Posted by: Anonymous Coward
on February 18, 2004 08:41 PM
A main objective of the summitwas to bridge the "digital divide". I resist this term as it implies that information technology played a negative role. From a popperian view it cannot be falsified. The empirical evidence is low, given the fact that there are more PCs in Europe than it Africa what does it imply?
Free software and Open Source was very strong at the summit, you don't find that in the official documents. Brazil wiped WIPO and TRIPs references out and presented a strong pro-FLOSS position. It preferes FLOSS in state procurement in order to invest its money in the national economy rather than to be dependent on services from abroad.
When US representatives talk publicitely about the "problems" that will only help the case of FLOSS supporters as the United States are relatively weak at WSIS. There were many people that presented FLOSS as a business case, but Governement officials are more conservative to adopt it. As the whole backbone of the net consists of FLOSS its plain diplomatic trash talk. However the US government may popularize FLOSS by acting against it.
I represented <A HREF="http://www.ffii.org/" TITLE="ffii.org">FFII</a ffii.org>, we are devoted to the vision of a Free Information Infrastructure and try to fix the international Patent system.
WSIS was of less substantial talks, pressure and focus from the "development aid industry". It will be important to increase the presensence at WSIS II in Tunis. We don't talk about visions and programms, we act.