"Prior to establishing the website, the special circumstances under which we functioned had restricted our activity and limited the access to our work by others in related fields (see http://www.uthr.org/history.htm ). Setting up the website was a liberating experience and proved to be significantly a more popular medium than the print media. Thanks to Marilyn's efforts, we get 150- 250 hits every day when we release new reports and about 100 hits per day otherwise. What I found innovative and more meaningful in Virtual Activism's vision of "closing the digital divide" is that it is managed by people who have experience in activism in the developing countries and know the pitfalls and limitations of the organizations which function in those parts. Hence they have a clear perspective in providing all the support including training to make those local organizations independent and efficient in using the tools for their benefit. It not only provides resources just to host a site but makes available all the tools on the web which are useful for campaign purposes, thus opening up new frontiers to the local organizations."

— K.Sritharan Ph.D. University Teachers for Human Rights, Jaffna


ICT for Development

Core Indicators: The Partnership has developed a core list of ICT indicators to help countries track ICT infrastructure, access, and measure ICTs in households, enterprises, education, and government. The list is revised regularly and was endorsed by the UN Statistical Commission. [link]

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International Principles on the Application of Human Rights to Communications Surveillance

July 10 marked one year since EFF and a coalition of hundreds of experts and human rights activists put the finishing touches on the Necessary and Proportionate Principles. These 13 Principles articulate how international human rights law should be applied to government surveillance.

 

 

WSIS +10

 

The WSIS+10 High-Level Event will be an extended version of the WSIS Forum. The Event will be held at the ITU Headquarters, Geneva from 10-13 June 2014 (9 June pre-events). It is designed to review the progress made in the implementation of the WSIS outcomes.

It is designed to review the progress made in the implementation of the WSIS outcomes under the mandates of participating agencies, and to take stock of achievements in the last 10 years based on reports of WSIS Stakeholders, including those submitted by countries, Action Line Facilitators and other stakeholders. The event will review the WSIS Outcomes (2003 and 2005) related to the WSIS Action Lines with the view of developing proposals on a new vision beyond 2015, potentially including new targets.

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International day against DRM

May 6th was International Day of Action against Digital Restriction Management.

What is DRM?

>a bit of technology that hardware and software manufacturers, publishers, and copyright holders use to control the way we use the devices and media that we own. The idea is to limit users’ ability to copy the content without permission, but DRM does much more: it shapes how people tinker with and share devices, software, music, movies, etc. they legally paid for. Have you ever unsuccessfully tried to copy music you “bought” from your computer to your iPhone? Attempted to download an ebook from Amazon only to discover it isn't “compatible” with your device? That’s DRM at work.

Read more here about the events that took place that day.

Also there is a Guide to DRM-free living at https://www.defectivebydesign.org/guide

 

Girls in ICT

Organizing an event to celebrate the Girls in ICT Day is every year on 24 April. It is a worthwhile effort. It is our chance to raise awareness about the opportunities of the ICT sector and empower girls and young women with the knowledge that careers in ICT can be for them. The event is supported by ITU.

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Middle East Initiative

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