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: