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Brutal reaction against mobilization in Beirut Should Stop Immediately! Rita Chemaly!

Originally posted on Lebanese Voices's Blog:

It is now our routine to go down to Riad Al Solh everyday. It has become a forum. People come down (now with chairs and arguileh, an ice-cream truck is now part of the scene) sit, chant, chat, talk about life, revolution, the things they love about Lebanon and the things they want to fix. It’s the public space we only dreamed of.

I went down at 9, the numbers were dwindled, but people of all walks of life were there, it felt like multiple protests were happening at the same time. A super creative one with a drum and witty songs

A crazy one lightening the barbed wire on fire with trash they collected from across the street. Of which not a single one was over 16, actually they were under 140cm in height, no chest hair (90% where topless), no facial hair, they are so un-hit by puberty…

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I am shocked , more than 10 years of protests and I have never witnessed such brutality.

It began with bullets. We were standing near le grey. Bullets were shot there.

We passed by an nahar , samir kassir garden , gaz began to be used and Heavily. My 3 g was not working . Freedom of expression? !

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it is a Shame! Freedom of expression and peaceful protesters are being  arrested in Beirut! more than this they are being stopped by water!!!

I didn’t blog about the #YOUSTINK movement before, but now I can’t but rally this #‏طلعت_ريحتكم great movement.

All what the protesters are asking is: for the Responsibles : MPS and Ministers to take Their responsibilities seriously or Resign, because they were not able to find a solution for the #garbagecrisis in Lebanon.

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this is live from Riad el Solh!!!

Below are 2 faculty positions in CEU. The university is greatly located in Budapest, (I have visited it, and I still have this great impression). the 2 positions are open and both are full time positions.

Good Luck! Rita Chemaly

Open Rank Faculty Position, New Media & Global Communications

Level: Open Rank
Position for: Faculty
Full-time

Application deadline: Review will begin on September 28, 2015 and continue until the position is filled.

Full Or Part Time: Full-time

Description

The School of Public Policy (SPP) at Central European University in Budapest was launched in 2011 and is dedicated to making public policy not just innovative but revolutionary.

Central European University is a graduate-level “crossroads” university where faculty and students from more than 100 countries come to engage in interdisciplinary education, pursue advanced scholarship, and address some of society’s most vexing problems.

SPP invites applications for an open rank faculty position in New Media and Global Communications. Facilitated by changing technologies, new forms of media have engendered new interdependencies of electronic media, transitions in the information society, and continuing convergence across information, communication and technology sectors. Preparing future leaders from civil society, government, and business requires a new pedagogical approach, instilling in SPP graduates the ability to navigate multiple disciplinary, technological and geographical terrains. With this position, SPP is looking for an individual who can bring together global perspectives on new technologies, media institutions and governance questions, as well as the changing nature of transnational communication and information flows in open societies.

This faculty member will make an important contribution to developing the media studies portfolio within the School, teach graduate courses, develop innovative educational programs that emphasize bridging theory and practice, and engage with scholars and practitioners. The successful candidate will be expected to maintain an active research agenda and regularly publish in both academic and other venues. This faculty member would be among a community of researchers at the Center for Media, Data and Society at SPP.

The ideal candidate will:

• Have a Ph.D. and / or post graduate qualification in communication, media studies, political science, sociology, policy studies, law, or a related field;

• Have a strong record of academic publication and / or equivalent professional portfolio;

• Provide evidence of work that bridges theory and practice;

• Contribute with distinction to one or more of the following curricular areas: Technology and Society; Transnational Communication and Global Media; Social and Digital Media; Fundamental Communication Rights; Information and Knowledge Economies; Internet Governance; Civic Media; Media, Information and Communication Policy; Comparative Media Institutions; or Media Development, among others;

• Contribute to strengthening the intellectual and professional development of media and communication studies at SPP;

• Exhibit excellence and passion for teaching at the graduate level and capacity to teach components of the core curriculum;

• Demonstrate a commitment to research and scholarship contributing to the development and sustainability of open societies.

We encourage applications from candidates who are willing to make a long-term commitment to living and working in Budapest.

Compensation

An internationally competitive salary is offered commensurate with experience. Central European University offers an attractive benefits package.

About Central European University

Central European University (CEU) is a research-intensive university specializing in graduate education in the social sciences, humanities, public policy, law, and business. It is located in Budapest, Hungary, and accredited in the United States and Hungary. The language of instruction is English. CEU’s mission is to promote academic excellence, state-of-the-art research, and civic engagement in order to contribute to the development of open societies around the world. CEU offers both masters and doctoral programs, and enrolls more than 1,500 students from over 100 nations. The teaching staff consists of more than 180 resident faculty members from over 40 countries, in addition to a large number of prominent visiting scholars from around the world.

