Quotes from the WSIS conference

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Jody Mahoney has sent us some quotes from WSIS:

"The costs of connectivity, computers and mobile telephones can be brought down. These assets -- these bridges to a better life -- can be made universally affordable and accessible. We must summon the will to do it."
--Kofi Annan, Secretary General of the United Nations

"It is, quite frankly, unacceptable for the United Nations to continue to include among its members states which imprison citizens for the sole reason that they have criticised their government on the internet or in the media. As far as I'm concerned, it goes without saying that here in Tunis inside these walls as well as outside everyone can express themselves freely. It is one of the conditions sine qua non for the success of this international conference."
--Samuel Schmid, Swiss President (NOTE: These comments were censored on Tunisian Television today)

"One-half of the world does not have a telephone. 1/4 of the world has never made a phone call. Hundreds of milllions are excluded from international financing of a telecommunications network. It is a tool for the rich."
--Yoshio Utsumi, Secretary General of the International Telecommunications Union

"It is not possible to cling to a belief in universal values but maintain the majority of the world in information poverty."
--Shirin Ebadi, 2003 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, International Federation for Human Rights