Archive for September, 2010


as you may know, i have participated to the conference organised by google about internet liberty 2010.

Usually, e-mails must be private, their  content is intended to your contacts only.

the same for the information you post or give to some interactive platforms on the web.

but it seems, that some countries are trying to control the content of the internet, more than that, they are asking for the content and special information you give to some sites.

at the google conference in Budapest, they gave the example of China,

Yahoo has a kind of franchise in china, so Yahoo has to give the content to the chinese government.

Google has its servers in the US, so, they cant and they dont accept to give private content to the governements.

in Lebanon, it seems that the privacy is a fallacy your e-mails content may be visionned by some parties, and an institution is finding it ways to be able to get informations about users

I will leave you with the article of AL-AKHBAR:

هل وصل التنصت الى الانترنت؟

اكدت مصادر واسعة الاطلاع في قطاع الاتصالات لصحيفة الاخبار ان فرع المعلومات طلب من عدد من كبرى الشركات الخاصة الموزعة لخدمات الإنترنت التعاون معه وتمكينه من زرع أجهزة تنصت فيها يستطيع بواسطتها مراقبة ما يشاء من حركة الإنترنت في البلاد.

وقد اكد مديرو عدد من الشركات الكبرى لصحيفة الاخبار اتصال المعلومات بهم، فيما نفى بعضهم الآخر الأمر نهائياً. وحتى الأيام القليلة الماضية، كانت بعض الشركات لا تزال ممتنعة عن تلبية طلب فرع المعلومات، لأنه لا يستند إلى أي أسس قانونية، طالبة تقديم طلب خطي لدراسته في دوائرها القانونية.

وبحسب المعلومات المتوافرة، فإن المعدات التي طلب فرع المعلومات تركيبها في الشركات تتيح له مراقبة حركة التواصل عبر الإنترنت، وخاصة مراقبة خدمة البريد الإلكتروني، إضافة إلى الحصول على مضمون هذا البريد، فضلاً عن حركة التحادث عبر الإنترنت.

وأكدت مصادر رسمية في قطاع الاتصالات ورود طلبات من فرع المعلومات إلى عدد من الشركات الخاصة، مشددة على عدم قانونية هذه الطلبات، ولا ينبغي للشركات أن تستجيب لها لافتة إلى أن الموضوع بات محل متابعة من الهيئة المنظمة للاتصالات، بعدما تبلغ رئيسها بالوكالة، عماد حب الله، معلومات من الشركات المعنية.

وتسعى دوائر رسمية إلى التدقيق في ما إذا كانت هيئة أوجيرو قد تلقت طلباً مماثلاً من فرع المعلومات، وخاصة أنها باتت مزوداً رئيسياً لخدمات الإنترنت في لبنان، ولديها عشرات آلاف المشتركين.

المصدر الأخبار

التاريخ 9/30/2010

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dears,if you know someone who can be interested:

CMEC – Job Vacancy


The Carnegie Middle East Center is seeking a Receptionist to represent the Center in a friendly and positive way by greeting and properly directing visitors and telephone calls. Responsibilities will also include assisting with the development of the database, organizing the center’s library and performing various administrative tasks, including ordering office supplies. Successful candidate will be a university graduate, possess 1 year experience in a similar position, be fluent in English, Arabic and French, have good knowledge of Microsoft Excel, Word and email, and demonstrate excellent communications skills, organization and patience.

To apply, send a brief cover letter and resume to: HR@carnegie-mec.org


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dears, as you may know, my DEA research is about NTIC and their impact on society.

as a method of research i choose the “Observation participante”, and that’s why i met with lebanese bloggers, in january 2009, to create  a sort of association, the lebbloggers association.

one of the bloggers, get my attention tony, was writing in arabic, and about the blogging experience in lebanon.

here is an article just published for him by common ground.

for more articles on the subject, do not hesitate to go to the category websicence communication in my blog!

Lebanese bloggers: pioneers in the Arab world
Tony Saghbini
Beirut – A recent survey of readers of the more than 400 blogs in Lebanon shows that their numbers are close to the online readership of the most well-known Lebanese newspapers: both averaging 14,000 visitors daily. This is a clear indication that blogs have become one of the main media sources for Lebanese youth to access diverse information and various opinions.

But do their high readership rates mean that blogs can be a tool for real social and political change?

It is difficult to answer this question in a country in which the future of blogging is closely connected to conditions that frequently change, such as internet connectivity, internet publication laws and censorship.

The blogosphere in Lebanon has recently witnessed several changes: the migration of some bloggers to newspapers, the publication of books containing material collected from electronic media, the launch of blogs by radio stations, and the birth of civil movements and new organisations that show the impact of blogs on the ground.

In this way, the Lebanese blogosphere is breaking down the barriers that separate traditional media from electronic media. It has become an alternative media source on many issues, particularly the environment which isn’t routinely covered by traditional media. One example is coverage in the blogosphere of a young Lebanese man, Rami Eid, who spent three days and nights in a glass cube in the Ain el Mreisseh neighbourhood in Beirut last October, representing the last man on earth in a hopeless future as a result of humankind’s failure to act against climate change. His stunt alerted the public about the need to face these changes.

The media campaign for this experiment focused on electronic media, beginning with Eid’s personal blog which was read by thousands in just the first few days of the campaign. In addition, Twitter and Facebook sites reported on developments in real time. This coverage succeeded in galvanising public opinion, the media and various environmental research centres, which culminated in the Lebanese government deciding to participate in international negotiations on combatting climate change in Copenhagen in December 2009.

Lebanese blogs have also served as key political mobilisation and organisation tools on many occasions, especially in preparing for the March for Secularism in April of this year. The march started with a Facebook invitation, as well as a few blog posts. It eventually developed into a march in which thousands of people participated, without the need for a central organising committee.

