How the others saw Tunis...

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Here are some other voices about how civil society responded to the Tunis
mega-meet over the past week. href="http://www.ipsterraviva.net">IPS/TerraViva has done an interesting
job in highlighting diverse issues. Including href="http://www.ipsterraviva.net/tv/tunis/viewstory.asp?idnews=377">reporting
on how the non-profit world saw the results of the global meet (a
"consolation prize"), href="http://www.ipsterraviva.net/tv/tunis/viewstory.asp?idnews=364">how the NGO world sees the deal on Fuente: TechSoup Glossary y GenderIT.org ">internet

governance ("disappointed"), the treatment civil society got in Tunis ("a poor welcome") and some crucial background to understanding the issues involved.
Here are some other voices about how civil society responded to the Tunis
mega-meet over the past week. href="http://www.ipsterraviva.net">IPS/TerraViva has done an interesting
job in highlighting diverse issues. Including href="http://www.ipsterraviva.net/tv/tunis/viewstory.asp?idnews=377">reporting
on how the non-profit world saw the results of the global meet (a
"consolation prize"), href="http://www.ipsterraviva.net/tv/tunis/viewstory.asp?idnews=364">how the
NGO world sees the deal on internet governance ("disappointed"), href="http://www.ipsterraviva.net/tv/tunis/viewstory.asp?idnews=358">the
treatment civil society got in Tunis ("a poor welcome") and some crucial
background to understanding the issues involved.

This report href="http://www.ipsterraviva.net/tv/tunis/viewstory.asp?idnews=377">Civil
society vows to make best of consolation prize from Hilmi Toros of IPS,
says, "It was not what they had set out to accomplish, but civil society
groups gathered here to discuss Internet governance and development, are
vowing to make the best of the deal that was struck."

Another IPS report from Stefania Milan,
also datelined Tunis, says href="http://www.ipsterraviva.net/tv/tunis/viewstory.asp?idnews=364">Internet
governance: NGOs disappointed with declaration. It notes that "civil
society groups have reacted with disappointment at the decision to leave
control of the Internet in the hands of the United States."

Further href="http://www.ipsterraviva.net/tv/tunis/viewstory.asp?idnews=360">IPS
calls the it a "controversial consensus" to maintain the internet status
quo. We've also earlier noted this report href="http://www.ipsterraviva.net/tv/tunis/viewstory.asp?idnews=351">US
fights to remain the ultimate webmaster by Haider Rizvi of href="http://www.ips.net">the interestingly-alternative global news service,
IPS, and Marty Logan's news-analysis piece titled Media
enemies to share UN spotlight.

There was also this story indicating how href="http://www.ipsterraviva.net/tv/tunis/viewstory.asp?idnews=358">civil
society finds (a) poor welcome in Tunis.

But this is another story from IPS, received through href="http://allafrica.com/">the AllAfrica.com network. It is titled href="http://allafrica.com/stories/200511170733.html">Governments Sidelined
By Civil Society At WSIS. This story released when the summit was at its
fag-end, and written by by Mithre J. Sandrasagra argues, that "world leaders
and high-level government representatives are taking a backseat to business
leaders and civil society representatives" at the WSIS. But does numbers alone reflect clout?

IPS, Inter-Press Service
IPS/TerraViva

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