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February 2014 Blog Posts (7)

Request for input from Civil Society stakeholders -- CS Steering Group future

Hi everyone,
You will have read about actions of the Civil Society Steering Group. To remind you, remember that in late 2013 a Civil Society Co-ordination Group was formed, initially as a mechanism for civil society to provide a common platform for nominations to various bodies, including Brazil committees, 1net, and potentially, the IGF MAG.
The initial member organisations were the largest coalitions working prominently in the Internet Governance, and are –…

Added by Virginia (Ginger) Paque on February 20, 2014 at 2:00am — No Comments

Al-Shabaab internet blackout disrupts lives, provokes outrage in southern Somalia

For the thousands of residents in Hiran, Middle and Lower Jubba regions who have been unable to access the internet on their mobile phones for the past two weeks, al-Shabaab's internet blackout represents a new burden in life, one that makes communicating with loved ones around the world a nearly impossible endeavour....…


Added by Mwende Njiraini on February 14, 2014 at 2:29pm — 1 Comment

Article from The Guardian about Turkey protests over Internet Freedom

Turkish police crack down on internet freedom protest

No need to re-post the whole article, but I thought it would be interesting to share, for those who are not already aware of the event.  It is an interesting reflection on the direction policy is moving, and the media's interest in reporting it.

Added by Parveen Umrani on February 12, 2014 at 12:00am — No Comments

Freedom of expression… a right to protect


After the mass protest in 2011, Tunisia has lived one of the most vibrant political turning points in its history. Actually, the current Tunisia’s transition to democracy is a promising reform process since it has created open debates about urgent issues related to human rights and freedoms.

However, a wide array of threats has appeared and considered as an obstacle to continued progress of the democratic transition.



Added by Yosr Jouini on February 7, 2014 at 8:23pm — 1 Comment

Deirdre Williams and Mawaki Chango named as co-coordinators of the Internet Governance Caucus

Congratulations to Diplo fellows Deirdre Williams and Mawaki Chango who were elected as co-coordinators of the Internet Governance Caucus!! Deirdre's term expires on January 2016 and Mawaki's on January 2015.

Added by Marsha Guthrie on February 7, 2014 at 6:35pm — 1 Comment

IG Fellowship opportunity at Access Now


Added by Virginia (Ginger) Paque on February 7, 2014 at 2:00pm — No Comments

DotShabaka top-level internet domain goes live

An Arabic net address ending has become the first to go live as part of the rollout of more than 1,000 new generic top-level domain (gTLD) name suffixes.

The first websites ending in شبكة. - pronounced dot shabaka, and meaning web - went online a day ahead of schedule.

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Added by Mwende Njiraini on February 5, 2014 at 7:51am — No Comments

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