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Some figures... and hard facts

Goa, India

Some figures, and hard facts, from a Highway Africa article, titled ICT4 All expo to attract 40,000 participants: "According to the International Telecommunication Union (Source: ITU">ITU

), the 942 million people living in the world's developed economies enjoy five times better access to fixed and mobile phone services, nine times better access to Internet services, and own 13 times more personal computers than the 85 per cent of the world's population living in low and lower-middle income countries. ITU also estimates that 800,000 villages still lack connection by telephone line, the Internet or any other modern ICT."

Don't take pictures@WSIS-Tunis

Tunis, Tunisia

Maxigas -- a friend from Hungary -- and myself had the opportunity to go to the Tunis City Centre last afternoon, just to have a feel of the city and get to know a little more about Tunis. The atmosphere seemed quite festive, and preparations for the Source: APC ICT Policy Handbook and APC Annual Report 2005.">WSIS

are in full swing. Green plants are being transported in numbers and transplanted on roadsides and important squares, large pictures of the Tunisian President are installed everywhere, and even most of the banners also carry his pictures welcoming the WSIS delegates ;) But questions remain....

Some voices... about Tunis

Goa, India

How's the world comprehending Tunis? From disinterest to unheard voices, bewilderment, hidden agendas and nationalistic positions... all these seem to be the trends emerging from the media conference on November 2005's World Summit on the Information Society at Tunisia. More so, if one looks at the media from a Southern perspective.

The WSIS is _not_ in Tunis

In cyberspace

Yesterday me and Shahzad had a chance to see Tunis in all its Source: APC ICT Policy Handbook and APC Annual Report 2005.">WSIS

splendour. Tunis as a city has been completely appropriated by the WSIS campaign. Public spaces where people lead their daily lives are heavily marked by a campaign about an event that they have no meaningful way to experience, and that will perhaps not bring any lasting good for their country.

New book... via Tunis

Tunis, Tunisia

Word Matters Multicultural perspectives on information societies has been described as "a collective work by some 30 authors from civil societies all over the world, deciphers the central concepts of the 'information society'."

Ultimate webmaster, citizens' voice

Goa, India

Might interest you: Inter-Press Service has this story U.S. Fights to Remain the Ultimate Webmaster which says that international efforts to break down the digital barriers facing the world's poor will backfire if governments fail to work out their differences on the issue of Source: Tunis Agenda for the Information Society">internet governance

. Meanwhile, here's the website for the Citizens' Summit on the Information Society (CSIS). It was launched on November 10.

Technorati links (2488 and growing)

Goa, India

Technorati.com, the search engine for blogs, throws up a total of 2,488 posts related to the WSIS among the 21 million sites and 1.7 Collins English dictionary ">billion

links that it tracks.

WSIS Panel on WIPO and IPRs (Nov 16)

Manila, Philippines

Thought this -- IPJ at WSIS:A parallel event to be held at the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) in Tunis -- would be of interest. Not sure if it conflicts with any events. Probably will :-).

Gender voices from Tunis

Prague, Czech Republic

Here's some information about GenderIT.org coverage planned for the Source: APC ICT Policy Handbook and APC Annual Report 2005.">WSIS

at Tunis in mid-November 2005. See details of what's expected via websites, blogs, RSS feeds and more, to keep cyberspace informed about what's emerging.

APC ... reflecting the WSIS

Goa, India

Some of APC's plans for reflecting what's happening at Tunis include its English and Spanish websites and a blog in French

These blogs aim to be a mix of indepth structured articles plus notes and comment from the APC team in Tunis, and anyone else who would like to write. It's open to the public to post items and comments, subject to posts being relevant to the theme.

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