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WSIS creates a new form of digital divide

Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

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, Tunis could not attract many Source: APC">ICT

celebraties. I am sure, it would not have attracted, many common men and women, who are doing silent, but exemplary work in ICT, as they just cannot afford to travel at their own cost.

So WSIS creates a new digital divide, those who could afford to participate either on public money or private money and those who cannot afford to participate.

Funding ICTs: where will the money come from?

Tunis, Tunisia

Looking back at the roots of the Digital Solidarity Fund, the responses it evoked, and the linked story of missed opportunities and promises that can still be worked out.

Free... as in tee-shirts

Tunis, Tunisia

Free, as in free speech... not free beer -- that's the message of those campaigning against proprietorial software. But what happens when the issue transforms into 'free as in tee-shirts'? And, no. We're not talking about the Ubuntu approach here -- which not only offers you free CDs, but free shipping as well... if you know where to get it from.

Snapshot: Felix (.bo)

Tunis, Tunisia

Felix says "it is nice to see so many technologies here, but I don’t think we will ever have this in Bolivia, much less in our communities”. He thinks a bit and then adds, "This summit is incommunicado, in Bolivia people go to telecentres and connect to the Source: TechSoup Glossary and">internet

there. Here everyone has a laptop and connects that way. Those of us that don't have one cannot connect and send information to our radio stations -- which is my case. On the other hand, here everyone speaks English, so language is another limitation."

New website: l'Observatoire des Politiques des TIC en Afrique de APC

TUNIS, TUNISIA 18 November 2005 (APC)

APC launched our new-look Africa ICT Policy Monitor website in French on the final day of the World Summit on the Information Society in Tunisia.

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Latin America, Caribbean and eLAC2007

Tunis, Tunisia

During an intense reunion the countries from the region agreed to have a temporary regional mechanism to establish the foundations for the creation of a permanent mechanism to coordinate and follow up the implementation of eLAC2007.

The same old strangers

Tunis, Tunis

Why is that plain-clothes cops look the same the whole world round? Why do they cut their hair and comb it the same way? Why do they use the same black glasses and same gold chains? Why do they like those tropical shirts that in the long run become a uniform? In Buenos Aires, Rio de Janeiro, Santiago, Tegucigalpa or Tunisia, you can spot them a mile away.

Maroon, pink, turquoise and grey

Tunis, Tunisia

There is something very special about Source: APC ICT Policy Handbook and APC Annual Report 2005.">WSIS

Tunis, which we didn't witnessed in Geneva. Yes, very special indeed... Like any other UN conference, or we can refer to WSIS Geneva too, this event is also full of colors, multi-national, multi-cultured and great mix of men, women, old men, old women, young boys and girls and frankly, I have seen a 3-4 month old baby attending the event with his mother ;)

World Bank, Alcatel point of view....


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-dollar players; they can change the face of telecom and computing, if they so choose. So, what are we all waiting for?

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