A program for this year’s Stockholm Internet Forum, held May 22-23, is now available. The two main themes this year will be Internet Freedom and Security, and Internet Freedom and Development. The conference is organised by the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs, the Internet Infrastructure Foundation .se, and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA), and aims to deepen the discussions on how freedom and openness on the Internet promote economic and social development.

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Article by Ronja Kaarlenkaski, Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation

The Community of Latin American and Caribbean States, CELAC, an organisation founded in 2011 with the aim to support trade and cooperation among its members has recently faced criticism as the Cuban dictator Raúl Castro assumes its presidency. (more…)

Article from The Economist

As the 612 delegates of Cuba’s National Assembly gather on February 24th, 81-year old President Raúl Castro will be re-elected to another five-year term in office. While supporting the implementation of a ten-year term limit for the presidency sometime in the future, the communist regime has failed to attract potential future leaders.  Read the article

Heritage Foundation’s 2013 Index of Economic Freedom

Cuba is ranked 176 out of 177 countries in Heritage Foundation’s Index of Economic Freedom 2013 and scores far below the world’s average in most areas in economic freedom. While the public sector in Cuba holds about 80 percent of all jobs, the private sector is very constrained making self-employment a hard thing to achieve. Corruption is high, with a tight state control and with no court free from political interference. Read more

The American think tank Freedom House condemns the Venezuelan government’s censorship of the online newspaper El Diario de Cuba, which has been blocked since January 14th after a number of articles  published on the website conserning President Hugo Chavez’s health. “Blocking access to internet sites threatens the fundamental right of access to information in a country where press freedom and freedom of expression are already constrained,” said Viviana Giacaman, director for Latin America Programs at Freedom House.

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May 22-23, the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs is organising the second Stockholm Internet Forum. The discussions this year will focus on how to ensure that information and communication technologies continue to stimulate innovation and growth, democratic participation, trade, poverty reduction and freedom of expression. One important question will be how to guarantee human rights while maintaining a secure and robust online environment.

Below, you can watch an interview with the Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt on this years forum.

 

The Union of Latin American Parties (UPLA) expresses its concern with regard to the breach of the constitutional democratic order in Venezuela, in a new statement. (more…)

22 March, 2013till24 March, 2013

Mars 22-24, the Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation organises a conference for youth politicians from the Party of Democratic Action (SDA) in Bosnia. The conference will focus on European integration and political branding.

8 March, 2013till10 March, 2013

Mars 8-10, the Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation organises a round table conference for female politicians from the Balkans in Zagreb, Croatia.

1 March, 2013till3 March, 2013

Mars 1-3, the Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation organises a conference for youth politicians from the party G17+ in Belgrade, Serbia. The conference will focus on political campaigning and communications.