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Andreas Broeckmann on Thu, 27 Oct 2005 16:00:15 +0200 (CEST)

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<nettime-ann> [ann] Citizens* Summit on the Information Society (CSIS), Tunis

Citizens' Summit on the Information Society (CSIS)
Tunis, November 16-18, 2005
irst announcement and call for support
CSIS Press release - October 24, 2005


A Citizens' Summit on the Information Society
(CSIS) will be held in Tunis, on November 16-18,
2005, coinciding with the World Summit on the Information Society

The CSIS will be another milestone in the long
tradition of UN conferences and Summits being
complemented with events organized by citizen
groups. Previous such events met with great
success, for example during the Cairo Conference
on Population and Development (1994), the Beijing
Conference on Women (1995) or the Monterrey
Summit on Financing for Development (2002).

The CSIS objectives are twofold:
- To send a strong message of support and
solidarity from international civil society to
the local civil society and citizens;
- To address the main issues being debated at the
WSIS, from the perspective of citizen groups and the public.

Based on earlier precedents, this event will
offer an excellent opportunity to promote the
Information Society and the basic principles on
which it must be based, as articulated in the
first phase of the World Summit on the
Information, namely: human rights and social justice.

Invitation and Call for support:

Citizen groups, Civil society organizations,
National, Regional and International
Institutions, Government Delegations, and all
other interested parties and individuals are
invited to participate in the Citizen's Summit on
the Information Society.  All are strongly
encouraged to express their support for and solidarity with the CSIS by,
- Signing-on as a supporter,
- Offering a donation,
- Proposing a contribution to the CSIS program,
- Reading a statement of support to CSIS, in a
WSIS parallel event they may organize
- Disseminating CSIS news through websites and mailing lists,
- Or any other means of support they may suggest.

Practical information:

The Citizen's Summit on the Information Society
will begin on November 16th at 16:00, with an
opening ceremony, continue all day on November
17th, with the closing session on November 18th
morning. The CSIS program will consist of a
series of panels and conferences addressing main
WSIS issues from the public perspective.

The detailed program and practical information
will be circulated by early November, together with a list of CSIS

irst list of CSIS organizers and supporters:

AMARC (World Association of Community Radio
Broadcasters), ANND (Arab NGO Network for
Development), APC (Association for Progressive
Communications), Article 19, CJFE (Canadian
Journalists for Free Expression), Comunica-ch
(WSIS Swiss Civil Society Coalition), CPSR
(Computer Professionals for Social
Responsibility), CRIS Campaign (Communication
Rights in the Information Society), FIDH
(International Federation of Human Rights
Leagues), FrontLine (International Foundation for
the Protection of Human Rights Defenders), HR
Caucus (WSIS Civil Society Human Rights Caucus)
HRW (Human Rights Watch), ICHRDD (Rights and
Democracy), Index on Censorship, IteM (Instituto
del Tercer Mundo), Norwegian PEN, OMCT (World
Organization against Torture), WAN (World
Association of Newspapers), WPFC (World Press
reedom Committee), in coordination with
independent Tunisian civil society organizations.

CSIS International Organizing Committee:

Pablo Accuosto, Karen Banks, Roberto Bissio,
Steve Buckley, Rikke Frank JF8rgensen, Wolf
Ludwig, Antoine Madelin, Meryem Marzouki, SeE1n D3
SiochrFA, Chantal Peyer, in coordination with
independent Tunisian civil society organization representatives.

Expressions of support: support {AT} citizens-summit.org
Press enquiries: press {AT} citizens-summit.org
General contact, questions: contact {AT} citizens-summit.org

Website: http://www.citizens-summit.org

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