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GISWATCH has an ambitious outlook: dealing with global issues through the lenses of local activists. The range of perspectives from around the world on chosen issues, is a unique factor of GISWATCH

It is welcoming to compare and learn from similar challenges being faced across the world. The thematic nature of the report is interesting.

The project is a great source of knowledge on different country perspectives on similar themes. I rely on GISWatch for research that I do on gender issues as it provides research on topical issues.The report development process provides a structure that authors can follow but still allows them to be flexible in their write up.

I think the project is really helpful. This type of initiatives contributes in the development of our countries. the articles are sources of information to our Society and to our policymakers, they can use it and obtain ideas and apply them in our countries based in our reality.  Also the report give us an image of whats happening in other regions.

The project is very valuable and provides fantastic insight to the subjects as it tries to get first hand information from the writers from/within the countries in question. I think this way it creates an alternative resource to those that are prepared by Western institutions by going to these countries for few weeks only. Therefore GISWatch provides a much more authentic information.

Nobody, within its own very busy work, could monitor all topics in all region. GISWatch is the nearest tool to achieve such a goal in the Internet world.

I think this is a very important and fascination project, and it is impressive how you managed to put together experts from so many different countries.

I like the project cause it embeds an active learning process, it give an overview of the challenges, risks and trends. I would say that its highest value is in the global visibility it has and the facts that smaller, remote countries are reported and in this way become visible and part of the global conversations.

The project is very important because it provides valuable insight in many topics and helps activists and other members of the Internet community see different challenges in various countries.

I think the project is amazing.
For me it was important because it's a great opportunity to share information about a grassroot project globally. International character of reports make GISWatch unique: I don't know if there are any other opportunities to gather diverse experiences and specialists from different spheres.

I think that GISWatch is an unique project as regards the number of countries involved, and the variety of perspectives. But at the same time with a very precise focus, related to each issue and to the methodology proposed. The challenge is to find a story, a case widely en-richen the way in which the issues could be followed and understood.

The GISWatch Project provides very useful insights into today's information society through the lens of different country experiences. A reader is allowed to properly gauge the ongoing interaction between technology and human rights, and its impact on people's day-to-day lives.

I love the project and I  think it is a very very unique snapshot of "the internet" and "the real world" - it is a global snapshot and horizon scan... it is very valuable for me to look back on the reports from all the countries and draw comparisons... it is like the story of the internet.. different chapters, different themes, every year :)

ICT policy issues were not a priority for our organization previously. Due to GISW we got involved in this areas and disseminate these ideas in the Romanian NGO and academic communities.

There is genuine need for the new spaces opened by this project , which at the same time sharing different country experiences building plat form for solidarity and supporting different communities to share their challenges and to show the state violations of its international HR obligation. The report development for me is a learning process and opportunity to meet other activists and defenders from different country sharing the same values and principles

the GISWatch is a magical space for learning, knowledge sharing and advocacy. Stakeholders should use this to help implement the human right-based appproach to programming

The project has unique value as it provides a global but detailed overview of different key topics. It helps people to get the arguments and diverse/complementary detailed views about topics.
In the long term, some of the topics should be revisited to monitor evolution and update the content to keep it relevant.

GISWatch may be very useful for those who want to have a general idea of global situation on specific issues and in that sense, the theme is often quite broad, so different topics may be included in the same theme.


"I appreciate all your work in improving [our] report. With your help I feel I am improving my writing from one report to the next one. From time to time, when it is appropriate I mention your annual report in my work as a trainer and lecturer." 

"I am using GISWatch in a course I am convening on development communications at Wits University. There is a session on ICT4Ds, and GISWatch will be used for that -- but it is generally useful and helpful. For instance, reports on institutions and governance can be shared with students to show how complex and complicated engaging with UN bodies can be for rights advocates. Many of them capture the nuances of this...