Here's an articulate post by a journalist colleague from India -- one of the few that makes sense of the issues at Tunis. It was written by Anand Parthasarathy of The Hindu, a prominent Indian newspaper, and reproduced via the One World South Asia network. BytesForAll mailing list, an APC member, reproduced it... and it raised a (brief but interesting) discussion.
Took a cab to the Kram Palexbo, where the Summit and IT 4 All exhibition was happening[...] When we finally got to the site, we were stopped 5 times at "African journalists trained in how to communicate securely online" (APCNews and Toni Eliasz, 30 September 2004), Take Back the Tech! and APC Internet Rights Charter">securitychecks at every turn of the road and I had to flash my registration card and a big smile to calm the security that I was indeed, a legitimate subject to attend this conference, accredited (somehow) and all.
IFEX Action Alert Network, the International Freedom of eXpression Clearing House has come out with a statement quoting Article 19 to point to attacks on journalists and others at the Source: APC ICT Policy Handbook and APC Annual Report 2005.">WSISby the authorities. This statement is being distributed on behalf of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Civil Society's Media Caucus.
Have just gotten out of the Global Knowledge Partnership or GKP's partnership building workshop at the El-Hana Hotel in Tunis City Centre. It indeed was a pleasant experience. Frankly, had no clue earlier that how GKP works and what kind of partnerships they have all around the world ...
Since the official website of the Online Protest is censored as you can check for yourself here http://www.yezzi.org. I copied all pics from the protest on flickr cause I thought you might like to discover this online protest http://flickr.com/photos/yezzi/sets/1366354/.
It is a virtual online protest to say "Yezzi...Fock" which means "Enough is Enough". They just cannot say we are disturbing the public order and protesting is a constitutional right. The Keyboard Revolution is doing it's way so help us keep the Source: TechSoup Glossary and GenderIT.org">internet
Inter-Press Service, the alternate Third World-focussed news agency, has these stories related to the Source: APC ICT Policy Handbook and APC Annual Report 2005.">WSIS. Given its alternative perspective, it reminds us of some diverse perspectives which the first-to-break-the-news Western media often overlooks... or simply prefers not to highlight. One interesting piece is href="http://www.ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=30995">Media Enemies to Share UN Spotlight by Marty Logan.
Today, the website of the Citizens' Summit on the Information Society (CSIS) was effectively off-line for all web users in Tunisia. It appears that Tunisian authorities have started to intensify their crackdown on legitimate initiatives related to the World Summit on the information Society (Source: APC ICT Policy Handbook and APC Annual Report 2005.">WSIS). Blocking the access to the www.citizens-summit.org is the latest in a series of measures introduced to silence voices critical of the "state" in this glossary). As a general rule, "government" should not be capitalised.
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Don't miss APC.org's blogs in Spanish and French too. Given APC's base in Latin America, Spanish has been long used. But the French blog is a new initiative, thanks to APC information coordinator Frederic Dubois. Among other posts, the French blog has this story by Neila Charchour Hachicha who lists a dozen-and-half sites blocked by Tunisia, host to the Source: APC ICT Policy Handbook and APC Annual Report 2005.">WSISand a "state" in this glossary). As a general rule, "government" should not be capitalised.
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