[governance] GAID

Wolfgang Kleinw├Ąchter wolfgang.kleinwaechter at medienkomm.uni-halle.de
Sun Mar 4 15:15:38 EST 2007


 
Dear Michael
 
thanks for your cirtical analysis, in particular with regard to civil society involvment. I share most of your views.However, if you compare GAID with UNICTTF I cen see some (small) progress with regard to CS participation. My conclusion from the meeting is, that CS has indeed to rethink its role in this process and to offer also some innovative contributions to the work programme regardless of the UN type top down organisational arrangement you have critisized. 
 
The purpose of the Santa Clara meeting was to improve first of all the relationship between governments and the private sector. This was the intention  of the Motto "UN Meets Silicon Valley". Why not to consider a similar meeting where the relationship between governments and civil society is in the center? Why not to use one of the big civil society meetings in the next year to invite GAID to have a parallel meeting and to discuss the CS-GOV relationship, according to the points you have raised in your analysis? 
 
The biggest CS event is the annual World Social Forum, the alternative to the WEF in Davos. My proposal is that civil society starts to discuss a project which could be labeled "UN meets the World Social Forum" where a joint meeting between CS and GAID is organized in parallel with the January event in 2008.    

Best regards
 
wolfgang
 
 
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Von: Michael Gurstein [mailto:gurstein at gmail.com]
Gesendet: So 04.03.2007 19:26
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	UN Officials Discuss Digital Divide
	Associated Press 03.01.07, 10:20 AM ET
	
	http://www.forbes.com/feeds/ap/2007/03/01/ap3475552.html
	
	Officials from the United Nations met with Silicon Valley executives to discuss the "digital divide" - the growing gap between the world's wealthiest and most computer literate people and the impoverished masses without Internet access.
	Wednesday's meeting, organized by Intel Corp. (nasdaq: INTC <http://finapps.forbes.com/finapps/jsp/finance/compinfo/CIAtAGlance.jsp?tkr=INTC>  - news <http://www.forbes.com/markets/company_news.jhtml?ticker=INTC>  - people <http://www.forbes.com/peopletracker/results.jhtml?startRow=0&name=&ticker=INTC>  ) and the U.N.'s Global Alliance for Information and Communications Technology and Development, was billed as the first between U.N. officials and technology executives and venture capitalists.
	
	More than 100 executives and officials from more than 30 countries attended the half-day conference. They brainstormed low-cost ways to get broadband Internet access to Africa, build computer centers throughout the developing world and encourage entrepreneurship.
	
	"Silicon Valley is the world capital of innovation, and we are counting on its contribution," said Sarbuland Khan, executive director of the U.N. technology alliance, founded last year. "In the information and communication field, the melding of markets and social responsibility is bringing to life new solutions to age-old problems like poverty, disease, hunger and illiteracy."
	Intel Chairman Craig Barrett said the Santa Clara-based semiconductor company was working with 60 governments in the developing world to bring low-cost financing of personal computers and high-speed Internet access to 1 billion people. The company is also working with education ministries in 40 countries to train 9 million teachers by 2011.
	
	"It's what the world needs and governments want for their citizens," Barrett said of the public-private partnership. "It's the right thing to do and makes business sense."
	
	http://www.forbes.com/feeds/ap/2007/03/01/ap3475552.html
	
	
	
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