Tunis was a wonderful experience. I learned an enormous amount about ICTs and the policies that govern their implementation. I was particularly impressed - and surprised - by developments in ICTs in certain Asian countries.
For example, Tran Le Thuy (our journalist from Vietnam) told me that almost everybody in her country has access to the internet and that computers there can cost as little as US$200. In Brazil only 15 per cent of the population are connected and the cheapest desktop computers costs around US$500 - beyond the reach of most.
This is all very interesting. The same cannot be said of either the official discussions or civil society seminars. Most were heavily centred on the internet, with very few events on the role of traditional media in the information society. And there was no discussion at all about digital radio and television, which are set to completely change the way people relate to the mass media.
In Brazil the main commercial broadcasting companies - which own the entire air spectrum in big cities - are forcing the introduction of the American digital radio model (IBOC), thereby excluding other actors, including community radio stations.
Sad that nobody at WSIS chose to highlight this issue, which threatens democratic access to information and to means of communication, particularly in developing countries.