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Sunday, December 7, 2003

World Information Society: Care About Thinking?

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Here is a fresh, short, first-hand report from Geneva where Andrius Kulikauskas of mincius.sodas has just arrived to participate in the World Forum on Information Society taking place in this beautiful Swiss city.


Andrius is an independent reporter, journalist, social activist and philosopher moving and connecting people and ideas through a series of ongoing "laboratories". His motto is: "Do you care about thinking?"

Andrius leverages the Internet and the voices of the many individuals that are seeking new solutions to old problems, to have an opportunity to speak, engage and find like-minded people from other parts of the world willing to join forces.

Andrius' networking and ability to question and critically analyze hot social, technological and development issues is, to my knowledge, unparalleled. I invite you to see for yourself the amount of rich content, instigations (as he calls them) and pools of ideas that he has set in motion.

It is, in tribute to his tireless efforts, genuine spirit for global peace and intelligent use of technology that I'd like to publish a short email from him, as he reports of arrival and discovery of Geneva while laying out, an invitation of what we should be asking and expecting of this international Forum.

He suggest some starting points. What are yours?

Message: 1
Date: Sun, 07 Dec 2003 21:45:33 -0000
From: "minciusodas"
Subject: WSIS

Hello, Greetings from Geneva!

Isabelle, Thank you very much for writing how we might participate
online, from around the world, as part of this World Summit for the
Information Society
. I look forward to meeting Lucas here. I invite
us all to think, what message might we present here.

I made it here fine, including the tram ride to the city, (people in Geneva are very helpful), where I found the Unine Theatre where has set itself up, (see their wiki at

I will be able to crash (sleep) here tonight and later this week. It is a great place to be, a real hive for independent journalists. I met Mako Benjamin Hill here from the
Summer Source camp organized by, which is how I
found out about WSIS, Indymedia, and Unine.

I am finishing up my paper on Social Hacking, hopefully tomorrow when
I go to Milan. Tuesday I speak there, then come back here.

My mission in Geneva is:

- To find other online organizers and agree to a way to link our groups together so that through something like the Common Channels that I am working to set up. As a start, it would be great to have a list of "social hackers" and the groups that they belong to. This will become a great map. Please write to us, or to me, if you would like to participate to help link up the groups that we belong to. If anybody could start up a Wiki page for that, it would be great, and I would add people.

- To find businesses that would like to leverage such a network of online groups and social hackers. In particular, I want to connect Change Management for corporations ( and with Social Software (especially our member Peter Kaminski and the Social Software Alliance) and the Social Networking Systems. They all need each other, I think.

- To find people from around the world, especially in the Islamic countries, and from Africa.

- To present a simple message for what the information society should be like. I appreciate yours - here is mine:

1) The Internet is a meeting place for global society.

2) It must all be under the jurisdiction of all the people, not carved
up by nations.

3) No state may interfere anywhere with the following:

a) Access to the Internet by activists. (Note: Internet is a network, not a broadcast media. We should not campaign for universal access for its own sake, it is not relevant, and it reduces the Internet to television. Instead, we should focus on access for all activists, those who have something to say, or something to do, and make all the difference.)

b) Human rights for all on the Internet: freedom of speech, religion,
assembly, etc.

c) No taxation of transactions taking place on the Internet.

d) The Internet is Public Domain except as noted. If you put copyright material on the Internet, you had better mark it as such. Or don't put it on the Internet.

e) The Internet is for all of us, so we should focus resources for the design of the type of marginal access that the average Internet user has throughout the world.

f) There needs to be a democratic process, taking place through the Internet itself, for all of the people of the world to rule this global meeting space.

Other thoughts?

Open source, multilingual, social hacking?

What do you think?

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Readers' Comments    
2003-12-08 20:48:44

Andrius Kulikauskas

Robin, THANK YOU!!! for your energetic support. You are wonderful to notice and encourage. I need and appreciate this, and I know many others do. I am glad that we are working together, and I look forward to expanding that and involving others. I am very interested what will happen if even just a few of us can play off each other as you do. Please help me think how I might support your efforts. Right now I want to work to connect online groups in change management, social software and social networking. Peace.

posted by Robin Good on Sunday, December 7 2003, updated on Tuesday, May 5 2015

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