We hosted APC Europe meeting in Sarajevo!

We hosted APC Europe meeting in Sarajevo! (From left to right) Filip Stojanovski, Rolf Kleef, valentina hvale pellizzer, Katerina Fialova, (sitting) Rozalia Klara Bako,  Tamara Resavska, Karen Banks,  Leila Nachawati, (first row) Eva Stoyanova and Edward Maw.     The APC European member meeting took place from October 19th to October 20th in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina and was followed by the Internet Governance Forum of Bosnia and Herzegovina, which was held on October 21th. Both events were hosted by One World Platform. APC members had a very busy schedule, so aside from regular activities of two day meeting where they discussed regional events, regional strategies, different initiatives of the individuals and organizations as well as projects under APC umbrella, they also held an hour and a half session for 20 students from Bosnia and Herzegovina, that were guests of IGF of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Session was organized under the format of “World Café” where different APC members presented their work, and also talked about different ways of engaging youth from Bosnia and Herzegovina. Thank you APC! It was lovely having our extended family here with us!...

Registration for second IGF of Bosnia and Herzegovina: OPEN!

Registration for second  IGF of Bosnia and Herzegovina: OPEN! Internet Governance Forum (BHIGF) of Bosnia and Herzegovina is a national IGF initiative dedicated to open, inclusive, diverse and informal dialogue on Internet governance issues among all interested stakeholders in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BH). Last year, members of different stakeholder groups in BH who are active in their own fields of expertise, met for the first time and initiated the inter-stakeholder collaboration. It was just about the time for BH to join the dialogue on IG on regional and global levels trough its own national IGF process. On the 21st October 2016, we, One World Platform, in partnership with Communications Regulatory Agency of BH, and under the auspices of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, are organizing second Internet Governance Forum of Bosnia and Herzegovina.  This year’s theme of BH IGF is “BH Internet: Open and secure?” Topic of panels are: Violent extremism, terrorism and right of reporting; How the state security collide with the right to reporting in the digital age? What are the practices, regulation and actors within that spectrum? How to ensure the public interest to the right to information?  Human rights and business in BH Internet economy Startups in BH, ISPs – practices, challenges and the role of the Internet in empowering the exercise of human rights and the promotion of innovation and economic growth.  Universal access, are we all equal? How to contribute to a better understanding of roles and responsibilities that stakeholders have in order to ensure an open and accessible Internet. Registration for event is mandatory and can be done via EventBrite HERE. Participation at the event is free of charge....

Internship at @OWP: The story of Caterina

Internship at @OWP: The story of Caterina This summer we had a wonderful opportunity to work with Caterina Barbi from Italy and hosts her as our summer intern. It was pleasure having you here, your thoughts, energy and creativity. We look forward to seeing all the wonderful steps you take in your future! Here are few thoughts that Caterina shared after her internship: “This month I had the amazing opportunity to assist the staff of One World Platform in their trainings and work. Collaborating with them I had the chance of learning what a breaching of human rights on the internet is and how to tackle the issue. During the internship, I mainly worked on the project dealing with innovative women in technology, researching and writing about wonderful inventors who influenced our world and the enhancement of technology and mostly remained unknown. Through this task I not only got to learn about women who are currently allowing me to write and send this text, but also to understand how deep and rooted is the discrimination that they faced and are still posthumously facing. Is it any fair for Hedy Lamarr to be remembered as the amazing actress who also happened to have changed the way we communicate? This, however is not my outburst on the importance of feminism. This is my thank you for all the wonderful staff at One World Platform for giving me the opportunity to assist their work and understand how important it is to protect human rights on the internet. They did not only give me the chance to expand my knowledge on many different topics but also an idea of what...

Bosnia and Herzegovina joining Global Internet Governance Landscape

Bosnia and Herzegovina joining Global Internet Governance Landscape It might be 10th global Internet Governance Forum happening in Brazil in November 2015, but small country in the heart of Europe – Bosnia and Herzegovina – on October 1st 2015 just joined global Internet Governance landscape with first national Internet Governance Forum (#BHIGF). Different stakeholder groups and individuals in Bosnia and Herzegovina are active in their own fields of expertise, but there has always been lack of inter-stakeholder collaboration – and it was about time for us to join the dialogue on IG in regional and global spaces – through national joined initiative. How it all started? National IGF initiative started 3 years ago when small group of individuals and enthusiasts from BiH, attending other IG events, felt the need of such an event on national level. The time for it was not right at the time. Three years later, One World Platform (OWP) as civil society organisation present in regional and global IG policy spaces for years either as promoter of human and internet rights through gender perspective, as a member of the largest international civil society organisation Association for Progressive Communication, for having representative in Multistakeholder Advisory Group to the IGF under the patronage of UN (MAG), or as part of organising committee of first Southeast European Dialogue on Internet Governance (SEEDIG) – renewed the efforts of organising first national Internet Governance Forum of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The date was set for October 1st 2015, in Sarajevo. It was great encouragement that on international level BHIGF initiative was supported from the start by Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) and Association for Progressive Communications...

How important it is to know your rights

How important it is to know your rights Through the campaign Internet rights are human rights, we touched on some topics that we seemed most important at this time, on website www.oneworldplatform.net we started public training about human rights, encourage you to think about how important it is to know your rights, wrote about how to protect itself, but also what to do when your rights are violated. E-democracy, e-BiH, e/no-BiH E-government guarantees respect for human rights in all aspects of life: health, government, the environment. Participation in the process of decision-making is not only a priority for which the e-government was introduced and came to life in many countries. Availability, and easier and faster access to information facilitates many administrative processes every citizen. A simpler, easier and faster access to information (and even their own health records) is an extremely important link in relation to the state – citizens. This relationship of trust is built right on a permanent two-way communication, accessibility and transparency with the help of ICT. Is it necessary to give Human Rights to all people In public sphere there is a problem because of the reviews of a large part of the population that the human rights of one man threaten another man’s right. Hate speech in BH internet space, especially against LGBT population is one of the most often appearance. Social changes, decriminalization of hate speech in BiH, public education has not changed the amount of hate speech addressed to the LGBT population. Not only has not changed, but it is “tacitly desirable” to take part in the lynching of the people who have publicly said who are / want to...