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[Nettime-nl] Oproep voor deelname aan de workshop 'Making Issues into Rights?'

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Making Issues into Rights?
Exploring the depth of "Rights" and "Justice" networks.

The News about Networks workshop by the Foundation, Amsterdam.

21-24 June 2004
de Balie Center for Culture and Politics
Kleine-Gartmanplantsoen 10 (Leidseplein)

Workshop site:

All queries: Catherine Somzé, workshop producer,

A co-production with de Balie, with support from the Media, Arts & Culture Unit within the Ford Foundation's Knowledge, Creativity & Freedom Program.

A limited number of Ford Fellowships available (see below).

Workshop Introduction

The Foundation, Amsterdam is organising a workshop for public interest groups, advocates, activists as well as academics researching media justice as well as communications and information rights. The workshop is dedicated to exploratory analysis into the depth of the communication between and among these networks.

The Foundation creates and hosts political tools for the Web.

Over a four-day period, the workshop will provide an immersion experience in's work in the specially constructed media laboratory at de Balie Center for Culture and Politics, Amsterdam. All participants will be invited to use state of the art information tools created by and its collaborators. The participants also are invited to present and share their own tools and information.

Much of the workshop will revolve around using the Issue Crawler, server-side software, developed with OneWorld International (London), Aguidel (Paris) and Recognos (Cluj-Napoca) that locates, analyses and visualises networks on the Web. We also will make use of novel techniques to monitor and analyse the news through Google News and RSS readers. Textual, semantic and other data analyses may be undertaken.

Some of the questions one may ask are:

- What are my networks? What is my relative standing within these networks?
- Which types of organisations, agendas and terms dominate these networks?
- Do the organisations in these networks recognise each other's work and issues? 
- Which parts of the networks hold together if one takes out funders? Do they hold together if one takes out other agenda-setters, be it (big) media or intergovernmental organisations?

Workshop Substance

The migration of 'rights' into more and more issue spaces may be attributed to the roominess of the Universal Declaration, the successes of the human rights field as well as the urgent issue re-formatting work occurring regularly in NGO networks. NGOs, instead of getting their issues from the news, are continually migrating across issue networks, forming partnerships with other actors and terms. "Justice" and "rights" are two of the more recent issue reformulations, with the coinage of such notions as communication rights, information rights, Internet rights, media justice and information justice.

The health of an issue, and the network forming around it, could well be gauged by an issue's migratory patterns. When and why do NGOs reformulate and attach themselves to issues?

In particular, we are interested in the implications of making issues into rights issues. What are the consequences for NGOs and their issues by choosing the rights frame? Is such issue work temporary, context-specific, or opportunistic? Are 'rights' organising new networks or destabilising current networks?

Movements of issues across networks may have further consequences. Do issues decline without specific terminological innovation? Does the movement towards 'rights', in particular, prompt human rights to defend its issue space against intruders? When is an organisation taken seriously by the issue space it wishes to join? Can new rights and justice networks prosper without the human rights network?

News about Networks Workshop series

The Communication Rights and Media Justice workshop is the second in series. The first News about Networks workshop has been dedicated to understanding whether NGOs may operate effectively without a commercial press strategy. Does the rise of NGO Internet-based networks, in particular, imply an end to the reliance on the press to resonate the message? Can networks alone mobilise other organisations and key players to act on important social issues of the day? In short, can NGOs do without news?

The workshop proceedings, entitled "All-American Issues: Seven Stories from the Homeland," are available at

De Balie's workshop URL:

The News about Networks is part of a larger workshop program, "The Life of Issues," at

Workshop Format

The format of the workshop intersperses the following:

1) Introduction and Software Training
2) Talks and Demonstrations by the Participants and Analysts
3) Software Use and Feedback on Findings
4) Designer Map-making
5) Individual Analysis and Presentations of Results
6) Discussions of texts from the Reader

The media laboratory has facility for laptops with wireless and cabled Internet connectivity. Bring your computer.

The workshop begins promptly on Monday, 21 June at 10am.
The workshop concludes with a public presentation on Thursday, 24 June at 8pm.

