For the month of October 2005 (Volume 5.10):

In this Issue:

- New Featured Theme: Online Safety and Security
- Presentation Guide to TIG v5
- Language as Violence, Violence as Language
- Panorama Current Issue: Cyber Citizens
- New Global Gallery Contest and Winners of "I AM TAKINGITGLOBAL"
- Featured Country Sites: Nepal and Spain
- TIG Russia Open Forum
- Open Forum on Youth and ICTs in Kiev, Ukraine

. ++ Dispatch 5.10: Safe and Sound :) ++

Welcome to another edition of the Dispatch! This month, we would like to bring your attention to a subject that is current and relevant to you and every member of TakingITGlobal: online safety and security. As the youngest citizens of our world, we are particularly good at maneuvering and interacting online. Despite our familiarity with the Web, we are not exempt from being a target of those who use the Internet as a tool for harm. In our Featured Theme, we'll introduce you to the issues and give you tips on how to protect your computer and more importantly, yourself. :)

Keep safe and sound, and have a great month wherever you are!


. ++ Monthly Theme: Online Safety and Security ++

The Internet has changed the way we live our lives forever. Now, every cyber citizen must become cyber smart or face the consequences. From protecting your computer to protecting yourself, its all here in our theme on Online Safety and Security. Downloading, cyber bullies, copyrights, file sharing, cyber predators, phishing scams, and a lot more. Do you know what you need to know?


. ++ TIG Site New Tool Guides ++

Popular sections such as Groups, Projects and TIGblogs, have brand new features for you to discover. Download one of our easy to use powerpoint presentations and show a friend how to use our newly enhanced tools! Download your powerpoint guide today:

. ++ Language as Violence, Violence as Language ++

TakingITGlobal in partnership with UNESCO and the support of the Salesforce.com Foundation is developing a range of initiatives around the theme Language as Violence, Violence as Language including:

> An Online Art Collection
Young people participated in a range of vibrant workshops and training sessions, facilitated by local partners, and then worked on producing photographs. Images have been gathered with partners in a range of cities, and were then uploaded to the collection.

> A Creative Magazine (in collaboration with UNESCO)
The creative magazine will be presented at the UNESCO Youth Forum and then produced by the end of 2005.

> A Multimedia Short Video
This multimedia video will encapsulate the content presented at the UNESCO Youth Forum and will then be available for download here: http://www.takingitglobal.org/express/lvvl/

These initiatives aim to enable young people to discuss the manifold forms of violence that young people encounter, perceive and express in their daily social environment and, most importantly, to actively explore and develop alternative languages to violence.

More information can be found at: http://www.takingitglobal.org/express/lvvl/

. ++ Panorama Current Issue: Cyber Citizens ++

In our current issue, we investigate the notion of "Cyber Citizenship" and online safety. What does it mean to be a cyber citizen of a world without national borders? How should we behave in this global community? What new opportunities do we have? How can we protect ourselves from harm?

We invite you to contribute to the subject by writing about any of the topics covered in our Featured Theme this October and November - http://www.takingitglobal.org/themes/onlinesafety - or by writing an article based on your own experience navigating the unpredictable place that is the World Wide Web.

Contribute to Panorama's current issue and share your unique perspective! For more submission criteria please email editorial@takingitglobal.org or go to: http://www.takingitglobal.org/express/panorama/criteria.html

. ++ Global Gallery Contest "Virtual Citizenship, Real Safety" ++

The Internet is a place to explore, a mode of communication, a source of information. Many people find and thrive along the information highway, rounding its curves and linkages. Others find a venue for expression and nodes to give voice to their opinions and creative thoughts. The web emerges as a place of interwoven connection and opportunity, but also a place of hidden dangers. This month the Global Gallery explores the concept of Online Safety and Security through a poster contest. We want you to create a poster on any of the following topics, or come up with your own idea.

Possible topics include:

- Intellectual Property
- Identity Theft
- Cyber Citizenship
- Cyber Predators and Bullying
- Online Security: Protecting your computer

* The best posters (submitted by November 6) will be printed and spotlighted at the upcoming World Summit on the Information Society in November.

To learn more about these topics, please visit the Featured Theme page at: http://www.takingitglobal.org/themes/onlinesafety/

Visit the contest page to submit your entry:

Contest Results for "I AM TAKINGITGLOBAL"

In August and September, the Global Gallery ran a contest entitled "I AM TAKINGITGLOBAL." Here are the results:


Ssendagire Paul, Uganda


Alligator, Egypt

Terri W, Canada

Chris C, Canada

. ++ October's Featured Country Sites ++

Explore TakingITGlobal's country sites and learn about members who are actively involved in TakingITGlobal and local projects all over the world. This month, why not visit Nepal or Spain? Each country will be featured off the homepage for two weeks out of the month, starting with Nepal.

Nepal: http://nepal.takingitglobal.org/

Spain: http://spain.takingitglobal.org/

Help develop your own nation's country site, by becoming active in TIG's discussion boards, TIGblogs, Panorama online magazine, Global Gallery or by posting events and opportunities. Need more information? Contact regional@takingitglobal.org

. ++ TIG Russia: Open Forum on the Millennium Development Goals ++

More than 30 active Russian young people took part in the TIG Open Forum on MDGs which became a part of the International Volunteer Festival in Tver region, Russia. Informed about the global initiative and inspired by sample MDG projects that youth create around the world, participants of the forum got involved in vibrant discussions as to what change can they, as young people, create in order to achieve the Goals which they find most relevant for Russia. Want to learn what came out of this? Click here:

Russian Art Contest Submissions on Exhibit

On September 4, the wonderful winners and runner-ups of the TakingITGlobal's art contest "Russia Through the Eyes of Youth" received their prizes at the award ceremony in the art gallery "A3" in Moscow, Russia. Their works were also presented to the general public in a ten-day exhibition. Besides the winning works, the guests of the event got a chance to see a selection of contest submissions in all four categories which were rated high by the jury. For pictures from the ceremony click here:

. ++ Open Forum on Youth and ICTs in Kiev, Ukraine ++

On September 24, a Ukrainian team of TIG members and partners organized an Open Forum on Youth and ICTs in Ukraine. The forum was held in the capital of Ukraine, Kiev, and was a part of National Youth Campaigns on the Information Society coordinated globally by TakingITGlobal and SchoolNet Africa. Ukraine, a country with a population of 48 million, has 5.2 million Internet users (Source:http://www.internetworldstats.com). The Forum on Youth and ICTs in Ukraine was the first attempt to bring together young people and representatives of IT companies in the country to discuss the vision and strategies for the development of information society in Ukraine.

For more information about the Information Society Campaign in Ukraine and ways to get involved, contact Denis Stepura: dstepura@ukr.net

View photos from the event and closure report here: http://events.takingitglobal.org/OF_kiev

PS. I forwarded this from my mailbox, everyone should check out the links above tho... A+!