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March 01, 2004

Daily Summit reported live from the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting and the World Summit on the Information Society, bringing up to the minute news and opinion from the summits.

All entries from Daily Summit at WSIS and CHOGM will remain on the site for the foreseeable future. Here you can browse through nearly 500 entries by category or chronologically - highlights include posts on Iranian censorship, Nigerian scammers, progress at the summit, our questions to the Iranian President, and what life at the summit was like.

We also covered Civil Society, the Digital Divide and the Media as well as many other topics. A round up of the events at CHOGM can be found here

You can also still access Daily Summit at WSSD by clicking here.

Jane Frewer @ 03:48 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

December 12, 2003

"Citizens media meets bulldog journalism; finds the future of news," writes Jeff Jarvis

"I'm witnessing the future of journalism unfold over at

"There, a bunch of webloggers sent there by the British Council (can someone explain them to me?) are covering the U.N. World Summit on Information Society with a vibrancy, immediacy, passion, imagination, doggedness, and openness you simply won't find in big media...

"This is what journalism is meant to be.

"This isn't some new form of journalism. This is the result of a few centuries of the evolution of journalism.
We, the readers, get to ask the questions we want to ask of those in power and we get answers. That's what it's all about, isn't it?

"Now, it helps immensely that the people in Geneva for Daily Summit know their stuff and also ask the right questions at every opportunity.

"Give the chance to interview the man in charge of the Iranian Internet, they got to confront him and ask about the arrest of weblogger Sina Motallebi (the frightening event that first introduced me and many of us to the Iranian weblog revolution). The mullahs' bureacrat lied and shuffled away from the point. But the confrontation tells them: The whole world is watching, boys.

"You can call that advocacy journalism or bulldog journalism or just good reporting. It's all that."

Thanks. It's been fun. We'll keep you updated with all the post-WSIS reaction.

But first, a drink...
David Steven @ 09:33 PM | Comments (1) | TrackBack
"Excellent, witty, well-informed" That's how Bill Thomson describes Daily Summit, while hitting the nail on the head with his WSIS review on BBC News.

Aaron Scullion @ 02:24 PM | Comments (5) | TrackBack

December 09, 2003

First day... The summit hasn't even started properly yet, and already we've reported on tough security, Microsoft bloopers, meetings that were cancelled and cut short, technical failures (and again), as well as Robert Mugabe's impending visit , and Kofi Annan's first WSIS address.

We've got three big days ahead - so hit the comments, link, and tell all your friends. Go on - you know you want to!

Aaron Scullion @ 08:34 PM | Comments (0)

December 06, 2003

Daily Summit highlights: internet killed the radio star; Tatchell slams Mugabe, Mbeki; a 419 scammer speaks; children and the net; Nigerian opposition; McKinnon under the spotlight; your digital IQ; African women online; Arthur C. Clarke, genocide by word of mouth; and a tax on telephones.

David Steven @ 11:08 AM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

December 05, 2003

Squadrons of new readers are hitting our server today - thanks in the most part to Instapundit, Tim Blair and Al Jazeera (how's that for an eclectic list?)...

Welcome. Much of the action will be from Abuja over the weekend, where the Commonwealth is (mostly) arguing with itself. Next week - the main course - when we'll be live from Geneva with all the news from the World Summit on Information Society. Have a look around. Hit the comments. Enjoy!

David Steven @ 06:09 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack
Thanks to reader, Mike McCallister for pointing out that the executive summary of the ITU World Telecommunication Development Report is now online. The full report will be available from Tuesday - expect a third launch...

We really value your thoughts, comments, tips, hints, brickbats, corrections etc. (hold fire on the abuse though!). So hit the comments or email info -at-

David Steven @ 03:12 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

December 03, 2003

Some highlights you may have missed - Sony's downfall, WSIS unzipped, the church volunteer, freedom of expression, and the battle for the internet.

There's also news on Nigerian hopes, arrests and scams.

David Steven @ 08:44 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

December 01, 2003

Buy 1 summit, get 1 free. From tomorrow (Tuesday), Daily Summit will be reporting from CHOGM, the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, which is taking place this year in Abuja.

Our reporter, Mick Fealty - of noted blog Slugger O'Toole - will be online soon, bring you all the news from the summit.

For the uninitiated, the Commonwealth is an association of former British colonies, dependencies and other territories (as well as Mozambique).

Recently, the key issue for Commonwealth countries has been Zimbabwe, and the activities of Robert Mugabe's government there. Last week, Secretary General Don McKinnon told the BBC that the Commonwealth had failed in its efforts to engage with the Zimbabwean President - and the issue isn't going to go away at this summit.

However, the host country - Nigeria - isn't without its problems either.

You may ask while Daily Summit is looking at two summits at once.. well, alongside CHOGM, the Commonwealth People's Forum is taking place. It's a major civil society summit, and we feel that those attending WSIS and those attending the people's forum will have similar aims - so, ultimately, we're getting a headstart on WSIS.
Aaron Scullion @ 07:39 PM | TrackBack

November 27, 2003

Welcome if you're just finding us for the first time.

With just under two weeks to go until the world summit starts, we're working to ensure Daily Summit becomes the first place you go to for WSIS news.

For now, we're keeping an eye on WSIS stories in the media, watching web activity, starting to unravel the summit processes, and providing background to issues relating to the information society, as the summit approaches.

Feel free to get in touch with any tips, gossip or advice - we'd love to hear from you.

Aaron Scullion @ 03:21 PM | TrackBack

November 12, 2003

Raising awareness. Daily Summit isn't even a week old, and already we're getting people talking about WSIS. A letter in the Guardian, responding to an earlier article about us, talks about what we can do to prevent the end result of the summit being "reduced freedoms and a further widening of the "digital divide".

Aaron Scullion @ 11:07 AM
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