to and dissemination of information is key for civil society to hold
governments, the private sector, and other actors accountable for their
actions and to enable public participation for all. However, in many
countries media censorship and government control effectively limit
groups from using regular media channels to present their messages.
Civil society actors are thus increasingly drawing on Information and Communications Technology (ICT) and social media to mobilise citizen action and to bring live coverage of human rights abuses, court cases, and demonstrations. The use of mobile and video technology has the potential of reaching out to some of the remotest areas, linking social actors and activists in rural areas to national and even international fora and decision makers.
has invited some of our partners using ICT technologies to share and
discuss their experiences of using ICT as an innovative tool for human
At the debate meeting the participants will discuss some of the following issues:
- How is the use of ICT facilitating links from the local to global? How effective has it been in this regard?
- What type of ICT do the organizations use, and what are the constraints of using ICT in a local setting?
- What challenges have been encountered in terms of verification of information, security of information, protection of human rights defenders, ethical considerations etc. and how they being addressed?
- What legal and policy barriers are organizations using ICT facing? Is space for civil society shrinking in this regard as well? What techniques are being used to protect this “new” space?
- What negative human rights impacts can the use of ICT have on victims and defenders, and how are these dealt with?