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DiploFoundation is opening applications for the IGCBP 2009

Marouen Bloggin' his Life - Fri, 23/01/2009 - 10:31am

L Like each year, Diplofoundation is looking for new interesting and interested people to take part in their Capacity Building Program for Internet Governance. You can find more details in this link . Keep in mind that the deadline is : 11 February 2009

My First Personal Computer

Marouen Bloggin' his Life - Wed, 30/01/2008 - 10:15pm

If I'm not wrong, I won my first Personal Computer in the year 1991 after participating in a writing contest in french and winning the first prize. It was the famous Commodore 64 like in the picture with a tape reader and few tapes containing some games and programs such as the main Operating System (I remember only the Ninja Game I used to play with).

You do speak English ? You're hired !!!

Marouen Bloggin' his Life - Sat, 26/01/2008 - 10:34am

I can barely remember the details of the few times I spoke on radios. I can remember that everything started; I imagine it is the case with many Tunisians from my generation, with the interest for the international radio RTCI and the interaction with the presenters via snail mail. Many live interviews followed this beginning linked to several events I organized or subjects I was keen advocating such as the Free and Libre Open Source Software model.

Travelling Without Moving

Marouen Bloggin' his Life - Sun, 09/12/2007 - 2:47pm

No I won’t talk about Jamiroquai’s Album. I want to talk about one of the best communities I discovered in London. The Couchsurfers.

Let’s be honest! What do young travellers need when they discover the world? I’ll give you the answer: A place where to spend the night (not even a bed if you have a sleeping bag) with the option of having a nice shower and change, a safe place where to leave the heavy backpacks during the day and, of course, a guide (usually a book) to tell you where to go and what to avoid (I’m used to buy the lonely planet).

Do I miss London ?

Marouen Bloggin' his Life - Sat, 08/12/2007 - 4:14pm

Until now, I can say that I lived in three different countries in three different ‘worlds’. I lived almost all my life in my home city, Tunis. I had my first and short stay of four month by my own in Mali (one of the poorest countries in the world). And lately, I just came back from more than a year spent doing my masters degree in London.

Where are the bookshops in Tunis ?

Marouen Bloggin' his Life - Fri, 30/11/2007 - 10:44pm

Today I noticed something odd and worrying. It’s the first time I make a deep tour around the university of Tunis (Faculté de Tunis). I used to know the area due to the rapid-post office there. But today it was a special tour. Besides going to grab a letter I received, I wanted to buy a book. Yes a book. And guess what ….. it wasn’t so easy.

Speak English / Se Habla Español

Marouen Bloggin' his Life - Wed, 21/11/2007 - 11:46pm

Luiz I want to dedicate this post to our taxi driver in Rio. Luiz is an amazing guy who has the advantage of speaking English (enough to make us laugh at least) and Spanish too. He is proud of his carioca origins (native inhabitants of Rio) and who shares his love for his city. His taxi is endowed with a DVD player and 2 screens (with a remote control which freaks me out every time he uses).

Jesus refused to meet me

Marouen Bloggin' his Life - Wed, 21/11/2007 - 1:30am

Christ the RedeemerAfter a long journey back from Rio to Tunis with a transit in Sao Paulo and then Milan, I needed a long rest and few real dinners (no comments about Alitalia dinners). Now I’m back to my dear laptop (I call ‘wife’ too) to write about Rio.

IGF2 - Minutes of the Security Plenary session

Marouen Bloggin' his Life - Thu, 15/11/2007 - 3:19pm

Ralf Bendrath, Research Fellow, University of Bremen

The panellist presented security as a warranty for the future from a scientific perspective since he has security policies background then he reminded that total security cannot be reached. “Actual security discussions are linked to the famous national security but maybe in future IGF meetings we may discuss other issues related to cyber wars for example”. “There is between bad and good the issue of well intended actions like hacking tools which are used by administrators to monitor their networks”.

IGF2 / Privacy in internet identity Management session

Marouen Bloggin' his Life - Wed, 14/11/2007 - 7:55pm

The session entitled “Privacy in internet identity Management” during the IGF started with the presentation of the link between privacy, Technology and Globalisations by Anne Carblanc (OECD). To do so, she explained the new movement offered by new technologies, new trends in these technologies, the change of user’s and businesses and other organisations behaviour, legal policy frameworks that exists now, the limit of recent initiatives.

Who Am I ?

