Video stream intervention into WSIS events
  High Noon around the globe
  Geneva, 11. December 2003. "We are leaving Argentina now, as the sun moves further around the globe, and going to Mexico with some footage on self-organisation in the Zapatista communities", says the video presenter, hidden behind a wall of computers, cables and screens. The "High Noon" video stream has started and features films and interviews about local realities around the world - coordinated from the new Polimedia Lab in the Geneva city centre.

The first Polimedia Lab had been evicted by riot police on Tuesday morning, under the pretext of health and safety concerns. However after long negotiations with the Geneva city council and the Canton of Geneva, media activists of the Geneva03 network had managed to secure a new space in the Palladium centre, just around the corner from the earlier Lab. Within a few hours, Palladium was transferred into a vibrant laboratory as well as an open public access space with wireless computer networks, both work and social spaces, workshops and skill-sharing opportunities, and the High Noon Web TV.

High Noon has been organised as a collaborative project between various European groups, such as the Italian Video collective Candida, the Spanish stream-hackers Hackitectura, the German "Everyone is an Expert", and many other media activists. Connecting the debates around the Geneva summit with the rest of the world, it mixes reports on the summit and counter-summit events with footage submitted remotely by video activists from around the world. As the sun moves around the globe, so High Noon focuses on stories, experiences and issues relevant to those regions where the sun is currently at its peak.

While important questions remain on whether a high-tech project such as the High Noon webcast, which most people around the globe won't be able to access, is the right means for intervening into the technocratic discourse of the WSIS, it is one of the few WSIS-related events which gives voice to local people describing their needs and realities. And while the summit, claiming to bridge the digital divide, has failed to even providing a working wireless infrastructure to those present in Palexpo, Polimedia Lab remains the only truly open (and fully connected) access space within and around the WSIS events.

Tonight, a big party will conclude the WSIS? We Seize! experience, and the media activists at Polimedia Lab are hoping to welcome many of those civil society members who spent the last days mainly at the official summit.

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