PTalk project –

Demostrating the power of Web2.0 in the prevention of socio political crisis

Demostrating the power of Web2.0 in the prevention of socio political crisis

Prevention Talk is an initiative of I-Vission International to demonstrate the power of Web2.0 in the prevention of socio cultural and political crisis.

From the summit of Kilimanjaro in Kenya, the heart of Yamoussoukro in Côte d’Ivoire, the pyramids of Egypt, the mines of Soweto and the depth of the Niger Delta basin, it is evident that; where there is no open, transparent and participative conversation between citizens, civil society organizations and governments, the risk of an explosion is very high.

Prevention Talk steps in at the very initial stage to freeze the unknown before it’s too late. We do this by engaging citizens in a multi stakeholder and democratic conversation on burning social issues of common interest. This process creates awareness on national issues and stimulates citizens’ participation in nation building.

Our inspiration is drawn from the concepts of social mediation and citizens’ journalism as tools for a peaceful open and democratic construction process.



Netsquared/Techsoup First Regional Ambassadors Team

Hi team,

I am thrilled to announce that we have selected our first team of Regional Ambassadors.

Please say hello to:

  • Maria Zaghi: Latin America and Spanish-speaking Net2 organizers
  • Excel Asama: Africa and French-speaking Net2 organizers
  • Stephen Blyth: Australia and New Zealand
  • Mel Findlater: Western Europe

Because this first year is a test and the project needs to be small, you’ll notice that we don’t have Ambassadors for all regions. Our initial focus area is on areas that are more difficult for TechSoup Global staff to support because of geographic distance, language or cultural differences.

Our Ambassadors, who are veteran organizers, will be supplemented by TSG staff. More on this soon.

The Regional Ambassadors pilot has these core elements:

  1. Ambassadors will offer regular mentorship and support to organizers in their region
  2. Ambassadors will chair the creation of regional NetSquared Camps
  3. NetSquared Camp funding and travel bursaries will be open to all NetSquared organizers


Maria Zaghi

Maria Zaghi
MARIA ZAGHI has a 20-year experience in the implementation of projects and entrepreneur efforts related to ICTs (Information and Communication Technologies) in Latin America.
She has been the leader for several ICT agendas in Guatemala including the e-Guatemala strategy as an researcher of the Information Committee in the National Science Council; she is part of the National E-commerce, Information Society Commission of Guatemala and is also a collaborator with the Innovation and Competitive Agenda. She is a professor in ICT programs for Universidad Del Valle, Francisco Marroquin University, Landívar University and Universidad Galileo in Guatemala and in Unitec in Honduras.

She is currently in charge of business development for Campus TEC, the first technology park in the Central American region with over 100 companies in the ICT.

Excel Asama

Excel Asama Abel
Excel Asama is an ICT Expert and an Internet Next Generation Leader dedicated in energizing people and organizations to help themselves through ICTs. He strongly believes in the power of the Internet in particular and the ICTs in general in bringing about the expected change in this generation. Born in a remote village in Cameroon from a modest background, he is honored to dine with kings thanks to the Internet. Excel Asama holds a number of national and International certifications in ICTs and social Development, including and not limited to:

  1. Network Forensics obtained @ Japan CCERT (Computer Coordination Emergency Response Team;
  2. Internet Next Generation Leader Certification program (Internet Society);
  3. Web Development and Communication (World business Consulting and Computing);
  4. Project Elaboration and Management (European Union);
  5. Conflict Analysis (United States Institute of Peace); Electoral Observations (United Nations).

Current positions

  1. Founding President and CEO of I-Vission International
  2. NetSquared Regional Ambassador Africa
  3. Member of the Internet Governance Forum Secretariat Cameroon
  4. Member of the Internet Society Global and the ISOC Cameroon Chapter
  5. Member of the Civil Society Internet Governance Caucus

Stephen Blyth

Stephen Blyth
Stephen advises and supports people to make a big difference in their local and global communities with his company Common Knowledge. He’s been doing this mostly using the web since he helped build a community website in 1998. Part-time he chases grants and is building a vibrant network for the Tangata Whenua, Community and Voluntary Sector Research Centre. When not earning a livelihood the Kiwi can be found in his backyard garden or on the trampoline with his family. Stephen lives on the stunning Kapiti Coast, in the North Island of Aotearoa New Zealand, and is NetSquared Wellington organiser.

Mel Findlater

Mel Findlater: Geek for Good
Mel Findlater is a Geek for Social Good who helps coordinate the Netsquared group in Cambridge, UK called Net2Camb. With a background in training and facilitation in the disability and youth work fields, Mel is one of the co-founders and Director at The You Can Hub, a non profit that helps people achieve their impossible. She gets ridiculously excited about the potential of technology in helping people live incredible lives, especially those who might not naturally pick up a smartphone, tweet or write a blog. Inspire, connect, and support is her way and what better place to do this than Netsquared.