The normal teaching load at CEU is 12 taught credits (where one credit equals 50 minutes of classroom contact over a 12-week academic term) per academic year, plus student supervision.

About the School of Public Policy

In the words of its founder, George Soros, SPP aspires to become a “new kind of global institution dealing with global problems.” In its degree and non-degree programs, SPP aims to create an educational experience that involves not only the acquisition of skills and knowledge but also the cultivation of a mindset that emphasizes entrepreneurship, innovation, cultural awareness, and a commitment to the public good. SPP’s programs attract exceptional students from across the globe who seek a transformational experience to prepare for a career as change-makers in the public, civil society, and private sectors. Building on Central European University’s rich tradition of promoting diversity and open societies, SPP cultivates a rigorous interdisciplinary environment and strives to become a dynamic laboratory of ideas.

How to apply:
Letters of application should systematically address the above selection criteria. The application package should consist of a single PDF file with (1) an application letter (not exceeding 1,200 words) which indicates the name and rank of the position to which you are applying, (2) CV, (3) the contact information of three references, (4) a statement of teaching philosophy, and (5) up to two academic writing samples (one can be co-authored) and two sample syllabi may be attached as separate PDF files. Finalists will participate in both on-line and in-person job interviews, and will be subject to pre-employment checks prior to any appointment. Informal inquiries may be addressed to Dean Wolfgang Reinicke at spp@spp.ceu.edu. Please send your complete application package to job@ceu.edu and include the job code 2015/051 in the subject line. CEU is an equal opportunity employer.

Open Rank Faculty Position, Journalism and Media Studies (Global South)

Level: Open Rank
Position for: Faculty
Full-time

Application deadline: Review will begin on September 28, 2015 and continue until the position is filled.

Full Or Part Time: Full-time

Description

The School of Public Policy (SPP) at Central European University in Budapest was launched in 2011 and is dedicated to making public policy not just innovative but revolutionary.

Central European University is a graduate-level “crossroads” university where faculty and students from more than 100 countries come to engage in interdisciplinary education, pursue advanced scholarship, and address some of society’s most vexing problems.

SPP has an exciting opportunity for a media specialist to join the School, to actively contribute to the shaping of SPP’s teaching and research agenda and to the School’s mission of combining academic knowledge with applied learning and practice. This position is full time and open to all ranks. We particularly encourage applications from candidates working on Global South / Non Western media, with a focus on the intersection of media, politics and diplomacy, and who have the professional skills to empower students to communicate their ideas through interaction with real-world media.

This faculty member will make an important contribution to developing the media studies portfolio within the School, teach graduate courses, develop innovative educational programs that emphasize bridging theory and practice, engage with scholars and practitioners. The successful candidate will be expected to maintain an active research agenda and regularly publish in both academic and other venues.

The ideal candidates will:

• Have a Ph.D. and / or post graduate qualification in communication, media studies, political science, sociology, policy studies, law, or a related field;

• Have a strong record of academic publication and / or equivalent professional portfolio;

• Provide evidence of work that bridges theory and practice;

• Have transferable experience in journalism, production, broadcast, branding or related areas; focus on Global South / Non Western media, and the intersection of media, politics and diplomacy is preferred. The candidate will contribute innovative ideas for media courses within the interdisciplinary context of the School’s curricula, for example in relation to public policy, globalization and diplomacy;

• Contribute to strengthening the intellectual and professional development of media and communication studies at SPP;

• Exhibit excellence and passion for teaching at the graduate level and capacity to teach components of the core curriculum;

• Demonstrate a commitment to research and scholarship contributing to the development and sustainability of open societies.

We encourage applications from candidates who are willing to make a long-term commitment to living and working in Budapest.

Compensation

An internationally competitive salary is offered commensurate with experience. Central European University offers an attractive benefits package.

About Central European University

Central European University (CEU) is a research-intensive university specializing in graduate education in the social sciences, humanities, public policy, law, and business. It is located in Budapest, Hungary, and accredited in the United States and Hungary. The language of instruction is English. CEU’s mission is to promote academic excellence, state-of-the-art research, and civic engagement in order to contribute to the development of open societies around the world. CEU offers both master’s and doctoral programs, and enrolls more than 1,500 students from over 100 nations. The teaching staff consists of more than 180 resident faculty members from over 40 countries, in addition to a large number of prominent visiting scholars from around the world.

The normal teaching load at CEU is 12 taught credits (where one credit equals 50 minutes of classroom contact over a 12-week academic term) per academic year, plus student supervision.

