--- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- SPECIAL EDITION FIFTH WORLD SOCIAL FORUM --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- *APCNews, the monthly newsletter of the Association for Progressive Communications (APC)* - January 2005 No. 49 - --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- -- NEWS FROM THE WORLD SOCIAL FORUM -- -- USEFUL INFORMATION SOURCES -- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- APC was among 155,000 people from 135 countries at the World Social Forum in Porto Alegre, Brazil which took place from January 26-31. The WSF is the world's largest gathering of social movements, non-profits, and progressive groups who believe that "another world is possible". More than 2,000 activities took place in almost 300 specially-constructed tents and 200 meeting venues. Welcome to those of you who signed up with us at the forum who are receiving APCNews for the first time and a happy 2005 to all our readers! --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- -- NEWS FROM THE WORLD SOCIAL FORUM -- As usual APC collected and produced coverage of the debates, workshops, and stories that illustrate the use of internet and ICTs for social justice and sustainable development at the World Social Forum. Prominent issues this year at the World Social Forum were open content, the concentration of media in just a few hands, the increasing visibility of social movement supporting communications rights and a call to civil society to use the World Summit on the Information Society as an opportunity to support Tunisians as they fight for freedom of speech at home. The following articles are all linked to from our WSF site: http://www.apc.org/english/wsf2005/ Other articles primarily in Spanish and Portuguese are collected on APC’s Spanish site: http://www.apc.org/espanol/wsf2005/ Building a news-coverage agenda for social movements in Latin America PORTO ALEGRE, Brazil, 01/30/2005 -- Tens of representatives from a variety of communications organisations came together on the morning of Saturday 29 January at the World Social Forum to take advantage of the rare 'face-time' to share information about the events that they believe are critical for the media to cover in Latin American and the Caribbean in 2005 and to schedule news coverage in collaboration. - APCNews http://www.apc.org/english/news/index.shtml?x=30564 CRIS Campaign statement to the Social Movements Assembly of the World Social Forum PORTO ALEGRE, Brazil, 01/31/2005 -- The CRIS Campaign released a statement to the Social Assemblies of the World Social Forum putting the spotlight on communication rights violations in Tunisia, the host country for the 2005 World Summit on the Information Society. The statement also lays out CRIS’ support for proposals at UNESCO for a strong international convention to promote and defend cultural diversity – a step which could provide a legislative defence for nations contesting damaging international free trade agreements. APC is a member of CRIS. - CRIS Campaign http://www.crisinfo.org/content/view/full/671/ The challenges of the WSF and the responsibilities of communicators PORTO ALEGRE, Brazil, 01/28/2005 -- The first four World Social Forums -- from 2001 to 2004 -- were extraordinary moments of congregation, participation, debate and exchange amongst tens of thousands of activists from around the world, who transformed the WSF into the trademark meeting of civil society. - Mario Lubetkin, IPS http://www.ipsterraviva.net/tv/wsf2005/viewstory.asp?idnews=83 What do communication rights mean to people on the ground when they are denied them? PORTO ALEGRE, 01/28/2005 -- Activists from Tunisia, Italy, Paraguay and Brazil reported on conditions in their countries and the response of civil society. APCNews reports from the V World Social Forum. - APCNews http://www.apc.org/english/news/index.shtml?x=30525 Creating new means of communication PORTO ALEGRE, Brazil, 01/26/2005 -- Presenters at the First World Forum on Information and Communication, discussed the possibilities of creating new methods of communication that are inclusive and have the potential of breaking down well-established communication patterns linked to the market and media corporations. - Dafne Plou, APC for Les Penelopes http://www.penelopes.org/Anglais/xarticle.php3?id_article=1218 What was APC up to at the V World Social Forum? MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay, 01/26/2005 – APC’s agenda along with other communications rights activists. APC offered a workshop on “Networking for change and empowerment: building a gender and ICT policy agenda in the women's movement”. Agenda in English, French and Spanish. - APCNews http://www.apc.org/english/news/index.shtml?x=30474 Internet governance: An opinion report on the UN working group leading the debate “How many of you DON’T know what ICANN is?” the audience at a seminar on internet governance was asked. More than half present raised their hands. Carlos Afonso, former chair of APC and member of the UN body charged with coming up with a definition of what ‘internet governance’ should encompass gave attendees a brief but detailed overview of the US-based body that controls the servers that run the internet. Here for the first time his opinionative report on the first meeting of the UN Working Group on Internet Governance, November 23-25 2004, Geneva is