At the opening plenary of Amarc9, Steve Buckley, President of AMARC introduced the theme of Voices of the world, freedom of the airwaves.
This statemen was issued at the end of the Middle East and North Africa regional day during the Amarc9 conference held in Amman – 11 November 2006.
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.