The workshop organiser is Richard Rogers.

Workshop Key words

Alternative media
Communications rights
Community media
Democratic media
Freedom of expression
Freedom of information
Independent media
Information commons
Information justice
Information rights
Media and democracy
Media and globalization
Media justice
Media regulation
Mission-driven media
Radical media
Software patents
Technology standards

Workshop Applications

To apply, please send a biographical sketch, a one-page description of the questions and themes you would like to see addressed at the workshop as well as the answers to the questionnaire below. Please send all three items to by 10 May 2004.

The answers to the questionnaire allow for the advance mapping of the issue areas. The criteria of acceptance to the workshop are the mutual fit between the applicant's analytical desires and expectations, and the capacities of the analysts on hand.

Workshop Fee

The workshop fee is ¤275.

Ford Fellowships available

The Ford Foundation has made five fellowships available for the workshop. The fellowship is available only for U.S.-based advocates, activists and academics and covers travel, accommodation and workshop fee. Applicants should work in one or more of the following areas:

Communications rights
Community media
Freedom of expression
Information justice
Information rights
Media and democracy
Media justice
Press freedom
Software patents
Technology standards

To apply for a Ford Fellowship, please send a biographical sketch, a one-page description of the questions and themes you would like to see addressed at the workshop as well as the answers to the questionnaire below. Please send all three items to by 1 May 2004.

Questionnaire (in English, en Français, en Español, auf Deutsch)

All workshop participants are asked to submit answers to the following questions.

1. Name your issue/research area(s), e.g., Climate Change, Media Justice, Indigenous Rights, Ancient Forests, Spectrum Policy, low-power FM.

2. Name the most significant organisations per issue area(s), along with their Web addresses (URLs). Please separate URLs with a comma, and use 'deep pages' wherever possible, i.e., (the Greenpeace Ancient Forests page), instead of

3. List the most significant sub-issues, terms, slogans, individual names per issue.

4. List the 3-5 most important conferences in each issue area, for the past year, the current year and next year, along with the web addresses (URLs).

5. List the 3-5 most significant web-accessible documents in the issue area(s). Provide the exact web addresses for each document.

6. List (no more than 10) the organisations in that issue area(s) that you have had the most direct email contact with in the past 6-12 months.

7. List the most significant news sources for your work and the web locations for these sources.

*We kindly request that you return the answers in English as well as your own language.

Questionnaire en Français

Tous les participants à l'atelier sont priés de répondre aux questions suivantes.

1. Désignez votre(vos) question(s)/domaine(s) de recherche, par exemple, Changement Climatique, Justice Médiatique, Droits Indigènes, Forêts Primaires, Politique du Spectrum, radio FM de basse fréquence.

2. Désignez les principaux acteurs/organisations dans le cadre de (chacun de) votre(vos) domaine(s) de recherche, plus leur page Web (URLs). S.V.P. séparez chacune des URLs par une virgule et faites usage de 'deep pages' à chaque fois que cela est possible, par exemple,
(la page de Greenpeace Ancient Forests), au lieu de

3. Établissez pour chaque question(s) une liste des questions subsidiaires les plus importantes, ainsi que des termes, slogans et personnes.

4. Établissez pour chaque domaine recherché une liste des 3 à 5 conférences les plus importantes de l'année en cours, l'année précédente et l'année à venir, plus leur adresse électronique (URLs).

5. Établissez une liste des 3 à 5 documents les plus importants dans votre(vos) domaine(s) de recherche, accessibles sur Internet. Ayez l'obligeance de fournir une adresse électronique exacte pour chacun des documents.

6. Établissez une liste d'au plus 10 organisations dans le(s) domaine(s) recherché(s) avec lesquelles vous avez eu les contacts e-mail les plus directs durant les 6 à 12 mois passés.

7. Établissez une liste des sources d'informations les plus importantes dans le cadre de votre travail et de la localisation Web de ces sources.

*À votre convenance et/ou en accord avec le contenu de certaines réponses, celles-ci peuvent être adressées soit en Anglais, soit dans votre propre langue.

