Cyber Stewards Network organization Sula Batsu Cooperativa has been honoured with a 2017 EQUALS in Tech Award. Presented at the Internet Governance Forum at the United Nations in December, Kemly Camacho– Sula Batsu Coordinator– accepted the award on behalf of the group. They were recognized in the Leadership category for their work to create women-led rural “technological poles” that empower women to launch their own digital businesses.
EQUALS in Tech honours efforts to bring greater digital opportunities to women and girls.
Colnodo’s Linda Patiño has been selected by Internet Society as one of their 25 Under 25. Patino, who has worked on research for both Colnodo and Sula Batsu, was honoured for her use of ICTs to advance human rights.
The award is used to highlight and celebrate young people from around the world who are using the Internet to enact substantive positive change.
From Internet Society’s website:
“Through her own experience, Linda realised that Internet users may not know how to react to digital violence. This resulted in her passion for using ICTs to promote gender equality, Internet safety, freedom of opinion, and democratisation of knowledge.
In her work for the social organisation Colnodo, she created digital strategies to reach and engage with key audiences, including women, youth, and social activists. Linda also supported the Take Back the Tech campaign in Colombia, for which she developed a social media strategy to support an intense 16 days of activism. The campaign earned nearly two million impressions on Twitter and reached 500,000 people on Facebook.
Through the Internet, Linda seeks to have even bigger impact for social causes and digital rights by disseminating information and creating interaction with people regardless of distance.”
Citizen Lab Cyber Stewards Network Partner Kemly Camacho of Sulá Batsú will join a forum at Stanford University titled “The Internet in the Trump Era: Prospects for Democratic And Labor Rights In The US And Globally.” The event will be held on February 9, 2017 from 7:00pm – 9:00pm in Room 126, at the Margaret Jacks Hall at Stanford University.
Participants will discuss issues raised this past December in Guadalajara, where the annual meeting of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) was held. The issues of Internet rights and privacy, and the effects of information technology and the internet were debated and discussed. The election of President Trump has escalated fears of attacks on democratic communication rights while the privatization of the Internet grows. The forum at Stanford, featuring attendees at the recent IGF meeting, will look at the issue of protection of communication rights and privacy. It will also assess how information technology is affecting workers, as well as private sector control of the Internet through projects, such as the Facebook led-partnership Internet.org.
Kemly Camacho will join speakers from the Electronic Frontier Foundation, LaborNet, and Stanford University.
Several Cyber Stewards Network Partners have contributed to the 2016 Global Internet Society Watch on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights on the Internet, a publication with 46 country reports and other topics. Launched at the 2016 Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Mexico, the publication explores issues in information and communications technology for activists, the socioeconomic empowerment of women with the Internet, and emerging issues such as the use of the internet during natural disasters.
In particular, Sunil Abraham of the Centre for Internet and Society authored a chapter titled “The digital protection of knowledge: Questions raised by the Traditional Knowledge Digital Library in India,” while Colnodo contributed a country report for Colombia. Claudio Ruiz of Derechos Digitales co-authors a chapter entitled “The impact of free trade agreements for ESCRs on the Internet,” while Valentina Hernández, also of Derechos Digitales, contributed a country report for Chile. Finally, Kelly Camacho of Sulá Batsú authors a country report on Costa Rica.
Cyber Stewards network Partner Asociación por les Derechos Civiles (ADC) hosted a two part workshop. The first session, about Data Protection Systems in Latin America, involved participants sharing concerns regarding the practice of collecting personal data from citizens, which has been carried out by both governments and the private sector. In addition, the regulatory frameworks of the Region and international standards for the protection of personal data were examined. The second session focused on biometrics and surveillance technologies, held in tandem with Privacy International. ADC shared their work on biometrics technologies used at the state level in Argentina, and discussion followed on the different uses of the technology, whether in migration management or by security agencies. Other organizations invited, including Derechos Digitales, shared their strategies for research and advocacy, and identify potential collaboration opportunities.
Donny BU of ICT Watch also co-organized the Indonesia Open Forum in tandem with the Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The session investigated the effect of social media on democracy in Indonesia, and the ways it can be harnessed as a tool for strengthening civil engagement. Participants discussed ways to improve access for underrepresented groups such as youth and women. Read more information on the workshop.
Representatives from the Centre for Internet and Society and CIPESA were also in attendance at the IGF.