There are five different sections, by themes, at the ICT4All Exhibition, but I would divide them in my own five categories. These categories are corporates, NGOs, governments, international organizations and Tunisians. A report from one far corner of the floor (literally) of the exhibition.
Blogger Neila Charchour
Hachicha says these sites are being censured in Tunisia. We had no problem
in accessing them from our part of the globe... so if you can't get across
from Tunis, you know Neila is right. * Reporters sans Frontières, * Parti
Démocratique Progressiste, * human rights
site Ligue tunisienne des droits de l'Homme, * href="http://grevedelafaim.org">site of the seven political prisoners on hunger-strike since October 18, 2005, * href="http://www.plmonline.info">Parti Libéral Méditerranéen, * href="http://www.cprtunisie.com/">site of the Congress for the Republic, * href="http://www.albadil.org/">Communist Party of the Tunisian Workmen,
* online site to say "Yezzi" enough is enugh to the regime, * href="http://plmonline.blogs.com">Neila Charchour Hachicha's blog, * href="http://www.etunisie.net/">site devoted to human rights and democracy in Tunisia, * Nawaat, * href="http://www.aqlamonline.com/">Aqlamonline, * href="http://www.reveiltunisien.org">Réveil tunisien, * href="http://www.tunezine.com">Tunezine, * href="http://www.alternatives-citoyennes.sgdg.org/">Alternatives
citoyennes, * Kalimatunisie,
and * Perspectives.
"I am not that interested in what governments came to say. They come with messages that are not negotiable. On the contrary, it is great to listen to people from the NGOs and exchange ideas with them," said Taurai Maduna from the Zimbabwean NGO online community Kubatana, in the middle of the exposition centre of the Kram, Tunis. He is taking part in the Hivos-organised workshop called "Expression Under Repression" today in the Building Communications Opportunities (Source: BCO Alliance website ">BCO) stand at the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS).
infoDev and Alcatel have issued a joint report on Promoting Private Sector Investment and Innovation: Addressing the Communication Needs of the Poor which is also available
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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.">WSISII opening!
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...
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. I cast an analytical eye over them. Only one category stood out. Suits.
There are so many different caucuses and groups and everyone leads their own Source: APC ICT Policy Handbook and APC Annual Report 2005.">WSISprocess. 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.
...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...