APC welcomes new Executive Directress!

After 17 years of leading, Anriette Esterhuysen has decided to step down from her role as an executive director of the Association for Progressive Communications (APC). Since June 2000, she has been the inspirational force behind the APC’s growth as an organisation and a network with 74 members. Her contribution left a significant mark in the ICT for development, internet rights and governance arenas. As a passionate human rights activist and a committed leader, Anriette Esterhuysen led APC in some new directions while staying true to the roots of the organisation. At the request of the board, Esterhuysen will continue to play a role in APC’s management structure, particularly in the area of policy strategy and advocacy. The board of directors appointed the current deputy executive director, Chat Garcia Ramilo, as the new executive director. With a valuable experience, as an activist and a leader in struggle for democracy in Philippines, Chat joined APC in January 2000 as a gender and development expert. She led the development, fundraising and management of nine multi-country ICT for development projects that focused on gender equality and women’s empowerment. Since June 2013, Chat was appointed as deputy executive director. APC welcomes Chat García Ramilo in her new role and wishes her success in continuing to lead APC with the same strength and impassioned commitment that Edie Farwell, APC’s first executive director, and Anriette have, imprinting her own personal style on the way. APC’s dedication to ensuring that the internet serves to promote social justice will carry on under this new and very welcome leadership....

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...

Call for expressions of interest for a fellowship at the IGF Secretariat for South East European region

Call for expressions of interest for a fellowship at the IGF Secretariat for South East European region Finally! South East European region is awakening and being more active in Internet Governance matters. The first South East European Dialogue on Internet Governance (SEEDIG) is taking place on the 3rd June 2015 in Sofia, Bulgaria, and is followed by two day event European Dialogue on Internet Governance (EuroDIG). As a result of it, Internet Governance Forum (IGF) Secretariat would like to invite interested individuals from SEE region to apply for IGF fellowship. If you are an individual that wants to work and gain valuable experience on the frontline if IG happenings – you are invited to apply. 1. Background The Internet Governance Forum (IGF) has a fellowship programme aimed to provide those with a strong interest in Internet governance with an opportunity to work at the IGF Secretariat, in Geneva, for six months (with a possibility of extension to nine months). This programme is meant to contribute to capacity building in developing countries, as the fellows gain experience in the policy and debate related to Internet governance. Nominations for the fellowship are accepted through national and regional IGF initiatives, and preference is given to nominees from least developed countries, developing countries and transitional economies. The IGF Secretariat has invited SEEDIG, as a newly formed IGF initiative, to nominate a number of candidates from South Eastern Europe for such a fellowship. Nominations submitted through SEEDIG will be kept on a roster and the IGF Secretariat will only contact those that are shortlisted in a particular cycle. In order to respond to this invitation, SEEDIG’s executive committee has put in place a process consisting in: – a public call for...

Creative Commons in the region

Creative Commons in the region Author: Sanela Gojak Since the continuation of EngageMind projects and Innovation Lab 2012th, at the end of October, and a two-day meeting in Sarajevo on Creative Commons will take place, we searched sites, bloggers and others who use CC licenses in the region. The best-known internet projects which publish content under CC licenses are Wikipedia, Google, Mozilla Foundation, eBay, Microsoft Corporation, etc. At the outset we recommend BH. portal Protest.ba, where we find the text of the elections by the artist Safet Zec, article by Gojko Beric, or “Only every fifth young man in Bosnia-Herzegovina has a job” which is a title issue alert about BH. Of course, in addition to the above, on this site you can find a lot of things, because the portal Protest.ba contents are protected under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License, unless otherwise specified. In Bosnia and Herzegovina, near the town of Livno, in the basin of the river Cetina, is an amazing natural phenomenon, 46,000 acres large karst field called Livanjsko field. So Panda.org site is dedicated to ecology. Besides Livno field, we recommend content relating to the Skadar Lake, rivers Neretva and Trebisnica, etc. Started in 1961, WWF operates in more than a 100 countries working for a future in which humans live in harmony with nature. At the Dragan Varagić blog we notice some interesting texts in Serbian and English language. This blogger says that CC licenses are very important in the times in which we live, and it is important to know in what ways we can legally download and share contents with CC segment (Copyleft) instead of attributes C...