ICT policy

48 died and hundreds homeless – FM Radios responsible for disaster

Pakistan

This is horrific tale of two illegal FM Radio stations causing sectarian violence in Khyber Agency, some 40 kilometers from Peshawar, the capital of NWFP province in Pakistan.

UNESCO's Education for All Programme - Put ICTs into Practice

Pakistan

"Progress towards the EFA goals is steady, but too slow in terms of the target dates, especially in sub-Saharan Africa, South and West Asia, and the Arab States" the report emphasizes...

APC Internet Rights Charter

By APC (November 2006, APC )

The APC Internet Rights Charter is available in 20 languages including Urdu, Filipino, Bengali, Bulgarian, Czech, Catalan and Russian.

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Networking? Who? What? Why?

In cyberspace

Michael Gurstein has penned this interesting analysis Networking
the Networked/Closing the Loop: Some Notes on WSIS II
which is available on the archives of the incom-l mailing list. Prof Gurstein, who specialises in community based technology applications, raises critical questions about the "The Oxford Pocket Dictionary of Current English on Encyclopedia.com">networking

opportunities" thrown up by
the WSIS at Tunis.

Looking back, after the show is over

in cyberspace

Coming out in end-November 2005, a Panos London i-Witness update posted via the Global Knowledge for Development network offers a follow-up to the recent Source: APC ICT Policy Handbook and APC Annual Report 2005.">WSIS

. An article from Murali Shanmugavelan in London is titled WSIS is over, but the debate has just begun. Shanmugavelan argues that building an inclusive information society will need civil society to hold governments to account -- and that the media has a crucial role to play in ensuring this happens. There are also href="http://panos.blogs.com/iwitness">"reflections from (some of) our journalists", as Panos puts it.

Few hours with Richard Stallman

Tunis

This crazy summit, which will be remembered as Source: APC ICT Policy Handbook and APC Annual Report 2005.">WSIS

, is finally over... but the official summit frankly, ended with agreements on further meetings and conferences... and watch out folks... don't rise your expectations anymore, as nothing will happen. I infact, saw two official delegates, at the closing ceremony with good bye handshakes, saying "see you in Greece".

Cost of accessing WSIS II

Had some conversations yesterday, and I thought I would share what I have found out in terms of some cost of participating in this event....I am wondering how much the total cost of building up these sprawling white tents cost, or hiring of the buses for the shuttle service, the planting of the trees, the printing of the Tunisian President’s picture to grace the streets… and I wonder how the payment for this eventually trickles down to you, me and the countless people who have no idea of what Source: APC ICT Policy Handbook and APC Annual Report 2005.">WSIS

is about, nor have a chance to care.

For those of you not in Tunis

Tunis, Tunisia

Tiring, long walk around the exhibition area. Given the crazy schedules here, it is very difficult to spare time and get a comprehensive outlook of the exhibition, however, am posting few links which may be of interest to some of you. Apologies for not putting these in some order. But there are some potentially useful links below...

Expression under repression - at WSIS and the 'Net

cyberspace

With this excellent title Havis, an international NGO promoting the GenderIT.org and APC Internet Rights Charter">freedom of expression

organised a whole two-day event, gathering a collection of rather interesting people from all over the globe. All discussions and presentations focused on the "most extreme cases", the exercise of the freedom of communication under hostile regimes - hence the title. The Tunisian "state" in this glossary). As a general rule, "government" should not be capitalised.

Source: Wikipedia">government

has asked the organisers to change the topic of the event because they found it irrelevant to the Source: APC ICT Policy Handbook and APC Annual Report 2005.">WSIS

. AUDIO LINK

US slams Tunisia on human rights

Tunisia

The US delegation to Source: APC ICT Policy Handbook and APC Annual Report 2005.">WSIS

expressed disappointment with Tunisia's failure to secure rights of expression and assembly

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