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.

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 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: 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 ...

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 i...

Expression under repression - at WSIS and the 'Net
Expression under repression - at WSIS and the 'Net 18 November 2005 APC

With this excellent title Havis, an international NGO promoting the freedom of expression organised a whole two-day event, gathering a collection of rather interesting people from all over the globe. All discussions and presentations focused on the “most extreme cases”, the exercise o...

$100 laptop: hope or hype?
$100 laptop: hope or hype? 18 November 2005 APC

Prototypes for a $100 laptop for Third World schools are out… what does it look like? What can it do? Is there a catch? And, hangon, there is still discussion on whether the internet is a friend or foe of education….

US slams Tunisia on human rights
US slams Tunisia on human rights 18 November 2005 APC

The US delegation to WSIS expressed disappointment with Tunisia’s failure to secure rights of expression and assembly

WSIS deal... and internet rights
WSIS deal... and internet rights 18 November 2005 APC

This article argues that there were at least four factors at play — the US’s “very strong hand” played well; the lack of EU commitment to change; finding a diplomatic way to leave this issue for a future fight; and the fact that the “deal may not be as great for the U.S. as the current ...

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