Here is the informal summary of the opening session brought from the conference website:
Internet freedom in the global debate: mapping the state of play
The opening session of Stockholm Internet Forum revealed a mixed picture of the development from last year. Carl Bildt underlined the positive development and shared his
Stockholm Internet Forum 2013 opens with the question: Did the UN HR Council Resolution make an Impact?
A wide audience of activists and officials started the Stockholm Internet Forum 2013. Swedish Minister Carl Bildt said in the opening: Security and Freedom are the two faces of the same coin. A question that had the attention of everyone: Did the UN HR Council Resolution make an impact? A few out of the hundreds in the hall raised their hands. Pakistan for example did not sign the resolution but did not oppose to it. The resolution did not push the Pakistani regime to remove the band that is active till now on Youtube in the country.
On the way to Stockholm – Passing through the Israeli security as a third level permanent resident Arab
I wrote this piece while I was in the German skies on the way to Sweden to represent Palestine in the Internet Freedom Conference that will start its meeting at the evening of this day.
I spent the whole night in security checks at Ben Gurion airport – it is not new at all but this time I tried to notice every single detail of the process that starts with receiving us (Arabs or Foreigners) as suspects that need to be checked in a different way. A blonde girl was standing before me; the security agent asks her what did you do in Israel? The
Alwiya Ahfaad ar-Rasool is a growing force against the al-Assad government in Syria. It is poised to become one of the most heavily observed and commonly cited fighting forces of the Syrian Civil War.
Alwiya Ahfaad ar-Rasool (Brigades of the Descendants of the Prophet) is an increasingly powerful national umbrella organization of locally-based Syrian Sunni Islamist armed opposition fighting groups which are active belligerents against the al-Assad government. It is a “franchise” organization whose constituent kata’ib (battalions)
Internet Freedom 2013 conference will start at the morning of the 22nd of May and will end by the afternoon of the 23rd of May. Eventually about four hundred and fifty governmental officials and activists from ninety countries will be participating in the conference that is supposed to be discussing Internet freedom and challenges that activists face will working for change in their countries.
A couple of days ago Sunday Times reported that the Syrian regime directed its missiles toward Tel Aviv and gave the order to the armed forces to respond to any Israeli new attack on Syria by attacking Tel Aviv itself. Head of the Syrian armed forces stated that the Syrian army will react to any Israeli attack without returning to the Political leadership.
How does it look like to work in the WB and travel from onecity to another!
Hmmm, there’s much more than crossing a checkpoint andseeing soldiers which is stressful anyway, especially if you ended up drivingbehind a soldiers’ jeep on your way from Bethlehem to Hebron or from Hebron toBethlehem…. Yesterday, I started my day by getting phone calls and SMSsto tell me watch out clashes might take place on road 60 due to Nakbaremembrance day..
Apparently Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu visit to Russia failed and Russian president Put is determined to maintain Russia’s authority in the Middle East region. Not only that Russia will be giving Syria S300 missiles but it also sent twelve war ships through the Mediterranean Sea to Syria as a clear warning for Russia’s refusal for any Western military involvement within Syria.