Open access

Software freedom? It's Microsoft-only

Tunis, Tunisia

The official online press service of Source: APC ICT Policy Handbook and APC Annual Report 2005.">WSIS

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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

For me, 15th November@Source: APC ICT Policy Handbook and APC Annual Report 2005.">WSIS

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addresses in my address book finally got a face ;)

WSISlinks... do check these out

In cybe

Some official and not-so-official links to sites covering the Source: APC ICT Policy Handbook and APC Annual Report 2005.">WSIS

: * href="http://citizens-summit.org/index.html">Citizens' Summit on the
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.

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,
* 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.

WSIS II: A walking dead

cyberspace

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.">WSIS

has not even started yet but hearing the pronouncements below one would think that it is already over!

Utsumi happy over security... despite all

Tunis, Tunisia

The Source: TechSoup Glossary and GenderIT.org">internet

should be more democratic and more international, says the WSIS’ chief organizer. More than 80% of the goals of WSIS have already been achieved, saysITU chief Yoshio Utsumi at his opening press conference for the summit’s currently-underway second phase in Tunisia. He however skipped answering whether ITU has communicated concern to Tunisia’s "state" in this glossary). As a general rule, "government" should not be capitalised.

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regarding 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.

Obstacles ...and whose security?

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">security

checks 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.

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