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IL FAIT BON VIVRE EN TUNISIE? The state of human rights in Tunisia, host of the next World Summit on the Information Society
IL FAIT BON VIVRE EN TUNISIE? The state of human rights in Tunisia, host of the next World Summit on the Information Society 01 April 2005 Maud Hand

The Swiss Press Centre was packed as journalists from every media jostled for position at the Amnesty International’s Press conference, WSIS in Tunis: an Information Summit under Repression, held on 16th February. This was one of two press conferences taking place during Prepcom 2, initiated by the WSIS Human Rights Caucus, to draw attention to Tunisia’s handling of human rights. The panel, which included Sihem Bensedrine, a Tunisian journalist, together with Meryem Marzouki for the Hum...

Multi-stakeholder participation and ICT policy processes
Multi-stakeholder participation and ICT policy processes 01 April 2005 Anriette Esterhuysen

The complexity of the WSIS process has been discussed extensively. A recent article by Ralf Bendrath specifically addresses ‘multi-stakeholderism’ in the WSIS. But is the WSIS uniquely complex? Any public policy process worth its salt is bound to be complex, multi-stakeholder, involve contestation and compromises. Policies affect different communities and interest groups in different ways and it is the responsibility of the convenors of the process to give them all fair hearing. The rela...

Resources on multi-stakeholder participation in UN processes
Resources on multi-stakeholder participation in UN processes 01 April 2005 APC

As part of our involvement in the WSIS, and our policy advocacy capacity building work at national and regional levels, APC has started to gather a list of resources on the topic. We want to thank members of the WSIS CS Plenary online space for their contributions. The list is a work in progress; do not expect it to be comprehensive. Please send additions to networking at apc.org. Resources on...

ICTs for Grassroots: Women from South Asia
ICTs for Grassroots: Women from South Asia 01 April 2005 Maud Hand

Like bright flowers in a grey space, the grassroots women of India livened up February’s Prepcom proceedings and it wasn’t just their stylish saris that did the trick. Undaunted by the suits and officialdom of Geneva’s UN machinery, these Indian representatives vigorously demonstrated the value of ICTs in their working lives and made a cogent case for finances to build more equitable ICT ...

Interview with Ayesha Hassan, leader of the business sector at WSIS
Interview with Ayesha Hassan, leader of the business sector at WSIS 01 April 2005 Maud Hand

When Ayesha Hassan contributed to the Open Consultations on Internet Governance in the run up to WSIS, it was clear that the business sector’s concerns were in competent hands. This stylishly suited lawyer, a Senior Policy Manager on ICT for the International Chamber of Commerce, leads the CCBI – the Co-ordinating Committee of Business Interlocutors at the conference. Maud Hand hears h...

Pangea, Spain: Celebrating much more than 10 years!
Pangea, Spain: Celebrating much more than 10 years! 07 March 2005

Spanish APC member, Pangea, has been at the service of the community of people and organisations that work for social change for more than a decade. It has dedicated itself to this by facilitating communication through e-mail and conferences, internet and web connections. On 9 March 2005 Pangea will commemorate this with a special conference attended, as distinguished guests, by Julian Casabue...

What can Creative Commons and open content do for Africa?
What can Creative Commons and open content do for Africa? 01 March 2005 Heather Ford

Creative Commons could be a very useful initiative in West Africa, but there are a number of challenges that need to be taken into consideration before we will see any significant African participation in the global movement. This was the general consensus of participants at a workshop held by the APC in collaboration with the Kofi Annan Centre of Excellence in ICT in Accra, Ghana at the begin...

WSIS Update: APC research on developing country participation during PrepCom-2
WSIS Update: APC research on developing country participation during PrepCom-2 15 February 2005 APCNews

The Association for Progressive Communications (APC) is undertaking a major study of developing country participation in the second phase of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS). This study builds on the analysis of developing country involvement in information and communication technologies (ICT) decision making in the ‘Louder Voices’ report, published in 2002, and o...

Media Trade Monitor reports from UNESCO meeting
Media Trade Monitor reports from UNESCO meeting 04 February 2005 Sasha Costanza-Chock

Government delegates are meeting in Paris, from January 31 to February 12th, to negotiate the near-final text of the proposed UNESCO Convention on Cultural Diversity. The Convention is meant to protect each country’s ability to make media and cultural policy that favors cultural diversity – for example, strong support for public service, nonprofit, and community media; local owne...

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