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Getting grounded
Getting grounded 27 January 2006 APC

The role of the WSF is to help us ask the right questions when we return home. Lots of interesting and diverse stimuli yesterday… I sat in on one of the large WSF-organized plenary sessions. Samir Amin was talking about the Bamako declaration. (15 pages – who has time to read it? My movement starts with an executive summary…) He said that this year marked the 50th anniversary of Bandung when Africa, Asia and Latin America worked together in liberation movements. He said...

Another workshop is possible
Another workshop is possible 26 January 2006 APC

If you’ve ever seen six degrees of separation you may remember the scene where Stockard Channing keeps repeating chaos, control, chaos, control, you like, you like? as she flips a two-sided painting back and forth (I think it’s a Kandinsky). I can think of no better way to illustrate the World Social Forum. It’s both and neither. I facilitated a very strange workshop yesterday. We tried to engage the audience to tell their stories as a way of learning about each other’...

From pre to post capitalist society and we haven't even had lunch yet!
From pre to post capitalist society and we haven't even had lunch yet! 25 January 2006 APC

A little something for everyone at the World Social Forum… Yesterday was the opening march. For those who have been to the WSF in Brazil, there was less red, fewer hammer and sickles, and less flags in general. For those who haven’t been to Brazil the experience was completely different – a wonderfuly colourful and boisterous march that was definitely one of the best they had ...

Networking? Who? What? Why?
Networking? Who? What? Why? 06 December 2005 APC

Michael Gurstein has penned this interesting analysis Networking the Networked/Closing the Loop: Some Notes on WSIS II which is available on the archives of the incom-l mailing list. Prof Gurstein, who specialises in community based technology applications, raises critical questions about the “networking opportunities” thrown up by the WSIS at Tunis. He asks: “Did they (those...

While in Tunis...
While in Tunis... 21 November 2005 APC

But I’ve many interesting experiences at WSIS. For example, one evening in Tunis I was travelling back to my hotel by bus and the lady who was sitting next to me was talking to me in French. When I’ve problems explaining things in French, she started speaking to me in English and informed me that she used to work with a writer group in USA. 20th November, Charles Du Gaul A...

THE CLOSE OF WSIS: The civil society verdict
THE CLOSE OF WSIS: The civil society verdict 19 November 2005 APC

On the afternoon of Friday, November 18, 2005, one of three stakeholders taking part in the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) drew a line in the sand. Civil society representatives from all continents lined up to deliver a stark closing statement. There were civil society thumbs up for the new multistakeholder Internet Governance Forum; the awareness built that people from all wa...

How the others saw Tunis...
How the others saw Tunis... 19 November 2005 APC

Here are some other voices about how civil society responded to the Tunis mega-meet over the past week. IPS/TerraViva has done an interesting job in highlighting diverse issues. Including reporting on how the non-profit world saw the results of the global meet (a “consolation prize”), how the NGO world sees the deal on internet governance (“disappointed”), the treatment ...

Cost of accessing WSIS II
Cost of accessing WSIS II 18 November 2005 APC

Had some conversations yesterday, and I thought I would share what I have found out in terms of some cost of participating in this event….I am wondering how much the total cost of building up these sprawling white tents cost, or hiring of the buses for the shuttle service, the planting of the trees, the printing of the Tunisian President’s picture to grace the streets… and I wonder ho...

Ms
Ms 18 November 2005 APC

I was quite impressed by the many side events women participated in, on Wednesday and Thursday. I’m particulary impressed by the Tanzanian women forum held in the afternoon with a highly led delegation of women in leading ICT and government position in the country. Of particular importance are the women-led event at the APC stand and APC-related talks. Keep it up! I was quite impressed by...

Voices from Africa, HANA
Voices from Africa, HANA 18 November 2005 APC

Highway Africa runs the Highway Africa News Agency. (Interestingly, its work is put out under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.5 License.) They’ve got some interesting stories in their e-despatch which just reached mailboxes earlier today.One story is about African delegates boast of ICT success stories. Perhaps the most catchy title is No teeth but can still chew the fat and...

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