Libre Planet 2011
Marlyn Tadros attended the Libre Planet Conference 2011 which took place at Bunker Hill Community College in Boston, MA Saturday, March 19th 2011. Four NEIA students and alumni also attended: Shannon Lisowski, Steve Rudolfi, Jessica Waldrip and Irina.
The LibrePlanet project is a global network of free software activists organized into teams working together to help further the ideals of software freedom by advocating and contributing to free software.
Conclusion of Conference on Role of Women In Peace-Building in Iraq
Executive Director Marlyn Tadros attended the International Conference on "The Role of Women in Peace-Building, Reconciliation and Accountability in Iraq”, which was promoted and organized, in Erbil, Kurdistan-Iraq, 27-28 January 2011 by the International Alliance for Justice (IAJ) and No Peace Without Justice (NPWJ), in cooperation with the Foundation for the Future and the Westminster Foundation for Democracy, and with support from the Kurdistan Regional Government, the Government of Italy, the Iraqi Council of Representatives, and the Kurdistan Parliament-Iraq.
All I learned about Tunisia was from... Twitterville?
Marlyn Tadros, PhD
“I am traveling, mother; blame is pointless. Lost on a road not of our making. Forgive me for disobeying you. Blame the times, not me. I am leaving and there is no return.”
Those were the tortured words written in a note by Mohammed Bouazizi, a young Tunisian man, living in the impoverished town of Sidi Bouzid before setting himself on fire. The evident despair of this young, poor and unemployed man from a hitherto unknown little village, in southern Tunisia sparked the Tunisian uprising that lasted two months and eventually led to the ousting of President Ben Ali, on January 14th, 2011.
Human Rights and ICT
What are the current information society issues affecting human rights?
In this changing ICT landscape that we need to discuss specifically how ICT can contribute to advocate fundamental rights of human beings. We need to identify emerging issues and their impact on human rights and bring those issues to people's attention and also to relevant bodies.
Naturally there are the main issues of A2k, digital divide, health, open access etc, which I will not repeat but there are other human rights topics that need to be addressed. My suggestion would therefore include the focusing on the following when dealing with human rights issues: