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APC will be producing two APCNews/APCNoticias specials direct from WSIS and for the first time, original content in French. Watch our for our trilingual English-Spanish-French blogs!
APC will be producing two APCNews/APCNoticias specials direct from WSIS and for the first time, original content in French. Watch our for our trilingual English-Spanish-French blogs!

From demo-ing cantennas (low-cost antennas made out of used tin cans) for community wireless training programmes to highlighting gender issues, from co-organising a citizens' summit to blogging our impressions in English, French and Spanish, the Association for Progressive Communications has lots of plans for our participation in the second World Summit on Information Society (WSIS) at Tunis in mid November 2005. Free software workshops and conferences featuring e-riders are only some of the many inputs invested by the many APC participants.

APC will be producing two APCNews/APCNoticias specials direct from WSIS and for the first time, original content in French. Watch our for our trilingual English-Spanish-French blogs!

At the time of writing, over 50 participants from APC are planning to be at Tunis. This includes 31 representatives from 18 APC members from around the world. There will be three main areas of focus for APC.

* The Tunis Documents, where negotiations are at in relation to the two Documents for Tunis: the Political Chapeau (now called 'the Tunis Commitment') and the Tunis Agenda for Action. "APC's particular focus is on financing mechanisms for ICTD and GenderIT.org. ">internet

governance," says Karen Banks, APC's WSIS coordinator.

* Civil Society -- the forgotten stakeholder. In addition to APC's emphasis on financing mechanisms and internet governance, APC also plans to "prioritise civil society participation in post WSIS outcomes". This will be reflected both in principle (by way of language in the documents) and in practice (civil society participation in national, regional and international processes).

* The Human Rights Agenda -- how this issue impacts on the summit as a whole, what activities are planned to highlight human rights in the 'Information Society' and plans for solidarity actions with local Tunisian organisations.

http://old.apc.org/english/news/index.shtml?x=2239851

APC at WSIS: http://old.apc.org/english/wsis

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