[Fwd:...UN Global Alliance governing bodies rejects/excludes the FOSS Movement from the overall process!]

Tyler Mitchell tjm at timberline.ca
Mon Jun 19 15:40:39 PDT 2006

Does anyone know more about this... ?

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Subject: 	[NOSI discussion] Membership of the UN Global Alliance
governing bodies rejects/excludes the FOSS Movement from the overall
Date: 	Mon, 12 Jun 2006 17:43:05 +0500
From: 	Fouad Riaz Bajwa <bajwa at fossfp.org>
Reply-To: 	bajwa at fossfp.org
Organisation: 	FOSSFP: Free and Open Source Software Foundation of Pakistan
To: 	<nosi-discussion at nosi.net>

*To all concerned global FOSS Bodies, ICT stakeholders & UN-GAID, *

The results of the selection of committees or stakeholders is not
acceptable by the (Civil Society) *Free and Open Source Software (FOSS)
Movement*. The FOSS Movement has been deliberately sidelined again as
was done during the WSIS main activities. Once again under
representation has been given to the FOSS Movement and excluded from the
overall ICT process.

It can be concluded that there is some biasness in the selection of the
UN-GAID council and committees again. There is no representation from
the Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) Movement in the committees; no
leaders from either of the forefront organizations involved in the
promotion of FOSS are involved. Either the issue has been excluded on
purpose or again this proves the plight of the proprietary software
forces on the FOSS movement and biasness of a certain lobby in the UN

This is our appeal to all concerned to include the FOSS Movement in the
UN-GAID or a proper justification be given to the FOSS Movement why it
has been excluded from such an important global ICT related inclusive
process! Furthermore, this is not exclusion of the FOSS Movement only;
it is the rejection of the basic right of all human beings to choose and
access their ICT software freedoms! Is the UN system really interested
in depriving us of our basic rights to promote ICT Software Freedom for

Why is it that such initiatives related to ICT4D normally have a
continuous habit of excluding important actors and stakeholders from the
overall process! Such a process should also be rejected by the FOSS
movement that excludes respect for the open software related core of the
overall process!

*Voicing & Promoting ICT Software Freedom For Everyone – The Free and
Open Source Software Movement!*

I will not participate in such a biased forum and furthermore Civil
Society FOSS movements should boycott such a biased meeting because we
all know why this happens! The hidden political force that we are well
aware of, buys out everyone in the process and right on time!

Visit the website and see it with your own eyes at
http://www.un-gaid.org <http://www.un-gaid.org/>.

Fouad Riaz Bajwa
General Secretary - FOSS Advocate
FOSSFP: Free & Open Source Software Foundation of Pakistan ® Secretariat
Office of the General Secretary
Lahore-54700, Pakistan
Cell: 92-333-4661290
Tel: 92-42-5030039
E-Mail: bajwa at fossfp.org <mailto:bajwa at fossfp.org>
URL: www.fossfp.org <http://www.fossfp.org> ; www.ubuntu-pk.org

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*From:* plenary-admin at wsis-cs.org [mailto:plenary-admin at wsis-cs.org] *On
Behalf Of *CONGO - Philippe Dam
*Sent:* Monday, June 12, 2006 3:13 PM
*To:* plenary at wsis-cs.org; bureau at wsis-cs.org
*Cc:* 'CONGO - Philippe Dam'
*Subject:* [WSIS CS-Plenary] Membership of the Global Alliance governing

Dear all,

The full lists of members of the Global Alliance governing bodies
(Strategy Council and Steering Committee) are now posted on line on the
GAID website (www.un-gaid.org <http://www.un-gaid.org/>).
Congratulations to the CS members designated by the UN SG. See below.



*Strategy Council*: http://www.un-gaid.org/council/council.html

Kamel Ayadi, President, World Fed. of Engineering Associations (Tunisia)

Rodrigo Baggio, Executive Director, Committee for Democracy in
Information Technology (Brazil)

Peter Bruck, President, World Summit Award (Austria)

Astrid Dufborg, Executive Director, GeSCI

Hiroshi Kawamura, Daisy Consortium, (Japan)

Janet Langmore, President, Digital Opportunity Trust (Canada)

Tracey Naughton, Media Caucus (S. Africa/Australia)

Bazlur Rahman, CEO, NGOs Network for Radio and Communication (Bangladesh)

Lynn St. Amour, President/CEO, Internet Society

Lynn M. Wanyeki, Executive Director, FEMNET (Kenya)

*Steering Committee*: http://www.un-gaid.org/steering/steering.html

Titi Akinsanmi (Programme Manager, Global Teenager Project)

Renate Bloem (CONGO)

*Philippe Dam
CONGO - WSIS CS Secretariat
11, Avenue de la Paix
CH-1202 Geneva
Tel: +41 22 301 1000
Fax: +41 22 301 2000
E-mail: **wsis at ngocongo.org* <mailto:wsis at ngocongo.org>*
Website: **www.ngocongo.org <blocked::http://www.ngocongo.org>** *

* *

*The Conference of NGOs (CONGO) is an international, membership
association that facilitates the participation of NGOs in United Nations
debates and decisions. Founded in 1948, CONGO's major objective is to
ensure the presence of NGOs in exchanges among the world's governments
and United Nations agencies on issues of global concern.  For more
information see our website at www.ngocongo.org

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