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Photos from Tunis, via Flikr

In cyberspace

There's something subversive and amazingly workable about this collaborative style of collating and sharing information. APC's group-blogs in English, French and Spanish are one example. But an even better one is this Flickr.com tags for WSIS which has already crossed 750 photographs in all. Thanks to APC's Karen Higgs for pointing it out to me, when she wrote: "Some of the photos are great and all I could see under href="http://www.creativecommons.org">CreativeCommons.org (licence)." Creative Commons is a nonprofit organization that offers flexible copyright licenses for creative works.

WSIS II: A walking dead

cyberspace

Ladies and gentlemen this is a pseudo-transcript of the proceedings of the Civil Society press conference held on November 15, 2005 (Tuesday) at 16:30. The second round of Source: APC ICT Policy Handbook and APC Annual Report 2005.">WSIS

has not even started yet but hearing the pronouncements below one would think that it is already over!

Utsumi happy over security... despite all

Tunis, Tunisia

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should be more democratic and more international, says the WSIS’ chief organizer. More than 80% of the goals of WSIS have already been achieved, saysITU chief Yoshio Utsumi at his opening press conference for the summit’s currently-underway second phase in Tunisia. He however skipped answering whether ITU has communicated concern to Tunisia’s "state" in this glossary). As a general rule, "government" should not be capitalised.

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regarding the safety of journalists and human rights' campaigners. Utsumi also announced that over 300 parallel events planned. Some 12,000 delegates are meanwhile in Tunis on the eve of the summit opening.

Many civil society activities cancelled

TUNIS, Tunisia

Many international NGOs taking part in Source: APC ICT Policy Handbook and APC Annual Report 2005.">WSIS

have collectively decided to cancel their activities planned for today at WSIS. This measure is intended to make "state" in this glossary). As a general rule, "government" should not be capitalised.

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, private sector and civil society delegates aware of the human rights violations that have been adding up since the beginning of PrepCom3 resumed. It is also a clear showing of solidarity with all independent NGOs in Tunisia who seem to have to put up with police repression on a daily basis. Interview with Anriette Esterhuysen of the Source: APC website">Association for Progressive Communications

(APC).

Who gets the credit, and who controls?

Goa, India

Here's an articulate post by a journalist colleague from India -- one of the few that makes sense of the issues at Tunis. It was written by Anand Parthasarathy of The Hindu, a prominent Indian newspaper, and reproduced via the One World South Asia network. BytesForAll mailing list, an APC member, reproduced it... and it raised a (brief but interesting) discussion.

ICT for All? Really?

At the end of the day, Maxigas and I decided to take a walk and survey the images of women, men, elderly people, young people and disabled people at the Source: APC">ICT

4 All Exhibition hall. Afterall, the claim is that ICT is for all right? So who is this 'all' we are talking about.

Obstacles ...and whose security?

Took a cab to the Kram Palexbo, where the Summit and IT 4 All exhibition was happening[...] When we finally got to the site, we were stopped 5 times at "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">security

checks at every turn of the road and I had to flash my registration card and a big smile to calm the security that I was indeed, a legitimate subject to attend this conference, accredited (somehow) and all.

Cause for concern: how free is free?

In cyberspace

IFEX Action Alert Network, the International Freedom of eXpression Clearing House has come out with a statement quoting Article 19 to point to attacks on journalists and others at the Source: APC ICT Policy Handbook and APC Annual Report 2005.">WSIS

by the authorities. This statement is being distributed on behalf of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Civil Society's Media Caucus.

E-GOVERNANCE AND INFORMATIONAL RIGHTS

Delhi,India.

A note analysing the relationship of e-Europa glossary">governance

and informational rights.

WSIS: In the face of police repression, civil society cancels activities

TUNIS, TUNISIA 15 November 2005 (Markus Beckedahl)

Many international NGOs taking part in the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) have collectively decided to cancel their activities planned for today, November 15, at WSIS. This measure is to make government, private sector and civil society delegates aware of the human rights violations that have been adding up over the last two days including beatings of journalists by police and the breaking-up of meetings since November 13. It is also a clear showing of solidarity with all independent NGOs in Tunisia who seem to have to put up with police repression on a daily basis. Markus Beckedahl interviewed APC’s Anriette Esterhuysen on the reasons for this drastic decision. Listen to the interview.

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