Assault on internet freedom in Egypt

MONTEVIDEO, URUGUAY 8 December 2005 (APCNews)

State Security Intelligence walked out of private cars at 1:30 in the morning of Monday 5 December 2005, and surrounded the house of online journalist Ahmad Abdollah before breaking in. His son Islam told five bloggers (Malek, Amr Izzat, Socrates, and Manal and Alaa) who visited him the day after that he noticed three machine guns during the break-in. "They woke the rest of the family, ordered them to line up under gun threat, then searched the house and confiscated computer hard discs, compact discs, and hundreds of books," he was caught as saying. Ahmad Abdollah, who runs the Center for Islamic Enlightenment (video) which aims at comparing different religions, and bringing them closer together maintains the website Balady Net. He is also a staff writer in the al Methaq al Araby online newspaper.

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From Sri Lanka, impatient with "pilots"...

Goa, India

Sri Lankan journalist Nalaka Gunawardene has this interestingly-argued piece Waiting for Pilots to Land in Tunis on the site, that has some blunt questions to ask around the question: "Are Pilot Projects Helping Development".

Networking? Who? What? Why?

In cyberspace

Michael Gurstein has penned this interesting analysis Networking
the Networked/Closing the Loop: Some Notes on WSIS II
which is available on the archives of the incom-l mailing list. Prof Gurstein, who specialises in community based technology applications, raises critical questions about the "The Oxford Pocket Dictionary of Current English on">networking

opportunities" thrown up by
the WSIS at Tunis.

Understanding RMS...

Goa, India

Shahzad has this profile of Richard M. Stallman, the founder of the Free Software Foundation, the Free Software Movement and the GNU Project. IMHO, the description of RMS isn't way off the mark... but it simply overlooks the point of what this man is all about.

Looking back, after the show is over

in cyberspace

Coming out in end-November 2005, a Panos London i-Witness update posted via the Global Knowledge for Development network offers a follow-up to the recent Source: APC ICT Policy Handbook and APC Annual Report 2005.">WSIS

. An article from Murali Shanmugavelan in London is titled WSIS is over, but the debate has just begun. Shanmugavelan argues that building an inclusive information society will need civil society to hold governments to account -- and that the media has a crucial role to play in ensuring this happens. There are also href="">"reflections from (some of) our journalists", as Panos puts it.

Back-room lobbying, there's mail from Rice

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM 6 December 2005 (The Register)

November’s World Summit in Tunis was overshadowed by the global argument over internet governance. Its biggest controversy came with the proposition put forward by the EU a month earlier that there be a new inter-governmental body that oversee ICANN. The US government — which currently enjoys unilateral control over the internet infrastructure — was furious and launched an enormous lobbying campaign, both public and private, across the board to retain its position. ‘The Register’ has published what it said was the first full-text version of a strongly-worded letter sent by the US secretary of state Condoleezza Rice to the UK foreign minister Jack Straw,

acting in the role of presidency of the EU.

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KAMPALA, UGANDA 6 December 2005 is an electronic reflection of the Women’s Electronic Networking Training, which began in early December at Uganda. Women from Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria, Uganda, Cameroon, Zambia, Sudan, Cameroon, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Ghana and Senegal are participating in the second such workshop being hosted by APC-Africa-Women. This year, the focus of WENT Africa 2005 is Free and Open Source Software Solutions (FOSS) in women’s organisations in Africa. Melissa’s screen began by talking gobledeegook!

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Open Letter to HE Kofi A. Annan Secretary-General United Nations

This week in Tunis, at the World Summit on the Information Society, both inside and outside the official Summit, we have witnessed serious attacks on human rights and the right to and APC Internet Rights Charter">freedom of expression

. Please sign the open letter to Kofi Annan today.

Open Letter to His Excellency Kofi A. Annan Secretary-General United Nations

26 November 2005 (Signatories)

This week in Tunis, at the World Summit on the Information Society, both inside and outside the official Summit, we have witnessed serious attacks on human rights and the right to freedom of expression. Please sign the open letter to Kofi Annan today.

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