In the present context of Nepal, excluding the government offices and huge financial institutions, more than 90% of the PC’s run pirated version of Microsoft Windows. Despite the persuasion and the creation of awareness, as long as the piracy continues it will always be difficult for the users to switch to Open Source alternatives such as Linux. The major reasons behind it are the cost and the vendor lock.
There are many different dimensions of access and the IGF panel here in Athens certainly touched on many of them… from access for people with disability, for people that are not literate, access for scientists and researchers.
The workshop held on 1st of November under title Equal Access on the Web at the first Internet Governance Forum in Greece reminded us that as one of the panelists pointed out, IS stands not only for Information Society but for Inclusive Society as well.
Of all the many bytes emerging out of Athens and the IGF, this one made the most sense to me: Piracy creates jobs, but [Free Software and] Open Source and Open Standards create opportunity, create entrepreneurs. And I think that’s the challenge for the
href=“http://www.igfgreece2006.gr”>IGF as well, how to look at it is a public interest forum, the
Internet is a public space, and how can we facilitate maximum sharing, maximum creativity, peer production, new models, innovation.
— Anriette Esterhuysen, at the Internet Governance Forum, Athens, November 1, 2006 http://www.intgovforum.org/IGF-Panel2-311006am.txt.
Everyone talks, but no-one listens…. Spam, multilingualism, cybercrime, cybersecurity, privacy and data protection, freedom of expression, human rights, interconnection …. The Internet is one of the most powerful inventions of the digital age…. Given the huge impact of the Internet on our daily lives, states must remain the ultimate guarantors of our Internet rights and freedoms,… Reporters Without Borders will be at the Internet Governance Forum in Athens to remind participants that free expression must be at the centre …. A long-simmering dispute over whether the U.S. government has too much control over the Internet’s underpinnings …. Some voices emerging prior to Athens.
Interestingly enough, being present at the first Communication for Development (C4D, in NGO slang) conference in Rome gives me some insights for the upcoming Internet Governance Forum, a space where the future is supposed to be discussed.
PressZoom which describes itself as the “global news service and press release distribution” network, has these figures about the Internet Governance Forum, which begins in Athens, Greece from October 30. Participants: 1200. Main sessions: eight (focussing on the Internet’s openness, security, diversity and access). Workshops: 30 (held in parallel to the main sessions, focusing on specific issues relevant to Internet governance).
The Internet Governance Forum‘s inaugural meet is at Athens, Greece from October 30 to November 2, 2006. My Association for Progressive Communications colleagues Frédéric Dubois and Analia Lavin will be there. To get to the background of what this is all about check this Wikipedia page. It has links to the mandate of the IGF, its structure and functions, its history, its analysis, its current situation and some external links.
INTERNET GOVERNANCE FORUM: APC puts up the fight for an open access, equal opportunity and educative internet
APC is viewing the inaugural meeting of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) – which and will be held in Athens from October 30 to November 2 – as a "vitally important event”. "For the first time in a global policy forum, governments, civil society, the private sector and international organisations can address public policy issues concerning the internet on an equal footing," said APC’s policy programme head Willie Currie.
Bimbola Ayesola is a woman journalist working at The Sun Publishing Ltd, a