And during the last municipal elections in Lebanon, in May 2010, bloggers turned into a makeshift independent elections monitoring agency. Some of these bloggers – in partnership with a Beirut-based organisation specialising in new media training called Social Media Exchange – were given a license by the Ministry of Interior to enter election stations, observe voting and submit their own reports to media and constitutional bodies about the voting process. This was the first experience of its kind in the Arab world and was seen as being quite successful, with more than 60,000 hits on the site where bloggers published their live reports, lebloggers.org.

One incident in particular perhaps best demonstrates how influential bloggers can be. After a far-reaching electronic campaign, bloggers were able to stop a proposed law in the Lebanese parliament to organise the blogosphere, a law that they decided would curtail freedom of expression on the Internet. This incident proved that when organised, blogs are not only an alternative media source or a tool to mobilise the public in support of specific causes, but they can also influence the legislative process.

Well on their way to becoming pioneers in the Arab world, bloggers in Lebanon comprise a fledgling movement that has just begun to assume its role in the field of information media, benefitting from relative media freedom and the achievements realised thus far.


* Tony Saghbini is a Lebanese activist and blogger who helped establish the Lebanese Society for bloggers. He blogs at www.ninars.com. This article was written for the Common Ground News Service (CGNews).

Source: Common Ground News Service (CGNews), 28 September 2010, www.commongroundnews.org
Copyright permission is granted for publication.

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In Lebanon and in many arabic countries, the sexual choices are not free.

being homosexual is in many countries as in Lebanon a crime.

there is a law in Lebanon, that says that not “natural” and against the natural sexual relations are a crime.

in Morocco, a new bulletin, is being published in arabic about the issues of homosexuality… for more information, please do not hesitate to follow the link… 


i will let you read the article that i took from Skeyes:

اطلاق أول مجلة إلكترونية خاصة بالمثليين العرب
27 Sep, 2010

في سابقة هي الأولى من نوعها في العالم العربي، أصدر مُثليون مغاربة مجلة إلكترونية عربية تُعنى بقضايا المجتمع المُثلي المغربي والعربي، على حد تعبير كاتب افتتاحية العدد الأول من هذه الدورية التي تطبع في العاصمة الاسبانية مدريد تحت عنوان “مثلي”.

المبادرة قد تثير حفيظة التيارات المحافظة في المغرب الذي تجرّم قوانينه السلوك المُثلي وتنص على معاقبة أصحابه بالسجن والتغريم، إلا أنها تعيد إلى الواجهة مسألة أوضاع المُثليين في المغرب والبلاد العربية برمّتها. فالمُثليون في هذه الأقطار يطالبون بالاعتراف بهويتهم وتمكينهم من إنشاء جمعيات ونواد خاصة بهم، وهو ما يُواجه برفض رسمي وشعبي قاطع، في أغلب الحالات.

ويلاحظ معنيّون بالملف، نموّاً مطّرداً للظاهرة المُثلية من المحيط إلى الخليج، إلى حدٍّ دعا الكويت مثلا إلى تخصيص مليوني دولار لمكافحة انتشار السلوك المُثلي في أوساط الشباب.

* “فرانس24”

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Job Title: Research Assistant (RA)

Company: Private/ PhD Candidate

Salary: Depending on experience and abilities. Highest range would be: $750-850/month for BA holders, $900-1000/month for MA.

Location: Rabyeh.

Hours: 40 effective hours per week (excluding lunchbreaks). Daily from 8-3, including Saturday, with half an hour break every day. Slight changes on hours may be discussed if RA so wishes.

Degrees: Assistant has to have a BA as a minimum, preferably in history or political science. Degrees in Philosophy, English Literature, and other fields of humanities are welcomed.  Other majors may be considered should the candidate prove potency and desire.

Experience: Not required, but a plus.

Language: Fluency in English is the only requirement. Arabic and French are a plus.

Computer: Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

Duration: Four months period starting beginning (or alternatively mid) October. The period is extendible for another two to three months if both parties wish so, with a raise.

Description: The employer will provide the assistant with a long Word document of unedited primary sources, with footnotes indicating the source. The text has the sources randomly placed. The RA will read and discuss the document’s contents with the employer daily over Skype. As a result, a more detailed outline will emerge, and the sources are rearranged according to the outline with headings, sub-headings, and sub-sub-headings (and possibly further “subs”). Subject of research is intellectual and political history. Other steps such as archiving and scanning and converting documents into Word may be required.

Vacations: The RA is entitled for only one paid day off per month, including official holidays and sick days.  In December only: Christmas and New Year are two days off.

Send: Send CVs to 243881 ( a t ) xxx  with a subject “Job Offer”

this job offer has expired

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o Do you know that the education in lebanon is not free?

and that the state is helping private schools more than Public schools?

do you know that the budget of the american university of Beirut is bigger than the one of the Lebanese university with more than 100 000 Student?

you may see the poster created by the ACGEN team below!

you go guys! we are waiting for more of your juicy numbers, and lets ACT!!!

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GEAR – Gender/Equality/Architecture/Reform
FEIM – La Fundación para Estudio e Investigación de la Mujer
22 September 2010
Mabel Bianco

Michelle Bachelet’s First Press Conference at the United Nations

Michelle Bachelet, recently assigned by the Secretary General of the United Nations to head UN Women, held her first press conference in the auditorium of the Dag Hammarskjöld Library.

As Latin American Focal Point for the GEAR Campaign and President of FEIM, I participated in this press conference where Bachelet demonstrated her political capabilities, although it is obvious that she was not able to talk about her service during her term in office yet because this would anticipate the timeline set by United Nations. Although she will not take office until January, starting now she will be incorporated into the United Nations and begin working with the transition group, which is made up of the four already existing women’s entities in the UN that will be integrated into the new entity. The representatives of the 41 countries that will make up the UN Women’s Board of Directors will be elected in October and the Committee will be constituted in November and begin their functions in January 2011.

