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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


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

, by far, was the most interesting and useful day since am here. It was great indeed, when many more Style information: Do not use e-mail with a hyphen.

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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="">Citizens' Summit on the
Information Society... blocked in Tunis, * href="">WSIS Wire, * href="">WSIS official site from the Source: ITU">ITU

, * href="">UN Multi-Stakeholder
Partnerships, * href="
Summit">Newsroom, Tunis Phase, * href="">Open access: the facts,* href="">Andy Carvin's Waste of Bandwidth Style information: This term should not be capitalised.

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*, * href="">ITU's
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success story home page, * Unesco WSIS publication series, * The
WSIS Civil Society Meeting Point
, * href="">German site on
WSIS, * href="">Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung
(German Greens Party-linked foundation) on WSIS..., * href="
reports of UNESCO’s four thematic meetings for WSIS, * href="">a (very) few websites
focusing on ICT for Development, * href="">helping to "make the best of your visit
and promote your activities" at Tunis, * electronic dissidents, * href="">interview:
humanity will survive information deluge – Sir Arthur C Clarke,
* FSF Europe on who
owns and controls the information societies?
, * href="">WSIS and Beyond:
dialogue between Soenke Zehle and Geert Lovink, * href="">list of
participants at the ICT4All exhibition at Tunis and * href="">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


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">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.

Flagrant violation of human rights

Tunis, Tunisia

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.

Can more afford ride to cyberspace?

Goa, India

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">internet

costs 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


Don't take pictures@WSIS-Tunis

Tunis, Tunisia

Maxigas -- a friend from Hungary -- and myself had the opportunity to go to the Tunis City Centre last afternoon, just to have a feel of the city and get to know a little more about Tunis. The atmosphere seemed quite festive, and preparations for the Source: APC ICT Policy Handbook and APC Annual Report 2005.">WSIS

are in full swing. Green plants are being transported in numbers and transplanted on roadsides and important squares, large pictures of the Tunisian President are installed everywhere, and even most of the banners also carry his pictures welcoming the WSIS delegates ;) But questions remain....

Ultimate webmaster, citizens' voice

Goa, India

Might interest you: Inter-Press Service has this story U.S. Fights to Remain the Ultimate Webmaster which says that international efforts to break down the digital barriers facing the world's poor will backfire if governments fail to work out their differences on the issue of Source: Tunis Agenda for the Information Society">internet governance

. Meanwhile, here's the website for the Citizens' Summit on the Information Society (CSIS). It was launched on November 10.

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