Understanding RMS...

Goa, India

Shahzad has this profile of Richard M. Stallman, the founder of the Free Software Foundation, the Free Software Movement and the GNU Project. IMHO, the description of RMS isn't way off the mark... but it simply overlooks the point of what this man is all about.

Looking back, after the show is over

in cyberspace

Coming out in end-November 2005, a Panos London i-Witness update posted via the Global Knowledge for Development network offers a follow-up to the recent Source: APC ICT Policy Handbook and APC Annual Report 2005.">WSIS

. An article from Murali Shanmugavelan in London is titled WSIS is over, but the debate has just begun. Shanmugavelan argues that building an inclusive information society will need civil society to hold governments to account -- and that the media has a crucial role to play in ensuring this happens. There are also href="">"reflections from (some of) our journalists", as Panos puts it.

Open Letter to HE Kofi A. Annan Secretary-General United Nations

This week in Tunis, at the World Summit on the Information Society, both inside and outside the official Summit, we have witnessed serious attacks on human rights and the right to and APC Internet Rights Charter">freedom of expression

. Please sign the open letter to Kofi Annan today.


Join The Big Noise!!!!!

The Dude on Mac


I am left alone in the Hotel Amilcar -- what does Amilcar means, I wonder... guess everybody had some other things to find out about last week -- moved to a new room as the whole wing is empty now and they turn off the water and the electricity. Feeling depressed, suspended between my default location and the Source: APC ICT Policy Handbook and APC Annual Report 2005.">WSIS

hype with the nice APC faces.

WSIS creates a new form of digital divide

Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

Source: APC ICT Policy Handbook and APC Annual Report 2005.">WSIS

, Tunis could not attract many Source: APC">ICT

celebraties. I am sure, it would not have attracted, many common men and women, who are doing silent, but exemplary work in ICT, as they just cannot afford to travel at their own cost.

So WSIS creates a new digital divide, those who could afford to participate either on public money or private money and those who cannot afford to participate.

While in Tunis...


But I've many interesting experiences at Source: APC ICT Policy Handbook and APC Annual Report 2005.">WSIS

. For example, one evening in

Tunis I was travelling back to my hotel by bus and the lady who was sitting

next to me was talking to me in French. When I've problems explaining

things in French, she started speaking to me in English and informed me

that she used to work with a writer group in USA.

Few hours with Richard Stallman


This crazy summit, which will be remembered as Source: APC ICT Policy Handbook and APC Annual Report 2005.">WSIS

, is finally over... but the official summit frankly, ended with agreements on further meetings and conferences... and watch out folks... don't rise your expectations anymore, as nothing will happen. I infact, saw two official delegates, at the closing ceremony with good bye handshakes, saying "see you in Greece".

THE CLOSE OF WSIS: The civil society verdict

TUNIS, Tunisia

On the afternoon of Friday, November 18, 2005, one of three stakeholders taking part in the World Summit on the Information Society (Source: APC ICT Policy Handbook and APC Annual Report 2005.">WSIS

) drew a line in the sand. Civil society representatives from all continents lined up to deliver a stark closing statement.

There were civil society thumbs up for the new multistakeholder Internet Governance Forum; the awareness built that people from all walks of life should be involved in APC">ICT policy

development, not just technology specialists and "state" in this glossary). As a general rule, "government" should not be capitalised.

Source: Wikipedia">government

officials; and the spotlight shone on state repression and surveillance in the host nation, Tunisia.

But thumbs were down for: the UN for choosing a flagrant violator of human rights as the hosts of a UN summit; wealthier governments which insist that financing for Handout: ICTs for Development (ICT4D), Multimedia Training Kit (part of APC's ICT policy training curriculum)">ICT for development

should be voluntary only; the vague language on Source: TechSoup Glossary and">internet

oversight; and the fact that WSIS follow-up will probably be assigned to technology-focused specialist committee.

The forgotten agenda...


With the focus at Tunis largely on who controls the Net, and the
far-from-sophisticated control mechanisms of Tunisian society, the issue of
what the Net can -- and is -- doing for the excluded in the planet might
have taken a back seat. Disparity in accessing the levers of communication is markedly sharp. But interesting stories are coming in about what's possible from various parts of the globe -- href="">Africa, in the field of education, href="">the American Indian indigenous people, and beyond. Undeniably, the harsh reality needs to be acknowledged and dealt with too....

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