[wsfii-coord] More news from the LAC region
sylvia at colnodo.apc.org
Thu Jun 1 22:42:21 BST 2006
It was like a roller coaster! I've just finished up reading more that 60
messages coming from this wsfii-coord space. There were some moments
were I was really worried and tense, and other were calm came back. It
was like seeing all the chapters of a soap opera, all chapters in one
take! well, you can be all but boring!
Anyway... I'm really glad to know that finally, after ups and downs
there is a place and date decided for this to happened, and wiki pages
to start navigating/contributing.
Just to give you all an update of what is going on from this side of the
We now have the WNDW book already translated into Spanish. The whole
thing. It has been a hell of a work, but I'm sure that the outcome will
be very good, and if the authors speak Spanish they will be very pleased
too :) The book is now getting ready for printing and on-line publishing
and will be officially launched by the Booksprint team pretty soon. We
will have also a launch at the WALC event in Quito at the end of July.
The process in our region was quiet different from what is happening for
the global/international event. The training and workshops were already
in place, but the presentations, discussions were not really happening
in a plenary set up. So, WALC organizers take care of their training
event as they always do, and 3 of us -also trainers at the event- took
the responsibility of transformed the space already open there called
the Internet & Society track, into an Internet and Society Forum/WSFII.
The other 2 women are Valeria Betancourt and Dafne Plou, both of them
from different APC programmes in the region.
As I've mentioned on a previous message, we have 5 topics to be
addressed into our regional WSFII. Now we have 4 to 5 panelists
confirmed to present in each one of those spaces, more or less 25
different angles and contributions to the process. The WSFII sessions
will be at the end of the day of a very busy training event called WALC,
which has been done in the region for more than 12 years now, every
year. The training event hosts 7 different workshops of 6 days, 8 hours
a day. After that, 2 hours a day, we will be gathering listening to some
theoretical presentations but mostly talking about experiences and
lessons learned from very different and specific projects.
This year WALC also happens to share venues, resources and some experts
with Red Clara, the consortium of advance Internet networks, known as
Internet2 to may of us... so, we will be having quite a contribution
from the academic sector too.
I'm sure that many people will have complaints about the process, and
how open it was, but to be true to myself, I was, we were, as open as we
could manage... we've invite people we know, and encourage the to invite
people we know. We will see how it goes. But at least, we will be able
to start moving the ball here, encouraging others to engage into the
WSFII global process.
About a regional page on the wiki... I can't really do it. I don't have
enough time and energy to translate the whole Spanish document to make
sense for others... maybe after the event is finished, I've will be able
to do so. Meanwhile, the page of the event is www.walc2006.ula.ve
linking to the "Foro Internet y Sociedad" banner and left menu link.
I've was wondering if anyone from the WSFII organizers will be willing
to come down to Quito and share with us during this week, July 24 to
July 29th. We have barely raised enough money to put the panels
together, so I can't offer any financial support from our side, but as
Julian mention before that OSI was willing to support some of the travel
among the different WSFIIs, maybe somebody will be interested and able
to travel. Please let me know as soon as possible who can be the lucky
one :) It will be great if is someone with some Spanish skills... just
to be sure that he/she can follow what happened in the meeting.
Last comment... about the RCFIIs... good idea, but it will be great to
discuss it later, when the other substantial stuff is defined. That is a
project on its own.
All the best,
PD. Now moving to the wsfii-discuss mailing list, were I have another
134 messages sitting! but after go to the movies to see X-Men :D
Participe en el WALC 2006
Sylvia Cadena - sylvia at colnodo.apc.org
J.M. Sosa 2281 / 701 Montevideo 11300, Uruguay
Tel. (+5982) 7111502
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