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APC at the World Social Forum 2004, Mumbai: A Personal Account from APC’s African Policy Coordinator
APC at the World Social Forum 2004, Mumbai: A Personal Account from APC’s African Policy Coordinator 05 February 2004 APC Africa ICT Policy Monitor

The World Social Forum is an annual event that brings together groups and movements of civil society to share ideas, debates and experiences in seeking to build alternatives to human and social issues and hence the slogan ‘Another World is Possible’. This year’s event in Mumbai, India is the fourth since the first one held in 2001 in Porto Alegre, Brazil. The forum was held from the 16-21 January and it was reported that more that 100,000 delegates from more than 132 countries partic...

The World Summit on the Information Society: a general overview (December 2003)
The World Summit on the Information Society: a general overview (December 2003) 30 December 2003 APCNews

The convening by ITU and its partners of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) is a major achievement for all those who believe that information has long been the missing element in the development equation. It is the first Summit to take place in two sessions – the first in Geneva in 2003, the second in Tunis in 2005. The Summit was carefully prepared by a series of regional meetings – with all sectors represented. And global preparatory commissions which are led by governm...

New beginners' handbook aims to get more people involved in ICT policy
New beginners' handbook aims to get more people involved in ICT policy 18 December 2003 APCNews

"How information and communication policy is decided today will shape the future of contemporary societies," says APC in a new book presented at last week’s World Summit on the Information Society. Information and communications technologies (ICTs) have become essential tools for development and the degree of access to ICT, as well as affordability of access, is largely determined by po...

An interview with the editor of "ICT Policy: A Beginner's Handbook"
An interview with the editor of "ICT Policy: A Beginner's Handbook" 18 December 2003 APCNews

APCNews asked the editor of APC’s new book "ICT Policy: A Beginner’s Handbook" Chris Nicol to comment briefly on motivation behind the handbook which was published in December. APCNews: ICT and policy. Both of them can be extremely technical fields. Who is this book aimed at? Chris: The person who feels that information and communication technologies (ICT) policy is important bu...

Thousands of newspapers critical of next WSIS host are removed from 'information society' summit
Thousands of newspapers critical of next WSIS host are removed from 'information society' summit 17 December 2003 APCNews

APC’s partner IPS (InterPress Service) sent a letter of complaint to the Secretary General of the ITU (organisers of last week’s World Summit on the Information Society) following the removal of many hundreds of their independent newspapers, Terra Viva, by Tunisians trying to suppress criticism of their government. The same people were disrupting meetings critical of the Tunisian h...

Communication at War, Communication for Peace: A session at the  World Forum on Communication Rights
Communication at War, Communication for Peace: A session at the World Forum on Communication Rights 12 December 2003 APCNews

At a conference yesterday in the World Forum on Communication Rights, a parallel forum to the official World Summit on the Information Society, speakers from the United States, Colombia, and a Kenyan technologist working in Rwanda took up the theme of how war situations deny communities the right to communicate and how citizens can and are responding to break the silence. The session that was...

Philippine ICT policy framework checked against WSIS yardstick
Philippine ICT policy framework checked against WSIS yardstick 12 December 2003 FMA

Several issues which civil society has been advocating in WSIS negotiations are not adequately addressed in the current ICT policy framework of the Philippine government. This was the general observation that surfaced in a workshop which the Foundation for Media Alternatives organized to open up discussions on WSIS and its impact on local policies here. The issues were the use of open source ...

Another online world is possible but only if governments and civil society work hand-in-hand
Another online world is possible but only if governments and civil society work hand-in-hand 12 December 2003 APCNews

Carlos Afonso, Director of Planning at APC member in Brazil, RITS (Rede de Informações para o Terceiro Setor – Information Network for the Third Sector) left government delegates clear during his speech on behalf of civil society at the Plenary Session of the World Summit on the Information Society that "digital inclusion [..] will only be possible with the decisive support of a nation...

Frustrated by UN summit, civil society presents its own declaration
Frustrated by UN summit, civil society presents its own declaration 12 December 2003 APCNews

At a conference yesterday , civil society representatives presented an ‘alternative’ declaration to the official Declaration expected to be approved by the world’s governments tomorrow at the final day of the World Summit on the Information Society in Geneva. The civil society declaration called “Shaping information societies for human needs” was needed because the proc...

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