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Law On NGOs Reviewed

President Vladimir Putin on Friday sent State Duma deputies a list of proposals softening a bill that charities and pro-democracy groups had said would make it harder for them to operate in Russia. From The St. Petersburg Times

Tight Security As Anti-globalisation NGOs Gear Up For WTO Meet

Over 10,000 anti-globalisation NGOs and farmers organisations are gearing themselves to hold protest rallies to ensure that the Sixth WTO Ministerial meeting beginning here Tuesday in high security does not agree on any anti-development deal, the Press Trust of India (PTI) reported Monday. From Bernama.com

Human Rights group Spies on CIA using Satellite Imagery

STRASBOURG, France — Satellite images could help determine if the CIA ran secret prisons in Europe, according to a Swiss lawmaker who is drawing up a report on the issue for the Council of Europe human rights watchdog. The Washington Post newspaper reported this month the CIA had been interrogating suspected al Qaida captives at… Read more »

Telecommunications Save Lives

Disasters kill at least one million people each decade and leave millions more homeless. When disaster strikes, communication links are often disrupted; yet for disaster relief workers, these links are essential in order to answer critical questions as to how many people have been injured or died, where the injured are located and the extent… Read more »

Catalysing Access to ICT in Africa (CATIA)

The Catalysing Access to ICT in Africa (CATIA) programme aims to enable poor people in Africa to gain maximum benefit from the opportunities offered by Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and to act as a strong catalyst for reform. It will support a package of strategic activities to improve affordable access to the full range… Read more »

Building Blogs

The Gutenberg of Persian weblogs, Hossein Derakhshan, thinks of the online journals known as blogs in terms of three metaphors. “Iranian weblogs are like bridges,” Derkhshan said, “linking men and women, young and old, politicians and people, Iranians and the world.” Derakhshan also believes blogs are cafes, serving as the only space for genuine public… Read more »

From the trenches

The Citizen Lab’s Tim Smith has returned to his homeland and is blogging his experiences at the RNC protests in New York City. There is also additional converage from NYC Indymedia. You can also watch the protest from NYC’s traffic cams. And, of course, there’s always C-Span.

New Online Journal for Global Democracy: PlaNetwork Journal

PlaNetwork Journal is a new quarterly online publication for in-depth articles by those engaged in this cross-disciplinary approach, applying new technology to benefit the public interest. It is a place where researchers, independent scholars, software designers, artists, and activists can present their work and ideas to those outside their own field who share their concern… Read more »