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Tools for activists and advocates

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Title: Burma Guide to Rights and Democracy
Date of publication: 08 August 2005
Description/subject: This site seems to have died at some time between 31 May and 26 June 2013. As an archive it should normally be accessed via www.archive.org (OBL has given the archive.org URL)..... "Welcome to BurmaGuide.Net All of Burma’s peoples deserve to live together in mutual respect under a government that strives to provide the greatest benefits for every citizen. The Burma Guide to Rights and Democracy, or “BurmaGuide.Net”, is your source for information on Burma’s development toward a democratic country where the rights of all peoples are honored under the rule of law. BurmaGuide.Net offers many “resource summaries” in different areas that are crucial for citizens of countries in transition on the often difficult path towards democracy and a modern economy. The BurmaGuide.Net includes many documents that are viewable or downloadable here. Many more can be found in the links to other Internet sites that are provided. Our Burmese version of this site is known as Lanpya.Net. In Burmese, lanpya means “route”, and we hope this information will help Burma’s peoples towards a peaceful and prosperous future."
Language: English, Burmese, Chin, Kachin, Karen, Shan
Source/publisher: Open Society Institute, BIT (Delhi), Human Rights Education Institute of Burma
Format/size: html, pdf
Alternate URLs: https://web.archive.org/web/20130517014430
Date of entry/update: 07 August 2005

Title: Albert Einstein Institution
Description/subject: "The Albert Einstein Institution is a nonprofit organization advancing the study and use of strategic nonviolent action in conflicts throughout the world. We are committed to the defense of freedom, democracy, and the reduction of political violence through the use of nonviolent action. Our goals are to understand the dynamics of nonviolent action in conflicts, to explore its policy potential, and to communicate this through print and other media, translations, conferences, consultations, and workshops."... Downloadable books on this site include: There Are Realistic Alternatives by Gene Sharp: "There Are Realistic Alternatives is a short, serious introduction to nonviolent struggle, its applications, and strategic thinking. Based on pragmatic arguments, this piece presents nonviolent struggle as a realistic alternative to war and other violence in acute conflicts. It also contains a glossary of important terms and recommendations for further reading." 54 pp. 2003" Languages available: English, Arabic ....198 Methods of Nonviolent Action" "Practitioners of nonviolent struggle have an entire arsenal of "nonviolent weapons" at their disposal. Listed are 198 of them, classified into three broad categories: nonviolent protest and persuasion, noncooperation (social, economic, and political), and nonviolent intervention." Languages available: English....On Strategic Nonviolent Conflict: Thinking About the Fundamentals by Robert Helvey: "On Strategic Nonviolent Conflict delves into the question of how to build a strategy for nonviolent struggle. Covering a variety of topics--such as ways to identify a movement's objectives, preparing a strategic estimate for a nonviolent struggle, and operational planning considerations--this publication contains insights on the similarities between military and nonviolent strategy. It represents a major new contribution to this field of study. Additional topics covered in the book include psychological operations and propaganda, contaminants that may affect the efficiency of a nonviolent movement, and providing consultations and training for members of movements and organizations".... From Dictatorship to Democracy by Gene Sharp: "From Dictatorship to Democracy is a serious introduction to the use of nonviolent action to topple dictatorships. Originally published in 1993 in Thailand for distribution among Burmese dissidents, this booklet has since been translated into seventeen different languages and spread worldwide.". 88 pp. 2003....The Anti-Coup by Gene Sharp and Bruce Jenkins: As coups are one of the primary ways through which dictatorships are installed, this piece details measures that civilians, civil society, and governments can take to prevent and block coups d'état and executive usurpations. It also contains specific legislative steps and other measures that governments and non-governmental institutions can follow to prepare for anti-coup resistance". 64 pp. 2003....The Role of Power in Nonviolent Struggle by Gene Sharp: "Nonviolent action . . . is capable of wielding great power even against ruthless rulers and military regimes," writes Sharp, "because it attacks the most vulnerable characteristic of all hierarchical institutions and governments: dependence on the governed." Abstracted from Sharp's classic three-volume work, The Politics of Nonviolent Action, this monograph summarizes the core concepts behind the technique of nonviolent struggle." 19 pp. 1990, 1994.Languages available: English, Arabic, Burmese, Russian, Spanish....National Security Through Civilian-based Defense by Gene Sharp" "This publication offers an introduction to civilian-based defense. It also identifies significant research areas and policy studies that are relevant to advancing the field." 93 pp. 1985....Toward Research and Theory Building in the Study of Nonviolent Action by Ronald McCarthy and Christopher Kruegler: "The authors offer their thoughts about developing theory and conducting research in the emerging field of nonviolent action." 35 pp. 1993 .
Language: English and 20 other languages
Source/publisher: Albert Einstein Institution
Format/size: html, pdf
Date of entry/update: 06 June 2007

