"Dear Dr. Marlyn Tadros, This is to officially acknowledge the free website that your organization - Virtual Activism - offered to SWAPHEP. We are indeed grateful for this gesture, which has greatly enhanced our work and holds immense benefits to our NGO in the future. Once again, on behalf of the Board of Trustees, Board of Advisers, Management Committee and Staff of SWAPHEP, I thank you for this wonderful assistance. We wish you and the rest of the Virtual Activism team the very best in the year ahead."

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Citizen's Media Law Project publishes an online guide to reporting on Occupy Wall Street

A Citizen's Guide to Reporting on #OccupyWallStreet: this online guide is a project of Citizen's Media Law Project and its aim is to provide a legal guide to activists on the ground involved in the Occupy Wall Street movement. [link] However this guide specifically addresses the law as it pertains to New York City and the protests currently occurring in Zuccotti Park. The information provided will not apply with respect to the other #occupy protests throughout the country.

For other information on Occupy Wall Street, please go directly to their site at http://occupywallst.org/ and/or watch streaming live event.

 

Making Sense of the Digital Era: A human rights approach to the Internet

Human Rights Europe has released a podcast by Jan Malinowski providing a human rights approach to digital media:

Defending the right to a free, open and interconnected Internet has become a touchstone of the western progressive tradition. Finland and Estonia have gone furthest in their embrace of the internet as an instrument of free expression, ruling that access to the online “knowledge society” is a human right for their citizens. The Internet was even nominated for a Nobel Peace Price in March 2009. Yet away from the political rhetoric and think-tank policy papers, the real world may look upon the internet as a useful but anarchic frontier of the global age.

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Conclusion of Conf on Women & Social Media in MENA

The Conference on Women and New Social Media in the Mediterranean Region was organized by Centre Isis pour Femmes et Developpment in Fez, Morocco with the cooperation of Fez University from 24-26 June 2011. The Conference was attended by more than 100 women and men from the region, and was especially interesting because it included many of the younger generations presenters and attendees. Panelists were primarily academics who presented papers around the following general topics:

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UN Report on Freedom on Promotion & Protection of right to freedom of opinion & expression

Report of the Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, Frank La Rue to the Human Rights Council - Seventeenth session - Agenda item 3: "Promotion and protection of all human rights, civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights, including the right to development".

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