WSIS Counter-Events
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  Amsterdam/Geneva, September 2003. Members of the Geneva 03 network met during the next5minutes tactical media festival in Amsterdam to further develop the proposed series of counter-events to the WSIS. Several days later, further side-events around the December summit were introduced at the PrepCom in Geneva: the World Forum on Communication Rights and a Community Radio Day.

In Amsterdam, Geneva03 developed a call which offers a general framework for interested groups and organisations to tap into and develop and present their own projects, workshops, and debates. The work done by the organising network Geneva03 will focus on providing basic logistics and infrastructure for this framework.

The three sub-events that have been proposed so far are a MakeWorlds counter-conference, a Polymedia Lab as a space for experiment and skill-sharing, and a videostream.

Issues to be scrutinised and critically reflected at the event will include intellectual property rights, infowar and misinformation, the exploitation of immaterial and informal labour, digital rights management, while calling for the freedom of communication and a defense of our commons of ideas.

Groups and individuals are called upon to fill this fairly open space with ideas and content. Those who want to present/develop/share their projects within this framework are being asked to post their ideas to the "prep-l at geneva03.org" list or to the Geneva03.org site, which will soon contain an open-publishing section.

Read the call here.

Meanwhile in Geneva, an organising group from a variety of organisations presented the plans for a World Forum on Communication Rights (WFCR) to be held alongside the WSIS summit on 11 December. The Forum focuses on issues absent from or underrepresented at the WSIS agenda and focuses on the communication aspects of 4 themes - poverty, conflict and peace, copyright and trade, human rights. It seeks to highlight barriers to communication rights and to offer solutions. A Charter of Communication Rights will be presented there.

For the day after that, 12 December, community media organisations are organising a Community Media Day. In addition to the presentation of the ALER/AMARC study "The Practice Inspires - Lessons Learnt from the Best Latin American Community Radios", there will be talks by community media people from the different world regions and a roundtable on community media legislation.
 
 
 
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