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NewsForge: RMS Covers WSIS

Dec 18, 2003, 01:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Richard Stallman)

"The World Summit on the Information Society is supposed to formulate plans to end the 'digital divide' and make the internet accessible to everyone on Earth. The negotiations were completed in November, so the big official meeting in Geneva last week was more of a trade show and conference than a real summit meeting.

"The summit procedures were designed so that non-governmental organizations (mainly those that promote human rights and equality, and work to reduce poverty) could attend, see the discussions, and comment. However, the actual declaration paid little attention to the comments and recommendations that these organizations made. In effect, civil society was offered the chance to speak to a dead mike..."

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