Oneworld Southeast Europe team choose to contribute to the event translating some of the articles, comments, opinion coming from APC 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.
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 blog 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 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 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…
For me, 15th November@WSIS, by far, was the most interesting and useful day since am here. It was great indeed, when many more email addresses in my address book finally got a face ;)
Some official and not-so-official links to sites covering the WSIS:
- Citizens’ Summit on the
Information Society… blocked in Tunis,
- WSIS Wire,
- WSIS official site from the ITU,
- UN Multi-Stakeholder
- Open access: the facts,
- Andy Carvin’s Waste of Bandwidth blog,
ICT success story home page,
- Unesco WSIS publication series,
- The WSIS Civil Society Meeting Point,
- German site on
(German Greens Party-linked foundation) on WSIS…,
reports of UNESCO’s four thematic meetings for WSIS,
- a (very) few websites
focusing on ICT for Development,
- helping to “make the best of your visit
and promote your activities” at Tunis,
- electronic dissidents,
humanity will survive information deluge – Sir Arthur C Clarke,
- FSF Europe on who
owns and controls the information societies?,
- WSIS and Beyond:
dialogue between Soenke Zehle and Geert Lovink,
- list of
participants at the ICT4All exhibition at Tunis and
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 WSIS has not even started yet but hearing the pronouncements below one would think that it is already over!
The 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 government 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.
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 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.
Under the incredulous eyes of the participants at the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), journalists and human rights defenders were manhandled, insulted, and then violently beaten. APCNews reports from Tunis.