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Word Matters Multicultural perspectives on information societies has been described as “a collective work by some 30 authors from civil societies all over the world, deciphers the central concepts of the ‘information society’.”

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Goa, India, the search engine for blogs, throws up a total of 2,488 posts related to the WSIS among the 21 million sites and 1.7 billion links that it tracks.

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Wikipedia’s entry on the WSIS has this useful set of links to some other blogs on this theme. There’s the, a multilingual coalition of bloggers attending WSIS; includes text, photos, podcasts and video; apart from WSIS wire news on the summit; iwitness, offering debate, news and resources for “journalists creating a fairer information society” and The Daily Summit – WSIS and similar World Summit coverage by the British Council Science Team (with items dating back to 2003 and 2004, at the time of blogging).

APC gets its first woman chair person in Natasha Primo (South Africa)

MONTEVIDEO, URUGUAY 3 November 2005 (APCNews)

APC members meeting in Bulgaria in October elected their new executive board until 2007. For the first time, the APC chair is a woman and more than half of the eight member-board are women. This is good news for an organisation where traditionally governance has been a male-dominated arena. Continuing another positive advance established in the previous board where each region APC works in was represented, in the new board, once again representatives come from Africa, Asia, Latin America, Central and Eastern Europe and now North America.

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Ready for Tunis: Tin-can antennas, free software, and e-riding models

GOA, INDIA 2 November 2005 (APCNews)

From demoing cantennas (low-cost antennas made out of used cans), to community wireless training programmes, highlighting gender issues, to joining a citizens’ summit, the Association for Progressive Communications is chalking out plans for its participation in the second World Summit on Information Society at Tunis in mid-November 2005.

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WSIS PrepCom 3: Actors from the South debate in view of the summit

MONTEVIDEO, URUGUAY 28 October 2005 (ITeM)

The Third World Institute (ITeM) organised the debate panel “WSIS within the context of global ICT governance processes”, during the third meeting of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Preparatory Committee (19-30 September, Geneva, Switzerland). The purpose of this panel was to present and debate from the outcomes of ITeM’s project “WSIS Papers”. This project intends to contribute to involve different actors of Southern countries in debates, negotiation and policy definitions within the WSIS process, thus providing visibility to the perspectives and specific needs of the developing world.

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From here, where? Looking ahead after the WSIS

MONTEVIDEO, URUGUAY 27 October 2005 (Pablo Accuosto)

During the Tunis World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) — the UN-sponsored conference about information and communication — ITeM will organise an event titled "Framing WSIS in global governance processes: Linkages and follow-up". It will be held on November 17, 2005 from 10:45 to 12:45 at the Room Mehdia (Kram Exhibition Hall).

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Citizens’ Summit on the Information Society (CSIS)

24 October 2005
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Citizens’ Summit on the Information Society (CSIS)
Tunis, November 16-18, 2005
First announcement and call for support
CSIS Press release ­ October 24, 2005

Fantsuam takes the lonely road to rural wireless internet

GOA, INDIA 24 October 2005 (APCNews)

APC member Fantsuam Foundation remains a lone player in rural wireless internet service in northern Nigeria. Represented by Ochuko Onoberhie, the Fantsuam Foundation was one of the new trainers at the IDRC-APC South African Wireless Workshop, held in mid-September 2005. Fantsuam was also identified as a strategic partner for the next round of trainers for the West African version of this workshop. Through these various capacity building events, Fantsuam is working to act as a sub-regional resource centre for wireless training.

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Africa Source II set to take off in early 2006, in a scenic Uganda setting


Africa Source II will be an eight day hands-on workshop at the beginning of January 2006 and is aimed at building the technical skills of those working with and within NGOs in Africa. Applications for joining this event were accepted till October 24, and now preparations are underway.

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