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WOUGNET, Uganda: Meet to consolidate WSIS achievements, attain targets
WOUGNET, Uganda: Meet to consolidate WSIS achievements, attain targets 30 January 2006 APCNews

APC-member WOUGNET in Uganda was one of the organisers of a conference in mid-December, on a post-World Summit on Information Society (WSIS) consolidation for Uganda. Held on December 14, 2005, the conference was co-organised by the Uganda Communication Commission, I-network, Collegium for Development Studies and Uppsala University of Sweden. Overall, the Uganda conference aimed at strengthening what happened at WSIS and finding a concrete way forward to meet the WSIS targets at the nation...

APC study on developing country and non-governmental actors' role in WSIS
APC study on developing country and non-governmental actors' role in WSIS 23 January 2006 APCNews

APC is undertaking a study of the participation of developing countries and non-government actors — including civil society — in the recent World Summit on the Information Society and its associated fora, such as the Task Force on Financing Mechanisms and the Working Group on Internet Governance. This follows on from the Louder Voices report, which was undertaken for the United Kingdom’s DFID (Department for International Development) and the G8 DOT Force in 2002. Many de...

Abusing numbers: is Korea going just too far?
Abusing numbers: is Korea going just too far? 12 December 2005 Oh Byoung-il

Is another big ‘Big Brother’ emerging out of Korean cyberspace, this time in the shape of the internet real-name system? South Korea’s Ministry of Information and Communication (MIC) officially announced on September 12, the that it would introduce the internet real-name system as a counter-measure against problems of cyber violence and start a legislative process regarding th...

Open Letter to His Excellency Kofi A. Annan Secretary-General United Nations
Open Letter to His Excellency Kofi A. Annan Secretary-General United Nations 25 November 2005 Signatories

If you would like to endorse this letter, please sign on here for organisations and here for individuals or view existing endorsements. His Excellency Kofi A. Annan Secretary-General United Nations Room 3800, United Nations Headquarters New York, NY 10017 Dear Mr. Secretary-General, This week in Tunis, at the World Summit on the Information Society, both inside and outside the official S...

The same old strangers
The same old strangers 16 November 2005 Dafne Plou, APC women\'s programme

Why is that the police who want to look like an average citizen look alike all around the world? Why do they cut their hair and comb it the same way? Why do they use the same black glasses and same gold chains? Why do they like those tropical shirts that in the long run become a uniform? In Buenos Aires, Rio de Janeiro, Santiago, Tegucigalpa or Tunisia, they are instantly identifiable. This is...

Who will control the internet? Negotiations appear to be pointing towards a multi-stakeholder, multi-lateral forum
Who will control the internet? Negotiations appear to be pointing towards a multi-stakeholder, multi-lateral forum 14 November 2005 APCNews

Since the Canadian-chaired working group reported back to the plenary (main meeting) of the Subcommittee A (the one dealing with internet governance) at WSIS, it seems that a clear agreement is being reached on the need to float a Forum on Internet Governance (FIG). Ambassador Khan, Chairman-designate of the subcommittee drafted a new document on Monday, arguing that the UN Secretary General...

Flagrant violation of human rights this morning alongside UN summit
Flagrant violation of human rights this morning alongside UN summit 13 November 2005 APCNews

Under the incredulous eyes of the participants at the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), journalists and human rights defenders were manhandled, insulted, and then violently beaten. At 09.30 am on Monday, November 14, 2005, at the Place d’Afrique in Tunis, more than 30 plainclothes policemen impatiently awaited international and Tunisian delegates and members of civil society. ...

APC WSIS Blog: Don't take pictures@WSIS-Tunis
APC WSIS Blog: Don't take pictures@WSIS-Tunis 12 November 2005 Shahzad (BytesForAll, Pakistan)

Maxigas — a friend from Hungary — and myself had the opportunity to go to the Tunis City Centre last afternoon, just to have a feel of the city and get to know a little more about Tunis. The atmosphere seemed quite festive, and preparations for the WSIS are in full swing. Green plants are being transported in numbers and transplanted on roadsides and important squares, large pictur...

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