For me, 15th November@WSIS, by far, was the most interesting and useful day since am here. It was great indeed, when many more email addresses in my address book finally got a face ;)
Some official and not-so-official links to sites covering the WSIS: *
href=“http://citizens-summit.org/index.html”>Citizens’ Summit on the
Information Society… blocked in Tunis, * href=“http://www.wsis-wire.net/”>WSIS Wire, * href=“http://www.itu.int/wsis/”>WSIS official site from the 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 blog,
- WSISblogs.org, *
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 internet is managed for the next several years. APCNews reports.
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 WSIS has not even started yet but hearing the pronouncements below one would think that it is already over!
The internet should be more democratic and more international, says the WSIS’ chief organizer. More than 80% of the goals of WSIS have already been achieved, saysITU chief Yoshio Utsumi at his opening press conference for the summit’s currently-underway second phase in Tunisia. He however skipped answering whether ITU has communicated concern to Tunisia’s government regarding the safety of journalists and human rights’ campaigners. Utsumi also announced that over 300 parallel events planned. Some 12,000 delegates are meanwhile in Tunis on the eve of the summit opening.
Many international NGOs taking part in WSIS have collectively decided to cancel their activities planned for today at WSIS. This measure is intended to make government, private sector and civil society delegates aware of the human rights violations that have been adding up since the beginning of PrepCom3 resumed. 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. Interview with Anriette Esterhuysen of the Association for Progressive Communications (APC).
Here’s an articulate post by a journalist colleague from India — one of the few that makes sense of the issues at Tunis. It was written by Anand Parthasarathy of The Hindu, a prominent Indian newspaper, and reproduced via the One World South Asia network. BytesForAll mailing list, an APC member, reproduced it… and it raised a (brief but interesting) discussion.
At the end of the day, Maxigas and I decided to take a walk and survey the images of women, men, elderly people, young people and disabled people at the ICT 4 All Exhibition hall. Afterall, the claim is that ICT is for all right? So who is this ‘all’ we are talking about.