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20.Dec.03 | ws2003.org:
How was the Summit? [read more]
14.Dec.03 | newsforge.com:
RMS on WSIS [read more]
13.Dec.03 | IP3:
An Institutional Perspective on the UN World Summit on the Information Society [read more]
13.Dec.03 | Allan Liska:
WSIS Leaving More Questions Than Answers [read more]
12.Dec.03 | ITU:
Final WSIS Press Release [read more]
11.Dec.03 | BBC news:
Human rights caucus concerned about WSIS outcome [read more]
11.Dec.03 | Reporters Sans Frontiers:
Radio Non Grata forced off the air [read more]
11.Dec.03 | :
Frustrated by UN summit civil society representatives present their own declaration [read more]
24.Nov.03 | CRIS:
World Forum on Communication Rights [read more]
21.Nov.03 | OneWorld South Asia:
ICTs need to focus on marginalised groups [read more]
14.Nov.03 | Civil Society:
Statement at the End of the Preparatory Process [read more]
14.Nov.03 | Inter Press Service:
A steep climb to the Information Society Summit [read more]
13.Nov.03 | OneWorld South Asia:
Media: The step-child of WSIS? [read more]
13.Nov.03 | Finacial Times:
Plan for UN to run internet 'will be shelved' [read more]
26.Oct.03 | Reporters sans frontières:
More hypocrisy as Tunisia hosts international congress on digital divide [read more]
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WSIS? WE SEIZE! activities in geneva
before and during the WSIS the geneva03 collective organizes three different events: the polimedia lab provides space and resources for workshops and independent media producers, a strategic conference on the 9th and 10th and the High Noon (10th - 12th) web-cast spins around independent media activism and community media projects across the globe.
practical information and the latest details about our activities are available in our wiki at geneva03.net. a open posting news wire can be found at www.hubproject.org.
WIPO hit by Little Mermaid
12.Dec.03 - Tonight WE SIZE! actiovists gathered at the WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization) building to project a short tape from Negativland which spoofs copyright by having the Little Mermaid speak about the imporatance of private property.
The police initially tried to stop the screening, but were persuaded to go easy when presented with an invitation to the screening, printed (unbeknownst to the police) by the group, which looked like a formal and official invitation from WSIS, inviting people to a reception and screening at the WIPO. Several delegates in suits also showed up, having received the invitation at the summit meetings, where it was widely distributed.
[read more] [fr]
dailysummit.net on WE SEIZE! polimedia lab
12.Dec.03 - At last, after a long search, Daily Summit tracked down Polymedia, renegade media outfit, evicted from their first home, but now resident in a Genevan cinema/theatre.
Harassed, harangued, haunted, but happy at last! And (there's no better way one can put it) these guys are weird...
First thing you notice: no telephones. But lots of computers, all set up to disseminate what they believe to be real information, the sort that should matter to people.
Civil society plenary denounces WE SEIZE! repression
12.Dec.03 - The Civil Society Plenary, meeting in its final session during the first phase of the UN World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) taking place from December 10-12 2003 in Geneva, unanimously condemns the undemocratic actions of the Swiss authorities and the Summit organizers in suppressing dissenting and alternative voices.
WE SEIZE! : Getting to grips with information society
12.Dec.03 - Yomango is one of the many articulations for an approach that made the polymedia lab possible. Polymedia Lab was an experiment in free sharing of knowledge and software, cables, boxes and food, and in some cases even clothes. It came together despite initial problems on the 9th, when the authorities who suddenly decided that the project could not take place at the scheduled location. Eventually, Geneva City Council provided the Palladium, a stylish culture venue. Strangely enough, when the council was asked for a space a few weeks ago, they were not able to find something, claiming that all spaces were fully booked.
HighNoon on (HighJacked) stream
11.Dec.03 - HighNoon has just gone on air ! High Noon is an audiovisual protest that wants to confront and expose the rhetorics of the WSIS in geneva in order to assert our claims to the so called "information society".
