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:
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.
Creating a social media strategy for your NGOs
Many NGOs have finally gotten the social media message: you’re either using social media for exposure, or you don’t exist in the new media. As always, many plunge in, including myself, without realizing just what we’re getting into at first. It is through a process of trial and error that we eventually get somewhere if at all. As always with digital media, there is an abundance of tools, and people find it difficult to choose which tools to use for their message. To add to the complication, each tool requires a learning curve whose duration depends on the complexity of the tool itself.
In order to create a significant digital presence one needs a social media strategy. It should be noted, however, that it is just as much a struggle to get people engaged in your message on social media as it is in traditional media.