APC Talk

This section is a space where APC's staff, members and readers can open up conversations on topics that are of interest for the ICT community. It is a space where authors get to be themselves – sometimes to express opinions and challenge the readers on issues and topics that are close to them, sometimes to share their personal experience on an event or a current debate. The views expressed in this section do not necessarily reflect the views of APC or its network, but that does not make them any less valuable.

THE CLOSE OF WSIS: The civil society verdict 19 November 2005 APC

On the afternoon of Friday, November 18, 2005, one of three stakeholders taking part in the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) drew a line in the sand. Civil society representatives from all continents lined up to deliver a stark closing statement. There were civil society thumbs up...

The forgotten agenda... 19 November 2005 APC

With the focus at Tunis largely on who controls the Net, and the far-from-sophisticated control mechanisms of Tunisian society, the issue of what the Net can — and is — doing for the excluded in the planet might have taken a back seat. Disparity in accessing the levers of communicatio...

How the others saw Tunis...
How the others saw Tunis... 19 November 2005 APC

Here are some other voices about how civil society responded to the Tunis mega-meet over the past week. IPS/TerraViva has done an interesting job in highlighting diverse issues. Including reporting on how the non-profit world saw the results of the global meet (a “consolation prize”),...

Funding ICTs: where will the money come from?
Funding ICTs: where will the money come from? 18 November 2005 APC

Looking back at the roots of the Digital Solidarity Fund, the responses it evoked, and the linked story of missed opportunities and promises that can still be worked out.

Africa: divide within the divide
Africa: divide within the divide 18 November 2005 APC

Only 11% of African people have a fixed line telephone, 12% of African people questioned have a mobile telephone, less than 3% have an email address…So says a new study conducted by RIA. Although one of the WSIS’s main objectives is to decrease the digital divide, 80% of African peopl...

Overview of gender-related language in WSIS documents
Overview of gender-related language in WSIS documents 18 November 2005 APC

The WSIS process is almost over, and I am wondering about what we have achieved in terms of integrating gender as a relevant dimension into the building of an ‘information society’ after seven years. What do we have?

Free... as in tee-shirts
Free... as in tee-shirts 18 November 2005 APC

Free, as in free speech… not free beer — that’s the message of those campaigning against proprietorial software. But what happens when the issue transforms into ‘free as in tee-shirts’? And, no. We’re not talking about the Ubuntu approach here — which not...

Snapshot: Felix (.bo)
Snapshot: Felix (.bo) 18 November 2005 APC

Felix says "it is nice to see so many technologies here, but I don’t think we will ever have this in Bolivia, much less in our communities”. He thinks a bit and then adds, "This summit is incommunicado, in Bolivia people go to telecentres and connect to the internet there. Here everyone has ...

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