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.
One of the focuses of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) process has been on the cross-cutting nature of technology, and how it can act as an enabler of other development objectives. In a workshop session on eRiders at WSIS, Toni Eliasz from Ungana-Afrika today presented a "replicable and low-cost ICT capacity building and support model" uniquely suited to enabling technology within this under-resourced sector commonly referred to as civil society.
This is an update on an earlier story about Tunisian websites that are currently blocked in Tunis. Please see the list below of additional sites. Once again it is not a complete list but it is a significant one from a Tunisian blogger on the APC WSIS blog.
Why is that the police who want to look like an average citizen look alike all around the world? Why do they cut their hair and comb it the same way? Why do they use the same black glasses and same gold chains? Why do they like those tropical shirts that in the long run become a uniform? In Buenos Aires, Rio de Janeiro, Santiago, Tegucigalpa or Tunisia, they are instantly identifiable.