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Resources on multi-stakeholder participation in UN processes

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND 1 April 2005 (APC)

As part of our involvement in the WSIS, and our policy advocacy capacity building work at national and regional levels, APC has started to gather a list of resources on the topic. We want to thank members of the WSIS CS Plenary online space for their contributions. The list is a work in progress; do not expect it to be comprehensive. Please send additions to networking at apc.org.

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ICTs for Grassroots: Women from South Asia

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND 1 April 2005 (Maud Hand)

Like bright flowers in a grey space, the grassroots women of India livened up February’s Prepcom proceedings and it wasn’t just their stylish saris that did the trick. Undaunted by the suits and officialdom of Geneva’s UN machinery, these Indian representatives vigorously demonstrated the value of ICTs in their working lives and made a cogent case for finances to build more equitable ICT infrastructures in developing countries like India. Over chappatis and chi, they shared their stories with Maud Hand for APCNews.

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Interview with Ayesha Hassan, leader of the business sector at WSIS

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND 1 April 2005 (Maud Hand)

When Ayesha Hassan contributed to the Open Consultations on Internet Governance in the run up to WSIS, it was clear that the business sector’s concerns were in competent hands. This stylishly suited lawyer, a Senior Policy Manager on ICT for the International Chamber of Commerce, leads the CCBI – the Co-ordinating Committee of Business Interlocutors at the conference. Maud Hand hears how this business interlocutor stays in command of her committee during PrepCom 2.

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Pangea, Spain: Celebrating much more than 10 years!

BARCELONA, SPAIN 7 March 2005

Spanish APC member, Pangea, has been at the service of the community of people and organisations that work for social change for more than a decade. It has dedicated itself to this by facilitating communication through e-mail and conferences, internet and web connections. On 9 March 2005 Pangea will commemorate this with a special conference attended, as distinguished guests, by Julian Casabuenas (Colnodo) and Dafne Plou (APC Women’s Networking Support Programme).

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What can Creative Commons and open content do for Africa?

ACCRA, GHANA 1 March 2005 (Heather Ford)

Creative Commons could be a very useful initiative in West Africa, but there are a number of challenges that need to be taken into consideration before we will see any significant African participation in the global movement. This was the general consensus of participants at a workshop held by the APC in collaboration with the Kofi Annan Centre of Excellence in ICT in Accra, Ghana at the beginning of February.

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Media Trade Monitor reports from UNESCO meeting

PARIS, FRANCE 5 February 2005 (Sasha Costanza-Chock)

Government delegates are meeting in Paris, from January 31 to February 12th, to negotiate the near-final text of the proposed UNESCO Convention on Cultural Diversity.

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CRIS Campaign statement to the Social Movements Assembly of the World Social Forum

PORTO ALEGRE, BRAZIL 31 January 2005

The CRIS Campaign released a statement to the Social Assemblies of the World Social Forum putting the spotlight on communication rights violations in Tunisia, the host country for the 2005 World Summit on the Information Society. The statement also lays out CRIS’ support for proposals at UNESCO for a strong international convention to promote and defend cultural diversity – a step which could provide a legislative defence for nations contesting damaging international free trade agreements. APC is a member of CRIS.

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What do communication rights mean to people on the ground when they are denied them?

PORTO ALEGRE 28 January 2005 (APCNews)

Activists from Tunisia, Italy, Paraguay and Brazil reported on conditions in their countries and the response of civil society. APCNews reports from the Vth World Social Forum.

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Editorial: The challenges of the WSF and the responsibilities of communicators

PORTO ALEGRE, BRAZIL 28 January 2005 (Mario Lubetkin, IPS)

The first four World Social Forums — from 2001 to 2004 — were extraordinary moments of congregation, participation, debate and exchange amongst tens of thousands of activists from around the world, who transformed the WSF into the trademark meeting of civil society.

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Fighting for the right to information

PORTO ALEGRE, BRAZIL 27 January 2005 (Mario Dujisin, IPS)

The control wielded by big media and the need for strategies to challenge that power were among the central themes addressed at the First Information and Communication World Forum (ICWF).

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