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[ossig] Membership of the Global Alliance governing bodies rejects/excludes the Free and Open Source Software Movement from the overall process!

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 system.


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 Everyone!


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.  


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


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). 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


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