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>World Congress of Citizens Network, Buenos Aires, 5-7 December 2001
>For additional information write to the secretary of the Global CN2001:
>The Congress - Presentation
>Community networks is a generic term used to define different kinds of uses
>of the Internet and the information technologies that transform our society.
>In some countries, they are called differently, such as freenets,
>telecenters, or digital cities. However, in all cases, community networks
>gather people willing to use the new technologies for the renewal of their
>communities in the digital era. They are more than just a simple web: They
>are new forms of society. We can define community networks as a way of using
>the new technologies by various local agents (association, town,
>neighborhood, indigenous community, library, young people's association,
>women's movement, etc.) as well as national and even global agents for the
>purpose of generating a social transformation, either as economic
>development, greater citizen involvement or lower social exclusion.
>The Global CN congress is the annual meeting of the community networks from
>all over the world, as well as of people from different sectors interested
>in their promotion. These networks are new forms of civic associations in
>the digital era. They play an extremely important role in the strengthening
>of social networks, in any given population´s access to the knowledge and
>work opportunities of the Information Society, in citizens´ participation in
>local policy making, in the generation of better working conditions, and in
>the creation of companies with new production and service profiles.
>These issues will be discussed at the II World Congress of Citizen Networks
>- Global CN 2001 to be held in Buenos Aires, Argentina, between December 5
>and 7, 2001. The event will gather members of the community, governmental,
>political, academic, and business sectors involved in the promotion of these
>citizen networks, around a clear theme: "Renewing communities in the Digital
>Global CN 2001 is an initiative developed by Global CN Partnership, the
>international alliance of organizations of citizen networks of Europe, USA,
>Canada, in collaboration with community networks in the United States,
>Argentina, Chile, Brazil, Uruguay, Australia, Mexico, Costa Rica, Dominican
>Republic, New Zealand, Japan, Russia, India and Africa.
>Global CN 2001 aims to encourage the building of community networks around
>the world, based upon strategic alliances with the various organizations of
>civil society, the State, private enterprises and universities. These
>alliances are oriented towards the construction of the Information Society´s
>new communities. These communities are built through the articulation of the
>initiatives of the sectors involved, the exchange of methodologies,
>programs, processes, and the production of new knowledge.
>Global CN 2001 in Buenos Aires
>This second congress is the first one in Latin America, after the Global CN
>2000 in Europe. We expect it to be a landmark in the evolution of citizen
>networks, not only for the level of the issues and participants in the
>debate, but also because it is a joint undertaking of all the social and
>political sectors, without which it will not be possible to build a society
>with equitable access to information.
>This II World Congress of Citizen Networks, hosted by Buenos Aires, will
>gather for the first time in Argentina the efforts of the major political
>and economic players of provinces -through CFI, Consejo Federal de
>Inversiones / Federal Council of Investments-, together with the academic
>and research sector involved in the main subjects of discussion represented
>by the Instituto de Investigaciones Gino Germani / Gino Germani Research
>Institute, of the School of Social Sciences of the University of Buenos
>Aires, and the main information and communication technology / ICT
>companies, represented by CICOMRA, the Chamber of Information Technology and
>Communications of the Argentine Republic. Global CN 2001 is supported by an
>international Consultative Committee and an international Executive
>The II World Congress of Citizen Networks is the continuation of Global CN
>2000, which took place in Barcelona in November 2000. Information and
>communication technologies -which meet on the Internet- are showing great
>potential for the economic and social development of communities. This calls
>for the strengthening of an information society for everyone, which must be
>jointly encouraged by the various social, political and business sectors.
>It is in the above setting that Buenos Aires will receive, next December,
>representatives from institutions of around the world. Global CN 2001 will
>include conferences with key international speakers, roundtable discussions,
>workshops, videos, a community organization exhibition, and other
>activities. In forthcoming communications, we will keep you informed about
>the general organization, the program, logistics and other issues of your
>For additional information, please write to the secretary of Global CN2001:
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