FREE EXPRESSION

in Asian Cyberspace

Needs assessment survey results

IN a survey conducted during the conference, delegates identified needs and strategies on how to better protect cyberspace in Asia in the areas of technology, capacity-building/training, funding/business model, reach expansion, and issues of safety, defense and advocacy. Below are the results of the survey. Please call my attention to any entry that I may have erroneously interpreted in the process of transferring the results from the matrix format.

MEDIA SUPPORT AND DEVELOPMENT ORGANIZATIONS

Technology

  • Provide technical tools, hosting, knowledge-sharing (in terms of expertise and relevant tools)

Capacity-building/Training

  • Trainings in different countries on the following topics: website development, ICT, journalism, investigative journalism, podcasting, blogging, media management, CMS (content management system), web business models

Funding/Business Model

  • How to raise funds

Expanding Reach

  • hold programs in rural areas
  • provide networking support in Asia
  • help in information dissemination regarding Forum for Media Alternatives’s (FMA) research and trainings

Safety/Defense/Advocacy

  • spearhead an anti-web censorship advocacy campaign
  • increase membership by including lawyers, activists
  • create a network of bloggers
  • improve capacity to make available PDF e-books on government censorship
  • go beyond Southeast Asia


DONORS

Technology

  • provide tools and equipment
  • distribute technology to digital ‘have-nots’

Capacity-building/Training

  • conduct annual forums to keep up with changes and share lessons
  • support trainings
  • fund national blogger associations, annual conferences on business and technical issues

Funding/Business Model

  • provide funding for web newspapers, wire services
  • conduct survey on Internet users in Cambodia

Expanding Reach

  • provide funding support for the echo sessions of the trainings as well as on communication rights advocacy — e.g. free, open-source software (FOSS) as an alternative to the current intellectual property rights (IPR) regime

Safety/Defense/Advocacy

  • support media development organizations
  • fund “Journalist Protection Unit”

MEDIA ORGANIZATIONS

Technology

  • share knowledge about technology

Capacity-building/Training

  • share knowledge, skills on investigative journalism, best practices, and ethics

Funding/Business Model

  • provide help on how to sell research papers and publications online

Expanding Reach

  • expose blogging to more people, especially in Cambodia

BLOG AGGREGATORS

Technology

  • share the technology behind the ability to aggregate feeds and integrate these into sites

Capacity-building/Training

  • develop blogging training manual

Funding/Business Model

  • share their business model

Expanding Reach

  • provide services in different languages
  • collaborate with blog search engines

Safety/Defense/Advocacy

  • lend support to freedom of expression (FOE) campaign

BLOGGERS

Technology

  • help others build blogs

Expanding Reach

  • write about blogging in the mainstream media, preferably in the local language

Safety/Defense/Advocacy

  • support for FOE campaign, keep in touch with each other

JOURNALISTS

Capacity-building/Training

  • train bloggers about journalism principles

Expanding Reach

  • write about freedom of expression (FOE) in the national media

Safety/Defense/Advocacy

forge solidarity with other journalists

ACADEMICS

Expanding Reach

  • create materials in local languages
  • build the theoretical support for certain tools and trainings and campaigns — e.g. free, open-source software (FOSS)

Safety/Defense/Advocacy

  • ensure that students aware of their rights and know what to do when arrested

TECHNOLOGISTS

Technology

  • develop bypass software, blog hosting software, Khmer-language blog software, anti-spam software
  • help customise free, open-s0urce software (FOSS) for special needs

Capacity-building/Training

  • provide training for other technologists

April 24, 2006 - Posted by | General

2 Comments »

  1. Does this mean the end of this blog as well ?

    Comment by technocat | April 30, 2006 | Reply

  2. I seriously hope not.

    Comment by Hafsa | May 16, 2006 | Reply


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