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Open Letter to His Excellency Kofi A. Annan Secretary-General United Nations
Open Letter to His Excellency Kofi A. Annan Secretary-General United Nations 25 November 2005 Signatories

This week in Tunis, at the World Summit on the Information Society, both inside and outside the official Summit, we have witnessed serious attacks on human rights and the right to freedom of expression. Please sign the open letter to Kofi Annan today.

The same old strangers
The same old strangers 16 November 2005 Dafne Plou, APC women\'s programme

Why is that the police who want to look like an average citizen look alike all around the world? Why do they cut their hair and comb it the same way? Why do they use the same black glasses and same gold chains? Why do they like those tropical shirts that in the long run become a uniform? In Buenos Aires, Rio de Janeiro, Santiago, Tegucigalpa or Tunisia, they are instantly identifiable.

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.

WSIS: In the face of police repression, civil society cancels activities
WSIS: In the face of police repression, civil society cancels activities 14 November 2005 Markus Beckedahl

Many international NGOs taking part in the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) have collectively decided to cancel their activities planned for today, November 15, at WSIS. This measure is to make government, private sector and civil society delegates aware of the human rights violations that have been adding up over the last two days including beatings of journalists by police and t...

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...

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 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...

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...

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