It seems as though the IGF has already decided what format the workshops should take. According to the Secretariat, workshops that represent the multi-stakeholder approach of the forum (i.e. with representatives from government, private sector, civil society etc) will most probably be chosen over those that represent only one perspective. For example, if Creative Commons wanted to propose a workshop on "Open Content Licences and Collecting Societies", they would probably have to involve representatives from collecting societies in order for the workshop to be accepted.
Time Warner Inc.'s CNN plans to standardize how it solicits and handles user-contributed news amid an industry-wide move to let consumers play a more prominent role in the news gathering process.
The cable news network on Tuesday plans to announce it has created a new program to let users send in digital audio and video from breaking news events in their region. Users can e-mail or upload these so-called "I-Reports" directly from CNN's site.
Contributions are vetted by seasoned editors much in the same way all news tips are followed up, Susan Bunda, senior vice president of news at CNN/U.S. said in an interview.
The news network also has created a new Web site, CNN Exchange, which will house user-generated audio and video submissions.
"This is an opportunity to hear the very personal stories of people who know the events ... and are able to share with the world," Bunda said.
Although news organizations have accepted user contributions for years -- one of the most memorable being the 1991 videotaped beatings of Rodney King by the Los Angeles Police Department -- viewers armed with cheap digital cameras and camera phones have now taken to sharing glimpses of their world with increasing frequency on the Web.
Last year, the first grainy images of the aftermath of the London bombings came from cell phone camera images long before professional photo journalists hit the scene.
Many of these images hit personal Web sites before they reached mainstream media.
"You never know how life unfolds in front of you," Bunda said.
Internet users in Azerbaijan are currently unable to access Tinsohbeti.com, a foreign-based satirical blog with cartoons making fun of President Ilham Aliev and his government, Reporters Without Borders said today. The blog has been rendered inaccessible in the past, forcing its publishers to change their Internet address several times.
“The government clearly does not appreciate a blog that challenges the image the official media present of President Aliev as always smiling and affable,” the press freedom organisation said. “We strongly suspect the Azeri authorities of blocking the Tinsohbeti site, and if this is the case, we call on them to put an end to this censorship.”
As well as cartoons of Aliev, the blog includes articles that openly criticise government policies. But Internet users trying to connect to Tinsohbeti.com from inside Azerbaijan today are sent to a page that says, “This web page does not exist” or “The connection to this website is impossible.”
In Azerbaijan, the communications ministry exercises a monopoly of the long-distance telephone network through the state-owned company Aztelcom, and most of the country’s ISPs depend directly on it. It is therefore very easy for the government to ensure implementation of an order blocking an Internet address.
The Avrasiyaturk.com and Virtualmonitor.org websites were rendered inaccessible in this fashion for a while in 2003.
Twenty five steps towards e-Governance failure is a sequel to the paper Twenty five steps towards successful e-Governance. e-Governance projects may fail due to multiple reasons and the reasons listed are neither comprehensive nor complete. A few individuals may feel that certain causes are non existence while others may feel that more can be added. The paper is an attempt to enlist possible causes of failure of various e-Governance projects.
A national phone survey of bloggers from the Pew Internet & American Life Project has found that most are focused on describing their personal experiences to a relatively small audience of readers and that only a small proportion focus their coverage on politics, media, government, or technology.
Perhaps more interestingly, one-third of bloggers see blogging as a form of journalism. Many say they check facts and cite original sources.
34% of bloggers consider their blog a form of journalism, and 65% of bloggers do not.
57% of bloggers include links to original sources either “sometimes” or “often.”
56% of bloggers spend extra time trying to verify facts they want to include in a post either “sometimes” or “often.”