Among the questions that she was asked at the conference, I will point out the most important ones, which I consider should be disseminated. How should violence against women be addressed—including massive rape of women in armed conflicts as well as such acts committed by United Nations Peacekeepers?  Bachelet responded by stating that she will strengthen the actions of the Secretary General’s UNITE Campaign, and, among other actions, she will promote that the necessary laws are passed to address all forms of violence against women and that they be implemented in the countries where they already exist. She will also promote the creation and application of punishments for violence against women so that women feel that their rights are respected. She will promote that women not only receive treatment and support but also violence prevention, by advocating that this to be incorporated into primary education for girls and boys, and alluding to comprehensive sexuality education. Regarding massive rape of women, she said that these acts must be judged and penalized regardless of who commits them and that a review of ways to overcome the immunity of UN personnel will have to be carried out.

Another question was how she would work to achieve the Millennium Development Goales –MDGs- and if she would incorporate MDG 5: maternal health. She replied that now, in her new position, she will continue to advocate for fulfilling the MDGs, adding that 2015 is very close and we cannot wait any longer before getting to work. She recognized that since some time ago, from the MDG Support Committee, she was most interested in women’s and girls’ empowerment and maternal health. Now, in UN Women, she will focus more on these objectives and, she added, maternal mortality rates are very high and this affects women’s possibilities. For this reason she believes that, as this continues to be very important health issue, there are no excuses for not implementing these actions. She gave examples of effective interventions and even mentioned abortion as a cause that needs to be addressed in order to avoid these deaths.

She also stated that it is very important to improve women’s access to employment in the non-agricultural sector. Women’s participation is still very low, but she clarified that to achieve this, the current distribution of responsibilities in the family needs to be changed. For example, if women continue to be the sole caregivers for children, the elderly and the disabled, they will never be able to improve their participation in the formal labor market and this will keep them from achieving economic independence, which is something very important for improving the condition of women and real empowerment.

Later, she clarified that she the believes that UN Women cannot have only one formula for improving the situation of women, and it will therefore be necessary to see what is needed most in each country and privilege working on those issues, without leaving out others. In response to a question about how she will work in countries where women’s rights are ignored, she said that in those cases we will have to be realistic and work cautiously but continuously to move forward. Answering a journalist’s question about what it means to be realistic and cautious, Bachelet clarified that she is passionate and therefore, through UN Women, she will work to truly accelerate improvements for women. The audience applauded her answer.

In response to a question about whether she planned to work with civil society, she said that she already respects and knows the work of women’s organizations, that she has experience working with these organizations and that she believes that this is a key for UN Women. She mentioned, for example, that she has promoted the formation of advisory committees, commissions and other mechanisms for civil society participation, and that she will also promote this in UN Women.

She did not mention the situation of UN Women’s financial resources because there were no questions on this matter. Nonetheless, this is concerning because the commitment is to reach 500 million dollars but there still is not even a third of this amount. Therefore it is necessary that all states increase their donations and that women’s groups take an interest in this.

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what do you think?
Sami, has shed light on an important issue.
who is the source of the information and the system we are participating in?
understanding whether we should or not and how participate to platforms that as the article says have been “hijacked” by controversial pple….
knowing that in the MENA region, and in the Middle East, and especially from Lebanon,
taking money, or being funded by such sources will not help us push forward action plans on the ground, especially in regions where hositilities, and war “sequelles” are still hurting…
your opinion counts
I would luv to meet sami, to debate more with him on the consequences of the arab digital activism, on the real world!

The Internet Freedom Fallacy and the Arab Digital activism Introduction This article focuses on grassroots digital activism in the Arab world and the risks of what seems to be an inevitable collusion with U.S foreign policy and interests. It sums up the most important elements of the conversation I have been having for the last 2 years with many actors involved in defending online free speech and the use of technology for social and political change. While the main focus is Arab digital activism, I have … Read More

via sami ben gharbia

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Internet at Liberty 2010

The promise and peril of online free expression

September 20-22, 2010

Central European University, Budapest, Hungary

Monday 20 September – Pre-Conference Workshops

Online tools and tactics for advocacy and protection

Aranytíz Cultural Center, Arany János u. 10

09:00 – 19:00     Workshop and conference registration and information desk open, 3rd floor

12:30 – 13:30     Welcome coffee for early arrivals, 3rd floor

13:30 – 14:00     Workshop welcome and introduction, Tolnay Klári Room, 3rd floor

Bob Boorstin, Google, US

Kate Coyer, Central European University, US

14:00 – 16:00     Concurrent Sessions I

Organizing tools for advocacy, Nagylovag Room ground floor

Presenters:        Ali Ravi, Tactical Technology Collective, Iran

Steve Grove, You Tube, US

Bev Clark, Kubatana Trust, Zimbabwe

Advocating for policy change, Bartók/Kodály Room, 2nd floor

Presenters:        Leslie Harris, Center for Democracy and Technology, US

Sunil Abraham, Centre for Internet and Society, India

Respondent: João Brant, Intervozes, Brazil

Evading censors through circumvention technologies, Tolany Klári Room, 3rd floor

Presenters:        Nart Villeneuve, Citizen Lab, Canada

Walid al-Saqaf, Yemenportal.net, Yemen

Angelina Trangh Huynh, Viet Tan, US

16:00 – 17:00     Coffee Break, 3rd floor

17:00 – 19:00 Concurrent Sessions II

Organizing tools for advocacy, Nagylovag Rm, ground floor (repeat of workshop from first session)

Presenters:        Ali Ravi, Tactical Technology Collective, Iran

Steve Grove, You Tube, US

Bev Clark, Kubatana Trust, Zimbabwe

Advocating for policy change, Bartók/Kodály Rm, 2nd floor (repeat of workshop from first session)

