Open access

Unesco links... only a little handicap

Goa, India

Am sitting in Goa, at one of those fast cybercafes scattered across India, that charge about US 50 cents per hour, an am accessing a set of links sent across by the Unesco about their webcasts on events held in the WSIS at Tunis. It's very slow in downloading, and the speech is jerky, but it works. See the links below....The links are to a Workshop on ICT and persons with disabilities, Case presentations: ICT and people with disabilities, UNESCO High-Level Round Table on the occasion of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS). All of these can also be viewed at this site.

$100 laptop: hope or hype?

cyberspace

Prototypes for a $100 laptop for Third World schools are out... what does it look like? What can it do? Is there a catch? And, hangon, there is still discussion on whether the Source: TechSoup Glossary and GenderIT.org">internet

is a friend or foe of education....

US slams Tunisia on human rights

Tunisia

The US delegation to Source: APC ICT Policy Handbook and APC Annual Report 2005.">WSIS

expressed disappointment with Tunisia's failure to secure rights of expression and assembly

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position in the country. Of particular importance are the women-led event at the APC stand and APC-related talks. Keep it up!

Software freedom? It's Microsoft-only

Tunis, Tunisia

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facility of the WSIS press centre is customized for Microsoft only. The setup of the official media-service site was done so that no software other than Internet Explorer can be used. Thus, journalists using non-Wikipedia ">proprietary software

are effectively prevented from using the official UN service. The service is supposed to be available to all journalists accredited for WSIS.

Reporting WSIS... the translation chain

Sarajevo, Bosnia

Oneworld Southeast Europe team choose to contribute to the event translating some of the articles, comments, opinion coming from APC Source: APC ICT Policy Handbook and APC Annual Report 2005.">WSIS

Blog, in its language edition: Albanian, Macedonian and Southslavic language group. The reason is simply that we belive that what is happening in Tunis is about us.

Off site, in focus: ICT access in Africa

Hotel Corinthia, Gammarth just outside Tunis

My day started with a failed attempt to check in at the APC stand in ICT4all. Crowds of people were queuing to make it inside in time for the opening of the Summit. Having read Jac's diversity Style information: This term should not be capitalised.

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I cast an analytical eye over them. Only one category stood out. Suits.

Everyone leads their own WSIS process

Tunis

There are so many different caucuses and groups and everyone leads their own Source: APC ICT Policy Handbook and APC Annual Report 2005.">WSIS

process. It's a pity that civil society couldn't find its way to consolidation for stronger influence on the process. As a result such an important issues as environmental Merriam Webster Online Dictionary, APC and "Sustainable Information and Communication Technology (ICT): Thoughts by Batchelor and Norrish" (April 2002)">sustainability

, impact of the ICTs on the human health, unification of standards in different parts of the world, different systems compatibility are barely covered by the WSIS process. For the full text of the BlueLink's impressions from the WSIS in Tunis so far see the link below at the Bulgarian ICT policy monitor.

Strikes, counter strikes in human-rights

Today was a day of cancellation. The GEM (Gender Evaluation Methodology) Book launch was scheduled to happen at 2:00 pm, but in a demonstration of solidarity, APC decided to withdraw and cancel all of its side events scheduled for today...

Email addresses get a face ... finally

Tunis

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addresses in my address book finally got a face ;)

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