows to make best of consolation prize from Hilmi Toros of IPS,

says, “It was not what they had set out to accomplish, but civil society

groups gathered here to discuss Internet governance and development, are

vowing to make the best of the deal that was struck.”

Another IPS report from Stefania Milan,

also datelined Tunis, says

href=“http://www.ipsterraviva.net/tv/tunis/viewstory.asp?idnews=364”>Internet

governance: NGOs disappointed with declaration. It notes that “civil

society groups have reacted with disappointment at the decision to leave

control of the Internet in the hands of the United States.”

Further

href=“http://www.ipsterraviva.net/tv/tunis/viewstory.asp?idnews=360”>IPS

calls the it a “controversial consensus” to maintain the internet status

quo. We’ve also earlier noted this report

href=“http://www.ipsterraviva.net/tv/tunis/viewstory.asp?idnews=351”>US

fights to remain the ultimate webmaster by Haider Rizvi of

href=“http://www.ips.net”>the interestingly-alternative global news service,

IPS, and Marty Logan’s news-analysis piece titled Media

enemies to share UN spotlight.

There was also this story indicating how

href=“http://www.ipsterraviva.net/tv/tunis/viewstory.asp?idnews=358”>civil

society finds (a) poor welcome in Tunis.

But this is another story from IPS, received through

href=“http://allafrica.com/”>the AllAfrica.com network. It is titled

href=“http://allafrica.com/stories/200511170733.html”>Governments Sidelined

By Civil Society At WSIS. This story released when the summit was at its

fag-end, and written by by Mithre J. Sandrasagra argues, that “world leaders

and high-level government representatives are taking a backseat to business

leaders and civil society representatives” at the WSIS. But does numbers alone reflect clout?

IPS, Inter-Press Service

IPS/TerraViva

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