Sunday, 10 September 2017

Isoc 25 Under 25 Award

Internet Society 5 under 25 award

The Internet Society today announced the awardees of its 25 under 25 program. One of the many initiatives supporting the Internet Society’s 25th Anniversary, the program recognizes 25 young people from around the globe who are passionate about using the Internet to make a positive impact in their communities.

Poornima Meegammana, 24, Sri Lanka

Preventing cyber-harassment of teenage girls 

Poornima founded the Respect Girls on Internet project out of concern for her teenage peers in Sri Lanka, many of whom face online hostility. Her experience is that teenagers typically start using the Internet without any knowledge about cyber safety or privacy.

Poornima and her team of volunteers worked with partners to make digital content on Internet safety available in local languages to ensure accessibility for all. One of the project’s most significant outputs is a Cyber Privacy e-Handbook, for teenagers new to the Internet, as well as teachers and parents. 

Through her project, Poornima has enabled safer and more respectful Internet use, helped support victims of cyber harassment, and developed a network of youth committed to preventing future harassment. She is solving a problem rooted in the Internet by using the Internet.

Find out more about 
Respect Girls on Internet

  • Mr. Adam Galloway (United Kingdom) – Protecting online freedom of expression
  • Mr. Akah Harvey N (Cameroon) – Detecting and predicting road accidents 
  • Mr. Akshay Makar (India) – Creating sustainable livelihoods with online crafts 
  • Mr. Alec Foster (United States) – Strengthening student movements through digital activism
  • Mr. Ash Ball (Australia) – Anti-cyberbullying youth movement
  • Ms. Asha Abbas (Tanzania) – Providing health education to adolescents 
  • Mr. Augusto Mathurin (Argentina) – Creating virtual spaces for collaborative participation 
  • Mr. Biddemu Bazil Mwotta (Uganda) – Connecting local farmers with buyers
  • Ms. Bidyabati Meher (India) – Digitising a cultural tradition for sustained livelihood 
  • Ms. Cintia Padilla (Honduras) – Teaching computer skills to local youth
  • Mr. Diego Cordova (Guatemala) – Enabling access to educational materials
  • Ms. Farah Abdi (Somalia) – Giving voice to refugee and LGBT issues
  • Mr. James Beaumont (United Kingdom) – Building online communities of support
  • Ms. Jazmin Fallas Kerr (Costa Rica) – Lifting families out of poverty 
  • Ms. Juma Baldeh (Gambia) – Improving gender balance among web users 
  • Ms. Kate Ekanem (Nigeria) – Empowering girls through education and literacy
  • Ms. Kate Green (United Kingdom) – Protecting the data of online health communities 
  • Ms. Linda Patiño (Colombia) – Advancing human rights through ICTs 
  • Mr. Mariano Gomez (Mexico) – Connecting an isolated community
  • Ms. Mary Helda Akongo (Uganda) – Using technology to empower Ugandan women 
  • Mr. Naitik Mehta (India) – Connecting people with disabilities to employment opportunities 
  • Mr. Nilay Kulkarni (India) – Helping make large gatherings safer 
  • Ms. Paula Côrte Real (Brazil) – Promoting safe and responsible Internet for youth 
  • Ms. Poornima Meegammana (Sri Lanka) – Preventing cyber-harassment of teenage girls 
  • Mr. Valentinos Tzekas (Greece) – Using AI to identify fake news
  • Honorable Mention Recipients
  • Ms. Makkiya Jawed (Pakistan) – Raising awareness about e-health solutions 
  • Mr. Parker Woods (United States) – Delivering Internet connectivity in the Arctic 
  • Ms. Radwa Hamed Soliman (Egypt) – Providing employment



