The frequent power cuts and lack of internet has affected the coverage of the seventh edition of the World Social Forum. The following are voices of journalists on the ground at the Kasarani Media Centre, in Nairobi. Read the exclusive comments by journalists on the ground.
Michal Janda of E-Connect, Czech Republic reminded us of this interesting study about economic impact of free and open source (FOSS) available from
http://ec.europa.eu/enterprise/ict/policy/doc/2006-11-20-flossimpact.pdf. E-Connect’s English pages are here
Nairobi and the Swiss resort of Davos are set apart not only physically – ideologically too the Davos economic forum’s belief in conventional Trickle Down is a world apart from the WSF’s faith in building Another World.
"Community-level media is a step towards democratisation, but it’s not enough … If 93 percent of the audience is still captive of the monopolistic structure of corporate media, we will make little progress in enhancing democracy". This was said while the forum is seen as unable to reach millions for lack of resources.
It was no ordinary day at the Forum yesterday. An angry crowd protested, stopped the traffic, and created confusion. It was the worthy WSF that found itself at the end of the of the protesters’’ anger. Some 200 them from the slums demanded to be let into the stadium, forcing Forum organiser Jose Chacon to order the giant metal gates open.
The WSF needs a broader audience than just those attending the forums urged a range of delegates debating its future. The future of the World Social Forum (WSF) itself came under scrutiny at a string of sessions Tuesday with participants making repeated calls for more grassroots involvement and a sharper focus in future years. There appeared to be a general consensus that the WSF was effective at providing spaces for debate and was useful to attendees, but there was concern that it lacked direction and tended to be too insular.
Repression of human rights in Tunisia, especially the freedom of expression, remains rampant, says a joint statement signed by several international communication organisations. It is the first time that this coalition of human rights organisations writes to incoming UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and expresses its concerns, a bit more than one year after Tunisia has hosted the World Summit on the Information Society.
Promoting women ability to use ICT
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I intend to put forward the above mentioned topic" Promoting women ability to use ICT" For the following reasons. There is an increasing interest in women promotion all over the world especially in MENA region. Another, It’s one of the main targets in Salamieh Community Telecentre bridge the gap between women and man and digital divide. And I would like to discussion about subject for describe ways in which women have been able to use ICT and support individual women, by use the computer applications and access Internet for self-expression and for building connections in development society.
At the World Social Forum the International Alliance of Inhabitants (IAI) entered in a dialogue with the Italian Minister for Development Co-operation, Patrizia Sentinelli, about the involvement of social movements in policies that may result from the agreement to be signed today to convert Kenya’s debt with Italy, worth 44 million euros.