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Can more afford ride to cyberspace?

Goa, India

En route to the promised global village, the information superhighway is plagued by poor access and high fares that the bulk of this planet simply cannot afford. Reducing international Source: TechSoup Glossary and GenderIT.org">internet

costs is an important priority, underlined in a set of recommendations from the APC made to the Source: APC ICT Policy Handbook and APC Annual Report 2005.">WSIS

stresses.

Flagrant violation of human rights this morning alongside UN summit

14 November 2005
TUNIS, TUNISIA 14 November 2005 () -

Under the incredulous eyes of the participants at the World Summit on the Information Society (Style information: When using the acronym, do not use the definite article, i.e. write “at WSIS” rather than “at the WSIS”.

Source: APC ICT Policy Handbook and APC Annual Report 2005.”>WSIS), journalists and human rights defenders were manhandled, insulted, and then violently beaten.

Flagrant violation of human rights this morning alongside UN summit

TUNIS, TUNISIA 14 November 2005 (APCNews)

Under the incredulous eyes of the participants at the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), journalists and human rights defenders were manhandled, insulted, and then violently beaten. APCNews reports from Tunis.

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In Tunis, internet governance rhymes with state control

TUNIS, TUNISIA 14 November 2005 (APCNews)

Today, the website of the Citizens’ summit on the information society (CSIS) was effectively off-line for all web users in Tunisia. It appears that Tunisian authorities have started to intensify their crackdown on legitimate initiatives related to the World Summit on the information Society (WSIS). Blocking the access to the www.citizens-summit.org is the latest in a series of measures introduced to silence voices critical of the government and its human right record.

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Crucial drafting session in Tunis

TUNIS, Tunisia

Late on Sunday night, November 13, 2005, an assembly of about 100 people agreed to a series of minimal points of common ground related to Source: Tunis Agenda for the Information Society">internet governance

in Tunis. These points were then to be reported back to the general plenary of what is called the resumed PrepCom 3 meeting of the World Summit on the Information Society (Source: APC ICT Policy Handbook and APC Annual Report 2005.">WSIS

) for definitive negotiation and implementation.

Some figures... and hard facts

Goa, India

Some figures, and hard facts, from a Highway Africa article, titled ICT4 All expo to attract 40,000 participants: "According to the International Telecommunication Union (Source: ITU">ITU

), the 942 million people living in the world's developed economies enjoy five times better access to fixed and mobile phone services, nine times better access to Internet services, and own 13 times more personal computers than the 85 per cent of the world's population living in low and lower-middle income countries. ITU also estimates that 800,000 villages still lack connection by telephone line, the Internet or any other modern ICT."

Don't take pictures@WSIS-Tunis

Tunis, Tunisia

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 Source: APC ICT Policy Handbook and APC Annual Report 2005.">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....

Some voices... about Tunis

Goa, India

How's the world comprehending Tunis? From disinterest to unheard voices, bewilderment, hidden agendas and nationalistic positions... all these seem to be the trends emerging from the media conference on November 2005's World Summit on the Information Society at Tunisia. More so, if one looks at the media from a Southern perspective.

The WSIS is _not_ in Tunis

In cyberspace

Yesterday me and Shahzad had a chance to see Tunis in all its Source: APC ICT Policy Handbook and APC Annual Report 2005.">WSIS

splendour. Tunis as a city has been completely appropriated by the WSIS campaign. Public spaces where people lead their daily lives are heavily marked by a campaign about an event that they have no meaningful way to experience, and that will perhaps not bring any lasting good for their country.

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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