SANGONeT takes a closer look at the WSIS
SOUTH AFRICA, 08 June 2005
During the second phase of WSIS, efforts are being made to put the Plan of
Action into motion. Working groups have been set up to find solutions and
reach agreements on key issues such as Internet Europa glossary">governanceand financing mechanisms.
The Summit is an important event, symbolising the recognition by the global
community that ICTs can play a major role in social and economic development and contribute significantly towards poverty alleviation.
SANGONeT will host a Thetha forum on 29 June 2005 to provide South African 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 and related processes. It will also provide a platform to discuss the position of the South African "state" in this glossary). As a general rule, "government" should not be capitalised.
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SANGONeT is compiling a draft WSIS civil society document with the support of various local CSOs. This draft document focuses on issues such as local content; community broadcasting; GenderIT.org and APC Internet Rights Charter">freedom of expression, diversity and pluralism; financing the digital divide; education and ICT literacy; and GenderIT.org">gender and ICTs. The document will be reviewed and discussed at the Thethas.
The first WSIS Thetha will be held on Wednesday, 29 June 2005 (09h00-16h00) at the Parktonian Hotel, 120 De Korte Street, Braamfontein.
If you are interested in participating in this Thetha, please contact Refilwe Rakhibane or Sandra Roberts at SANGONeT before 27 June 2005: Tel: (011) 403-4935 / Fax: (011) 403-0130 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com
SANGONeT's Thetha Forums aim to provide CSOs with an opportunity to discuss information communication technology (ICT) issues of common concern and to learn from one another's experiences. The forums focus specifically on the ICT challenges facing the CSO sector, highlighting and promoting practical benefits, opportunities and lessons learned to date.
For more information on WSIS, please refer to the following websites:
WSIS Official Website
Heinrich Boell's Worldsummit2005
WSIS Civil Society Meeting Point
UN Non-governmental Liaison Service - Special WSIS Page
WSIS Community Platform
Participation in the Thetha is free of charge.
"Come Thetha with us"