About the School of Public Policy

In the words of its founder, George Soros, SPP aspires to become a “new kind of global institution dealing with global problems.” In its degree and non-degree programs, SPP aims to create an educational experience that involves not only the acquisition of skills and knowledge but also the cultivation of a mindset that emphasizes entrepreneurship, innovation, cultural awareness, and a commitment to the public good. SPP’s programs attract exceptional students from across the globe who seek a transformational experience to prepare for a career as change-makers in the public, civil society, and private sectors. Building on Central European University’s rich tradition of promoting diversity and open societies, SPP cultivates a rigorous interdisciplinary environment and strives to become a dynamic laboratory of ideas.

How to apply:
Letters of application should systematically address the above selection criteria. The application package should consist of a single PDF file with (1) an application letter (not exceeding 1,200 words) which indicates the name and rank of the position to which you are applying, (2) CV, (3) the contact information of three references, (4) a statement of teaching philosophy, and (5) up to two academic writing samples (one can be co-authored) and two sample syllabi may be attached as separate PDF files. Finalists will participate in both on-line and in-person job interviews, and will be subject to pre-employment checks prior to any appointment. Informal inquiries may be addressed to Dean Wolfgang Reinicke at spp@spp.ceu.edu. Please send your complete application package to applications@ceu.edu and include the job code 2015/050 in the subject line. CEU is an equal opportunity employer.

I have visited the university in 2009, and their research work is amazing!! My thesis was about civil society engagement and mobilization online and its impact on the political system and policies.

Below is the new call for research opportunities and the fuil links for more details,

good Luck! Rita Chemaly

Pre- and Post-Doctoral Opportunities at CMDS for Fall 2015 / Winter 2016

The Center for Media, Data and Society (CMDS) at the School of Public Policy of Central European University is pleased to announce the availability of research appointments for the fall 2015 or winter 2016. CMDS is one of Europe’s leading centers of communication research, with a mission to advance public understanding about the impact of media and communication policy on public life. The CMDS produces scholarly and practice-oriented research addressing the needs of policy makers, civic leaders, and citizens.
These are pre- and post-doctoral appointments with the expectation of residence in Budapest for 1-3 months, depending on the project. Ideal applications are working on doctoral projects, or have recently defended their doctoral work, and the stipend will be commensurate with experience. Researchers will conduct basic research on media, technology and political change. We welcome applications from a variety of disciplines, including the social, information and computer sciences, and media, law, or science and technology studies. In particular, we welcome applications related to these domains of inquiry:

  • Understanding violent extremism online: the role of social media and internet companies in responding to online extremism; policy responses at the EU and global level to online extremism; understanding the complexities of the relationship between technology, free expression, and policy that lie at the heart of the relationship between global security and human rights.
  • Civil society and technology: research examining the use of technologies and strategies that enable activists to mobilize, organize and advocate or policy change; how activists use different technologies and tech tools; how community media use analogue and digital spaces for communication and community engagement.
  • Internet policy advocacy: investigations into the role which civil society can play in advocating for a free and open internet; the potential of technology and online tools for mobilizing and organizing constituencies in support of an open Internet and for enhancing the security and privacy of online communication.
  • Digital rights, privacy and data protection: research into issues of digital media rights and ethics, privacy, surveillance, and their interplay with freedom of speech standards and practices; research examining the impact of data in society and the policies and practices of data collection and retention; research examining contemporary privacy norms and data protection issues, including the policy and practices of social media companies.
  • Strengthening journalism in Europe:  research into better understanding the environment and challenges for independent journalism and watchdog NGOs in Europe; examining media ownership in Europe, legal frameworks and freedom of expression.
  • Trends in regional protection of freedom of expression: research on contemporary legal, including judicial, and/or policy trends on the protection of freedom of expression, including media freedom.  This may include: comparative approaches to specific subjects/issues and their relationship with freedom of expression (e.g. defamation, national security, freedom of information, privacy, information law, incitement/”hate speech”, press regulation, development goals, shrinking civil society space) across regions; studies of approaches to such subjects within regions; or investigations of approaches to such subjects employed by particular actors, such as national courts and regional human rights courts, notably the European Court of Human Rights and the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, or policy-makers at the national or regional levels.

Interested candidates should apply via email to cmds@ceu.hu. Please include an academic resume, a writing sample or representative publication, and the contact information for two referees. In your cover letter, please describe your proposed research project, and the ideal time frame and earliest start date. Review of applications will begin September 1, 2015.

– See more at: http://cmds.ceu.edu/article/2015-08-03/pre-and-post-doctoral-opportunities-cmds-fall-2015-winter-2016#sthash.Bxq8mAkL.XfgVwzLm.dpuf

WOMENSENEWS)–In late June President Barack Obama issued a presidential memorandum to enhance workplace flexibility in the federal government, highlighting just how hot this issue has become.

