Digital Creativity for Social Good: Armenian CityBugs Winner of European Youth Award
September 11, 2014 Armenian CityBugs.am is a Winner of European Youth Award 2014. The European Youth Award is a pan-European contest to motivate young people to produce socially-valuable digital products that address the goals defined by the Council of Europe and Europe 2020. It demonstrates their potential to create innovative solutions with Internet and Mobile Technology. Read more
Media Education Center takes part in ICANN 50
June 20 - 26, 2014 Media Education Center participated in the Second At-Large Summit ATLAS II "Global Internet: The User Perspective" http://atlas.icann.org/ held as part of the 50th ICANN meeting in London, United Kingdom. On June 20-26 representatives of around 150 At-Large Structures from over 70 countries worked in 5 thematic groups and drafted a Declaration, which was presented to the Board of ICANN at its public session.
In particular, the Declaration emphasizes the importance of digital literacy, education and the empowerment of the Internet user community and calls for promoting the fundamental rights of Internet users and re-establishing the trust in the Internet. The document also stresses the need for effective protection against arbitrary and pervasive surveillance, collection, treatment, handling and use of personal data. The Declaration calls for permitting users to obtain the deletion of their private data from servers and databases; ensuring compatibility between the rights enjoyed by users and the terms of service of private companies. The document also stresses the importance to promote the use of secure, efficient, interoperable online identity credentials; web standards favouring user autonomy and security, foster substantial local content, beyond infotainment and ensure access to truthful information and knowledge.
Armenian Citizens participate in EuroDIG in Berlin
June 11 - 13, 2014. Three thematic Hubs to follow EuroDIG - European Dialog on Internet Governance Forum in Berlin, have been organised in Yerevan, Armenia by Media Education Center with support of the Council of Europe Office in Yerevan, ISOC Armenia, Eurasia Partnership Foundation and Yerevan State University. Topics related to hate speech and its consequences for human rights online, media literacy and child protection, network neutrality and local content, data protection and, security have been discussed by about 60 participants of the thematic hubs. The Thematic Hub 'Hate Speech and On-line Defamation and Consequences for Human Rights On-line' have distinguished by the diversity of participating civil society organisations and groups: No Hate Speech Movement, Women’s Resource Centre, Safer Internet Armenia, Media Education Center, Eurasia Partnership Foundation, iDITORD, ISOC Armenia, Xenophobia Prevention Initiative. The Hub Org Team, Naira Avetisyan, Haykaz Baghyan and Izabella Sargsyan have held three preparatory meetings in May to shape the agenda of the Remote Hub, during which topics of political hate speech, religion-based hate speech, hate speech arising from misinterpretation and cultural differences have been discussed and identified as topical and timely.
On June 12 the Hub participants held pre-meeting and discussed the problems of on-going on-line and off-line propaganda wars and mechanisms of prevention of on-line cross-border hate speech, international community involvement in local conflicts and reinforcement of international human rights instruments against gender based violence, universal definition of hate speech and hate-speech against women challenging local cultural norms. The importance of updated media literacy programs have been emphasized. Questions have been sent to the EuroDIG Workshop 8. The Hub was moderated by Samvel Martirosyan. See pictures from June 13...
Two other hubs have been co-organised at the Yerevan State University and ISOC Armenia Office.
Armenian experts Narine Khachatryan, Safer Internet Armenia Coordinator, and Arman Atoyan, X-Tech Founder have been panelists at the workshops in Berlin: 'Intelligent Risk Management for Children and Youth in the Digital Age' and 'Cloud and Big Data: Delivering on the Promise while Safeguarding the Privacy'. Narine Khachatryan has also contributed to shaping the workshop agenda dedicated to empowerment of children and youth, positive content, safety by design and parental control by technical means.
Armenian Students Completed UNESCO Media and Information Literacy Course
May 08, 2014. Armenian students have successfully completed the UNESCO Media and Information Literacy course organised in partnership with the Athabasca University and in cooperation with the UNESCO-UNAOC University Network on Media and Information Literacy and Intercultural Dialogue. The 12-week course (March - May, 2014) has been based on the MIL Curriculum and the Freedom of Expression Toolkit published by UNESCO, a central theme throughout the course has been 'how media and information literacy can enable youth to be actively involved in intercultural dialogue, advocating for freedom of expression, gender equality'. Media Education Center's fellows Arman Mehrabyan, Anahit Martirosyan, Ani Paravian and Alice Hakobyan completed the classes offered through Canada-based Athabasca University’s e-Lab.
Internet Governance Issues Discussed at Yerevan State University
April 07, 2014. Over 40 students of the Yerevan State University Departments of International Relations, Telecommunications, Journalism, Informatics and Applied Mathematics took part in workshop on public policy issues related to Internet Governance. The workshop was followed by the simultaneous broadcast of the Fifth Russian Internet Governance Forum. Issues related to privacy, cybersecurity, cross-border jurisdiction, net neutrality, etc discussed during the workshop. The students received the DiploFoundation's Book An Introduction to Internet Governance 5th edition. Media Education Center and Internet Society of Armenia will organise three more workshops ahead of EuroDIG Forum. See photos
Armenian Students Participate in ICANN 46 Meeting in Singapore
March 27, 2014. For the first time Armenian students participated at the ICANN Meeting. The NextGen@ICANN initiated by NetMission.Asia is aimed to equip the youth on Internet Governance issues. A week-long conference held in conjunction with the ICANN 49th meeting in Singapore raised awareness of ICANN policy discussions among young adults. The highlight of the NextGen@ICANN was a public session where the youth delegates role played a board meeting, simulating ICANN's multi-stakeholder structure. Lusine Andreyan and Sasun Kostanyan were Media Education Center's delegates.
