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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 it’s a radio script for a radio report on the Internet Governance Forum and who controls the ...

Reporting WSIS... the translation chain
Reporting WSIS... the translation chain 17 November 2005 APC

Oneworld Southeast Europe team choose to contribute to the event translating some of the articles, comments, opinion coming from APC WSIS Blog, in its language edition: Albanian, Macedonian and Southslavic language group. The reason is simply that we belive that what is happening in Tunis is about us. Oneworld Southeast Europe team choose to contribute to the event translating some of the articles, comments, opinion coming from the APC WSIS Blog, in its language edition: Albanian, Macedonian ...

Software freedom? It's Microsoft-only
Software freedom? It's Microsoft-only 17 November 2005 APC

The official online press service of WSIS is available for Microsoft users only. The password protected photos download facility of the WSIS press centre is customized for Microsoft only. The setup of the official media-service site was done so that no software other than Internet Explorer can be used. Thus, journalists using non-proprietary software are effectively prevented from using the off...

Off site, in focus: ICT access in Africa
Off site, in focus: ICT access in Africa 16 November 2005 APC

My day started with a failed attempt to check in at the APC stand in ICT4all. Crowds of people were queuing to make it inside in time for the opening of the Summit. Having read Jac’s diversity blog I cast an analytical eye over them. Only one category stood out. Suits. My day started with a failed attempt to check in at the APC stand in ICT4all. Crowds of people were queuing to make it in...

Everyone leads their own WSIS process
Everyone leads their own WSIS process 16 November 2005 APC

There are so many different caucuses and groups and everyone leads their own WSIS process. It’s a pity that civil society couldn’t find its way to consolidation for stronger influence on the process. As a result such an important issues as environmental sustainability, impact of the ICTs on the human health, unification of standards in different parts of the world, different systems...

Strikes, counter strikes in human-rights
Strikes, counter strikes in human-rights 16 November 2005 APC

Today was a day of cancellation. The GEM (Gender Evaluation Methodology) Book launch was scheduled to happen at 2:00 pm, but in a demonstration of solidarity, APC decided to withdraw and cancel all of its side events scheduled for today… Today was a day of cancellation. The GEM (Gender Evaluation Methodology) Book launch was scheduled to happen at 2:00 pm, but in a demonstration of solida...

Email addresses get a face ... finally
Email addresses get a face ... finally 16 November 2005 APC

For me, 15th November@WSIS, by far, was the most interesting and useful day since am here. It was great indeed, when many more email addresses in my address book finally got a face ;) For me, November15@WSIS, by far, was the most interesting and useful day since am here. It was great indeed, when many more email addresses in my address book finally got a face ;) PrepCom resumed… conclud...

WSISlinks... do check these out
WSISlinks... do check these out 16 November 2005 APC

Some official and not-so-official links to sites covering the WSIS: Citizens’ Summit on the Information Society… blocked in Tunis WSIS Wire WSIS official site from the ITU UN Multi-Stakeholder Partnerships Summit > Newsroom, Tunis Phase Open access: the facts Andy Carvin’s Waste of Bandwidth blog WSISblogs.org ITU’s ICT success story home page Unesco WSIS pu...

Utsumi happy over security... despite all
Utsumi happy over security... despite all 15 November 2005 APC

The internet should be more democratic and more international, says the WSIS’ chief organizer. More than 80% of the goals of WSIS have already been achieved, saysITU chief Yoshio Utsumi at his opening press conference for the summit’s currently-underway second phase in Tunisia. He however skipped answering whether ITU has communicated concern to Tunisia’s government regarding the safety o...

Obstacles ...and whose security?
Obstacles ...and whose security? 15 November 2005 APC

Took a cab to the Kram Palexbo, where the Summit and IT 4 All exhibition was happening[…] When we finally got to the site, we were stopped 5 times at security checks at every turn of the road and I had to flash my registration card and a big smile to calm the security that I was indeed, a legitimate subject to attend this conference, accredited (somehow) and all. Took a cab to the Kram Pa...

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