How to Participate:
1. Join PulseWire
If you're not already a member, join PulseWire, World Pulse's online community of grassroots women leaders and supporters of women's initiatives from 180 countries.
2. Write your Testimony
In your PulseWire journal, share your personal testimony on the every day obstacles you face and risks you take in accessing the Internet. How has the Internet made a difference in your life, what will it take to improve access in your community, and what does Universal Internet Access and Digital Freedom mean to you?
3. Tag your Journal
In the tag field of your journal, type Access Now to be sure your post is included in our campaign and advocacy work. Without this tag, we may miss your journal, so be sure to copy it exactly.
4. Be Heard!
World Pulse is committed to leveraging your voices for global change. We will compile all testimonies tagged Access Now and share them with key policy-makers and International Human Rights bodies.
5. Be Published!
Throughout the campaign World Pulse will select and publish the most powerful testimonies in the Community Voices column of our online Magazine.
6. Invite your Friends
Post a link to your testimony on your Facebook or Twitter account, and encourage your friends to join us. Together, we are stronger!
Contact Jade Frank, World Pulse Online Community Manager, if you have any questions: email@example.com
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Action Blogging Campaign—Universal Internet Access
What does "Universal Internet Access and Digital Freedom" mean to YOU?
“[This issue] is about whether we live on a planet with one Internet, one global community, and a common body of knowledge that benefits and unites us all, or a fragmented planet in which access to information and opportunity is dependent on where you live and the whims of censors.”—Hillary Clinton, U.S. Secretary of State
Today, freedom of expression and equal access to knowledge and ideas has become synonymous with access to the Internet. As we witness on PulseWire every day, the Web has opened a new frontier for the free exchange of ideas, exposure to new markets, and global forums for building movements. Yet hundreds of thousands of people are excluded from participating—due to cost and infrastructure, threats to safety, government censorship, etc.
World Pulse invites women worldwide to share their personal testimonies on obstacles faced and risks taken in accessing the Internet to seek information, speak freely, and connect globally.
Share your personal testimony on the everyday obstacles you face and risks you take in accessing the Internet. Does expressing yourself freely put you at great risk for your personal safety? What's it like battling constant power outages or a slow connection speed? Do you pay exorbitant prices and endure harassment at local Internet cafes? Or does your country filter and block access to important information?
We also want to hear about innovative ways you're utilizing the Internet to accelerate change in your life, your community, or globally. How has the Internet made a difference in your life? What will it take to improve access in your community, and what does Universal Internet Access and Digital Freedom mean to you?
Raise your voice and speak your truth to bring awareness to this rising, global human rights issue. Together, let's lead the conversation and ensure a gender lens on global advocacy efforts to bridge the digital divide and demand our right to access!
Your testimonies will be leveraged to advocate for Universal Internet Access and Digital Freedom at the highest levels of policy-makers and International Human Rights bodies.
"The vision I have been carrying around for 20 years becomes a reality, after a year of connecting to the world through the Internet. I am now working to build ‘women only’ cyber cafés in Nigeria, as in the few cafés currently around, women don’t feel safe for fear of being attacked or molested."—Busayo Obisakin, Founder, Women Inspiration Development Center
World Pulse was built on the principle that every woman deserves the freedom and forum to speak for herself and build a global network of support. Over the last three years, we have witnessed an uprising of grassroots women leaders from 180 countries, harnessing the power of web 2.0 through our online community platform, PulseWire, to connect across borders and accelerate change.
In October 2010, World Pulse conducted a PulseWire community survey, soliciting insight on how you're utilizing our platform for personal and community empowerment, and how we can improve our technology to further facilitate your potential for success. In analyzing the results, the issue of access emerged as a key concern for our community, with cost, access to a computer or smart phone, consistent electricity, and censorship reported as main barriers to connecting online.
The Internet has become a powerful tool to connect, inform, and empower people across the globe, and serve as a democratic source of information to facilitate social, political, and economic development. Yet many factors persist that limit hundreds of thousands of people’s access to the Internet.
In addition to problems of cost and infrastructure, some governments view the Internet and free flow of information as a threat to their control and stability, and seek to monitor, control, and limit access.
As individuals, our voices have significance, but bound together as a global community of grassroots women leaders, our voices and actions have POWER!