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. I cast an analytical eye over them. Only one category stood out. Suits.
There are so many different caucuses and groups and everyone leads their own Source: APC ICT Policy Handbook and APC Annual Report 2005.">WSISprocess. 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.
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...
Source: Wikipedia">emailaddresses in my address book finally got a face ;)
Information Society... blocked in Tunis, * href="http://www.wsis-wire.net/">WSIS Wire, * href="http://www.itu.int/wsis/">WSIS official site from the Source: ITU">ITU, * href="http://www.unmsp.org/">UN Multi-Stakeholder
Partnerships, * href="http://www.itu.int/wsis/tunis/newsroom/index_print.html
Summit">Newsroom, Tunis Phase, * href="http://www.wsis-si.org/oa-facts.html">Open access: the facts,* href="http://www.andycarvin.com/">Andy Carvin's Waste of Bandwidth Style information: This term should not be capitalised. ,
* WSISblogs.org, * href="http://www.itu.int/osg/spu/wsis-themes/ict_stories/index.phtml">ITU's
Source: APC">ICT success story home page, * Unesco WSIS publication series, * The
WSIS Civil Society Meeting Point, * href="http://www.worldsummit2005.de/en/nav/14.htm">German site on
WSIS, * href="http://www.boell.de/en/04_thema/3800.html">Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung
(German Greens Party-linked foundation) on WSIS..., * href="http://portal.unesco.org/ci/en/ev.php-URL_ID=19580&URL_DO=DO_TOPIC&URL_SE
reports of UNESCO’s four thematic meetings for WSIS, * href="http://www.itu.int/wsis/stocktaking/sites.html">a (very) few websites
focusing on ICT for Development, * href="http://www.wsis-online.net/">helping to "make the best of your visit
and promote your activities" at Tunis, * electronic dissidents, * href="http://southasia.oneworld.net/article/view/74591/1">interview:
humanity will survive information deluge – Sir Arthur C Clarke,
* FSF Europe on who
owns and controls the information societies?, * href="http://www.worldsummit2005.de/en/web/810.htm">WSIS and Beyond:
dialogue between Soenke Zehle and Geert Lovink, * href="http://www.wsis-online.net/ict4all/booths?event_id=516962">list of
participants at the ICT4All exhibition at Tunis and * href="http://www.itu.int/wsis/documents/doc_multi-en-1161%7C1160.asp">WSIS
documents in various languages (incl English, Spanish, French)... This list is obviously very incomplete and needs your help in being updated.
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.
Took a cab to the Kram Palexbo, where the Summit and IT 4 All exhibition was happening[...] When we finally got to the site, we were stopped 5 times at "African journalists trained in how to communicate securely online" (APCNews and Toni Eliasz, 30 September 2004), Take Back the Tech! and APC Internet Rights Charter">securitychecks at every turn of the road and I had to flash my registration card and a big smile to calm the security that I was indeed, a legitimate subject to attend this conference, accredited (somehow) and all.
Under the incredulous eyes of the participants at the World Summit on the Information Society (Source: APC ICT Policy Handbook and APC Annual Report 2005.">WSIS), journalists and human rights defenders were manhandled, insulted, and then violently beaten. APCNews reports from Tunis.
En route to the promised global village, the information superhighway is plagued by poor access and high fares that the bulk of this planet simply cannot afford. Reducing international Source: TechSoup Glossary and GenderIT.org">internetcosts is an important priority, underlined in a set of recommendations from the APC made to the Source: APC ICT Policy Handbook and APC Annual Report 2005.">WSIS stresses.