Looking back, after the show is over

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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 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.
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 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.

Some features include Marcia Detoni's Neglecting the media, Anand Parthasarathy's href="http://panos.blogs.com/iwitness/2005/11/reflections_on__2.html">People coming together, Fred Mudhai's A resounding success?, Vipin V Nair's A whole new perspective, and a recap of WSIS reports.

Among the other issues emerging are Ansbert Ngurumo's No winners or losers in internet battle, says ICANN chief, Segun Oruame's Africa's case for control of the internet: go with the flow, Vipin V Nair's World Wide Web? Say that in my language please!, Marcia Detoni's Email? Let's make that femail..., Anand Parthasarathy's Village TV, papers add to the bustle of India's media bazaar, Fred Mudhai Right to communicate ignored at Summit -- and outside it, Tran Le Thuy's Laptop for $100: good, but is it true?, Amit Jain's Few takers for e-governance @ WSIS, and Tadaferua Ujorha's ICTs for development: starting with the people.

Panos lists among its expert viewpoints articles by the father of India's so-called green revolution M S Swaminathan India's 'Mission 2007': every village a knowledge centre, Aida Opoku-Mensah on African information ociety: nothing beats domestic finance, David Souter on href="http://www.panos.org.uk/iwitness/summit/souter.asp">Connecting the last billion people: a financing conundrum and James Deane on Time to say farewell to the digital divide.

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