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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...

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 this afternoon, 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 pr...

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.

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 ...

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...

INTERVIEW - Seán Ó Siochrú: Media Anarchy - Media Governance
INTERVIEW - Seán Ó Siochrú: Media Anarchy - Media Governance 11 December 2003 IPS

Seán Ó Siochrú is a researcher, writer and activist in media and communication. As a director of Nexus Research Cooperative in Dublin, he works for international agencies in information and communication technologies. A founder of the Platform for Communication Rights, he has been actively involved in the WSIS process since the beginning.

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