Kathmandu Statement

Today, participants in the South Asian Meeting on the Internet and Freedom of Expression that took place in Kathmandu in early November released a statement reflecting their main areas of concern and shared agreements in each of those areas. Here is the full text of the statement:

KATHMANDU STATEMENT

 We, participants in the South Asian Meeting on the Internet and Freedom of Expression, having met in Kathmandu, Nepal, on 2-4 November 2011 to deliberate on the state of freedom of expression in our region in the digital age, and coming from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, Read the rest of this entry »

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Assessing Freedom of Expression in South Asia

From 2 to 4 November 2011, the Internet Democracy Project, in collaboration with Point of View (India), the Centre for Policy Alternatives (Sri Lanka) and Global Partners and Associates (UK) will be organising a South Asian Meeting on the Internet and Freedom of Expression in Kathmandu, Nepal.

In June 2011, UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression, Mr. Frank La Rue, submitted to the UN Human Rights Council his report on the Internet and Freedom of Expression. This meeting seeks to promote Read the rest of this entry »


In Defence of Democracy

With the Arab Spring of 2011, the democratising potential of the Internet has received renewed attention all over the world. While few would argue anymore that social media have been the cause of the revolutions that have taken place in the Arab world, the new possibilities that they created caught the attention and imagination of activists far beyond that region as the events in the Middle East unfolded. And so time and again, in the past few months, where social protest took off with social media support, the question seemed to be asked: ‘Is this our Tahrir Square?’.

But in the uplifting climate of hopefulness that has been created as a consequence of these events, there is an important issue that seems to have by and large escaped attention. Read the rest of this entry »