Additional Coverage

The work of the NetSquared Ambassadors will be supplemented by TechSoup Global staff.

  • Glenn Fajardo: Southeast Asia
  • Alicja Peszkowska: Central and Eastern Europe
  • Elijah van der Giessen: Western North America
  • Joyce Bettencourt: Eastern North America

Netsquared camp 2013 Cameroon



The goal of Netsquared Camp 2013, Cameroon was to build a community of techies and members who can actively participate in the extension of the network both in their local communities and beyond. This was done through:

  • One week workshop to train participants on web development, fund raising and online Communication from the 9th to the 12th of September 2013,
  • One day conference on the 20th of September 2013 with the press to mobilize new members for local groups.

One week workshop

This workshop brought together fifteen motivated and engaged citizens from different social backgrounds among which were civil society organizations, civil servants, businesses and religious bodies. The participants had a wonderful marathon in learning the following web applications: Web development :

Initiation to Web Communication

One day conference

The conference assembled fifty five (55) participants including civil servants, civil society, techies, businesses and pressmen @ hotel Lewatin Doulala.

Major activities of the day

·         Presentation of Netsquared and Techsoup by Excel Asama

·         Restitution of the one week workshop by Grace Same, Coordinator of Women and Girls in ICTs Working Group (

·         Presentation of the global campaign on ‘Women raise their voices for peace through Social Media’ by Sylvie Ndongmo president of Women Peace Initiatives, founder of FEMNET Cameroon and coordinator of the AWANICH and COREFAC Networks in Cameroon and Central Africa.

Key projects presented

·Prevention Talk:An initiative to demonstrate the power of Web2.0 in the prevention of socio political crisis and the promotion of pace with case study; legislatives and municipal elections in Cameroon come September 30; 2013.

Presenter:Excel Asama

Organization:I-Vission International (

·  Cameroon Road Safety Platform presented by Grace SAME. The objective of the project is to combat road insecurity in Cameroon via the Internet.

Website: under construction @

Netsquared Camp Cameroon 2013 attempted a response to the following needs:

1.      Slow penetration rate of the network in this part of the world;

  1. Indifference of citizens to ICT matters as a result of ignorance;
  2. Absence of a team of techies ready to engage in ICT start ups.  

 Outputs of the Camp

  • Fifteen (15) participants were trained on Web development, Web Communication etc
  • A team of techies to boost the Netsquared Network  was put in place
  • We succeeded to create awareness on the Netsquared network in particular and the ICTs as a whole in our Sub region through national and international press
  • More members joined Netsquared Cameroon local groups from 92 to 104 and is growing
  • Four Regional Delegates from Government officially declared their support for the network!


–         Workshop pictures:

–         Conference pictures:

Cameroun : Prévenir des crises socio politique grâce à Internet


Sur le thème « Bâtir une communauté d’experts en TIC pour une collaboration novatrice » en Anglais « Build a community of techies for innovative collaboration », l’ONG I-VISSION International vient d’organiser une formation de quatre jours à l’intention des responsables des OSC et des administrations publiques sur le bon usage du WEB 2.0.

Du 09 au 12 Septembre 2013, une quinzaine de participants encadrés par Excel Abel Asama, le Président de I-VISSION International, ont appris à mieux utiliser Internet et surtout sa version WEB 2.0 dans son application relative à la prévention des revendications sociales qui dégénèrent souvent en rébellions comme celle que l’on vit actuellement en Syrie.

Au terme de cette formation ils ont mis en place une plate-forme dénimmée PreventionTalk (Ptalk) qui va permettre de prévenir des incidents, avant, pendant et après le processus électoral en cours dans le pays.

Cette formation a pris fin par une conférence de presse le 20 Septembre dernier à l’Hôtel Lewet de Douala au cours de laquelle les participants ont présenté aux femmes et hommes de média ce qu’ils ont retenu des enseignements reçus.

La formation proprement dite

Partie intégrante du programme Netsquared Cameroun 2013, et en réponse à certaines défaillances observées sur le terrain à savoir : une faible pénétration du réseau Internet au Cameroun, l’indifférence des citoyens vis-à-vis des questions relatives aux TIC du fait de l’ignorance et l’absence d’une équipes d’experts prêts à s’engager dans le travail de formation des pépinières des TIC, cette formation s’articulait autour de trois points essentiels.

Dans le premier point, il s’est agi du développement du WEB avec son système de gestion de contenu, l’initiation aux applications mobiles, la cartographie numérique (exemple Ushaidi) et Widgets et dans son second point relatif à l’initiation à la communication WEB, l’on s’est intéressé à l’intriduction au WEB 2.0, aux campagnes et activisme en ligne, au blogging, micro blogging avec des exemples sur Word press, Facebook ou Twitter, les enquêtes et sondages en ligne, Online Video/photots, Youtube ou Flickr et enfin dans le troisième point l’on a parlé de développement personnel et de leadership.

