Civil Society

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Pics Worth a Thousand Protests

A modern generation of activists around the world are relying on new technologies — from hidden cameras to satellite communication — to collect evidence of wrongdoing, promote their causes or simply provide an alternative voice to the mainstream press. From Wired

Hot air at digital divide summit?

Disagreements between rich and poor countries could derail a UN summit on the digital divide. But technology analyst Bill Thompson wonders if any of it will matter. From BBC

NGOs Warn of Crisis on Way to WSIS

The delicate balance between governments, the private sector and civil society, achieved for the purpose of organising an international conference on information and communication technologies, appears to be teetering as a result of irreconcilable differences. Civil society representatives from community media, labour, youth, educational and indigenous organisations that are taking part in the preparatory process… Read more »

GirlBlog from Iraq

Girl Blog from Iraq… let’s talk war, politics and occupation. This is a new, increasingly popular blog from the perspective of a teenage girl in Iraq. To visit the site click here.

Digital delusions in the South

In this essay, Gaurab Raj Upadhaya argues that digital technology in its current corporate form is irrelevant to a wide cross-section of the populace. He asks, what can be done to salvage digital technology and orient it towards the objectives of development? From Himal Magazine

Today's Tech-Dependent Activists

In addition to picket signs and megaphones, activists protesting globalization policies at next month’s meeting of the World Trade Organization in Cancún will be armed with a number of new, high-tech weapons for getting their message across. From Wired

Unzipping the World Summit on the Information Society

The World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) has already attracted the attention of the critical media community. Here, Alan Toner of Autonomedia and New York’s Information Law Institute examines what’s at stake at the Summit and how its agenda reflects changes in the post-industrial location of power, describing some working strategies for intervention in… Read more »

Cut down web for digitally deprived

Software that speeds internet access by up to 35 times has been developed to help people in poor countries go online. Aidbase, which currently exists as a working prototype, is one of a range of pieces of software under development by the Aidworld team, associated with Cambridge University. “Aidworld is developing lightweight software to take… Read more »

Hill Tribes Go High-Tech to Preserve Way of Life

As the sun sets, all the traits of a community light years away from modernity emerge in this northern Thai village. There is, after all, no electricity to illuminate the homes made of bamboo walls and thatched roofs, and to keep out the invading darkness. But that has not deterred the 60 families living here… Read more »