Mavic Cabrera-Balleza from IWTC opened the second day of the AMARC conference which focuses on amplifying women’s voices for gender equality…with the good news coming first.
At the end of October 2006 the first ‘World congress on communication for development’ took place in Rome. Its aim was to discuss the value of ‘communication for development’ and to give this issue more priority in development cooperation. Although it is always helpful to network and to see many interesting people, my assessment of the congress is still rather mixed. Let me share one or two major critical points with you.
Looking at the IGF meeting from the perspective of European Digital Rights,
the interesting point is to which extent the IGF may advance the protection
and promotion of human rights such as privacy, freedom of expression, access
to information etc. in the digital world.
Full editorial on European Digital Rights: http://www.edri.org/edrigram/number4.21/enditorial
Watch APC executive director Anriette Esterhuysen making the case for the "right to share" at the first Internet Governance Forum in Athens on November 2 2006. The right to share is a centrepiece of APC’s groundbreaking and fully revamped Internet Rights Charter. This new right is advanced in a context of increasing privatisation of content on the net. "Sharing, openness is absolutely essential," says Esterhuysen in this 1:02 minute video streamed on YouTube and recorded by IPJustice. For the full APC Internet Rights Charter, please visit: http://rights.apc.org/charter.shtml
Watch short video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L-8QQHvP7Tc&mode=related&search=
In the present context of Nepal, excluding the government offices and huge financial institutions, more than 90% of the PC’s run pirated version of Microsoft Windows. Despite the persuasion and the creation of awareness, as long as the piracy continues it will always be difficult for the users to switch to Open Source alternatives such as Linux. The major reasons behind it are the cost and the vendor lock.
There are many different dimensions of access and the IGF panel here in Athens certainly touched on many of them… from access for people with disability, for people that are not literate, access for scientists and researchers.
The workshop held on 1st of November under title Equal Access on the Web at the first Internet Governance Forum in Greece reminded us that as one of the panelists pointed out, IS stands not only for Information Society but for Inclusive Society as well.
Of all the many bytes emerging out of Athens and the IGF, this one made the most sense to me: Piracy creates jobs, but [Free Software and] Open Source and Open Standards create opportunity, create entrepreneurs. And I think that’s the challenge for the
href=“http://www.igfgreece2006.gr”>IGF as well, how to look at it is a public interest forum, the
Internet is a public space, and how can we facilitate maximum sharing, maximum creativity, peer production, new models, innovation.
— Anriette Esterhuysen, at the Internet Governance Forum, Athens, November 1, 2006 http://www.intgovforum.org/IGF-Panel2-311006am.txt.
Natasha Primo – executive director of South Africa-based WomensNet – was the only person to talk about gender issues at the plenary session this morning. She said she hoped the Forum would spell out
plans that had a significant impact on women. Read it all on the i-witnesses blog. This blog post and several others on this Panos-sponsored website is definitely worth checking out.
Jeremy Shtern from media@mcgill, a new "hub of research, scholarship and public outreach on issues and controversies in media, technology and culture" is on the spot in Athens to provide an overview of the discussions. I bumped into him today and asked him a couple of questions about academia at the IGF and about other impressions he’d be willing to share. Visit his latest report on the IGF.