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Balance of freedom and control


As soon as I recovered from acute abdomen pain I was hungry of checking and sending mails and my enthusiasm took my weak steps to find an internet center near around . The most access centers were not open yet and I walked further . Finally I found one open and felt glad . But I felt very frustrated when she asked me my user name and pass word and had a row with her and left there. It was so painful for me that my recovery was turn to bad again and couldn't sit somewhere else on that day. Actually it was not the only one constraint for me and I have been facing with other obstacles during the accesses .
I am a pro-internet for my social , educational , collaborative and professional development .I started opening my gmail account five years after the establishment of internet access here. The Internet in Burma has been available since 2000 . However, the access has been limited and controlled through software-based censorship, infrastructure and technical constraints, and laws and regulations with large fines and lengthy prison sentences for violators. The government also charges high prices to connect to the Internet, many people cannot afford to pay for this .For me I have been using internet at the internet cafe with hourly charges and . have been struggling with these signals during the access : ,
' The URL is not valid and cannot be loaded.'
' problem loading page '
' access has been denied '
' You have requested an encrypted page that contains some unencrypted information. Information that you see or enter on this page could easily be read by a third party.'
With these constraints I have been getting stress for submitting my assignment on time.I missed talking with World Pulse team through skype during my Voice of Our Future journalism training . I also felt frustrated when I faced with the very tricky situation to choose one of the options to click for submitting my writing because they were in Chinese which I don't understand at all and I had to discard my two hours writing and it also emptied my happiness on finishing it.
My sister from a refugee camp took her young children to the internet access center passing through a strong brook in heavy rain to talk with me and her eldest daughter here . But the connection cut our contact sometimes and we sadly left with missing each side .
When I think about internet access it is a huge assistance . It is a tool of marvelous media for global assistance , global campaign and globalization. It helped our million of Nargis cyclone victims receive tremendous international assistance . Millions of world people signed the petitions for global campaigns and gained many victories. Vedio conferences have been effective ly advantaged .
One thing I am thinking is the access control. Which policy give our adequate freedom of access for personal , organizational and global development ? Which policy can take action for online crimes and online abuses ? How can we measure to respect someone’s privacy ? Is the expression of someone's security can be a reminder for better change for oneself or community ? Or is it insulting and threatening their security? After we balance these things , the ethic and freedom of internet access beautifully identified.


In a time when freedom of expression and equal access to knowledge and ideas has become synonymous with access to the Internet, World Pulse is asking women worldwide: What does "Universal Internet Access and Digital Freedom" mean to YOU? This month, we invite you to raise your voice by writing about the everyday obstacles you face and risks you take in accessing the Internet, or how you have used it to change lives and bring about positive change in your community. Click here to learn more about this campaign and how to participate.


olutosin's picture

You Know The Language

Please take care of yourself, and better still visit a doctor and always check the side effects of drugs, the last medication I took from a hospital in Nigeria became a worse problem than the malaria I had. My heart beat increased to more than 10 times the normal, and I could not sleep for 4 weeks, it was coartem. We must be careful with all we swallow now.

I laugh as I read your article, you know their language, you are encrypting the encrypted, May God Save us from them, I have tried unsuccessfully to send e mails through my e mail address for days now, it says it is not possible, it detected some illegal activities in my accounts. Who knows what they mean, all these are efforts to frustrate us and I felt I know you for a long time, as my sister Because we are now one, through internet family.
Thanks for sharing your voice too...

Olutosin Oladosu Adebowale
Founder/Project Coordinator
Star of Hope Transformation Centre
512 Road
F Close
Festac Town


NI NI AYE's picture

You are caring and loving

Hi sister
Thank you and love you for your caring me and sharing your health problem and internet problem . I agree with you to be careful with what we swallow . I am taking care of choosing food and medicines. I have been to several doctors since I started my illness depending on where I was at those times. I showed the next doctors previous prescriptions by previous doctors and I told them how I felt after taking the medicines. I am very nervous about getting illness again.

I was also frustrated with internet access because I couldn't reach here to read and reply to your comment. It's good again although I don't know how it was solved. I write to WP team about the problem this morning. Thanks again for your friendship and kindness and hope to see you more , my sister .

Love and hug


Congratulations on Very Happy Teachers Day through ten years journey!

Rachael Maddock-Hughes's picture


This is a powerful letter Ni Ni, thank you so much for all your struggles through the program to continue to engage with us and the other Correspondents. You are courageous and persistent!

Kind regards,


"In every human heart there are a few passions that last a lifetime. They're with us from the moment we're born, and nothing can dilute their intensity." Rob Brezny

NI NI AYE's picture

It's my pleasure

Hi again Rachael
I am also happy to see you all again and hope to overcome obstacles between us. Connecting with WP team is very meaningful and cheerful for me . Talk to you more, my friend.

Love and regards


Congratulations on Very Happy Teachers Day through ten years journey!

Over the last month, PulseWire members from around the world expressed their views on the importance of Internet access, and the barriers they face. The testimonies address real barriers—like cost—where paying fees at an Internet café can mean skipping a meal that day, or battling frequent power outages can make blogging one post, a multi-day task. Women have also shared security risks faced in connecting online—from the dangers of walking to and from Internet cafes to government censorship. Yet despite the challenges and risks women endure, what has emerged is that the benefits of Internet access outweigh these challenges, and connecting to the web has enabled friendships across oceans, access to fellowships and funding opportunities, and a venue for any woman—anywhere—to have a global voice.

Meanwhile, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Promotion and Protection of the Right to Freedom of Opinion and Expression, emphasized the vast benefits of Internet access in his report to the Human Right Council arguing that access is a universal human right, and urging governments around the world to pass laws protecting the freedom of internet access and information. "Given that the Internet has become an indispensable tool for realizing a range of human rights, combating inequality, and accelerating development and human progress, ensuring universal access to the Internet should be a priority for all states," - Frank La Rue, UN Special Rapporteur and author of the report.

This Action Blogging Campaign will not be the last of our efforts to advocate for universal access to the Internet. Here at World Pulse we hear your concerns and are committed to addressing them. As an online community of women leaders, we want to make sure that women’s voices and their specific concerns about this important issue are heard.

Read the testimonies from PulseWire members around the world >>

Read the UN report >>

NI NI AYE's picture

Strong and true

Hi Breese

I am very grateful to your contribution to the campaign. I have read some testimonies and I can feel their expectations and frustration from their strong voices and I absolutely with you all. I also enjoy singing the petition organized by Jade .
I hope we will have better access for our global network .

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