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.
The APC Style information: This term should not be capitalised. 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!
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.
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.
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.
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
the WSIS at Tunis.
Coming out in end-November 2005, a Panos London i-Witness update posted via the Global Knowledge for Development network offers a follow-up to the recent Source: APC ICT Policy Handbook and APC Annual Report 2005.">WSIS. An article from Murali Shanmugavelan in London is titled WSIS is over, but the debate has just begun. Shanmugavelan argues that building an inclusive information society will need civil society to hold governments to account -- and that the media has a crucial role to play in ensuring this happens. There are also href="http://panos.blogs.com/iwitness">"reflections from (some of) our journalists", as Panos puts it.