Cuestionario en Castellano

A todos los participantes del taller se les pedirá que contesten a las preguntas siguientes:

1. Nombre o defina su(s) pregunta(s) o campo(s) de investigación, por ejemplo, Cambios Climáticos, Justicia en los Medios de Comunicación, Derechos Indígenas, Bosques Primarios, Política Espectral, radio FM de baja potencia.

2. Nombre las organizaciones más significantes en (cada uno de) su(s) campo(s) de investigación, junto con su dirección Web (URLs.). Por favor, separe las URLs con coma y use, cada vez que le sea posible enlaces directos, como por ejemplo:
(the Greenpeace Ancient Forests page), en lugar de

3. Componga una lista de las preguntas subsiguientes mas significantes, así como de términos, lemas y nombres de personas relacionados con su(s) pregunta(s) inicial(es).

4. Liste de 3 a 5 conferencias más importantes (en cada uno) de su(s) campo(s) de investigación para este año, el precedente y el próximo, junto con, para cada una de ellas, su dirección Web (URLs).

5. Liste de 3 a 5 documentos más significantes en (cada uno de) su(s) campo(s) de investigación y accesibles a través de la Web. Provea una dirección Web exacta para cada uno de estos documentos.

6. Componga una lista de no más de 10 organizaciones en el campo de investigación con las cuales haya tenido los contactos electrónicos, via email, más directos en los últimos 6 a 12 meses.

7. Liste las fuentes de información más significantes para su trabajo y la locación electrónica de cada una de ellas.

*Le pedimos que mande las respuestas en Inglés o, si es preciso, en su propio idioma.

Fragebogen auf Deutsch

Alle TeilnehmerInnen des Workshops werden gebeten folgende Fragen zu beantworten.

1. Nennen Sie ihr(e) Themen- und Forschungsgebiete(e), wie zum Beispiel, Klimawandel, Pressefreiheit, Regenwald, Spektrumpolitik.

2. Nennen Sie die bedeutensten Organisationen für jeden Themenbereich gemeinsam mit deren Internet Adressen (URLs). Bitte trennen sie die URLs mit Strichpunkt, und geben Sie wenn möglich Unterseiten (deep pages) an, wie zum Beispiel, (die Greenpeace Urwald Seite), anstelle von

3. Listen Sie die bedeutensten Unterkategorien, Begriffe, Slogans, Personen pro Themenbereich auf.

4. Listen Sie die bedeutensten Konferenzen in jedem Themenfeld des letzten Jahres, des laufenden Jahres, sowie des kommenden Jahres mit Web Adressen (URLs) auf.

5. Listen Sie die bedeutensten im Internet abrufbaren Dokumente pro Themenbereich auf. Geben Sie bitte die exakte Web Adresse für jedes Dokument an.

6. Listen Sie Organisationen in diesen Themenfeldern auf, mit denen Sie den häufigsten E-mail Kontakt in den letzten 6-12 Monaten hatten.

7. Listen Sie die bedeutensten Medienquellen für Ihre Arbeit und deren Web Adressen auf.


The Foundation hosts the Issue Crawler, the Web Issue Index of Civil Society as well as the Election Issue Tracker.

Issue Crawler: (ask for a password)
Issue Crawler scenarios of use:

Web Issue Index of Civil Society:

Election Issue Tracker (Dutch):

Principal URLs (projects and papers) (workshops and reports)

The well-tempered crawler

[Respectful crawlers] have multiple threads running in parallel, each requesting a page from a different host (to guarantee equitable distribution of requests across hosts, whilst maximizing through-put and avoiding the overloading any single server), and wait >= 10 seconds between downloads from the same server.

Web sites and pages can specify that robots should not crawl or index certain areas. There are two components. The robots exclusion protocol is a site-wide specification of excluded directories, and the robots META tag is an individual document tag to exclude indexing or following links. The META tag is newer and less well-adopted than robots.txt but these standards are conventions to be followed by well-behaved robots.

- Erik Borra / Koen Martens, Issue Crawler sysadmins.

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