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Title: All Burma I.T Students' Union - ABITSU
Description/subject: Useful material, but nothing since 2012..."ABITSF - All Burma I.T Students' Front formed in 1998. Reformed ABITSF as ABITSU in December 2005 to have better productive strategy for new generation students from Burma. There are more than 50 I.T skilled personnel including 1988 generation students and new generation students. ABITSU is to represent all the Burmese I.T Students who are struggling for Freedom and Human Rights within Burma, to stand against the Burmese Military Regime and remove the Military Dictatorship system, to generate more I.T skilled personnel and build the infrastructure for a future democratic government of Burma, to obtain full freedom on the International Information High Way, and to get equal rights and opportunities for every nationality in Burma. Now, ABITSU is moving forward in various sectors collaboration with other democratic organizations in order to achieve our goals by providing following activities. Currently, we are engaging in the following activities: 1. Information and Communication Technology Supports 2. Network Solutions 3. I.T Training and Curriculum Development 4. Website & Software Development 5. Cyber Campaign 6. Community Services Any I.T personnel who would like to contribute the knowledge and share your expertise to our Union, please feel free to join us and to contact us"
Language: English
Source/publisher: ABITSU
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 02 September 2006

Title: bordermedia
Description/subject: About bordermedia: bordermedia is a media organisation set up with the aim of catering for the growing need for IT development, training and consultancy for organisations and individuals working along the Thailand/Burma border... Having spent some time in 2005 and 2006 working on various, mainly internet-related projects in and around the town of Mae Sot in Thailand, a group of IT professionals from Australia and the UK decided to form an organisation with the aim of addressing this need... web design / web development computer training IT consultancy project scoping funding proposals photography & multi-media... Whether you are an individual, a small grass-roots organisation or an established international Non Government Organisation (NGO), the friendly team at bordermedia will be happy to help you... From straight-forward advice on what strategy to pursue with your website & helping you to write up your funding proposal, right through to planning, developing and implementing complex database-driven web applications, or multi-media projects, don't be afraid to get in touch..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: bordermedia
Format/size: html, pdf
Date of entry/update: 01 September 2006

Individual Documents

Title: Citizen Journalism in Burma and the Legacy of Graham Spry
Date of publication: 2010
Description/subject: Abstract: "This report explores issues arising from the 2009 Graham Spry Memorial events on the subject of citizen journalism in Burma, staging an encounter between aspects of the work of Democratic Voice of Burma (DVB) and Graham Spry’s legacy as a politically-engaged intellectual and lobbyist. I discuss the role of DVB as a “citizen journalism” network embedded in a “space of flows.” Particular emphasis is placed on the organization’s judicious use of “old” and “new” media in the struggle for democracy in Burma. The report also takes up Nancy Fraser’s notion of “scales of justice” to discuss the power of media flows in a transnational public sphere and the limits of citizen journalism within pro-democracy movements in autocratic regimes such as that of Burma. I conclude with a discussion of the stakes of representation and inclusion, notably for questions of gender and ethnic Keywords: Citizen journalism; Media and democracy; Transnational public sphere; Democratic Voice of Burma; Graham Spry.....Résumé: "Dans ce rapport, j’explore des questions soulevées lors de la Conférence commémorative Spry de 2009 sur le journalisme citoyen en Birmanie, rapprochant certains aspects du travail de Democratic Voice of Burma (DVB) à l’héritage légué par Graham Spry dans son rôle d’intellectuel et lobbyiste engagé. Je présente la fonction de DVB d’assurer un réseau de journalistes citoyens situés dans un « espace des flux ». Ce faisant, je mets un accent particulier sur l’utilisation judicieuse des nouveaux médias et des médias traditionnels faite par DVB dans la lutte pour la démocratie en Birmanie. Je reprends aussi l’idée de « balance de la justice » développée par Nancy Fraser afin de discuter du pouvoir des flux médiatiques dans une sphère publique transnationale ainsi que des limites du journalisme citoyen dans le cadre de mouvements démocratiques assujettis à des régimes autocratiques comme celui de la Birmanie. Je conclus par un examen des enjeux de la représentation et de l’inclusion, notamment par rapport aux questions de sexe, genre et diversité ethnique." Mots clés: Journalisme citoyen; Médias et démocratie; Sphère publique transnationale; Democratic Voice of Burma; Graham Spry
Author/creator: Julianne Pidduck
Language: English, French, Francais
Source/publisher: Canadian Journal of Communication, Vol 35 (3)
Format/size: pdf (154K)
Alternate URLs: http://www.cjc-online.ca/index.php/journal/article/view/2386/2188
Date of entry/update: 10 February 2011

