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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 software, security and privacy on the Internet, gender, non-formal education and youth, all of whic...

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 convened by APC and hosted by Karen Banks (APC, London) and Ralf Bendrath (German WSIS Coordination...

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...

The Summit Begins
The Summit Begins 11 December 2003 RITS

Today, December 10th at 14:00, the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) officially began – after a preparatory process that was longer that foreseen, due to difficulty in reaching a consensus on the Declaration of Principles and the Action Plan, the final documents to be discussed and sanctioned by the heads of government present in Geneva. The preparation for this event was a refle...

Digital Dilemma
Digital Dilemma 10 December 2003 IPS

APC at the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS)
APC at the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) 05 December 2003 APCNews

Policy decisions being made today will impact on the peoples of the world’s ability and potential to use ICTs as tools in their work tomorrow. At the United Nations’ World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) held December 10-12 in Geneva – governments will sign a declaration that will enhance or hinder access to ICTs for the vast majority of the world’s population....

WSIS Prepcom III: The CRIS Verdict
WSIS Prepcom III: The CRIS Verdict 03 October 2003 CRIS

After months of hard work and negotiations, the CRIS campaign can see some light at the end of a long, dark, eighteen months long WSIS tunnel. Paragraph 4 of the Draft Declaration reads: “Communication is a fundamental social process, a basic human need and the foundation of all social organisation. It is central to the information society.” Sean O’Siochru, spokesperson for the CRIS camp...

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