Access to information

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 national public policy, in partnership with civil society." Carlos’s powerful speech was delivered s...

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 process has constantly been disillusioning and frustrating, said representatives at the heavily-attended...

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...

The community telecentre cookbook for Africa: Recipes for self-sustainability
The community telecentre cookbook for Africa: Recipes for self-sustainability 13 April 2001 Mike Jensen and Anriette Esterhuysen

People living in developing countries are becoming increasingly aware of the powerful role that new information and communication technologies can play to help them in their struggle for education, democracy, and economic and social development. However, with six billion people on the planet and only about 800 million telephone lines, more than half of the world’s population have not yet made...

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