Title: New media and Burmese diaspora identities in New Zealand
Date of publication: November 2009
Description/subject: Abstract: "This study examines ways in which Burmese diasporic identities are formed and maintained, and the importance of new media in this process. Political oppression in Burma, the experience of exile and the importance of opposition movements in the borderlands make the Burmese diaspora a unique and complex group. This study used tapoetethakot, an indigenous Karen research methodology, to interact with fourteen participants in Auckland, exploring aspects of new media use and identity maintenance. Common among all participants was a twin desire to share stories of suffering and to have that pain recognised. This suffering is an important part of refugee identity and is also linked with resistance against assimilation in New Zealand. Instead, participants try and maintain their language and cultural practices, with the intent of returning to a democratic Burma in the future. New media supports these processes, by providing participants with access to opposition media reports of human rights abuses and suffering, through making cultural and linguistic artifacts accessible and through providing an easy means of communication with friends and family in Burma and the borderlands."
Author/creator: Naw Violet Cho
Language: English (main text); Interviews (English, Karen, Burmese)
Source/publisher: School of Communication Studies Auckland University of Technology
Format/size: pdf (582K)
Date of entry/update: 24 January 2011

Title: Technology in the borderlands
Date of publication: 22 April 2008
Description/subject: Displaced Karen in the borderlands are taking advantage of new technology not only to maintain connections with their homeland but also to inform the international community of human rights violations.
Author/creator: Rachel Sharples
Language: English, Burmese
Source/publisher: "Forced Migration Review" No. 30
Format/size: pdf (Burmese, 233K; English, 372K)
Alternate URLs: http://www.fmreview.org/FMRpdfs/FMR30Burmese/24.pdf
Date of entry/update: 30 November 2008

Title: 'External' Aspects of Self-Determination Movements in Burma
Date of publication: February 2003
Description/subject: Abstract: "Based on secondary resources and long term anthropological field research, this paper explores some of the 'external' factors involved in the pro-democracy and ethnic struggles for self-determination currently being experienced in Burma. The analysis draws in cultural, economic and political aspects to demonstrate that a number of macro- and micro-level external or external-origin influences are at play, at a number of different 'inside', 'outside' and marginal sites. The paper argues in particular that 'cultural' factors such as computer-mediated communication and contacts with outsiders when living in exile, serve as means by which real, virtual and imaginary connections are drawn between these different sites and the actors who inhabit them. In the context of Burma, this paper thus presents a glimpse into this complexity of origin and substance of external influences, of interactions between the external and the internal, and of the multidirectional pathways along which they operate. After an introductory overview, it does so by first reviewing some pertinent macro-political and macro-economic external factors, including international views and strategic interests. The paper then focuses on micro-level social and cultural issues, examining aspects of new media as utilised by the Burmese exile community and international activists. External influences on exiled communities living in the margins on the Thai-Burma border (characterised by the paper as neither 'inside' nor 'outside' proper), including Christianity and foreign non-governmental organisations, are then explored. The paper concludes that inside views, reactions and experiences of outside influences are presently just as important in determining outcomes as are the outside influences themselves."
Author/creator: Sandra Dudley
Language: English
Source/publisher: Queen Elizabeth House
Format/size: pdf (123K)
Alternate URLs: http://ideas.repec.org/p/qeh/qehwps/qehwps94.html
Date of entry/update: 08 July 2010

Title: The Impact of the Internet on Myanmar
Date of publication: 2000
Description/subject: In the present paper, I explore how the Internet has affected the flow of information between in and outside Myanmar (Burma). I show that there is a strong difference between the way information was presented before and after the introduction of the World Wide Web... I examine two political events in Myanmar connected to student uprisings, in the hope of documenting how the Internet - as an easily researched symbol of modern communications - may be affecting the political strategies of one of the last isolated states.
Author/creator: Viola Krebs
Language: English
Source/publisher: First Monday
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003