We couldn’t be more proud—this year our inaugural class of Adobe Creativity Scholars is graduating from college, and they’re ready to bring their creative talents and passion for social issues into everything they do.
We started the Creativity Scholarship initiative back in 2012, when our State of Create Study brought something troubling to our attention—nearly 60 percent of people told us that creativity was being stifled in the education system. Since we believe that creativity and self-expression are some of the most important skills students should be learning in school and critical lifelong abilities, we wanted to help make a change.
Our Creativity Scholarship identifies 25 promising young students each year who want to integrate their passions for social issues with their creative talents. We provide these Scholars with the funding they need to attend college. In turn, we hope they’ll share their talents with the world, use their creativity to open minds, and become role models for the next generation. Here’s a peek at what three of our Creativity Scholars were up to during their school years, and where they’re headed next.
Poornima Meegammana, AOD International Design Campus, Sri Lanka
Poornima Meegammana is about to graduate from her studies in animation at AOD International Design Campus. “The Creativity scholarship gave me global recognition as a creative person,” she says. “It gave me the opportunity to study animation, which is something I love and I’m really passionate about. Without out the scholarship I would have never been able to afford the education I got.”  
When she isn’t focused on her schoolwork, Poornima is dedicated to protecting women and girls from online harassment. Her project, Respect Girls on Internet, advocates for safe, respectful discourse online, and helps fill the gap in local-language digital resources for women who’ve experienced online harassment.
In the future, Poornima plans to keep following both of her passions. “After graduation I’m planning to continue my education on animation and also continue my work on social development and film making. Right now, I’m working on my first original animated short film.”
Alvaro Ceballos, Pratt Institute, New York
Alvaro Ceballos just graduated from Pratt Institute with a major in film, and a deep concern for social and racial equality. During school, Alvaro joined youth organizations working to make a difference in people’s lives—one of his most recent projects with the Urban Arts Partnership helped youth get involved in the movement against the discriminatory policing policy, stop-and-frisk. In school, scholarship funds helped Alvaro get the filmmaking equipment he needed for his creative projects, and allowed him to film his senior thesis, Mauro y Lulú, in his homeland, the Dominican Republic. The film brings viewers into the Dominican culture and landscape as it follows 10-year-old Mauro across the countryside in search of his beloved pet goat.
“As an immigrant in New York, I’ve faced a lot of challenges,” says Alvaro. “I try to see the positive side of every hard moment, and express myself through storytelling and video. For me, filmmaking is a powerful tool for storytelling and self expression.”
Now that he’s completed his degree, Alvaro plans to continue writing his own films, and dreams of someday directing his own feature film back in the Dominican Republic.

Sandra Suarez, Colegio Universitario IES, Argentina
Sandra Suarez fell in love with photography and design when she was 12. That was when she first got her hands on a toy digital camera and discovered photo editing tools. Within just a few years, she was interning at an ad agency. “Every day I observed people’s passion and happiness, and how everyone believed in design as a solution for people’s lives,” she remembers. About this time, she also found out she’d been awarded the Creativity Scholarship.
Now Sandra is just about to finish her degree at Colegio Universitario IES (the school year in Argentina ends in November). During school, she has donated her time and skills to causes dear to her. Most recently, she helped design an ad campaign for the City of Córdoba to prevent alcohol abuse among adolescents. She’s also been serious about launching her career. Even though she has a few more months of school, Sandra is working full-time as a designer in the marketing department at Comprando en Grupo, a hardware store cooperative, and spending her spare time helping teach high school students about design.
“I’ve found satisfaction and happiness in what I want to be and what I want to share. Each day I want to improve and learn and inspire others to know that you can be what you want to be,” says Sandra.
The New Creativity Scholars to Watch
This week we’re introducing our 2017 scholarship recipients. It’s a group of 25 creative, talented, big dreamers representing 8 countries. We can’t wait to see what they do! Learn more about our newest Scholars, and get more details on the Adobe Creativity Scholarships here.

School of internet governance - Sri lanka And Youth IGF


Fifth National conversion on women studies

Friday, 5 May 2017

Respect girls on internet presentation at ICANN57

Selected for NextGen@ICANN57

15 individuals from various Universities in the Asian Pacific Region have been selected to participate with ICANN Community 
Members at the ICANN57 Meeting in Hyderabad India, 3-9 November 2016. These individuals are engaged in studies that encompass policy, business, technical, security, law, and communications. 5 additional selectees who attended a previous ICANN Meeting as NextGenners will now serve as Ambassadors for these newcomers to ICANN.