Virtual Activism gave "excellent performance, dedication, effectiveness, and most beneficial service as rendered possible.. [They] created, designed, and brought to light in the International Internet the SHRO-Cairo web site. The site has continuously gained the admiration, respect, and active participation of the Sudanese human rights activists throughout the world, in addition to the non-Sudanese who are particularly interested in SHRO-Cairo as a human rights organization."

— Mahgoub El Tigani, Ph.D. Sudan Human Rights Organization-Cairo

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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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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Open Letter to G8 meeting

Update: May 26, 2011 Text of the communique G8 DECLARATION : RENEWED COMMITMENT FOR FREEDOM AND DEMOCRACY [link]

 

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ICT for Development Partnerships and Poverty Reduction?

Dr. David J. Grimshaw, Head of International Programme, New Technologies, Practical Action, Technology Challenging Poverty reviewed the ICTAD report  to UNESCO during last week's WSIS 2011 on May 17th. The presentation and the participants gave excellent input into the issue of poverty reduction through ICT and to add to Gimshaw's presentations, here are two issues we need to take into consideration:

  • We need to think about resources available that are not necessarily tangible such as psychological resources
  • How to motivate people by LISTENING to them and spending time listening to their needs not what we think are their needs

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WSIS 2011 launched in Geneva

WSIS Forum 2011May 16- May 20th, 2011: The WSIS Forum has a multi-stakeholder character. The WSIS Stakeholders include governments, civil society, private sector and international organizations from all parts of the world. Today, information and communication technologies (ICTs) provide the opportunity for representation and inclusion of all stakeholders in the

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