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In Tunis, internet governance rhymes with state control

TUNIS, Tunisia

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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and its human right record.

APC talks... in Spanish and French too

Goa, India

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.">WSIS

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

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which claims it guarantees GenderIT.org and APC Internet Rights Charter">freedom of expression

.

[GUEST BLOG] Privacy and data rights of Netizens

India

The aim of this article is to analyse the "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">privacy

and data rights of the netizens in the cyberspace. A comparative analysis of the TRIPS Agreement and the Indian laws has also been made to give a holistic picture. Further, certain strategies for the companies have also been recommended.

[GUEST BLOG] Effective e-governance: the safest whistle-blower

India

The aim of this article is to evaluate the role played by the “whistleblowers” in India. The method of whistleblowing is capable of gifting a free, transparent and just social order and it can eliminate the arbitrariness, officialdom and corruption from a society. This is more so when the system of e-Europa glossary">governance

is used for public-governmental interactions. The accountability can be established with the use of e-governance in the governmental and non-governmental functioning. The present work can be utilised by the government while making a law in this field, which is due for legislation.

Net wants to be decentrally governed

WSIS

At Tunis this month, the global Internet community gathers to determine the future of the Source: TechSoup Glossary and GenderIT.org">internet

and the information society in general. Source: APC ICT Policy Handbook and APC Annual Report 2005.">WSIS

's focus is on Source: Tunis Agenda for the Information Society">internet governance

, to determine the future of the internet and how to financing the information society for global inclusion. As a member of this community, this blogger will share three articles; the first (below) offering another perspective of the internet governance debate. Promised next is the case for "Open Access and Financing Principles for the Information Society" and, then, a zooming-in to on "Africa in Internet Governance and Financing the Information Society", what does Africa bring to the table and what should she take home. Eric Osiakwan, secretary of Ghana's Internet Service Providers Association, welcomes conversations around the issues. See Eric's blog.

Flagrant violation of human rights

Tunis, Tunisia

Under the incredulous eyes of the participants at the World Summit on the Information Society (Source: APC ICT Policy Handbook and APC Annual Report 2005.">WSIS

), journalists and human rights defenders were manhandled, insulted, and then violently beaten. APCNews reports from Tunis.

Groggy at Tunis... another view

Tunis, Tunisia

The plane ride was as all plane rides become after awhile, uncomfortable and far too long. Once getting off, there were large posters everywhere advertising Source: APC ICT Policy Handbook and APC Annual Report 2005.">WSIS

, especially about the IT 4 All exhibition, where the tagline -- complete with pictures of multi-gendered and 'raced' children smiling at a computer screen -- promises to forefront the human dimension of information communications technologies development. I think I snorted audibly.

Can more afford ride to cyberspace?

Goa, India

En route to the promised global village, the information superhighway is plagued by poor access and high fares that the bulk of this planet simply cannot afford. Reducing international Source: TechSoup Glossary and GenderIT.org">internet

costs is an important priority, underlined in a set of recommendations from the APC made to the Source: APC ICT Policy Handbook and APC Annual Report 2005.">WSIS

stresses.

Crucial drafting session in Tunis

TUNIS, Tunisia

Late on Sunday night, November 13, 2005, an assembly of about 100 people agreed to a series of minimal points of common ground related to Source: Tunis Agenda for the Information Society">internet governance

in Tunis. These points were then to be reported back to the general plenary of what is called the resumed PrepCom 3 meeting of the World Summit on the Information Society (Source: APC ICT Policy Handbook and APC Annual Report 2005.">WSIS

) for definitive negotiation and implementation.

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."

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