Access to information

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

Heated discussions between governments meeting in Tunisia at the World Summit on the Information Society seems to reaching results which could change the face of how the internet is managed for the next several years. APCNews reports.

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. APCNews reports from Tunis.

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 picture...

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

Organisers of the Citizens’ Summit on the Information Society (CSIS) were forbidden from holding their event in a pre-confirmed hotel conference room at Tunis, venue of the currently-underway World Summit on the Information Society. After confirming the reservation, Hotel Oriental Palace announced to the organisers by fax that, "following unforeseeable works in room Farabi", they were com...

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 :-).

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".

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...

Egyptian duo among bloggers shortlisted globally
Egyptian duo among bloggers shortlisted globally 31 October 2005 APCNews

Manal and Alaa Bit Bucket — www.manalaa.net — an Egyptian blog set up on March 20, 2004, promoting free expression and human rights, was one of eight finalists chosen for a weblog contest by the German radio station Deutsche Welle, under its freedom of expression category. Manal and Alaa have been working with the APC in the field of FOSS (free and open source software). Their site ...

APC BETINHO COMMUNICATIONS PRIZE - DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS 16th OCTOBER 2005: Community connectivity for economic development
APC BETINHO COMMUNICATIONS PRIZE - DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS 16th OCTOBER 2005: Community connectivity for economic development 10 October 2005 APCNews

In 2005, the APC Betinho Prize will be offered in recognition of community initiatives in Latin America and the Caribbean that use the internet and other networks to access markets, skills and opportunities to derive real economic benefits. The deadline for applications ended on October 16, 2005 24:00 GMT. We are looking for ICT initiatives that: make a positive economic contribution to the com...

A blog, plus audio, from Geneva
A blog, plus audio, from Geneva 28 September 2005 APCNews

Podcasting hasn’t yet caught on among the alternate circuit but Partha Pratim Sarker of BytesForAll got off to a quick start at Geneva. At the Prepcom 3 events, Sarkar took along recording equipment to do what he described as a "sort of audio blogging with an RSS feed". APC’s Lenka Simerska, on hearing it, commented: "Cool blog, really! I find it useful and refreshing to use combina...

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