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Feminist dialogue urges women to embrace ICTs

BAMAKO, MALI

The women’s movement meeting at the third Feminist dialogue have recognised access to technologies as one of the strategies which they need to use to advance themselves as a movement.

World Women Courts hear untold stories

BAMAKO, MALI

World Court of women on resistance to wars, wars of globalisation, and wars against women heard stories in poetic and visual presentations of testimonies of women from all over the world at the Polycentric World Social Forum (WSF) in Bamako.

Bamako WSF march spells out Another Africa was possible

BAMAKO, MALI

Traffic came to a stand still in Mali during the kick off of the Polycentric World Social Forum (WSF) as about 6000 people marched in Bamako’s Independence Statue through to the stadium called Stade Omini Sports Modibo Keita carrying banners with different solidarity messages saying Another Africa was possible.

Bamako calls on people and movements to converge and fight

BAMAKO, MALI

By Brenda Zulu

The Bamako Polycentric World Social Forum organisation has been challenged on how to bring Africa out of its marginalisation and the Bamako event is offering the occasion to converge the fight.

About this blog

The APC Style information: This term should not be capitalised.

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was started in November of 2005 for the World summit on the information society (Source: APC ICT Policy Handbook and APC Annual Report 2005.">WSIS

) taking place in Tunis. The blog was an instant hit. It attracted a diversity of voices. The APC comms team decided to make the blog a permanent source of alternative news about ICTs and the Source: TechSoup Glossary and GenderIT.org">internet

for social justice and sustainable development.

The APC blog is open to all. It serves the purpose of a 'quick and dirty' information exchange for all the participants of the APC community. If you attend an cyber-activist event, interview a social techie or want to share a great hyperlink about free and Free Software Foundation ">open source software

, please don't hesitate to post.

Good reading, good writing, good blogging!

Manipulation, corporate-style?

In cyberspace

Groklaw, the web site, created and edited by Pamela "PJ" Jones, begun as an experiment in applying Open Source principles to legal research, is reporting the manipulation in Austria of the process that led to the Source: APC ICT Policy Handbook and APC Annual Report 2005.">WSIS

.

Georg C. F. Greve of the Free Software Foundation Europe explains the entire issue in The Complete Story of the Vienna Conclusions and writes:

During the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) in Tunis, one of my trips brought me to the Austrian booth in order to pick up some copies of the Vienna Conclusions to spread and advertise. When flipping through the text, I was quite shocked to find references to Free Software removed and a pro-DRM statement inserted in the findings of the "Digital Rights/Creative Commons" workshop ("To ensure ongoing innovation, Digital Rights Management (DRM) development and deployment must remain voluntary and market-driven."). Also, references to the cultural and social significance of software as "digital cultural technique" were watered down.

News and views... from the 'developing' world

in cyberspace

Keeping track of Source: APC">ICT

issues in the so-called "developing world" can always be a challenge, simply because these issues hardly get discussed in the 'information society'.Here's one report CTO CEO Sees Bumpy Rides in Roadmap for Networking the Commonwealth for Development that looks at technology issues in the network of nations linked by a shared history in (British) colonialism.

Back-room lobbying, there's mail from Rice

in cyberspace

November's World Summit in Tunis was overshadowed by the global argument over Source: Tunis Agenda for the Information Society">internet governance

. Its biggest controversy came with the proposition put forward by the EU a month earlier that there be a new inter-governmental body that oversee ICANN. The US government -- which currently enjoys unilateral control over the Source: TechSoup Glossary and GenderIT.org">internet

infrastructure -- was furious and launched an enormous lobbying campaign, both public and private, across the board to retain its position. 'The Register' has published what it said was the first full-text version of a strongly-worded letter sent by the US secretary of state Condoleezza Rice to the UK foreign minister Jack Straw, acting in the role of presidency of the EU.

From Sri Lanka, impatient with "pilots"...

Goa, India

Sri Lankan journalist Nalaka Gunawardene has this interestingly-argued piece Waiting for Pilots to Land in Tunis on the IslamOnline.net site, that has some blunt questions to ask around the question: "Are Pilot Projects Helping Development".

Networking? Who? What? Why?

In cyberspace

Michael Gurstein has penned this interesting analysis Networking
the Networked/Closing the Loop: Some Notes on WSIS II
which is available on the archives of the incom-l mailing list. Prof Gurstein, who specialises in community based technology applications, raises critical questions about the "The Oxford Pocket Dictionary of Current English on Encyclopedia.com">networking

opportunities" thrown up by
the WSIS at Tunis.

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