The second priority from the Geneva phases of the World Summit on Information Society (WSIS) was the financing of the Information Society but the Internet Governance debate has overshadowed this. Given that I have made a submission on the later I feel obliged to contribute my 50 cents to the former – for me financing the information society should take more precedence over the Internet Governance debate.
Valentina of Unimondo-South East Europe wrote to APC to tell us that stories from the blogs are being translated into Macedonian, and other languages. She sent some URLs.
"Internet for personal development, that should be the key axis of the debate. In Peru, there is still many people who have no access… having a laptop like this one is a luxury for most people there…" This Peruvian TV journalist finds the debate to be too general, and without practical outcomes. There should be less discourse and more action, he feels. "Rich countries should state clearly how they will facilitate the access of the poor to the internet."
Wednesday afternoon, November 17, the Tunisian Human Rights League (LTDH) invited the press and NGOs for what was to become a marathon of explicit talks challenging the Tunisian government on its human rights record. While heads of states’ speeches present at the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) were pouring in on all TV channels, revolution was just around the corner in another district of Tunis.
There are five different sections, by themes, at the ICT4All Exhibition, but I would divide them in my own five categories. These categories are corporates, NGOs, governments, international organizations and Tunisians. A report from one far corner of the floor (literally) of the exhibition.
Blogger Neila Charchour
Hachicha says these sites are being censured in Tunisia. We had no problem
in accessing them from our part of the globe… so if you can’t get across
from Tunis, you know Neila is right. * Reporters sans Frontières, * Parti
Démocratique Progressiste, * human rights
site Ligue tunisienne des droits de l’Homme, * href=“http://grevedelafaim.org”>site of the seven political prisoners on hunger-strike since October 18, 2005, * href=“http://www.plmonline.info”>Parti Libéral Méditerranéen, * href=“http://www.cprtunisie.com/”>site of the Congress for the Republic, * href=“http://www.albadil.org/”>Communist Party of the Tunisian Workmen,
- online site to say “Yezzi” enough is enugh to the regime, *
href=“http://plmonline.blogs.com”>Neila Charchour Hachicha’s blog, *
href=“http://www.etunisie.net/”>site devoted to human rights and democracy in Tunisia, * Nawaat, *
href=“http://www.reveiltunisien.org”>Réveil tunisien, *
citoyennes, * Kalimatunisie,
and * Perspectives.
“I am not that interested in what governments came to say. They come with messages that are not negotiable. On the contrary, it is great to listen to people from the NGOs and exchange ideas with them,” said Taurai Maduna from the Zimbabwean NGO online community Kubatana, in the middle of the exposition centre of the Kram, Tunis. He is taking part in the Hivos-organised workshop called “Expression Under Repression” today in the Building Communications Opportunities (BCO) stand at the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS).
infoDev and Alcatel have issued a joint report on Promoting Private Sector Investment and Innovation: Addressing the Communication Needs of the Poor which is also available
here. These are billion-dollar players; they can change the face of telecom and computing, if they so choose. So, what are we all waiting for?
It has been a crazy tiring, hectic and running-around day, so I am hoping to give a small glimpse at least before I pass out into oblivion. So, after working on this process for close to seven years, we are finally tying up the ribbons and signing on the dotted line with icing. Yes, it is WSIS II opening!
The Governments of Latin America and the Caribbean take on commitments towards the implementation of eLAC2007
The government representatives of Latin America and the Caribbean approve of the temporary regional Mechanism for the implementation of the regional plan of action for the information society, eLAC2007.