European / North American WSIS Activists Meeting
  Berlin, 13 June 2004, 11:00 - 21:00 CEST
 
 
  Technical University of Berlin
Main building, Room H 2013
Straße des 17. Juni 135
Berlin, Germany

Public Transport: Subway U2: Ernst-Reuter-Platz

Summary: The first phase of the World Summit on the Information Society is over. On the one hand a failure in terms of concrete results, on the other hand a success in networking and mobilising global civil society. The challenge is now to use the momentum, mobilise civil society, get real on implementation, and reach out to other social movements. 

Join us in Berlin to debate where the agendas of WSIS should be going, how we strategize for the next phase in Tunisia and improve the actual impact of civil society.

The meeting will take place as part of the "Wizards of OS" conference that will attract a number of key Civil Society activists and academics from all over the world. So there are plenty of chances for networking and meeting old and making new friends! See www.wizards-of-os.org for the whole conference programme and more infos.

Topics: Civil society positions, successes and agendas, Working inside and outside official WSIS structures, Linking WSIS to other Information Policy Issues and Social Movements, Preparations for PrepCom 1 in Tunisia, How to work with Tunisian Civil Society, Virtual Link and Debriefing to / from other conferences

Speakers include:
Karen Banks, Association for Progressive Communications, London; Ralf Bendrath, www.worldsummit2005.org, Bremen/Berlin; Renata Bloem, Conference of NGOs (CONGO), Geneva; Christoph Bruch, Humanistische Union, Berlin; Tile von Damm, Perspectives of Global Policy / PerGlobal, Berlin; Andreas Dietl, European Digital Rights, Brussels; Rikke Frank Jørgensen, Danish Human Rights Institute, Copenhagen; Alvar Freude, odem.org; Robert Guerra, Privaterra, Toronto; Robin Gross, IP-Justice, San Francisco; Arne Hintz, hubproject / Research Centre Media and Politics, Hamburg; Rainer Kuhlen, Nethics, Konstanz/Berlin; Helga Lindenmaier, Tunisia coordinator of ai Germany, Unterheinriet; Meryem Marzouki, IRIS, Paris; Claudia Padovani, CRIS Italy; Marianne Seger, EURAG, Mühlheim.

Attendance is free, but please send an e-mail to to Charlotte Dany <charlottedany (at) yahoo.de> to let us know you will be coming for planning purposes.


AGENDA

11:00 Welcome and Introduction
Ralf Bendrath, www.worldsummit2005.org, Bremen/Berlin (confirmed)

11:15 Civil Society Strategy: General Discussion

Brief input statements on lessons learned and steps ahead
. CS themes and structures: positions, successes and agendas
Karen Banks, Association for Progressive Communications / APC, London  (confirmed)
. Funding for bridges across the digital divide - update
Rainer Kuhlen, Nethics, Konstanz/Berlin (confirmed)
. The struggle on Internet governance - update
Jeanette Hofmann, Civil Society Internet Governance Caucus, Berlin (confirmed)
. Plan of Action and Implementation
Wolfgang Kleinwächter, University of Aarhus, WSIS Civil Society Bureau
. Working inside the process and in a government delegation
Rikke Frank Jørgensen, Danish Human Rights Institute / Human Rights Caucus, Copenhagen/Berlin (confirmed)
. Working outside official WSIS structures
Arne Hintz, hubproject / Research Centre Media and Politics, Hamburg (confirmed)
. The Tunisian situation and WSIS process - Making WSIS a true opportunity for Tunisian independent Civil Society
Meryem Marzouki, IRIS / Human Rights Caucus, Paris (confirmed)
. Lessons learned from global networking on development and environment
Tile von Damm, Perspectives of Global Policy / PerGlobal, Berlin and
Nika Greger, German Society for Nature Conservation (DNR), European and International Affairs (confirmed)

General Discussion
. Moderation: Claudia Padovani, CRIS Italy (confirmed)

13:45 Lunch

15:00 Preparations for PrepCom 1 in Tunisia

Brief input statements
. State of affairs in the WSIS process / Expectations for PrepCom1
Renata Bloem, CONGO, Geneva
. The civil society pre-prepcom in Tunis
Christoph Bruch, Humanistische Union, Berlin (confirmed)
. The Human Rights situation in Tunisia
Helga Lindenmaier, Tunisia coordinator of ai Germany, Unterheinriet (confirmed)
. Secure communications infrastructures for us in Tunisia
Alvar Freude, odem.org / Robert Guerra, Privaterra, Toronto (confirmed)

General Discussion
. Moderation: Marianne Seger, European Federation of Older Persons / EURAG, Mühlheim

17:00 Coffee Break

17:30 Linking WSIS to other Information Policy Issues and Social Movements
. North America
Robert Guerra, CRIS USA / CPSR / Privaterra, (confirmed)
. Europe / EU
Andreas Dietl, European Digital Rights/ EDRi, Brussels (confirmed)
. How to engage WIPO, WTO, ITU and other arenas?
Robin Gross, IP-Justice, San Francisco  (confirmed)
. Linking WSIS to other Information Policy Issues and Social Movements
TBA

19:00 Virtual Link and Debriefing to / from other conferences
. FM@dia Forum 04: Connecting Free Media, Prague/Freistadt
<http://www.fmedia.ecn.cz>
. US Community Technology Centres annual conference, Seattle
<http://www2.ctcnet.org/conf/2004/about/index.htm>

More information and how to participate...

20:00 Closing Plenary
. Follow-up
. Next events
. Moderation: TBA

21.00 End


 
 
 
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