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Update:  on the CRIS Campaign
Update: on the CRIS Campaign 24 February 2004

After the excesses of Christmas and New Year, the CRIS Campaign in their own words has been very quiet in the early part of 2004. However, the team is back with an update on the First World Forum on Communication Rights held in Geneva in December, plans for CRIS for 2004 and an invitation for local networks to become part of CRIS.

Failure and Success at the WSIS: Civil Society's next moves
Failure and Success at the WSIS: Civil Society's next moves 24 February 2004

The depth of disappointment with the formal outcome of the World Summit on the Information Society cannot be fully explained by reference to the usual process of summit attrition, governments horse-trading down to the lowest common denominator.

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

Emmanuel Njenga Njuguna of APC’s Africa ICT Policy Monitor project has been involved in various global policy-making processes on communication rights issues. He gives us his impressions of the World Social Forum as he went to Mumbai to run an ICT Policy for Civil Society’ workshop for Forum participants.

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

APC takes you through the main events in the run-up to the first World Summit on the Information Society phase in Geneva 2003 from the perspective of civil society representatives.

UN summit pledges net for all
UN summit pledges net for all 23 December 2003 BBC Online

A UN summit designed to shrink the technology gap between rich and poor nations has ended with agreement on lofty principles, but no commitments to practical measures.

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.

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.

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

The first victim of war is the truth, so goes the old proverb. 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 ...

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.

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