Digital inclusion

Unesco links... only a little handicap
Unesco links... only a little handicap 18 November 2005 APC

Am sitting in Goa, at one of those fast cybercafes scattered across India, that charge about US 50 cents per hour, an am accessing a set of links sent across by the Unesco about their webcasts on events held in the WSIS at Tunis. It’s very slow in downloading, and the speech is jerky, but it works. See the links below….The links are to a Workshop on ICT and persons with disabilities, Case presentations: ICT and people with disabilities, UNESCO High-Level Round Table on the occasio...

Voices from Africa, HANA
Voices from Africa, HANA 18 November 2005 APC

Highway Africa runs the Highway Africa News Agency. (Interestingly, its work is put out under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.5 License.) They’ve got some interesting stories in their e-despatch which just reached mailboxes earlier today.One story is about African delegates boast of ICT success stories. Perhaps the most catchy title is No teeth but can still chew the fat and it’s a radio script for a radio report on the Internet Governance Forum and who controls the ...

Cost of accessing WSIS II
Cost of accessing WSIS II 18 November 2005 APC

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 ho...

Snapshot: Ana María Ponce (.pe)
Snapshot: Ana María Ponce (.pe) 18 November 2005 APC

She’s a Peruvian heading towards The Mountain Forum in Nepal. The forum is particularly created as a medium of alternative communication for mountainous areas, which is why, since its conception, it has specifically used the internet as a communication tool between the participating people and communities that constitute the different nodes.

Reporting WSIS... the translation chain
Reporting WSIS... the translation chain 17 November 2005 APC

Oneworld Southeast Europe team choose to contribute to the event translating some of the articles, comments, opinion coming from APC WSIS Blog, in its language edition: Albanian, Macedonian and Southslavic language group. The reason is simply that we belive that what is happening in Tunis is about us.

Software freedom? It's Microsoft-only
Software freedom? It's Microsoft-only 17 November 2005 APC

The official online press service of WSIS is available for Microsoft users only. The password protected photos download facility of the WSIS press centre is customized for Microsoft only. The setup of the official media-service site was done so that no software other than Internet Explorer can be used. Thus, journalists using non-proprietary software are effectively prevented from using the off...

Strikes, counter strikes in human-rights
Strikes, counter strikes in human-rights 16 November 2005 APC

Today was a day of cancellation. The GEM (Gender Evaluation Methodology) Book launch was scheduled to happen at 2:00 pm, but in a demonstration of solidarity, APC decided to withdraw and cancel all of its side events scheduled for today…

WSISlinks... do check these out
WSISlinks... do check these out 16 November 2005 APC

Some official and not-so-official links to sites covering the WSIS.

Email addresses get a face ... finally
Email addresses get a face ... finally 16 November 2005 APC

For me, 15th November@WSIS, by far, was the most interesting and useful day since am here. It was great indeed, when many more email addresses in my address book finally got a face ;)

Off site, in focus: ICT access in Africa
Off site, in focus: ICT access in Africa 16 November 2005 APC

My day started with a failed attempt to check in at the APC stand in ICT4all. Crowds of people were queuing to make it inside in time for the opening of the Summit. Having read Jac’s diversity blog I cast an analytical eye over them. Only one category stood out. Suits.

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