Presenters:        Leslie Harris, Center for Democracy and Technology, US

Sunil Abraham, Centre for Internet and Society, India

João Brant, Intervozes, Brazil

Safeguarding personal security and privacy online, Tolnay Klári Room 2nd floor

Presenters:        Brett Solomon, Access Now, Australia

Bobby Soriano, Tactical Technology Collective, Philippines

Katrin Verclas, Mobile Active, US

19:00 – 20:00     Reception, Ötkert café, Zrínyi u. 4

Tuesday 21 September – Day One

The Internet as a force for change

CEU, Nádor u. 15

08:00 – 18:00     Conference registration and information desk open

09:00 – 09:30 Welcome and introduction

John Shattuck, CEU President and Rector

David Drummond, Google Senior Vice President

09:30 – 10:30     A moment in time: a very short history of the Internet and free expression

Moderator:        Renata Uitz, Central European University, Hungary

Presenter:         Rob Faris, Open Net Initiative, US

Respondents:   Tattu Mambetalieva, Civil Initiative on Internet Policy, Kyrgyzstan

Sunil Abraham, Centre for Internet and Society, India

Shahzad Ahmad, Bytes for All, Pakistan

10:30 – 11:00     Coffee Break, CEU, Nádor u. 11

11:00 – 12:30 Is the potential of the Internet as a force for positive political change being oversold?

Moderator:        Madeleine Morris, BBC, UK

Speakers:         Karin Spaink, Writer and net activist, Netherlands

Kim Pham, Access Now, US

Evgeny Morozov, Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law, Stanford University, Belarus

Shanthi Kalathil, World Bank, US

12:30 – 14:00 Lunch, provided at BM Duna Palota, Zrínyi u. 5

14:00 – 15:15 Online free expression: values, progress and complexities

Speaker:           Dunja Mijatovic, Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), Bosnia and Herzegovina

Respondents:    Merve Alici, Turkish Young Civilians, Turkey

Eva Simon, Hungarian Civil Liberties Union, Hungary

15:15 – 15:45     Coffee Break, CEU, Nádor u. 11

15:45 – 17:00 A rock and a hard place: challenges for governments in Europe

Moderator:        Rebecca MacKinnon, New America Foundation, US

Speakers:         Ambassador Olof Ehrenkrona, Sweden

Bertrand de La Chapelle, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, France

Respondent:     Mogens Schmidt, UNESCO, Denmark

17:00 – 18:15     A hard place and a rock: challenges for industry

Moderator:        Rebecca MacKinnon, New America Foundation, US

Speakers:         David Drummond, Google, US

Lord Richard Allan, Facebook, UK

18:30 – 19:30     Welcome reception, CEU Atrium, Nádor u. 9

Remarks:          John Shattuck, CEU President and Rector

David Drummond, Google Senior Vice President

20:00 – 22:00     Topical dinners, provided at Gerbeaud, Vörösmarty tér 7-8

Participants can opt to join one of several informal group dinners themed around specific topics.

Wednesday 22 September – Day Two

Moving forward: breaking barriers, transparency and innovation

CEU, Nádor u. 15

08:00 – 16:00     Conference registration and information desk open

09:00 – 10:15     Crossing national borders: is the Internet a danger as well as a blessing?

Moderator:        Lucie Morillon, Reporters Without Borders, France

Respondents:   Carlos Afonso, Internet Steering Committee, Brazil

Supinya Klangnarong, Campaign for Popular Media Reform, Thailand

Nargis Zokirova, International Bureau for Human Rights and Rule of Law, Tajikstan

Esraa Rashid, Egyptian Democratic Academy, Egypt

10:15 – 10:45     Coffee Break, CEU, Nádor u. 11

10:45 – 12:00 No easy answers: privacy and free expression

Moderator:        Ellen Hume, Central European University, US

12:00 – 12:30     Transparency and accountability tools

Moderator:        Colin Maclay, Berkman Center on Internet and Society, US

Respondents:   Renata Avila, Creative Commons, Guatemala

Matt Braithwaite, Google, US

Karl Kathuria, BBC, UK

12:30 – 13:30 Lunch (brown bag provided), CEU, Nádor u. 11

13:30 – 14:45 Are we compromising national security by increasing access to information online?

Moderator:        Monroe Price, Annenberg School of Communication at University of Pennsylvania, US

Respondents:   Smari McCarthy, Digital Freedoms Society, Iceland

Michael Semple, Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, US

Heather Brooke, Freedom of Information activist, UK

15:00 – 16:00     Concurrent sessions (delegates can choose which to attend) Online free expression and…

…protecting privacy, CEU, Nádor u. 9 Popper room

Facilitator:         Kristina Irion, Central European University, Germany

Respondents:    Katitza Rodriguez, Electronic Frontier Foundation, Peru

Stephanie Hankey, Tactical Technology Collective, UK

…enforcing ethics & accountability for corporations & governments, CEU, Nádor u. 9 Auditorium

Facilitator:         Markos Kounalakis, Central European University, US

Respondent:     Aaron Swartz, Progressive Change Campaign Committee, US

…ensuring cybersecurity and national security, CEU, Nádor u. 9 Gellner room

Facilitator:         Ian Brown, Oxford Internet Institute, UK

Respondent:     Jamil Zahid, International Chamber of Commerce, Pakistan

…the cat and mouse game between bloggers and governments, CEU, Nádor u. 15

Facilitator:         Cynthia Wong, Center for Democracy and Technology, US

Respondents:    Esraa Rashid, Blogger, Egypt

Ivan Sigal, Global Voices, US

16:00 – 16:30     Coffee Break, CEU, Nádor u. 11

16:30 – 17:30     Concluding session: making talk come to life – where do we go from here?

