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"Andrés E. Azpúrua" andresazp at
Wed Jun 20 02:13:41 PDT 2012

The United States Mission to the United Nations in Geneva is pleased to announce the names of the participants in the 2012 Internet Freedom Fellows Program.

The fellows have just arrived in Geneva for a three day program (details at the bottom of this message.) We hope that you will join us either in person or virtually for some at some of the interesting events we have planned over the next several days.

The 2012 Internet Freedom Fellows


Dlshad Othman (Syria): Mr. Othman is a Syrian activist and IT engineer who provides Syrians with digital security resources and assistance so that they can utilize online communications and advocacy freely and securely in spite of increased online government repression in the form of censorship, sophisticated cyber attacks, and intense surveillance.

Pranesh Prakash (India): Mr. Prakash is a program manager at the Centre for Internet and Society in Bangalore. He works primarily in areas where technology and public policy intersect, engaging in research and policy advocacy on issues relating to online freedom of expression, access to knowledge, intellectual property rights reform, and Internet governance.

Koundjoro Gabriel Kambou (Burkina Faso): Mr. Kambou is a journalist-reporter at Lefaso.netand an animator of blogs. He campaigns for and promotes human rights and the values of democracy and freedom of the press. He publishes videos and articles to sensitize people to and educate them on human rights issues.

Sopheap Chak (Cambodia): Ms. Chak is the Program Director of the Cambodia Center for Human Rights (CCHR) and is one of Cambodia’s leading human rights bloggers. She mobilizes young activists around the country in civic engagement through the Cambodian Youth Network for Change. She is a contributing author for Global Voice Online, UPI Asia Online, and Furutre Challenges.

Andres Azpurua (Venezuela): Mr. Azpurua is committed to generating digital tools that empower Venezuelans to better exercise their human rights. He has contributed o the creation of a digital platform that promotes and defends voters’ rights. He is also the founder of a digital initiative that seeks to build a volunteer base from civil society to promote the right of association in Venezuela.

Emin Milli (Azerbaijan): Mr. Milli is a writer and a dissident who has actively used online networking tools to spread information about human rights violations in Azerbaijan. He was imprisoned for 16  months for his critical views about the government of Azerbaijan. He was conditionally released in 2010 and is currently writing his dissertation in London on “New Media and Arab Revolutions”.


Internet Freedom Fellows Program 2012
Wednesday, June 20, 2012 - Global Networks, Individual Freedoms
4 p.m. to 6 p.m. / Room XXV United Nations Office at Geneva
Rebecca MacKinnon and the Internet Freedom Fellows discuss the importance of an Open Internet to Human Rights - Panel discussion and Interactive Webcast.  Discussion at the UN is open to the public, but if you do not have a UN badge you must RSVP by June 18. Twitter tag: #freedomfellows
Webcast and Online Conversation Here
Please Help us to Promote the Webcast - Sign up on Our Facebook Page!
Thursday, June 21, 2012
Peer Forum on Internet Freedom and Human Rights at the U.S. Mission to the UN
9 a.m. to 3 p.m. - Bringing together technology experts, human rights activists, ngos and social media practioners.  By invitation.
Twitter tag: #freedomfellows
Friday, June 22, 2012
Co-Creative Workshop Organized by ISS / University of Geneva
Internet Freedom Jam:  "Let's Collectively write the story of a fair, free and open Internet in 2025"
3 p.m. to 5 p.m. / Uni Mail Room R080
Open to the Public - Click here to Sign up on Line
Twitter tag:  #iffjam2012
Please Contact IFF at for further information if you are interested in participating in any of the above events!

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