Despite the national debate, however, most businesses and organizations still have a long way to go in implementing such options for workers.

For women in particular, flexible work options–whether it’s telecommuting, flexible and predictable scheduling, part-time hours or job sharing, to name a few–or the unfortunate lack thereof, have a huge impact on workforce participation rates.

Jennell, a stay-at-home mom who recently returned to work after 16 years was only able to do so because of a flexible job. The idea of “getting an office job was not only daunting, it simply would not work for our family. I knew in order to work I needed a great deal of flexibility in deciding which hours I would work,” she told us in an interview.

I’ve heard hundreds if not thousands of stories like this, both from job seekers and my own team. Flexible work is the key to inviting some of the most highly educated and underutilized candidates back into the workforce–motivated, productive, educated, talented women (who happen to also be nurturing the future of our country as moms).

New Reality, New Vision

A key turning point for many women in the workforce is motherhood. Becoming a parent alters career paths for moms and dads, but moms in particular are more often forced to make difficult decisions related to career and family.

The 40-hour work week we’ve become accustomed to as a society was adopted during the 20th century, “a historical bargain between employers and labor for a family wage sufficient to support a male breadwinner and a homemaker spouse. But only about 20 percent of families fit that model anymore, and most of those are headed by men,” said Catherine Albison and Shelley Correll in a piece for CNN.

Our new reality requires a vision for what work looks like. Mothers are now the primary or sole source of income for 40 percent of U.S. households with children under 18. But a full 43 percent of working women quit their jobs when they have children. A survey of stay-at-home moms who identify as “career oriented” found that 55 percent would prefer to be working now.

Options like being able to work from home occasionally (or fully), working a part-time schedule or having a flexible schedule are ways to re-engage mothers in the workforce. Seventy-three percent of working parents want work flexibility, and the most popular types of flex work are, in order: full telecommuting, flexible schedules, partial telecommuting, part-time schedules and freelance positions.

In order to keep women participating the workforce throughout their careers, companies must do a better job of offering formalized flexible work options. Not only does flexible work help to increase an employer’s candidate pools, it also offers monetary and productivity benefits. And as a profound, and hopefully obvious, side note: flexible work is utilized by more than just women and moms, and can benefit men and fathers too.

Perks for Businesses

While some still see it as a perk for employees with little impact on business, more studies are finding that flexible work options such as remote work and flexible schedules actually have a consistently positive impact on a company’s bottom line.

In one study, the top benefits organizations saw from flexible work were improved employee satisfaction (87 percent) and increased productivity (71 percent). Sixty-five percent also reported that flexible work helps them to retain current talent, reducing costly job turnovers. And 69 percent of companies use their work flexibility policies as a recruiting tool.

Telecommuting in particular has a tremendous impact on reducing overhead costs. For example, 31 percent of Aetna’s employees are teleworkers, which has saved the company 15-25 percent on real estate and related costs and largely reduced its carbon footprint as a result. And companies with official flexible work programs that allow remote work at least three times per month were more likely to report revenue growth of 10 percent or more within the last year, compared to firms without such policies.

The good news is two recent, separate surveys found a large majority of employers and HR professionals agree about where work flexibility is headed. Eighty percent of employers surveyed plan to increase their flexible workforces and 89 percent of HR professionals surveyed said other flexible work arrangements would be more prevalent in the next five years.

So, what happened to Jennell when she returned to work? She reported that, “After working for only four months, I have been promoted, with an increase in pay, and I have been offered the chance to be a mentor!” Without flexible work options, employers miss out on this kind of high-caliber employee far too often.

It’s unfair to force people to make difficult choices when it comes to career and family. It’s also an unnecessary stress in an age where work happens anywhere and everywhere. As the debate on work flexibility continues, with the White House, government agencies and major corporations all in favor of its adoption, our hope is that women, and all workers, have increased access to these work options.

Sara Sutton Fell is the CEO and founder of FlexJobs, an award-winning, innovative career website for telecommuting, flexible, freelance and part-time job listings, and founder of Remote.co, a one-stop resource for remote teams and companies, and the 1 Million for Work Flexibility initiative. She was named as a Young Global Leader (class of 2014) by the World Economic Forum for her work in technology and the employment fields. Sutton Fell is a graduate of UC Berkeley and currently lives in Boulder, Colo., with her husband and two sons.

Source: http://womensenews.org/story/labor/150817/flexible-work-boosts-businesses-and-the-workforce

#AdvocatingForChange: The Strategic Use of Hashtags in Social Media Advocacy

a great new  reading about the use of Hashtags for the interested!!

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Good summer reading!

Rita Chemaly

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