Feedback from workshops, dinners and breakout groups (30 min)

Co-moderators: Bob Boorstin, Google, US

Kate Coyer, Central European University, US

If I could do one thing to make the Internet a better place for free expression…” (30 min)

Moderator:        Rebecca MacKinnon, New America Foundation, US

Dinner topics for Tuesday night

  1. 1. The current state of the Chinese Internet
  2. 2. In China’s wake: online censorship in South and Southeast Asia
  3. 3. The development of the Internet in Russia: a critical moment
  4. 4. Censorship in Central and Eastern European countries
  5. 5. Online activism in the Middle East: what’s working and what’s not
  6. 6. Advancing European government initiatives on online free expression
  7. 7. Accountability and ethics among companies: the Global Network Initiative
  8. 8. The rise of the citizen journalist and the response of the traditional media
  9. 9. Protecting the platform: the challenge of intermediary liability

10. Online privacy, anonymity and free expression

11. The limits of free expression: controversial content policies

12. Keeping the Internet open: is there a global solution to net neutrality?

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salut tout le monde,
encore moi de Budapest, la conference officielle a commence aujourdui,
c’est tres beau, on est plus de 400 participants de tout les pays du mnde ou presque. l’agenda est tres charge, mais tres interessant, et pour moi super instructif! au fait des gens sur importants de GOOGLE sont la! cool hein?
la conference est  un peu trop centree sur la vision romantique d’ Internet qui permet de liberer les peuples soumis,  et les EU qui ramenent la liberte aux pauvres peuples du sud mais bon, le mingling, et le networking et connaitre les experiences des autres est tres interessant,
je twitte en live, en francais et en arabe, sur Twitter, vous pouvez aussi voir en live la conference, oui elle est filmee.#IAL2010 http://sites.google.com/a/pressatgoogle.com/internet-at-liberty-2010/home
si vous avez besoin d’informaitons, ou vous voulez que je demande des questions precises n’hesitez pas a me le dire!

Opening Speech delivered by John Shattuck, President and Rector of CEU

Welcome to Central European University.  I’m John Shattuck, the President of CEU, and it’s my privilege to open this conference.  I want to start by thanking Google for partnering with us in what we expect will be an amazing and far-reaching event.

As you know, we’re here to explore the challenges and opportunities for free expression on the Internet.  Rarely, if ever, has such a diverse group from across the globe come together to address these issues – from activists to bloggers, NGOs, universities, companies and governments.  We have all the ingredients for a provocative couple of days of discussion and debate, and there will be opportunities for everyone here to participate when the spirit moves you.

Let me say a few words about why we’re here in Budapest and at CEU.

CEU was founded twenty years ago at the time of the Great Transition in Central and Eastern Europe – and at the dawn of the Internet Age.  It was founded in the ruins of a closed and repressive system, and it was founded as a new laboratory for free expression.  The founders of CEU were the moral and political heroes of the Great Transition – champions of democracy and human rights from this region like Vaclav Havel, Arpad Goncz, and Bronislaw Geremek, backed by the generosity of George Soros.  This “hole-in-the-wall” where we’re holding the conference symbolizes CEU’s laboratory for free expression and the struggle that it took to build it.

Over the last twenty years CEU has become a global university, with students now drawn from 134 countries, and faculty from forty.  We offer graduate-level studies in the social sciences, humanities, law and business, and we’re building a new school of public policy, an expanded center for media and communication studies, and cutting-edge programs in cognitive science and network science.  One of our most renowned programs is the Open Society Archives, the official archive of the Index on Censorship, a preeminent watchdog on freedom of expression worldwide.  We have the largest samizdat collection in the world, starting with underground publications from the Soviet Union in the 1920s, a testament to the struggle for free expression in the most dangerous times.

Like the Internet, CEU crosses all borders, and we have no single dominant nationality.  We like to think of ourselves as a “crossroads university” where all parts of the world come together.  We have 9,000 alumni around the world in key positions in policymaking, government, business, media and universities.

Promoting and protecting freedom of expression is at the core of CEU’s mission.  As history shows, and everyone here knows, the right to free expression is hard to gain, easy to lose, and a struggle to keep.  And it’s a complex struggle, because it involves competing rights, like individual privacy, and competing interests, like security, that sometimes conflict with free expression.

I’ve been involved in this struggle for most of my career.  I was a U.S. civil rights lawyer during the Watergate era, challenging government censorship of publications like the Pentagon Papers, and government wiretapping and surveillance of private citizens by the Nixon White House and intelligence agencies.  Later, as a law professor and vice president at Harvard, I defended scientific researchers whose work was being censored by the government on national security grounds.  Then, as US Assistant Secretary of State for Human Rights, I encountered the complexity of free expression issues, when official radio broadcasts in Rwanda and Yugoslavia in 1994 were being used to provoke genocide.  I felt the response in this rare case should have been to try to stop the genocide by jamming the hate radios.

The struggle to protect free expression has always been led by activists, but it must also involve the broader civil society, the private sector and government.  It’s always a struggle of competing interests and tensions, but in the end if free expression is protected so is democracy and open society.

Internet at Liberty 2010 is all about this struggle.  Our focus will be from the ground up, not the top down.  Here are some of the questions we’ll be asking ourselves:

What is the state of internet liberty from the point of view of those who are trying to exercise it?

What do we mean by online free expression, and how can it be promoted and protected?

What are the dilemmas and challenges facing all the stakeholders who are represented here – from bloggers, to NGOs, to companies, to governments?

What are our hopes and fears about the Internet at a time of great change and upheaval in the world?

And above all, how can the internet be used to advance human freedom at a time of great uncertainty about the future?

It’s now a privilege to introduce David Drummond, the Senior Vice President and Chief Legal Counsel of Google, and to ask you to join me and my colleagues Kate Coyer, Ildiko Moran and Istvan Rev in thanking David and the entire Google team, especially Bob Boorstin and Doireann Gillan, for being such great partners in putting on this conference.

