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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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Who will control the internet? Negotiations appear to be pointing towards a multi-stakeholder, multi-lateral forum

TUNIS, TUNISIA 15 November 2005 (APCNews)

Heated discussions between governments meeting in Tunisia at the World Summit on the Information Society seems to reaching results which could change the face of how the internet is managed for the next several years. APCNews reports.

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Hope remains forever... Tunis vignettes

Tunis, Tunisia

Have just gotten out of the Global Knowledge Partnership or GKP's partnership building workshop at the El-Hana Hotel in Tunis City Centre. It indeed was a pleasant experience. Frankly, had no clue earlier that how GKP works and what kind of partnerships they have all around the world ...

Online protest ... an alternative home

Tunisia

Since the official website of the Online Protest is censored as you can check for yourself here http://www.yezzi.org. I copied all pics from the protest on flickr cause I thought you might like to discover this online protest http://flickr.com/photos/yezzi/sets/1366354/.
It is a virtual online protest to say "Yezzi...Fock" which means "Enough is Enough". They just cannot say we are disturbing the public order and protesting is a constitutional right. The Keyboard Revolution is doing it's way so help us keep the Source: TechSoup Glossary and GenderIT.org">internet

free from censorship.

It's another world out there...

In cyberspace

Inter-Press Service, the alternate Third World-focussed news agency, has these stories related to the Source: APC ICT Policy Handbook and APC Annual Report 2005.">WSIS

. Given its alternative perspective, it reminds us of some diverse perspectives which the first-to-break-the-news Western media often overlooks... or simply prefers not to highlight. One interesting piece is href="http://www.ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=30995">Media Enemies to Share UN Spotlight by Marty Logan.

In Tunis, internet governance rhymes with state control

TUNIS, Tunisia

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 (Source: APC ICT Policy Handbook and APC Annual Report 2005.">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 "state" in this glossary). As a general rule, "government" should not be capitalised.

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and its human right record.

APC talks... in Spanish and French too

Goa, India

Don't miss APC.org's blogs in Spanish and French too. Given APC's base in Latin America, Spanish has been long used. But the French blog is a new initiative, thanks to APC information coordinator Frederic Dubois. Among other posts, the French blog has this story by Neila Charchour Hachicha who lists a dozen-and-half sites blocked by Tunisia, host to the Source: APC ICT Policy Handbook and APC Annual Report 2005.">WSIS

and a "state" in this glossary). As a general rule, "government" should not be capitalised.

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which claims it guarantees GenderIT.org and APC Internet Rights Charter">freedom of expression

.

[GUEST BLOG] Privacy and data rights of Netizens

India

The aim of this article is to analyse the "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">privacy

and data rights of the netizens in the cyberspace. A comparative analysis of the TRIPS Agreement and the Indian laws has also been made to give a holistic picture. Further, certain strategies for the companies have also been recommended.

[GUEST BLOG] Effective e-governance: the safest whistle-blower

India

The aim of this article is to evaluate the role played by the “whistleblowers” in India. The method of whistleblowing is capable of gifting a free, transparent and just social order and it can eliminate the arbitrariness, officialdom and corruption from a society. This is more so when the system of e-Europa glossary">governance

is used for public-governmental interactions. The accountability can be established with the use of e-governance in the governmental and non-governmental functioning. The present work can be utilised by the government while making a law in this field, which is due for legislation.

Net wants to be decentrally governed

WSIS

At Tunis this month, the global Internet community gathers to determine the future of the Source: TechSoup Glossary and GenderIT.org">internet

and the information society in general. Source: APC ICT Policy Handbook and APC Annual Report 2005.">WSIS

's focus is on Source: Tunis Agenda for the Information Society">internet governance

, to determine the future of the internet and how to financing the information society for global inclusion. As a member of this community, this blogger will share three articles; the first (below) offering another perspective of the internet governance debate. Promised next is the case for "Open Access and Financing Principles for the Information Society" and, then, a zooming-in to on "Africa in Internet Governance and Financing the Information Society", what does Africa bring to the table and what should she take home. Eric Osiakwan, secretary of Ghana's Internet Service Providers Association, welcomes conversations around the issues. See Eric's blog.

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