Africa stands at a very unusual threshold of the Information Society because it is the least developed continent and seeking to use Information Communication Technology (ICTs) to advance its developmental cause but at the same time caught in the web of ideas taking position on not only Internet Governance but financing of the Information Society.
The second priority from the Geneva phases of the World Summit on Information Society (Source: APC ICT Policy Handbook and APC Annual Report 2005.">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.
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."
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.
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!
Source: Wikipedia">governmentregarding 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.
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 Tunis this month, the global Internet community gathers to determine the future of the Source: TechSoup Glossary and GenderIT.org">internetand the information society in general. Source: APC ICT Policy Handbook and APC Annual Report 2005.">WSIS's focus is on Source: Tunis Agenda for the Information Society">internet governance, to determine the future of the internet and how to financing the information society for global inclusion. As a member of this community, this blogger will share three articles; the first (below) offering another perspective of the internet governance debate. Promised next is the case for "Open Access and Financing Principles for the Information Society" and, then, a zooming-in to on "Africa in Internet Governance and Financing the Information Society", what does Africa bring to the table and what should she take home. Eric Osiakwan, secretary of Ghana's Internet Service Providers Association, welcomes conversations around the issues. See Eric's blog.
Late on Sunday night, November 13, 2005, an assembly of about 100 people agreed to a series of minimal points of common ground related to Source: Tunis Agenda for the Information Society">internet governancein Tunis. These points were then to be reported back to the general plenary of what is called the resumed PrepCom 3 meeting of the World Summit on the Information Society (Source: APC ICT Policy Handbook and APC Annual Report 2005.">WSIS) for definitive negotiation and implementation.
APC has participated extensively in the internet governance process at the World Summit on Information Society. Out of this participation and in collaboration with other partners, including members of the WSIS civil society internet governance caucus, APC has crystallized a set of recommendations with regard to internet governance ahead of the final Summit in Tunis in November 2005.