published in English. Translation by APC. http://www.apc.org/english/news/index.shtml?x=30629 [English] http://www.apc.org/espanol/news/index.shtml?x=29858 [Spanish] http://www.apc.org/espanol/news/index.shtml?x=29860 [Portuguese original] The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) adopts digital content-sharing PORTO ALEGRE, Brazil, 01/30/2005 -- The British BBC, one of the world’s major communications networks, recently decided to digitalise its gigantic archive. A campaign was launched on the internet and within the company for the archive to be freely available to the public to use as it wishes. Christian Ahlert, of the Oxford Internet Institute, managed to convince the company’s management and BBC documentary-makers to use Creative Commons licensing, which has different levels of free use. This report from RITS at the World Social Forum translated into English by APC. - RITS http://www.apc.org/english/news/index.shtml?x=30604 World Social Forum: Open Systems for Open Politics LONDON, UK, 01/26/2005 -- The World Social Forum has open information systems in place to go with an open political ethos. All of about 1,000 computers at the forum are using free software. The official website has been developed for the first time in 'php,' an open source language. A new translation system is also a free software tool. The Forum is hosted in Brazil, a nation whose government at the first phase of the World Summit on the Information Society held in Geneva in 2003, strongly opposed intellectual property on software, and succeeded in getting this omitted from the final resolution. - IPS http://www.ipsnews.net/interna.asp?idnews=27175 Meeting of illustrious “hackers” at the World Social Forum PORTO ALEGRE, Brazil, 01/30/2005 -- “I’m a minister and a musician but I’m a hacker at heart” – Gilberto Gil, Brazilian minister for culture and pop icon. The roundtable on the "Digital Revolution" at the World Social Forum brought together some of the biggest names in the internet debate including Spanish academic Manuel Castells, open content and open source guru, lawyer Lawrence Lessig, and now Brazil’s most illustrious musician. This report from RITS translated into English by APC. - RITS http://www.apc.org/english/news/index.shtml?x=30602 "WSIS will enlighten my people" --Tunisian activist declares PORTO ALEGRE, Brazil, 01/27/2005 -- Sihem Bensedrine, from OLPEC (National Council for Tunisian Freedom) believes that holding the second phase of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), in her country in November 2005, will help Tunisian people realise the importance of their right to communicate. It will also encourage work for changes in the communication field in our country, she added. - Dafne Plou, APC for Les Penelopes http://www.penelopes.org/Anglais/xarticle.php3?id_article=1245 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- -- USEFUL INFORMATION SOURCES -- World Social Forum 2005 http://www.worldsocialforum.org APCNews/APCNoticias: Keeping informed about internet & ICTs for social justice at the Forum A special bulletin focusing on debates, panels, workshops, and stories that illustrate the use of internet and ICTs for social justice and development. http://www.apc.org/english/wsf2005/ [English] http://www.apc.org/espanol/wsf2005/ [Spanish and Portuguese] Choike: Giving visibility to Southern civil societies at the World Social Forum Part of the Choike team covered the Forum's activities directly from Porto Alegre. For NGOs from the South, the Forum has become a place to make their voices heard and exchange experiences and ideas. This is the main focus of Choike coverage, in line with its aim of giving visibility to Southern civil societies. Choike is an initiative of the Third World Institute, APC member in Uruguay. http://www.choike.org/nuevo_eng/eventos/10.html [English and Spanish] AMARC World Social Forum Multimedia Initiative: Community Radio broadcasting at the Forum Journalists and communicators from community media, networks and associations from Latin America, Africa, North America and Europe covered the event in English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, German and Italian. http://www.amarc.org/site.php?lang=EN&topic=wsf TerraViva at the World Social Forum IPS - Inter Press Service produced a daily newspaper TerraViva at the V World Social Forum. A virtual edition will be available on-line. IPS is a long-time partner of APC. http://www.ipsterraviva.net/tv/wsf2005 [English and Portuguese] News exchange - Ciranda: V International Independent Information Exchange Journalists at Porto Alegre used the Ciranda (news circle) to share and exchange articles and features. This time using a new wiki interface for journalists - if you're interested in the initiative and not just the content, take time to visit the section on "how it works". http://www.ciranda.net [English, Spanish, French, Italian, German and Portuguese] --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- APCNews, in English, and APCNoticias, in Spanish, are distributed monthly by APC, the Association for Progressive Communications (APC), the international Internet community for peace, human rights, development and the environment. APCNews Archive: http://www.apc.org/english/news/apcnews/ CopyLeft. 2005 Association for Progressive Communications (APC). 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