Big Internet names, such as Facebook, Google, MTV, and Howcast, have already announced their intentions of joining the initiative set forth by the US State Department, of fighting against terrorism, political oppression, and for civil rights. Next week, New York City will host a conference on the matter, with representatives from several such existing organizations from all over the world attending. American authorities allotted the conference some $50,000, for travel expenses and accommodation.
Burma Global Action Network, Shabab 6 of April and Invisible Children are just a few of the organizations that will send representatives to the Columbia University Law School conference, to take place from the 3rd to the 5th of December. These groups act against the ruling junta of Burma, for democracy in Israel and for stopping the atrocities that the Lord's Resistance Army commits in Uganda, respectively.
"The idea is put all these people together, share best practices, produce a manual that will be accessible online and in print to any group that wants to build a youth empowerment organization to push back against violence and oppression around the world," James Glassman, under secretary of state for public diplomacy, said in a statement.
The on-line presence "Million Voices Against the FARC," a movement spanning from South Africa to the UK and the Middle East, will also be attending. The movement has representatives in 17 countries and dedicatedly fights against the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) movement. Also, similar organizations from Cuba will be attending via video conference.
The event will be streamed live on both MTV and Howcast, in an attempt to raise the level of awareness people have on the matter. The ultimate goal of the State Department is to create an on-line group – the Alliance of Youth Movement – that could effectively battle corruption, human rights violations and political oppression in countries throughout the world.