MINELRES: EUMAP-HREA Call for Papers: Information for Human Rights

MINELRES moderator minelres@lists.microlink.lv
Wed Sep 8 16:16:02 2004

Original sender: Alphia Abdikeeva <AAbdikeeva@osi.hu 

Information for Human Rights

Eumap.org in collaboration with Human Rights Education Associates (HREA)
is seeking articles and opinion pieces on the most topical and important
issues regarding information and human rights. We invite papers on the
general topic of information for human rights, and on specific uses of
information to defend and promote human rights. Comparative analyses and
examples of specific good practices are particularly welcome. The papers
could address one of the following suggested topics: 

 * Contemporary information resources. Electronic resources, in
particular the Internet, have become perhaps the most important resource
for information and documentation about human rights. What are the most
useful or novel resources on human rights currently available? What are
the advantages or disadvantages of electronic information sources, over
more "traditional" sources of information? How can we assess the quality
of data available on the Internet? 
 * Education, learning and training. No advocacy without education! Many
organisations and institutions promoting human rights use the power of
new media, particularly the Internet, to educate people about civil and
human rights issues and the rights of vulnerable groups. What learning
portals on human rights currently exist? Are there examples of best
practices in using CD-ROMs; e-learning courses; and other new IT
applications to train human rights defenders; policy makers; law
enforcement officials; lawyers; or citizens?
 * Management of information. What do we do with this flood of
information for and about human rights? Is there now simply too much
(poor quality) information to deal with effectively? What are the
benefits and drawbacks of such an unlimited flow of information? How
best to manage electronic information to advance human rights goals?
Examples of best practices on managing and using information for human
rights would be particularly welcome here.

 * Human rights and the information society. Various UN and civil
society agencies met in Geneva last year at the first World Summit on
the Information Society (WSIS). Although human rights were on the
agenda, many activists felt that this important topic received only
marginal attention. How important, then, are human rights within in the
emerging information society? How can human rights issues be
prioritised? Do European institutions and citizens have a specific role
to play here?
 Quality papers will be featured on the EUMAP ' s website
(www.eumap.org) with the intention of framing and encouraging debate on
this issue. Papers in English should be between 1,500-2,000 words.
Accepted authors will receive an honorarium of EUR 200. Papers should be
submitted by 15th October 2004. Please send your papers to
submissions@eumap.org. Contact person: Alphia Abdikeeva.
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