"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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World Press Freedom Day 2011

WPFD 2011May 3rd is a date which celebrates the fundamental principles of press freedom; to evaluate press freedom around the world, to defend the media from attacks on their independence and to pay tribute to journalists who have lost their lives in the exercise of their profession. This year the theme is 21st C Media: New Frontiers, New Barriers. For more info click here.


Inclusion of human rights in WSIS 2011 consultations

WSIS 2011 - GenevaVirtual Activism has participated in the WSIS online consultations that took place 15th October - 15th December 2010. We have succeeded in putting human rights and ICTs on the agenda for WSIS. [view our previous article on Human Rights and ICT]

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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.


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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.

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Middle East Initiative

Middle East NGOs website is our  Middle East and North Africa-focused initiative. Please click to visit site


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