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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 Summit, we have witnessed serious attacks on human rights and the right to freedom of expression. The...

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 why the for human rights activists from Latin America that are participating in the Summit in Tunis...

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. ...

WSIS Panel on WIPO and IPRs (Nov 16)
WSIS Panel on WIPO and IPRs (Nov 16) 12 November 2005 APC

Thought this — IPJ at WSIS:A parallel event to be held at the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) in Tunis — would be of interest. Not sure if it conflicts with any events. Probably will :-). Thought this — IPJ at WSIS:A parallel event to be held at the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) in Tunis — would be of interest. Not sure if it conflicts wi...

Alternative summit to WSIS under heavy political pressure
Alternative summit to WSIS under heavy political pressure 12 November 2005 APCNews

The Citizens’ Summit on the Information Society (CSIS) was forbidden from holding its event in the confirmed hotel conference room at Tunis, venue of the currently-underway World Summit on the Information Society. While the hotel sent a confirmation for conference room reservation and immediately after having received a bank copy of the money transfer for payment, Hotel Oriental Palace ...

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...

Alternative global news agency, IPS, focuses on Tunis
Alternative global news agency, IPS, focuses on Tunis 07 November 2005 APCNews

Inter-Press Service (IPS), civil society’s leading news agency, is offering special coverage of the World Summit on the Information Society, to be held at Tunis, from November 16-18, 2005. IPS, unlike the mainstream global news agencies which are mostly focused on the affluent world, calls itself an "independent voice from the South and for development". At Tunis, the major UN-sponsored...

Making websites accessible for the rest of us
Making websites accessible for the rest of us 02 November 2005 APCNews

On the internet, you find websites in hundreds of different languages and dialects, in all shapes and designs. If diversity in audio, photo, text or video content is the living proof that the internet is a space for true expression and creation, certain web development standards need to be applied for the content to reach and be shared by people at the margins of mainstream communication channe...

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