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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.

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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:

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Vague Democracy and the manufacture of failed states

Marlyn Tadros, PhD

I was in Iraq three weeks ago when the new wave of bombings took place in anticipation of US troop withdrawal. Unlike the Boltons and the Liebermans of the world who insist even as late as this past week that ‘we are significantly safer as a result of ‘victory’ in Iraq’, and unlike 52% of Americans who said in a recent USA Today poll that Iraqis are better off now, I do not profess to know what is best for the Iraqi people. I asked every Iraqi I met what they thought of the withdrawal and not surprisingly, I got almost the same response: this is far from withdrawal; it simply constitutes a permanent control and occupation of the State of Iraq.

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EPIC's Info Graphic: who's watching you?

Privacy Info GraphicDo you know who is watching you? did you know that since Sept 11th, the US has assembled the largest database in the world, collecting information online? Click on the graphic to know what's going on.


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