...It is unacceptable that the UN still has members that harass or imprison their citizens because they criticize them on the Internet. Freedom of speech has to be respected. Everyone has to be able to express their views freely. It is one of the crucial conditions for this conference to succeed...
By 10 pm Tuesday, the chairperson, Ambassador Khan, had concluded negotiations on Chapter 3 on Source: Tunis Agenda for the Information Society">internet governanceand received a standing ovation from all attending delegates. The outcome of the Source: TechSoup Glossary and GenderIT.org">internet governance process is to have a forum that will take up broad public policy issues on the one hand, and a process of cooperation on the narrow principles that relate to domain name, numbers and the root zone file on the other. APC's Willie Currie felt "this outcome has to be evaluated in terms of the balance of power in the community of nations."
Today was a day of cancellation. The GEM (Gender Evaluation Methodology) Book launch was scheduled to happen at 2:00 pm, but in a demonstration of solidarity, APC decided to withdraw and cancel all of its side events scheduled for today...
Source: Wikipedia">emailaddresses in my address book finally got a face ;)
Information Society... blocked in Tunis, * href="http://www.wsis-wire.net/">WSIS Wire, * href="http://www.itu.int/wsis/">WSIS official site from the Source: ITU">ITU, * href="http://www.unmsp.org/">UN Multi-Stakeholder
Partnerships, * href="http://www.itu.int/wsis/tunis/newsroom/index_print.html
Summit">Newsroom, Tunis Phase, * href="http://www.wsis-si.org/oa-facts.html">Open access: the facts,* href="http://www.andycarvin.com/">Andy Carvin's Waste of Bandwidth Style information: This term should not be capitalised. ,
* WSISblogs.org, * href="http://www.itu.int/osg/spu/wsis-themes/ict_stories/index.phtml">ITU's
Source: APC">ICT success story home page, * Unesco WSIS publication series, * The
WSIS Civil Society Meeting Point, * href="http://www.worldsummit2005.de/en/nav/14.htm">German site on
WSIS, * href="http://www.boell.de/en/04_thema/3800.html">Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung
(German Greens Party-linked foundation) on WSIS..., * href="http://portal.unesco.org/ci/en/ev.php-URL_ID=19580&URL_DO=DO_TOPIC&URL_SE
reports of UNESCO’s four thematic meetings for WSIS, * href="http://www.itu.int/wsis/stocktaking/sites.html">a (very) few websites
focusing on ICT for Development, * href="http://www.wsis-online.net/">helping to "make the best of your visit
and promote your activities" at Tunis, * electronic dissidents, * href="http://southasia.oneworld.net/article/view/74591/1">interview:
humanity will survive information deluge – Sir Arthur C Clarke,
* FSF Europe on who
owns and controls the information societies?, * href="http://www.worldsummit2005.de/en/web/810.htm">WSIS and Beyond:
dialogue between Soenke Zehle and Geert Lovink, * href="http://www.wsis-online.net/ict4all/booths?event_id=516962">list of
participants at the ICT4All exhibition at Tunis and * href="http://www.itu.int/wsis/documents/doc_multi-en-1161%7C1160.asp">WSIS
documents in various languages (incl English, Spanish, French)... This list is obviously very incomplete and needs your help in being updated.
Heated discussions between governments meeting in Tunis at the World Summit on the Information Society seems to reaching results, which could change the face of how the Source: TechSoup Glossary and GenderIT.org">internetis managed for the next several years. APCNews reports.
Mail and Guardian Online from South Africa is quoting APC to report on the manhandling, insulting and beating of journalists and human rights defenders at the Source: APC ICT Policy Handbook and APC Annual Report 2005.">WSIS.
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.
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.">WSIShas not even started yet but hearing the pronouncements below one would think that it is already over!