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An audible victory for human rights

Tunis, Tunisia

It has been a crazy tiring, hectic and running-around day, so I am hoping to give a small glimpse at least before I pass out into oblivion. So, after working on this process for close to seven years, we are finally tying up the ribbons and signing on the dotted line with icing. Yes, it is Source: APC ICT Policy Handbook and APC Annual Report 2005.">WSIS

II opening!

Guess who's on Tunis's IP black list

cyberspace

It is a well-established fact that censors in all times in history were just stupid. However, the finding that the Tunisian government feels it important to censor a Hungarian research center on avantgarde art is a surprising discovery.

Women in pink at WSIS II

On the first day, I was so desperate to see women at this space because of the overbearing presence of men, especially those in uniformed and are armed. When I scanned around, I saw mainly (apart from the participants) women in pink who were cleaners and usually hauled big bags of rubbish with them...

Off site, in focus: ICT access in Africa

Hotel Corinthia, Gammarth just outside Tunis

My day started with a failed attempt to check in at the APC stand in ICT4all. Crowds of people were queuing to make it inside in time for the opening of the Summit. Having read Jac's diversity Style information: This term should not be capitalised.

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I cast an analytical eye over them. Only one category stood out. Suits.

Everyone leads their own WSIS process

Tunis

There are so many different caucuses and groups and everyone leads their own Source: APC ICT Policy Handbook and APC Annual Report 2005.">WSIS

process. It's a pity that civil society couldn't find its way to consolidation for stronger influence on the process. As a result such an important issues as environmental Merriam Webster Online Dictionary, APC and "Sustainable Information and Communication Technology (ICT): Thoughts by Batchelor and Norrish" (April 2002)">sustainability

, impact of the ICTs on the human health, unification of standards in different parts of the world, different systems compatibility are barely covered by the WSIS process. For the full text of the BlueLink's impressions from the WSIS in Tunis so far see the link below at the Bulgarian ICT policy monitor.

Swiss.President@WSIS.opening

Tunis, Tunisia

...It is unacceptable that the UN still has members that harass or imprison their citizens because they criticize them on the Internet. Freedom of speech has to be respected. Everyone has to be able to express their views freely. It is one of the crucial conditions for this conference to succeed...

Tunis Commitment, almost signed

TUNIS, Tunisia

By 10 pm Tuesday, the chairperson, Ambassador Khan, had concluded negotiations on Chapter 3 on Source: Tunis Agenda for the Information Society">internet governance

and received a standing ovation from all attending delegates. The outcome of the Source: TechSoup Glossary and GenderIT.org">internet

governance process is to have a forum that will take up broad public policy issues on the one hand, and a process of cooperation on the narrow principles that relate to domain name, numbers and the root zone file on the other. APC's Willie Currie felt "this outcome has to be evaluated in terms of the balance of power in the community of nations."

Strikes, counter strikes in human-rights

Today was a day of cancellation. The GEM (Gender Evaluation Methodology) Book launch was scheduled to happen at 2:00 pm, but in a demonstration of solidarity, APC decided to withdraw and cancel all of its side events scheduled for today...

Australia coverage of WSIS poor

Australia

Australian coverage of the Source: APC ICT Policy Handbook and APC Annual Report 2005.">WSIS

appears poor at best... The only piece I've found thus far appeared blank at first visit.

Email addresses get a face ... finally

Tunis

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, by far, was the most interesting and useful day since am here. It was great indeed, when many more Style information: Do not use e-mail with a hyphen.

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addresses in my address book finally got a face ;)

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