Human rights online and ICT4D – Two sides of the same coin

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Alexandra Groome and Shawna Finnegan
CAPE TOWN

On 10 December, 2013, the Association for Progressive Communications and the Web We Want campaign hosted a workshop at the sixth annual Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) for Development conference in Cape Town, South Africa.

Until recently, advocates for freedom on the internet have tended to operate in relative isolation from practitioners of ICT for Development. The workshop, entitled “ICT4D and Online Freedoms: Competing Paradigms or Converging Agendas?” featured a dozen participants from various disciplines and corners of the world who critically examined recent trends that suggest arguments and modalities for convergence, and looked at practical ways in which practitioners in both fields can support one another.

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