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Alternative summit to WSIS under heavy political pressure

TUNIS, TUNISIA 13 November 2005 (APCNews)

Organisers of the Citizens’ Summit on the Information Society (CSIS) were forbidden from holding their event in a pre-confirmed hotel conference room at Tunis, venue of the currently-underway World Summit on the Information Society. After confirming the reservation, Hotel Oriental Palace announced to the organisers by fax that, "following unforeseeable works in room Farabi", they were compelled to cancel the reservation, and would reimburse the advance payment, awaiting the CSIS’ technical suggestions.

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APC WSIS Blog: Don't take pictures@WSIS-Tunis

TUNIS, TUNISIA 13 November 2005 (Shahzad (BytesForAll, Pakistan))

Maxigas — a friend from Hungary — and myself had the opportunity to go to the Tunis City Centre last afternoon, just to have a feel of the city and get to know a little more about Tunis. The atmosphere seemed quite festive, and preparations for the WSIS are in full swing. Green plants are being transported in numbers and transplanted on roadsides and important squares, large pictures of the Tunisian President are installed everywhere, and even most of the banners also carry his pictures welcoming the WSIS delegates. But questions remain….

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WSIS: APC makes recommendations on internet governance at UN summit

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA 13 November 2005 (APC)

APC has participated extensively in the internet governance process at the World Summit on Information Society. Out of this participation and in collaboration with other partners, including members of the WSIS civil society internet governance caucus, APC has crystallized a set of recommendations with regard to internet governance ahead of the final Summit in Tunis in November 2005.

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New book... via Tunis

Tunis, Tunisia

Word Matters Multicultural perspectives on information societies has been described as "a collective work by some 30 authors from civil societies all over the world, deciphers the central concepts of the 'information society'."

Ultimate webmaster, citizens' voice

Goa, India

Might interest you: Inter-Press Service has this story U.S. Fights to Remain the Ultimate Webmaster which says that international efforts to break down the digital barriers facing the world's poor will backfire if governments fail to work out their differences on the issue of Source: Tunis Agenda for the Information Society">internet governance

. Meanwhile, here's the website for the Citizens' Summit on the Information Society (CSIS). It was launched on November 10.

Technorati links (2488 and growing)

Goa, India

Technorati.com, the search engine for blogs, throws up a total of 2,488 posts related to the WSIS among the 21 million sites and 1.7 Collins English dictionary ">billion

links that it tracks.

WSIS Panel on WIPO and IPRs (Nov 16)

Manila, Philippines

Thought this -- IPJ at WSIS:A parallel event to be held at the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) in Tunis -- would be of interest. Not sure if it conflicts with any events. Probably will :-).

Gender voices from Tunis

Prague, Czech Republic

Here's some information about GenderIT.org coverage planned for the Source: APC ICT Policy Handbook and APC Annual Report 2005.">WSIS

at Tunis in mid-November 2005. See details of what's expected via websites, blogs, RSS feeds and more, to keep cyberspace informed about what's emerging.

APC ... reflecting the WSIS

Goa, India

Some of APC's plans for reflecting what's happening at Tunis include its English and Spanish websites and a blog in French

These blogs aim to be a mix of indepth structured articles plus notes and comment from the APC team in Tunis, and anyone else who would like to write. It's open to the public to post items and comments, subject to posts being relevant to the theme.

Podcast Primer, a simple way of getting started

VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA 12 November 2005 (Andrew Garton)

This is a quick and dirty guide to Podcasting… in short, how to hear ours and other Podcasts with the minimum of fuss. It was written the other day, as we were finding quite a few people who knew about Podcasting, but didn’t really find a simple way to get onto it. This was published on our independent publishing label, Secession’s web site and RSS feed. Hope this helps…

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