Safer Internet 2014. over 300 teachers of 150 schools re-trained
February 24, 2014. Over 160 teachers of Yerevan's 150 secondary schools have participated in trainings between February 14 and February 24, the Internet Safety Module for Parents has been introduced. Over 300 teachers participated in the 'Wikipedia as a Safe Environment ' and 'Writing Articles for Wikipedia " courses.
The trainings are held in frames of the 'Safer Internet 2014' project aimed at empowering children and parents, students and educators and providing them with tools and educational materials to help use new technologies effectively and safely.
Safer Internet Armenia 2014 is implemented by Media Education Center, Internet Society of Armenia with support of Orange Armenia, Ministry of Education and Science of Armenia, National Center of Educational Technologies, Yerevan City Municipality. See Photos
Armenian citizens participate in 6th EuroDIG through remote Hubs
June 21, 2014. Armenian citizens participated in the 6th EuroDIG Forum in Lisbon on June 20 and 21 through several hubs organised in Yerevan. The hubs were supported by the Council of Europe Office in Yerevan, Media Education Center, ISOC Armenia, Union of Information Technology Enterprises and iDITORD. The work of the Armenian Hubs enabled not only the remote participation in the Forum, but also served as a prerequisite to establish the Armenian Internet Governance Forum. Read more..
Armenian School Children Participate in 1st Children's Forum at ICANN in Beijing
Aplir 12, 2013. Media Education Center, as part of the European NGO Alliance for Child Safety On-line (eNACSO), took part in the 1st Children’s Forum in ICANN 46 April 6-12, 2013 in Beijing. Students of the Yerevan-based Anania Shirakatsy Lyceum, recognized the best school in frames of Safer Internet Armenia 2012 Program, received the opportunity to participate in the 5 days Children's Forum, which gathered 10 children's groups and child-led organizations from all over the world. Armenian delegates, Eva Musaelyan, Arman Tsirunyan and Lily Saroyan presented their ideas and opinions about Internet issues and policies related to them. Children discussed the way forward, built the connections, participated in meetings and public forum, discussed and formulated points of new child protection policies in connection to child-related new gTLDs, addressed the ICANN public with the Declaration, spoke to the President and CEO of ICANN Fadi Chehadé. Media Education Center's expert Samvel Martirosyan participated in the ICANN 46th Public Meeting. See Photos here, Photo Courtesy of Lili Saroyan
An Introduction to Internet Governance 4th Edition in Armenian
An Introduction to Internet Governance 4th edition by Dr Jovan Kurbalija (DiploFoundation, 2010) has been published in Armenian. The Armenian version of the book Համացանցի կառավարում’ has been produced by the Media Education Center and the Internet Society of Armenia.
An Introduction to Internet Governance provides a comprehensive overview of the main issues and actors in the field, focusing on technical, legal, economic, development, and sociocultural aspects of Internet governance. You can download the electronic version of the Armenian edition here.
See pictures from the presentation of An Introduction to Internet Governance organized by ISOC Armenia and Media Education Center.
Media Education Center participates in 5th EuroDIG
June 15, 2012. Media Education Center participates in the 5th European Dialog of Internet Governance on 14-15 June 2012 in Stockholm, Sweden. 'Approaching a Net Neutrality Issue from an Information Literacy Perspective' presentation was made during the ISOC workshop 'Do We Need Net Neutrality Regulation in Europe'. Read more
Over 15 000 Children Take Part in Safer Internet Armenia 2012
May 02, 2012. 70 per cent of Armenia’s secondary schools hosted Safer Internet Open Classes in February - March this year. This wide-scale action was based on the new model of Open Lessons on Internet Safety, developed by the Media Education Center in frames of the Safer Internet Armenia 2012. Over 15 000 children participated the activities through open lessons across 800 schools, attended by 15 000 children in the capital and regions. Read more...
Armenia Celebrates Safer Internet Day 2012
February 07, 2012. On the Safer Internet Day on February 07 Simultaneous Open Lessons on Internet Safety passed in Armenian 150 secondary schools. In frames of the month-long Safer Internet 2012 project numerous events are organized in different parts of the country by Media Education Center, Internet Society of Armenia in partnership with Orange Armenia, Yerevan City Municipality, National Center of Educational Technologies of the Ministry of Education and Science. Read more...
Safer Internet 2012: 150 School Teachers from Yerevan trained
January 30 - February 6, 2012 In frames of the Safer Internet Armenia 2012 project teachers from 150 secondary schools of Yerevan took part in the trainings organized on the eve of the Safer Internet Day. 'Safer Internet for Teachers’ educational module was introduced. Teachers voiced their concerns about on-line risks in social networks and discussed different child protection measures in school and at home. Safer Internet Armenia 2012 project is aimed to provide children and parents, teachers and students with necessary educational materials, highlighting how to use new technologies safely and effectively in their everyday life and apply in learning. See photos...