David Drummond’s Welcome Remarks

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I’d like to begin by thanking John Shattuck and the Central European University for helping organize this event.  Working
with our Google team, their efforts have made it possible for all of us
to spend the next two days learning more about the promise and peril of
free expression on the Internet. Working alongside them to host this conference has been a privilege.

also like to welcome everyone and thank you for coming. We have quite a
crowd gathered here today, with people who have traveled here from
Armenia to Kazakhstan, from Brazil to Zimbabwe.  Our goal from the
beginning has been to bring together Internet activists from around the
world…representatives of traditional NGOs…academics who are
studying what free expression means in a digital age…and officials
from the private sector and governments.  I welcome all of you.

name is David Drummond and I have a title at Google that barely fits on
my business cards.  But for the next three days, I’d like everyone to
think of me — in fact, think of everyone in this room — as a
colleague: a colleague in pursuit of our common goal of achieving the
promise of a free, open and safe Internet.

simply, when services are blocked or filtered, users of Internet
platforms everywhere cannot be served effectively.  That’s why Google
and other companies try very hard to maximize free expression and
access to information. We do our very best, even if sometimes we make
mistakes. In one effort to promote transparency — as you’ll see during
this conference — Google is building online tools that allow our users
to see where governments are demanding that we remove content and where
our services are being blocked.  We believe this kind of transparency
can be a powerful deterrent to censorship.

don’t think it’s too much of an exaggeration to say that as we gather
here this morning we are standing at a crossroads in the future of the
Internet.  Unless companies, governments and individuals do something
about it, we are likely to see the open Internet become ever more
restricted — taking choice and control away from the user, and putting
more power in the hands of those who would limit access to information.

number of governments that censor has grown to 40 today from about four
in 2002.  Just as important, we’ve gone beyond firewalls and typical
ways of censoring content and seen governments develop cunning and
sophisticated tools.  We all know that on the day of the Iranian
elections last summer, the regime in Tehran simply turned off the
switch — no text messaging, Twitter, Facebook or Gmail.  We’ve also
got countries like Turkey, Russia and China all  talking about building
their own nationally-owned search engines.

then, the spectrum of global threats is wide…there is much work to be
done.  From the moment we began planning “Internet at Liberty 2010,” we
determined that it should not be an episode or an event but rather be
the beginning of a new effort to bring together people like you to help
find the concrete steps that can achieve common goals.  Many of you
started this process yesterday at the practical workshops — and I urge
you to continue contributing your ideas. Ultimately, the
website for the conference will become a discussion and action forum
where virtual planning to bring about real progress will continue.

I close, I’d also like to ask everyone in this beautiful space to take
a moment to honor those who have given their lives or are living in
jails as punishment for having freely expressed their opinions.  As we
take that moment, consider the story of one such activist who wanted to
be here today but was told, in essence, not to come.  In an email, that
activist wrote of  a journey…a journey worthy of Franz Kafka or
Nikolai Gogol…that led from one government office to another to
another…but always brought about the same result:

I turned, I was only talking to a repetition of the same monomaniac
mind where all the keywords around the conference were defined as
dangerous and forbidden: ‘liberty,’ ‘access,’ ‘internet,’ ‘Google,’ and
even such simple words as ‘university,’ ‘conference’ and ‘Europe.’ Upon
a second investigation, I realized that they are not afraid of these
things because of their intrinsic identity, but because they can
transform me from a passive and obedient member of the mass to a free,
critical, creative and active subjectivity.”
welcome, and now we’ll proceed with our first session, which is called,
“A moment in time: a very short history of the Internet and free

Press release announcing the conference

posted 17 Sep 2010 09:14 by Scott Rubin

Budapest (September 15, 2010)–Google
and Central European University have teamed up to co-sponsor an
international conference, Internet at Liberty 2010, to address the
complex issues facing the development of the Internet as a global, free
and open space. The event will be held at the campus of CEU in Budapest
on September 20-22.

dynamic and decentralized nature of the Internet offers new
opportunities for communication and free expression as well as new
threats. Governments that wish to control the spread of information and
activists using digital technologies to promote change are becoming
increasingly sophisticated and strategic as they confront each other
around the world.

acts every day to maximize free expression and access to information,”
said David Drummond, Google’s Senior Vice President and Chief Legal
Counsel. “To promote transparency, we have built online tools that
allow our users to see where governments demand that we remove content
or request data about people who use our services.  And we are founders
and participants in the Global Network Initiative, a group of
companies, human rights groups, investors and academics that has set
out principles and guidelines to hold governments and companies
accountable for their actions.”

at Liberty 2010 will bring together hundreds of activists, bloggers and
officials from the public and private sector to explore the often
controversial policy issues of Internet communication. The conference
will address the boundaries of online free expression; the complex
relationship among technology, economic growth and human rights; the
ways in which dissidents and governments are using the Internet; and
urgent policy and legal issues of online communication such as privacy
and cybersecurity.

the core of our mission, CEU is committed to provide intellectual
support for building and strengthening open and democratic societies
that respect human rights,” added John Shattuck, President and Rector
of Central European University.  “The fundamental right to free
expression is essential to democratic institutions, but it does not
come easily, is never fixed, and must be constantly renewed.  It is our
job as a university to create forums for debate where the complexities
of these issues can be openly discussed.  As a global institution in an
interconnected world, CEU is honored to co-host this important and
far-reaching conference with Google.”

conference and break-out sessions will focus on issues including the
role of the Internet as a democratizing force, challenges for
governments and the private sector, and the complexities of promoting
and protecting free expression. It will also provide a forum to
highlight national case studies and efforts to advance transparency and
accountability. At the conference workshops, activists, NGOs and
companies will help individuals learn ways to practice Internet
advocacy while protecting their security and privacy.

The conference will be conducted in English.

