Introducing the Human Rights Online Project

Over the past two years, the Castan Centre has been expanding its online presence, particularly in the burgeoning world of social media, and has now consolidated its operations into the Human Rights Online Project.  The project enables the Centre to comment on human rights issues, to facilitate other people’s interest in human rights and to help create a stronger culture of human rights.  The project consists of the following:

A blog, which  features commentary from Castan Centre academics and staff on important, topical human rights issues. The purpose of the blog is to post opinion style pieces online to help influence debate and discussion. We also have a companion blog for our Global Interns to use while on assignment overseas.

A Twitter feed, which allows users to post messages of no more than 140 characters, and has become a great way for people to post links to interesting articles, videos, blogs and other online resources. Because people “follow” each other’s tweets, Twitter encourages communities of like-minded people and organisations to form, with everyone exchanging links to interesting information and encouraging action on important human rights issues. The Centre follows, and is followed by, journalists, human rights organisations, academics, politicians and members of the public.

A Facebook page, which allows those interested in the Centre’s work to keep up-to-date with our latest events, submissions and news.

A YouTube channel, which has videos of recent public lectures, interviews with the returned 2010 Castan Centre Global Interns and footage from this year’s human rights careers week, hosted by the Castan Centre at Clayton. Next year, the Centre hopes to start filming short interviews with academics, activists and others, especially those who give public lectures for the Centre.

All of these media interact with the Centre’s website, which is the repository for in-depth Castan Centre information, including submissions made to parliamentary inquiries, papers presented at public events and careers information for students.  And, of course, the best way for many people to keep abreast of upcoming events is still to receive these emails.

The Internet is increasingly being used as a tool for social change, and as a way for people to educate themselves.  For these reasons, we intend to monitor, evaluate and expand the Human Rights Online Project to make the most of these trends.  If you have any questions or feedback about the Human Rights Online Project, or would like to make a donation to support the Project, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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