Multiregional Publications, April 2011

6 05 2011

A list of recent multiregional reports that were highlighted in the April issue of the Democracy Resource Center Bulletin.

1001 Stories of Common Ground
From photos of youth in Saudi Arabia rebuilding after recent floods, to blog posts about solidarity in peaceful protests in Tahrir Square, to a video about women working together to overcome stereotypes, the new social networking site, 1001 Stories of Common Ground, offers a view of what is it like to be a creative, active Arab in a globalised world, far from the stereotypes haunting international mass media. Source: Search for Common Ground

2010 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices
This report provides encyclopedic detail on human rights conditions in over 190 countries for 2010. Source: U.S. Department of State

Freedom on the Net 2011: A Global Assessment of Internet and Digital Media
Cyberattacks, politically motivated censorship, and government control over internet infrastructure are among the diverse and growing threats to internet freedom, according to a new study by Freedom House. Source: Freedom House

Leaping Over the Firewall: A Review of Censorship Circumvention Tools
The report compares 11 circumvention tools, as well as other solutions to bypass censorship, and how effective they are in some of the most censored regions in the world: China, Iran, Burma and Azerbaijan. Source: Freedom House

Inclusion of a publication does not imply ownership or endorsement by the National Endowment for Democracy (NED); rather, these are publications that the Democracy Resource Center believes would be of interest to NED staff and others interested in democracy promotion.


ICTs and Peacebuilding

11 01 2011

Peacebuilding in the Information Age: Sifting Hype from Reality is an interesting new publication from the ICT4Peace Foundation, Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University, and Georgia Tech. This publication examines the “role of information and communication technology (ICT) in conflict prevention, peacebuilding, peacekeeping and crisis response.”

Read more:

Beta Release of JSTOR Mobile

12 11 2010

According to JSTOR’s Support & Training documentation:

“JSTOR Mobile Beta is best used for searching JSTOR while you’re on the go, and then emailing the citations to yourself so you can read the articles later on a computer.”

If you want to access the full-text of an article, you’ll probably need to be using the organization, university or library network.

Just a reminder that the Democracy Resource Center provides access to JSTOR for visitors and employees of the National Endowment for Democracy.

Measuring the Information Society 2010

26 10 2010

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has released a new edition of Measuring the Information Society. The report features the latest International Telecommunication Union (ITU) ICT Development Index (IDI), which captures the level of advancement of ICTs in more than 150 countries worldwide and compares progress made between 2002, 2007 and 2008.

Read the complete report at ITU’s website:

Mobile phones no silver bullet for Africa, says study

28 09 2010

The potential of mobile telephony to transform Africa will only be achieved if the development of other infrastructure keeps pace, says a study…

Read the rest of the story at SciDev.Net:

Global Information Society Watch 2009

16 08 2010

“Freedom of expression and the free flow of information and knowledge are essential to democratic societies. Therefore the focus of this year’s Global Information Society Watch (GISWatch) report is ‘access to online information and knowledge – advancing human rights and democracy'”…

Read the whole report at

Celebrate National Library Week

16 04 2010

See how free internet access at the local library helped a village in Ukraine

Source: IREX