About Google Inc.
innovative search technologies connect millions of people around the
world with information every day. Founded in 1998 by Stanford Ph.D.
students Larry Page and Sergey Brin, Google today is a top web property
in all major global markets. Google’s targeted advertising program
provides businesses of all sizes with measurable results, while
enhancing the overall web experience for users. Google is headquartered
in Silicon Valley with offices throughout the Americas, Europe and
Asia. For more information, visit  www.google.com

About Central European University
European University was founded in 1991. Today CEU is a global
institution of graduate education in the social sciences, the
humanities, law, management, environmental studies, government and
public policy, with students from more than 100 countries, and a
faculty drawn from major universities across the world. For more
information, visit www.ceu.hu.

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: Hello dears, if you are in lebanon do not miss LTA New project, i wont be able to attend, because i am in budapest, but i m sure we can get the studies from them…

what do you think will we be able to close those “jwarir” for the illigeal tipping?

your remark counts!


“مكافحة الفساد عبر محاربة الرشوة و تعزيز الشفافية و المساءلة”

الثلاثاء 21 أيلول/ سبتمبر 2010 ،

من الساعة الحادية عشرة قبل الظهر حتى الساعة الواحدة من بعد الظهر.

فندق فينيسيا انتركونتيننتال ، بيروت ، لبنان.

11:00 – 11:30  تسجيل الحضور

11:30 – 12:00  الكلمات الافتتاحية

* السيّد فادي صعب –  منسّق عام “الشبكة الوطنية لمكافحة الرشوة” و نائب رئيس “الجمعية اللبنانية لتعزيز الشفافية – لا فساد”

* السيّد عبد الهادي محفوظ – رئيس المجلس الوطني للإعلام المرئي والمسموع

* السيّد وجيه بزري – رئيس غرفة التجارة الدولية

* السيّد رمزي النجّار – مدير Strategic Communication Consultancy

12:00 – 12:45  الاستراتيجية الإعلامية

* السيّد ياسر عكاوي – عضو مجلس إدارة “الجمعية اللبنانية لتعزيز الشفافية – لا فساد”

* عمر كبّول – المنسّق الإعلامي في “الجمعية اللبنانية لتعزيز الشفافية – لا فساد”
– نقاش مفتوح

12:45 – 1:00 – أدوات التواصل

* يدير الجلسة السيد ابراهيم تابت – عضو مجلس إدارة “الجمعية اللبنانية لتعزيز الشفافية – لا فساد”

– عرض دراسة حول مدى تطابق اتفاقية الأمم المتحدة لمكافحة الفساد مع القوانين اللبنانية – لبنان 2010

* السيّد يحيى الحكيم – عضو مجلس “إدارة الجمعية اللبنانية لتعزيز الشفافية – لا فساد”

* السيّد داني حداد – باحث رئيسي في “الجمعية اللبنانية لتعزيز الشفافية – لا فساد”

– إطلاق منشورات الجمعية اللبنانية لتعزيز الشفافية – لا فساد و موقعها الالكتروني بلغات عدّة

* السيّد بدري المعوشي – المدير التنفيذي لـ “لجمعية اللبنانية لتعزيز الشفافية – لا فساد”

* الآنسة سارة توما – منسقة مشاريع في “الجمعية اللبنانية لتعزيز الشفافية – لا فساد”

– عرض تقرير عن عملية إعادة الإعمار إثر حرب تموز 2006

* السيّد سيرج يازجي – مدير مجال – المرصد الجامعي للإعمار وإعادة الإعمار في لبنان

* الآنسة كلودين عبد المسيح – مديرة برامج في مجال

1:00 – 2:00 غذاء

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Unpaid Care-Paid Work Connection – ILO 2009

Abstract: Part I of the paper examines the interface and trade-offs between paid and unpaid work, including unpaid
care work, while Part II identifies data gaps and proposes further research and analysis. Specifically, the paper
focuses on women’s and men’s division of labour between paid work and unpaid care work and its effects on gender
equality with respect to decent work outcomes, and one’s ability and power to make and act on choices; its
interconnection with individual and family poverty; and on how economic and social policies and institutions
influence women’s options by reducing or increasing the burden of unpaid care work. Unpaid care work shapes the
ability, duration and types of paid work that can be undertaken. As it does not offer monetary remuneration, it reduces
the exercise of “voice” over decision-making and impacts on one’s ability to accumulate savings and assets. Being
regarded a woman’s “natural” work – performed in the “private” sphere of the family – unpaid care work hides away
its economic dimensions and contributions; and being undervalued, it assigns paid social reproduction (care) workers
to jobs that are presumed to be unskilled, with low pay, slender options for promotion and scant social protection.
Most importantly, unpaid care work entails a systemic transfer of hidden subsidies to the rest of the economy that go
unrecognized, imposing a systematic time-tax on women throughout their life cycle. These hidden subsidies signal the
existence of power relations between men and women. But also, they connect the “private” worlds of households and
families with the “public” spheres of markets and the state in exploitative ways. It is important to shed light on these
interconnections and draw attention to a pervasive form of inequality, in ways that motivate public dialogue and
action on behalf of policy makers, in the hope that change is possible.
JEL classification: B54; E24; H50; I30; J10; J22.
Résumé: La partie I du document examine l’interface et les choix possibles entre travail rémunéré et travail non
rémunéré, y compris les travaux domestiques non rémunérés. La partie II recense les lacunes dans les données
existantes et propose de nouvelles pistes de recherche et d’analyse. Le document aborde plus particulièrement la
répartition du travail rémunéré et des travaux domestiques non rémunérés entre les hommes et les femmes et les effets
de cette répartition sur l’égalité entre hommes et femmes en matière de travail décent, mais également la capacité et le
pouvoir de chacun de choisir et d’agir selon ses choix, l’interconnexion de cette répartition avec la pauvreté des
individus et des familles et la manière dont les politiques et les institutions socio-économiques influencent les options
offertes aux femmes en réduisant ou en augmentant la charge des travaux domestiques non rémunérés. Les travaux
domestiques conditionnent la capacité à exercer un travail rémunéré, mais également le type et la durée des emplois
rémunérés occupés. L’absence de rémunération réduit les possibilités de faire «entendre sa voix» lors de prises de
décisions et affecte également la capacité d’une personne à accumuler des économies et des biens. Considérés comme
des travaux revenant «naturellement» aux femmes, les travaux domestiques non rémunérés – effectués dans la sphère
familiale – cachent leur dimension économique et leur contribution à l’économie. De plus, la déconsidération dont ces
travaux sont l’objet a pour effet d’affecter par reproduction sociale les personnes effectuant ce genre de travaux à des
emplois rémunérés supposés non qualifiés, peu rétribués, aux perspectives de promotion limitées et procurant une
protection sociale insuffisante. Plus important encore est le fait que les travaux domestiques non rémunérés entraînent
un transfert systémique et non reconnu de subventions dissimulées vers le reste de l’économie, imposant ainsi aux
femmes un impôt systématique sur le temps pendant leur vie entière. Ces subventions dissimulées révèlent l’existence
de rapports de force entre les hommes et les femmes. Mais elles établissent également un lien entre le monde «privé»
des foyers et des familles avec les sphères «publiques» des marchés et de l’état sur un mode d’exploitation. Il est
important d’apporter un éclairage sur ces interconnexions et d’attirer l’attention sur une forme d’inégalité largement
répandue, afin d’engendrer un débat public et des actions de la part des décideurs politiques, dans l’espoir d’un
changement possible.
Classification JEL: B54; E24; H50; I30; J10; J22.