During the next days people from all over the globe will be able to watch the variety of media contributions and interventions uploaded by media activists and artists from around the globe. We will be following the revolution of the sun using its light as a scanner to raise up local experiences and stories to tell.
11.Dec.03 - Laws expanding the scope and duration of exclusive private rights in
information [copyright, patent and trademarks and trade secrets] have
been a constant since the late 1970s. Growing awareness of the
consequences of these laws - combined with the emerging potential for
autonomous cultural production - has produced a counter-movement in
recent years. The promulgation of formal law from above is not enough to
control human behaviour and creativity.
WANTED! Habib Ammar
10.Dec.03 - the second phase of the WSIS process will be held in tunesia in 2005. This choice of location for a summit that is about access to information if one considers tunesias human rights record, the recent imprisonment of (internet-) journalists and its restrictive press and internet policies. the current tunesian president (and future wsis host) has been made responsible for torture of political oponents in the 1980s.
Polimedia Lab relocates
10.Dec.03 - PolyMediaLab is an event of the Geneva03 initiative, designed to provide a space and facilities for media workshop activities, collaborative work and information sharing. The workshop is open to the public.
Journalists, media artists, programmers, activists and documentaries will meet for the next three days to discuss themes around the Information Society, and to share skills focused on participation and contribution to international knowledge sharing. A particular emphasis will be placed on independent media production and alternative methods of information sharing.
[read more] [fr]
Report from WE SEIZE!
10.Dec.03 - The following short report from mondays press conference and the 1st day of the strategic conference was written for the mailing list of the oekonux project.
Monday has been the second day of preparation of the "We Seize!"
(after a year of online preparation). It started with a press
conference in the morning.
Polimedia lab : we are seized !
09.Dec.03 - This morning around 10 am the access to the Polimedia Lab has been denied. On demand of the owner of the building 20 policemen in riot gear showed up and asked the We Seize! media-activists to pick up their material and leave the building. Under the pretext of inappropriate safety measures the owner didn’t agree that the space was rented to the Geneva03 collective. The Geneva03 collective negotiated with the owner to prevent the eviction of the place.
THIS TUESDAY: Migration, labour, media and organizing -- The back side of the information society
08.Dec.03 - What does migrant workers struggle have to do with the information
How can information and communication technologies empower social
struggles on a global level?
What's the link between the campaigns for freedom of communication and
the fight for freedom of movement?
On the eve of the UN summit on the information society the EVERYONE IS
AN EXPERT association calls to a debate about issues that are not
present on the agenda of neither govermental nor non-governmental
organizations: migration, labour, and organizing
Geneva03 WSIS? WE SEIZE! - Press Release
08.Dec.03 - The World Summit On Infomation Society (WSIS) takes place in Geneva from
the 10th - 12th December, 2003. While the official agenda of this UN/ITU
Summit talks about free access to information, the digital divide and
equality of opportunities, in reality its doors are closed, its
discussions exclusive and the agendas of those who attend it concealed.
What is more, the right to demonstrate and protest has been suspended in
Geneva at this time as the usual parade of despots and tyrants fly in to
Switzerland to define policy for their own citizens, and the rest of the
world, based on the agendas of corporate multinations, media
conglomerates and infrastructure owners.
[read more] [fr]
WSIS? WE SEIZE! polimedia lab
07.Dec.03 - The WE SEIZE! Polimedia Lab is a temporary media and communications laboratory, taking place as part of theWSIS? WE SEIZE! events and actions in Geneva. It will serve as a platform to develop and experiment with horizontal communication, to share experiences and knowledge, to create networks of alternative and grassroots communication projects, and present an alternative vision of information society. Like all other open WE SEIZE! events, the Lab welcomes local Genevans, WSIS delegates, NGO members and info-activists alike to use the lab for skill sharing and learning.
[read more] [fr] [es]
WE SEIZE! strategic conference programme
05.Dec.03 - The second version of the programme for the WSIS? WE SEIZE! strategic conference on december 9th & 10th in the Usine in Geneva is our.programme is out.
