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Online Free Speech: Toward a global anti-censorship movement The User perspective

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Online Free Speech: Toward a global anti-censorship movement The User perspective

  1. 1. Online Free Speech: Toward a global anti-censorship movement The User perspective Robert Guerra Managing Director, Privaterra Global Voices Advocacy Meeting Budapest, Hungary - June 25, 2008
  2. 2. Overview <ul><li>Introduction </li></ul><ul><li>Issues (access, knowledge, technology) </li></ul><ul><li>Practical Example – Country .. </li></ul><ul><li>Recommendations </li></ul><ul><li>Summary </li></ul>
  3. 3. Introduction <ul><li>Mission </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Strategic planning, technology and training. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Training – Communication security, Anti-Censorship </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Advocacy – Internet Policy & Governance (ICANN, IGF, etc) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Area of focus : </li></ul><ul><ul><li>North America: USA/Canada </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Latin America & Carribean </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Africa - Eastern Congo (DRC), South Africa </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Central Asia </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Issues <ul><li>Access </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Enabling” Environment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Power </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Equipment – Access to PC’s </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Internet – Access & Bandwidth </li></ul></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Issues (2) <ul><li>Knowledge </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Technical skills </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Software </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Support Network </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Issues (3) <ul><li>Technology </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Internet access </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Surveillance </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Hacking </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Practical Example <ul><ul><li>Country </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Information / Background </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Internet Access </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Foreigners </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Internet Café </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Academic </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Wifi / Hotels </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Local Users </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Who is active / who is blogging ? </li></ul></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Recommendations <ul><ul><li>Bottom-up approach </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Consult local users </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Needs assessment </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Technical Assessment (Internet & Security issues) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Develop knowledge </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Basic Concepts </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Familiarity with security Issues </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Advanced topics </li></ul></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Recommendations <ul><ul><li>Skills </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Training </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Not just about the “tool”, </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Localize tool & training materials </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Develop ongoing support (Virtual help desk) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>In country & intl network </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Monitor / Assess sustained use </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Short, Medium & Long term </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>If not being used anymore – why? What issues? </li></ul></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Q & A
  11. 11. Contact Information Robert Guerra Managing Director, Privaterra Phone: +1 (416) 893-0377 Web: www.privaterra.org E-mail: [email_address]

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