Title: All Burma I.T Students' Union - ABITSU
Description/subject: "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

Title: Burma Guide to Rights and Democracy - Advocacy pages
Description/subject: Up to 200 websites and a wide selection of articles, some of which some are general and some Burma-specific. ..."Advocacy is the skill to promote ideas, issues or causes. Advocacy can be used to persuade people to change their behaviors, pressure governments to adopt better policies, or convince non-state actors to reconsider their actions. This section of BurmaGuide.Net includes resource summaries that include toolkits and training materials from groups engaged in advocacy for promoting democracy, safeguarding the environment, raising public health standards, protecting human rights, and other areas."
Language: English, Burmese, Chin, Kachin, Karen, Shan
Source/publisher: Burma Guide to Rights and Democracy
Format/size: html, pdf
Date of entry/update: 25 August 2009

Title: Burma Partnership - Tools for Activists
Description/subject: Useful list of links including on Advocacy and Campaigning, Non-Violent Strategy, Social Media, and Technology and Secure Communications.
Language: English
Source/publisher: Burma Partnership
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 03 February 2012

Title: Handbook for bloggers and cyber-dissidents
Description/subject: Do something good by creating your blog with us... Blogs get people excited. Or else they disturb and worry them. Some people distrust them. Others see them as the vanguard of a new information revolution. Because they allow and encourage ordinary people to speak up, they�re tremendous tools of freedom of expression. Bloggers are often the only real journalists in countries where the mainstream media is censored or under pressure. Only they provide independent news, at the risk of displeasing the government and sometimes courting arrest. Reporters Without Borders has produced this handbook to help them, with handy tips and technical advice on how to to remain anonymous and to get round censorship, by choosing the most suitable method for each situation. It also explains how to set up and make the most of a blog, to publicise it (getting it picked up efficiently by search-engines) and to establish its credibility through observing basic ethical and journalistic principles...Contents: Bloggers, the new heralds of free expression; What�s a blog ?; The language of blogging; Choosing the best tool; How to set up and run a blog; What ethics should bloggers have ? Getting your blog picked up by search-engines; What really makes a blog shine ? Personal accounts: - Germany - Bahrain - USA - Hong Kong - Iran - Nepal How to blog anonymously; Technical ways to get around censorship; Ensuring your e-mail is truly private; Internet-censor world championship.
Language: English
Source/publisher: Reporters Without Borders (Reporters sans frontieres)
Format/size: html, pdf (1.6MB, 3.4MB)
Alternate URLs: http://www.rsf.org/IMG/icones/pdf-dist.png (high resolution, for print)
Date of entry/update: 26 September 2007

Title: IFEX list of Tools and Resources
Description/subject: Useful links - focus on freedom of opinion and expression
Language: English
Source/publisher: IFEX - International Freedom of Expression Exchange: The global network for free expression
Format/size: html, pdf
Date of entry/update: 04 February 2012

Title: Occupy movement
Language: English
Source/publisher: Wikipedia
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 09 September 2012

Title: Occupy.com
Language: English
Source/publisher: Occupy.com
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 09 September 2012

Title: Tools for Change
Description/subject: Tools for Change posts resources on our website to help you access valuable information on a whole range of important topics, from facilitation to campaigning. Many of these resources are distributed at the workshops and come recommended by our network of trainers. If you have a resource to recommend please contact us. Also, if you are going to use these resources please make sure to reference the authors.
Language: English
Source/publisher: OPIRG Toronto, Earthroots, and Greenpeace Canada
Format/size: html
Alternate URLs: http://www.toolsforchange.net/
Date of entry/update: 04 February 2012

Individual Documents

Title: Campaigning for Freedom of Expression - a handbook for activists
Date of publication: April 2005
Description/subject: "A 120 page manual that provides a toolbox of tips, best practice case studies and resources for campaigning" Though this very useful book is specifically related to campaigning on freedom of expression, it is reelvant to most areas of international advocacy.
Language: English
Source/publisher: IFEX
Format/size: pdf (1.92MB)
Date of entry/update: 14 November 2005