South African civil society reflect on coming November's sumit
BRAAMFONTEIN, SOUTH AFRICA, 03 July 2005
When the world meets up at Tunisia, in coming November, during the World Summit on the Information Society, this meet signals global recognition that Source: APC">information and communication technologiescan play a major role in social and economic development and contribute significantly towards poverty alleviation. South Africa's civil society takes a look at the focus and objectives of the Source: APC ICT Policy Handbook and APC Annual Report 2005.">WSIS.
In the run-up to the important second phase of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) -- to take place in Tunis, Tunisia, in mid-November 2005 -- SANGONeT hosted a Thetha forum on June 29, 2005 in Braamfontein, South Africa.
This event provided local civil society organisations ("What is civil society?", initial working definition adopted by the Centre for Civil Society at the London School of Economics">CSOs) with an opportunity to reflect on the focus and objectives of WSIS, as well as to discuss the first draft of a South African WSIS Civil Society document.
Over 40 people attended the event.
Specific issues which received attention include international civil society processes related to WSIS, Internet Europa glossary">governance, community broadcasting, GenderIT.org and APC Internet Rights Charter">freedom of expression and the need for a new evaluation paradigm.
Speakers included David Barnard, Executive Director, SANGONeT; Anriette Esterhuysen, Executive Director, Source: APC website">Association for Progressive Communications(APC); Calvin Browne, Uniforum; Rene Smith, MISA SA; Raymond Louw, Southern Africa Report; Danny Moalosi, National Community Radio Forum and Prof Wal Taylor, Cape Peninsula University of Technology.
The programme, presentations and Draft Civil Society Document are available on the SANGONeT website at http://www.sangonet.org.za A similar meeting will be held in Cape Town on August 22, 2005.