Direct Link to Full 69-Page Document:


ILO – International Labour Organization

Working Paper No. 86 – 2009

Rania Antonopoulos

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hello les amis,

pour ceux qui ne connaissent pas encore Wheels on Fire,

c’est une initiative qui permet a des personnes handicapees de Danser,

et de mettre le feu sur les pistes de danse!!

cet apres-midi sur la LBCI  a 4h30, avec le programme Helweh w morra.

un reportage a voir!!

a vous d’applaudir de soutenir et de venir danser avec fady et maya!!

pour plus d’info, n’heistez pas a suivre notre  blog precedent sur le sujet:


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KAFA (enough) Violence and Exploitation
Job Opening:

Full-time Campaign and Multimedia officer

Within the frame of the program of “Engaging Men and Boys in ending violence against women”, KAFA (enough) Violence and Exploitation is seeking to employ a campaign and multimedia officer to join the team working on preparations for “White Ribbon Campaign 2010: Men standing to endorse the Family Violence Law in Lebanon”* as per below terms of reference:

Main Responsibilities include:
·          To develop and implement an integrated media strategy for the White Ribbon Campaign
·          Deliver high quality local, national (and in some instances international) media coverage for the White Ribbon Campaign by researching stories, writing and placing stories, writing press releases,  media briefings.
·          Responsible for delivering accurate, timely and compelling information and stories that illustrate and raise the profile of White Ribbon Campaign
·          Write & produce content – for the website and external media outlets such as Facebook sub-pages, e-actions, emails, and web pages.
·         To monitor and to evaluate media coverage generated and to draw lessons to improve coverage.
·         To build and maintain excellent relationships with key media players, journalists and broadcasters in Lebanon and regionally and internationally.
·         To develop and regularly maintain a national database of media contacts.
·         To stay up to date with the latest thinking on how to improve effectiveness of media and communication approaches and impact, including the development and effective utilization of digital media opportunities.
·         To coordinate the production of IEC materials related to the campaign: billboard-posters-pamphlets-newsletter-song…etc
·         To document coordination meetings with key allies and partners and write up of MOMs.
·         To assist partners in organizing and implementing activities within the frame of the campaign (universities, NGOs, SDCs,…etc)

Required qualifications:
·          University degree in journalism or related field;
·          Excellent writing and communication skills in Arabic and English;
·          French is a plus;
·          Considerable experience of working with or in the media.
·          Knowledge of local, national and international media (including press, internet, print) and a track record of success and achievement in media work.

·          Strong knowledge of the digital media space including emerging technologies and understanding of digital media tools and demonstrated success of implementing digital media work
·          Proven communication skills:
o        Written – able to write for different audiences and experience of editing newsletters and
o        Verbal – excellent interpersonal and presentations skills
·          Experience with online communities and social networking and strong ability to use and create content for social networking and web based applications
·          Proven ability to create functional and user-friendly communication mediums (eg. Websites, audio/video, DVD’s, print etc)
·          Proven conceptual and creative thinking skills to develop engaging communications that deliver on campaign objectives
·          Attention to detail and ability to prioritize tasks to meet tight deadlines
·          Ability to gather information, collate and systemize for effective communication
·          Proven analytical skills to ensure proper monitoring, evaluation and learning
·          Good project management skills
·          Excellent interpersonal skills
·          Good facilitation, influencing and persuasive skills, with ability to build strong, credible relationships and to communicate and transfer information to a variety of audiences
·          Team-work skills.

The position is offered on a full time basis starting immediately over a period of 4 months (might be renewable).

Interested candidates should send a CV and a motivation letter to ghida.anani@kafa.org.lb specifying “campaign and multimedia officer vacancy” in the subject line by September 22, 2010 latest.

* This campaign is funded by UN TRUST FUND and International Medical corps

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I have participated to the forum of AL AYAM organised in Bahrain 26 august 2010.

the Panel of the Forum on New medias

you may find attached the presentation given about new technologies and their impact on mobilisation.

the paper is in arabic.

to read the 4 pages paper plz click on the link below. the paper is in a PDF form.

rita chemaly new media role bahrain 2010

the coverage of Al Ayam forum with a brief of all the papers

Al Ayam news paper coverage

Rita Chemaly at al Ayam Forum on new media

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