Marouen Bloggin' his Life - Wed, 14/11/2007 - 1:44pm

Before coming to Rio to attend the IGF I was interviewed by a writer/reporter in order to prepare a profile of me to be published in IDRC@IGF website. I like this profile and that's why I decided to publish it also in my blog :

Name: Marouen Mraihi

Age: 27

Country: Tunisia

Main development interest: Helping to bridge the digital divide

I'm not alone

Marouen Bloggin' his Life - Tue, 13/11/2007 - 9:10pm

Before going further in the IGF process, I wanted to speak about the team of young researchers that I had the pleasure to be selected with and to meet in Rio. They are also supposed to blog about the IGF process and all their profiles are listed in this link

Online identity issues

Marouen Bloggin' his Life - Tue, 13/11/2007 - 6:39pm

In this session organised by the Oxford Internet Institute (among others), many speakers presented their experience/views (or the one of their organisations/companies/Countries) in the field of the management of security. More focus was dedicated to the transaction level and identity (ID) management architectures used on the online work nowadays.

Politically incorrect

Marouen Bloggin' his Life - Mon, 12/11/2007 - 3:18pm

I’m here, struggling with mi tie, seating among hundreds of representatives – well dressed – of several countries and international organisations, in a big conference room during the opening session of the IGF I presented in the previous post. Well, I know I have to speak a bit about Rio de Janeiro but I’ll try to do it later from my hotel room, if I find the time.

On my way to Rio

Marouen Bloggin' his Life - Sat, 10/11/2007 - 4:46pm

Well, I’m pretty sure that my blog is more than upset with me because I neglected it for more than a year. I always manage to find reasons for postponing writing posts (blogging).

new life ... to be continued

Marouen Bloggin' his Life - Sat, 30/09/2006 - 6:36pm

I'm facing some troubles with my blog (spam in comments) and that's why I'll tell more about my new life and what a crazy September month I had in my next post in few days.

British Airways : Disruption - hand baggage restrictions

Marouen Bloggin' his Life - Mon, 14/08/2006 - 8:03am

This was valid until yesterday August 13th.

With immediate effect, the following arrangements apply to all passengers starting their journey from airports in the UK or the United States of America (excluding flights from Atlanta, Dallas, Orlando and Tampa to London Gatwick) and to those transferring between flights at a UK airport.

All cabin baggage must be processed as hold baggage and carried in the hold of passenger aircraft departing UK airports.

Windows vista is coming .....

Marouen Bloggin' his Life - Tue, 01/08/2006 - 2:45am
I think you've already heard about the famous voice/Speech recognition feature that will be included with Vista. Let's try it !

From Lebanon, with tears and rebellion

Marouen Bloggin' his Life - Mon, 31/07/2006 - 1:37pm

An email from a dear friend from Lebanon ..... May God bless and protect all the poor victims of this stupid war.

My fellow humans;

From the heart of Beirut…with the sounds of missiles, explosions and people screaming, being the only background music for the past week…I am writing to you.

Within less than 24 hours…a country that carried the secrets of a wonderful sea, strength of standing mountains, whispers of wide green trees…was turned upside down…leaving its appealing nature hiding below a dreadful artificial disaster zone.


Marouen Bloggin' his Life - Sat, 17/06/2006 - 2:30pm

I want to inaugurate my new category "Wireless Life" with this quotation of Albert Einstein describing the radio :

You see, wire telegraph is a kind of a very, very long cat. You pull his tail in New York and his head is meowing in Los Angeles. Do you understand this? And radio operates exactly the same way: you send signals here, they receive them there. The only difference is that there is no cat.


My IELTS experience

Marouen Bloggin' his Life - Wed, 14/06/2006 - 1:37pm

I’m back again as I promised to speak about my experience with the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) which is known as the equivalent of the TOEFL exam. Almost all the British Council centres all over the world are testing centres like all the Amideast centres for the TOEFL.

I'm sorry my dear blog

Marouen Bloggin' his Life - Fri, 09/06/2006 - 12:54am

As usual, I've done it again. For a while, my blog took the last position on my priorities list and event if I had (and still have) many reasons to do that, I feel sorrow for that and I hope (I'm not promising) I'll not do it again .... after :)

North African wireless workshop

Marouen Bloggin' his Life - Thu, 04/05/2006 - 1:50pm

This is the call for participation of the workshop I've been attending first as a trainee in South Africa and after as a trainer in Senegal. This is the session dedicated to North Africa. I hope it will be as interesting and funny as the two previous editions.

Workshop information in English

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