Lors de l’évaluation de cette formation, les participants n’ont pas manqué d’exprimer leur satisfaction au facilitateur pour la qualité des enseignements dispensés.

 La conférence de presse

La conférence de presse a permis à Excel Abel Asama, le Président de I-VISSION International, Ambassadeur Netsquared/Trechsoup Global Afrique, coordonnateur Netsquared Cameroun de présenter aux journalistes et à l’assistance Netsquared et Techsoup, deux organisation non gouvernementales basées aux Etats-Unis dont le rôle est de même en contact des hommes et des associations dans le but de les aider à résoudre les problèmes auxquels ils font face, de s’entraider mutuellement. Il a également présenté le projet PTalk.

Grace Same, Directrice de projet à I-VISSION International et Coordinatrice du projet Women and Girls in ICT Working Group Africa a restitué les grandes lignes de la formation sur le WEB 2.0 et présenté le projet Cameroon Road Safety Platform éléboré au cours de la formation et qui a pour objectif de lutter contre l’insécurité routière au Cameroun à travers le WEB 2.0 et enfin, Madame Sylvie Ndogmo, la Présidente de Women Peace Initiatives, Fondatrice du réseau FEMNET et coordinatrice des réseaux des associations féminines AWANICH et COREFAC a entretenu l’assistance sur la Journée Internationale de la Paix et présenté la Campagne Mondiale de la Paix dont le thème set « Les Femmes élèvent la Voix Pour la Paix » à travers les média sociaux.

Les journalistes et lezs particiapnts à cette conférence de presse ont voulu, à travers un jeu de questions-réponses, en savoir plus sur les différents projets présentés par les orateurs et se sont surtout attardés, actualité oblige, sur la plateforme PTalk.

La plateforme PTalk

Ce projet dont la mission est de démontrer le pouvoir des TIC dans la prévention des crises sociales a permis à l’assistance de comprendre son mode d’interactivité. Les promoteurs de cette plateforme gérée par trois personnes dont Excel Abel Asama, Grace Same deux professionnels des TIC et Georges Ndenga, un professionnel des média, se sont inspirés des crises sociopolitiques en Côte-D’Ivoire, Tunisie, Egypte ou Kenya, qui auraient pu être évitées s’il y avait eu une conversation républicaine et citoyenne entre les différentes partis prenantes à ces crises. Elle s’inspire des concepts de médiation sociale et de journalisme citoyen comme outils de promotion d’un processus de construction ouverte  et démocratique de dialogue pacifique. Sa mise en ligne permet déjà à différentes personnes de s’exprimer et de faire des suggestions quant au bon déroulement du double scrutin législatif et municipal du 30 Septembre prochain au Cameroun.

 Les recommandations des participants

Celles-ci étaient nombreuses et diversifiées mais les plus importantes ont porté sur la multiplication et la tenue régulière de pareilles formations pour la mise en place de plateformes dynamiques de la société civile, l’intéressement de beaucoup de femmes aux TIC dans le but de bâtir des réseaux solides d’échanges d’expériences et d’expertise, les pouvoirs publics accorder plus d’importance, d’encouragement et d’implication aux initiatives individuelles de formation sur les TIC, les opérateurs économiques à appuyer et à apporter leur appui financier nécessaire à ces initiatives individuelles, les médias Camerounais à se faire l’écho de ces formations et de ces initiatives individuelles, les internautes Camerounais et étrangers à participer activement aux plateformes PTalk  ( et Cameroon Road Safety ( et enfin les bailleurs de fonds et les partenaires au développement locaux et étrangers du Cameroun à financer des formations du genre afin de réduire davantage la fracture numérique dans les pays émergents ou en oie d’émergence et de prévenir les crises sociales qui ne cessent de naître et de se développer dans le Monde et qui pourraient, sirien n’est fait, dégénérer en Troisième Guerre Mondiale.


The notion of crime against humanity is more or less associated with the shed of human blood, but when I deeply evaluated the consequences that Internet blockages can provoke, I was convinced it’s time to redefine the notion of CRIME AGAINST HUMANITY.

Internet is not just a tool to send and receive mails. It transcends all the social sectors from; Health, Banking, Import/Export, Education, Judiciary, defense etc.  So any one government, individual or group of individuals that chooses to block the Internet from its citizens will be causing an irreparable damage to his own people.

Blocking the Internet in this age means stopping citizens from doing business, from communicating, from getting good education and health services, from traveling, from defending their basic rights etc.

I want to believe that blocking the Internet should be considered as crime against humanity.

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