- EDRI-gram - Number 3.23, WSIS Special +/-
(EDRI) Items include: Urgent call for support for EDRI-gram; General disappointment in WSIS-host Tunisia; Tunisian government blocks citizens counter summit; Agreement on internet governance issue; Civil Society Tunis declaration; Panel meeting with EU delegation; RSF report: 15 enemies of the internet; Panel on freedom of expression; Panel on privacy and security; Panel on WIPO and intellectual property; P2P, filesharing and digital rights; Forum on ubiquitous computing; Unesco round table; Recommended reading: 3 books; Petition closed: 58.000 signatures; Agenda.
- The 15 enemies of the Internet and other countries to watch +/-
(Reporters sans frontières) Reporters Without Borders marks the World Summit on the Information Society by presenting 15 countries that are "enemies of the Internet" and pointing to a dozen others whose attitude to it is worrying. The 15 "enemies" are the countries that crack down hardest on the Internet, censoring independent news sites and opposition publications, monitoring the Web to stifle dissident voices, and harassing, intimidating and sometimes imprisoning Internet users and bloggers who deviate from the regime's official line. The "countries to watch" do not have much in common with the "enemies of the Internet". Yet many countries that have so far respected online freedom seem these days to want to control the Internet more. Their often laudable aims include fighting terrorism, paedophilia and Internet-based crime, but the measures sometimes threaten freedom of expression.
- WSIS - Analysis: Net control debate rumbles on +/-
(BBC) Internet professor Michael Geist explains why the arguments over who runs the internet are far from over. After two years of frequently acrimonious debate, delegates to the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) in Tunis reached a last minute agreement that, at first glance, appears to resolve the debate over the regulation of the internet's domain name system. The one significant change to the current framework is the creation of a new Internet Governance Forum. The forum, to be established by UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, will feature representatives from government, business, and civil society. It will first meet this spring in Greece with a mandate to address a broad range of internet issues including governance, spam, cyber crime, and privacy.
- WSIS - Controversy blights UN net summit +/-
(BBC) A crucial UN summit on expanding net access around the world has ended in Tunis marred by controversy over censorship and who runs the internet. The World Summit on the Information Society ended with talk about narrowing the technology gap between rich and poor nations but little in funding. It was overshadowed by a lingering resentment about who should oversee the management of the net. The summit was also marked by stark differences over freedom of speech.
- WSIS - EU brokers deal at Tunis World Summit +/-
(RAPID) A worldwide political agreement providing for further internationalisation of Internet governance, and enhanced intergovernmental cooperation to this end, was brokered at the World Summit on the Information Society in Tunis. The compromise text agreed was based largely on EU proposals presented in the discussions since June. As a first important element of the agreement, a new international Internet Governance Forum (IGF) will be created to deliberate among governments, the private sector and civil society at large in a multi-stakeholder policy dialogue related to Internet Governance. A first meeting of this Forum will be convened by the Secretary-General of the United Nations by the second quarter of 2006 and take place in Greece. The texts agreed in Tunis also include language that will allow for enhanced cooperation among governments, on an equal footing, on public policy issues.
- WSIS - Facing The Facts on Internet Governance +/-
(Michael Geist) This week the regulation of the Internet takes centre stage at the World Summit on the Information Society in Tunisia. Initially intended to address the growing digital divide, the WSIS has instead been dominated by politicking over Internet governance concerns. A deep split has emerged, pitting the United States (which favours the current system) on one side and the European Union (which prefers a multilateral approach) on the other.
- WSIS - Tunis Agenda and Tunis Commitment +/-
(ITU) World Summit on the Information Society. Second Phase of the WSIS (16-18 November 2005, Tunis) Tunis Agenda for the Information Society. WSIS-05/TUNIS/DOC/6 (rev. 1). See also Geneva Declaration of Principles WSIS-03/GENEVA/DOC/0004. see also Tunis Commitment WSIS-05/TUNIS/DOC/7.
- WSIS - Tunis: Robert Ménard (RSF) refoulé à Tunis +/-
Robert Ménard, secrétaire général de Reporters sans frontières, a été refoulé à l'aéroport de Tunis. Arrivé à bord d'un vol d'Air France, Robert Ménard s'est vu demander de rester à bord de l'appareil, avec lequel il a regagné la France en début d'après-midi. Le secrétaire général de RSF accuse depuis des années la Tunisie du président Ben Ali de violations répétées de la liberté d'expression. Dès l'atterissage, a précisé Robert Ménard à l'AFP, une annonce avait été faite au haut-parleur de bord lui demandant de rester à sa place. Pendant que les autres passagers débarquaient, "plusieurs Tunisiens en civil" lui ont indiqué qu'il "ne pouvait pas descendre car il n'était pas accrédité au SMSI". Le commandant de bord lui a ensuite confirmé qu'il ne pouvait pas quitter son siège.
- WSIS / EU - La société de l'information que nous voulons +/-
(RAPID) La société de l'information que nous voulons : le chemin est ouvert pour une approche multilatérale et transparente à la gouvernance d'Internet. Discours de Viviane Reding, Membre de la Commission européenne responsable de la Société de l'information et des médias, Sommet mondial sur la Société de l'information, Tunis, le 16 novembre 2005.