•2011/05/23 • Leave a Comment
In 5th May, I had the chance to testify for Public hearing at EU Parliament (via remote participation) for Greens/EPA MEPs, to present about Tunisian case during the revolution. I tried to link that to Internet Policy (I think there were enough panels about “social media and Arab spring”) which affect more users but it is hard to engage activists about it (talking about net policy in general and not trendy topic like internet filter as well as privacy) .
The panel was divided in two sessions;
– 1st about the problems,
– 2nd about the solutions
you can find more information about the panel here
The video of first session and the second session
•2011/03/05 • Leave a Comment
Few days ago, I found the link to short intervention, I made during workshop at Internet Governance Forum in Lithuania when I stressed the importance of Freedom for youth and how regimes perceive Internet as a risk, I didn’t expect that will be the case few months later in Tunisia..
The video : http://stream.elon.edu/predictions/igf_vilnius_2010/youth_core_values_rafik_dammak.flv
•2011/03/05 • Leave a Comment
At the end of January, I was invited by Mrs Yamazaki to talk at a GLOCOM event about Tunisian revolution and social media giving my perspective. It was interesting to see how Japanese audience (2 in JP) is focusing on the role of Internet about revolution. The talk was part of small meeting about Government 2.0.
unfortunately the links are the japanese (the video is both in English and Japanese)
•2011/03/05 • 4 Comments
Since the Tunisian revolution, I saw some people calling for amending the right for Internet access in the Tunisian constitution. I am not sure how we can define such right that but it let me to remember the several attempts (yep it is not something new) for defining a charter for user rights or Internet bill of rights or to some extent the core principles for Internet, it depends to the perspective of the promoters and those charters can overlap and be complementary. I tried to collect some links :
- Charter of Human Rights and Principles for the Internet : still in beta version, detailed charter drafted by the Dynamic Coalition for Internet Rights and Principles from people involved on Internet Governance working to let it compliant to international treaties and,taking different perspective and to be exhaustive. (Disclosure: I am member of the steering committee of the DC but not involved in the charter drafting)
- Principles for the governance and use of the Internet : 10 principles stated by the Brazilian Internet Steering committee (a multistakeholder body) not focused in the user rights but more in the core principles for free and open Internet
- Internet Bill of Rights : another attempt to draft Internet Bill of Rights which is led by Swedish pirate party MEP Engstrom, I am not sure about the status of this project (the previous IBR projects : 1 and 2 ).
- The Declaration of The Independence of the Cyberspace : I guess the first “proto-charter” led by John Perry Barlow clearly asking states to not intervene on Internet and de facto protecting user rights there.
- Declaration of Digital Rights : project lead by some (or all?) Pirate Parties, translated in different languages and containing set of principles. not sure if it is the same project led by Engstrom
- Charter for Innovation, Creativity and Access to Knowledge: project from Free Culture Forum , it is not a charter about Internet rights per se but it focuses on the A2K aspect becoming critical with Internet (or amplified by Internet)
- Bill of Rights in Cyberspace: a yet another Internet bill of rights, this time suggested by Jeff
Jeffries Jarvis, someone forgot to google before starting his project :)? seriously, I think that the promoter wanted more simple charter and the context was related to wikileaks.
[UPDATE] : Thanks to suggestion and correction from Mrs Meryem Marzouki an experienced Human Rights and Internet activist, we can list two other initiatives, but I could find a link only to one charter:
- APC Internet Rights charter : one of most exhaustive charter which is used as source for Internet Rights and Principles charter, and also more “operational”, promoted by Association for Progressive Communication an old organization operating in many developing countries and active to represent civil society in Internet field.
About core principles of Internet, I advise reading the reports done by Imagining the Internet team from Elon university and watching the videos of 2 workshops hold in Internet Governance Forum in Lithuania:
Please feel free to comment and mention other projects that I missed.
[UPDATE] just discovered in twitter,a yet another “digital bill of rights” this time from SOPA opponents and started during PDF (Personal Democracy Forum)
•2010/01/01 • 1 Comment
First, I have blogged before for a while in anonymous way and was member of Tunisian blogger community. I just stopped blogging regularly since more than one year and I think because I liked the interaction through channels like twitter and facebook.
The obvious question: why blogging now? It is easy and hard to explain. In fact, even if I stopped blogging, I was in contact with bloggers community somehow like making few translations with GV-Lingua from English to French or amazingly through twitter (people discover more new blogs with twitter). Moreover, I am still interested by issues related to Internet governance or more specifically to domain names and sometimes 140 characters aren’t really enough to express structured opinion. I saw many people using blogs as way to develop their ideas about those topics and sharing the link in addition to discuss in classic channels like mailing lists and so on. I thought that will be interesting to write posts to voice my own ideas and not just in mail exchange which is not really aimed to be easily available.
I am going to restrict my posts to to only topics related to Internet policy but I also want to talk about my experience in Japan (it won’t be really personal). In addition to that, I don’t want to write only in one language but having a multilingual blog (long life to Multilinguism!) .
It is enough for today and I hope that I am not going to stop early the experience.
PS Happy new year!