HIGHNOON call for audivisual protest
29.Nov.03 - High Noon is an audiovisual protest over three days (Dec 10-12) that gathers objections against the WSIS in Geneva in order to assert our claims to the so called "information society".
Since we are reluctant to report from yet another useless global summit to the rest of the world, we want to engage international participation in this media event that inverts the centralistic self-referential structure set-up by WSIS in order to distribute media presence equally between time-zones. High Noon works as an interface for confronting and exposing rhetorics of the WSIS by the variety of media contributions and interventions uploaded by media activists and artists from around the globe. We will be following the revolution of the sun using its light as a scanner to raise up local experiences and stories to tell. For three days it will be always midday in HighNoon. For each midday you are invited to participate rather than be represented!
[read more] [fr] [it]
WE SEIZE! Strategic Conference
25.Nov.03 - Taking place as part of the WSIS? WE SEIZE! events and actions in Geneva, the WE SEIZE! Strategic Conference (S-CONF) will take the form of two days of open discussion and short presentations. S-CONF welcomes local Genevans, WSIS delegates, NGO members and info-activists alike to join the debate. The conference is intended to provide allow everyone involved to explore the key issues involved in information politics today and to gain a better understanding of this fledgling movement.
WSIS? WE SEIZE!
15.Sep.03 - call for a platform for interventions in, outside of, counter to and as an alternative to the agendas and organization of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), which takes place from December 10th to 12th in Geneva, Switzerland.
Over the past months, activists and artists with different backgrounds ranging from indymedia centers to the noborder-networks, from the Free Software movement to community media, from grassroots campaigns to hacker collectives, have been discussing how to intervene in, outside of, counter to, or as an alternative to the agenda and organisation of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) from December 10th to 12th in Geneva, Switzerland.
WSIS is the first of two global summits dealing with information and communications to be held by the United Nations in Geneva. But the Summit is a smokescreen. Although it talks about the digital divide, knowledge dissemination, social interaction, political engagement, media, education, and health, this language is used to mystify the continuing use of information to protect and advance the interests of global capital.
[read more] [fr] [es] [it]
Geneva03: the Bubble Bursts
07.Jul.03 - The following is an agreed statement of the Geneva03 Autonomous Media Collective who assembled and produced the live stream in the days arounds the G8 summit in Evian in june 2003.
Locked away in their lakeside resort, the G8 must reckon once again with their own abject failure. Met by demonstrations and the diffuse violence produced by systemic crisis, they have no answers except escalations of that violence. That is the same as no answer at all. Their opponents, meanwhile, have no programme but to celebrate the G8's eclipse.
Despite their outward performance of control, socio-economic management and domination, the g8 meeting takes place at a time when their structures are in decay, their power in crisis. They have abandoned the cities for their meetings, confronted by domestic and international protests which meet them even im their elite hideaways. Evian is a water town, and here again the bubble has burst.
3000 demonstrate against IOM, WIPO and WTO
01.Jun.03 - about 3000 people participated at the demonstration against iom, wto and
wipo in geneva last friday. the evening before a lifestreamed "talk-show" took place, where the relationship between migration-regime and intellectual property-regime, between freedom of movement and freedom of information have been discussed on various levels. this info-event should also serve for the mobilisation next day, but the estimations, how many people will come to the demo, still remained very pessimistic, hoping for at least a few hundred people.
Wipe out IOM, WTO and WIPO
20.May.03 - In the days preceding the mass protests of June 1st against the G8, we hope thousands of people will converge in the region in order to take part in the camps, conferences, workshops and help prepare the large demonstration and mass civil disobedience of June 1st.
In the framework of these activities we call for a demonstration in the "institutional quarter" of Geneva on Friday May 30th. Our intention is to politically express our fundamental criticism of capitalist development and our clear rejection of more and more transnational instruments of exploitation, control and exclusion.