cyberdissidents.org | At great personal risk, brave Internet activists in autocratic countries write in support of democratic ideals and human rights. CyberDissidents.org was founded to support the voices of online democratic dissidents through its interactive website, student programs and news and analysis. In 2010, it launched a blogger board comprised of leading Internet activists from throughout the Arab world. CyberDissidents.org highlights individuals who are threatened by autocratic Middle Eastern regimes and it promotes the idea that aid from the West should be tied to improvements in human rights and free speech. CyberDissidents.org has been praised by Google and its staff have spoken in the US Congress, Italian Parliament and other important forums.
Advancing Human Rights is launching Dissident Squared, a new initiative aimed at bringing increased pressure against dictatorships. AHR will work with democratic governments throughout the world to rename streets in front of the Iranian, Syrian, Saudi, Russian and Chinese embassies after dissidents who have been jailed or murdered in those countries. Imagine if Chinese diplomats throughout Europe were forced to write their address as “Lu Xiaobo Square,” or if officials in Iranian embassies in South America had to see “Majid Tavakoli Plaza” every time they exited their buildings. Picture the fury on the faces of Russian diplomats as they passed by “Magnitsky Plaza” each morning at their embassies in Asia. Though this act alone won’t transform a dictatorship into a democracy, it is a powerful tactic to highlight the names of those on the front lines of the struggle for human liberty. Judging from the Soviet experience, these symbolic acts can embolden dissidents and, best of all, annoy the heck out of tyrannical regimes.
Exchangivist | Exchangivist is a one-stop shop to connect dissidents to those who have the resources and expertise to help; activists can post their projects and what assistance they need, while experts and professionals can post about what they have to offer and search through the needs of activists. A Chinese blogger looking for a translator, an American journalist looking for first-hand accounts of a protest in Egypt, and the family of a jailed activist needing legal aid are all examples of people who could find the connections they need on the platform. We’re recruiting the organizations and individuals who have skills to contribute, and we’re building the Exchangivist specifically to fit the needs of activists in closed societies.
Movements.org | Through the use of new technologies, grassroots activists have more potential than ever to make social change. Movements.org is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping these activists to build their capacity and make a greater impact on the world. We do this by: (1) Identifying digital activists and developments in digital activism through our website, blog, social media presence, and outreach trips, (2) Connecting digital activists to each other, to technology experts, and to more traditional members of civil society, and (3) Supporting activists by ensuring that the matches we make deliver necessary resources, training and mentorship.
Movements.org supports activists by ensuring that the matches we make deliver necessary resources, training and mentorship; by facilitating face-to-face meetings among members of our network and by providing a platform for these connections to ignite and evolve over time. 21st century activism produces unlikely leaders. Movements.org represents a new model of peer-to-peer training wherein these leaders lend their experience in digital organizing, especially short term protests and campaigns, not just to each other, but also to those whose expertise lies in long term capacity building. We foster these connections at an annual summit and regional trips and training events, and bolster them with educational resources available on our website and through our social media presence.
AHR Press is a new e-publishing venture whose mission is to find and publish the boldest, brightest and most eloquent works of dissident literature available around the world. We will publish books in their original language as well as in English translation, and seek to ensure the widest possible distribution for them.
Dissident writers often cannot be read or heard either at home or abroad, because their writings—either in print or on the Internet—have been banned or because they are lost in its overwhelming deluge of information. We believe that by raising the profile of such brave dissidents, we can promote their views, protect their safety, hearten their supporters, and make their courage better known. We hope that readers throughout the world will be drawn to their work and be moved by it.
AHR Press will publish non-fiction and fiction, all of the highest quality and literary merit. We focus on the personal stories of individuals fighting against tyranny and the suppression of basic human rights—freedom of speech, freedom of expression and freedom of assembly. AHR Press will also seek to highlight new thought in the field of human rights dealing with war and peace, state-sponsored incitement and democratic activism.