Hello thank you for visiting my page #womenindigital and women4tech this blog page is about all things digital.
This is my human digital journey and my story why I am driven to finding a solution for innocent end users who are bridging the digital divide and pushing the boundaries to find a end point user protected solution tools to keep all innocent children, teenagers and women safe and protected from an end point of view.
My work is also based on bringing awareness around cyber dangers that are taking place over the Internet. I believe it is important for many global leaders to adopt best practice standards end point secure digital tools and solution to keep innocent humanity safe & protected over the Internet and if they are working with innocent humanity globally via the Internet.
Their safety and protection is critical and so are their privacy rights as end users.
I have been on a mission to find end user protected tools and this is blog site is about my journey.
This page is my way to let you know who I am and I must warn you that I am quite a rebel in my own way and I believe in team work. I have opinions, what I write on my pages, are my own opinions when it comes to the next leap in the digital cyber-evolution arena. I follow a particular path in my career, do my research & I have chosen this particular path for a reason.
Most people either like me or they don’t and most people love me for who I am and most don’t quite get me because my brain works fast at times. I should warn you that I am border line dyslexic & the link at the bottom, talks about famous people who are dyslexic. I believe Ted Turner, Richard Branson and many women in the celeb world, openly speak of this issue they have faced with. .
This blog, is about my stuff and my journey towards building a vision I first began in 2004 & and what I stand for & believe in the secure digital sector.
My name is Ashie Hirji - I am a technology activist, evangelist, visionary & digital social entrepreneur. I am advocating end user protected tools for many INNOCENT children, women & youth, who are working in the humanitarian, educational, & social media sector whilst bridging the digital divide via the internet.
I utilize different cool digital tools to power many individuals & design digital projects, with young adults and women, whilst keeping many innocent women and youth safe during my own social media projects.
More about my work can be viewed on my portfolio site called “a gem of an idea” The rebel in me and why the drive to make an impact for innocent humanity, as I began the journey in this secure digital sector.
Before I begin with my story here some of my work I am currently designing and developing within the social new media sector can be viewed on my banner sites called “a gem of an idea”.
Those of us who are working within the digital education and social media sector are also dealing with cyber dangers as we connect with innocent children, teenagers and women and communities of Internet within the social media and digital education sector.
My vision was to bring a simple digital learning solution as a digital educational tool to developing countries and realized I had a problem of not being able to keep user safe from the cyber dangers and started working in the secure digital and new media innovation sector.
Social Innovation is a buzz word and many use this word generously, for me it was about solving a problem I was faced with in the digital sector and I wanted to adopt best practice standards tools for internet as an ethical leader and bringing awareness to global leaders working with innocent children, teenagers, youth and women that there is a dark side of the Internet.
As global leaders, we must all make extra effort and rethink how digital innovation can impact humanity in a safe and protected way when it comes to digital innovation and the Internet and we don’t compromise these innocent users safety, for the sake of monetary cost and forget there is a human cost involved and protecting them and their digital rights by pushing devices that don’t quite protect them either or by exposing them to many digital cyber criminals without properly addressing some of the cyber dangers that also take place over many internet technology platforms also.
I believe Corporate Social Responsibility is key if organizations are working directly with many innocent humanity and using the Internet to connect them over many of the social networking sites and these innocent children, teenagers and women from the developing countries must also have digital rights and be protected.
As a women, I should have many rights, one of the rights I am speaking is about the digital end user safety, protection and privacy rights when I utilize various digital tools or devices for the internet and work as a volunteer with many of the International NGOS and Development Organizations and foundation that they protect me and my digital rights. and I speak about this issue mainly from an end user point of view. If you are someone who believes in safety of humanity and working in the educational sector, connect members of your community over social media sites – you should be starting to ask questions about their safety if you involved innocent children, girls and women. If you believe in keeping humanity safe online, you are here for a reason. I believe in digital human rights for equal access & digital education for all innocent children, youth & women and the priority for their digital safety and protection at all cost.
I believe in these fundamental human rights & I believe in the rights of end user protected tools for the internet.
IF YOU believe in these issues, please join me and support my work and collectively we should be bringing awareness about these issues and be part of my advocacy. Technology leaders must listen to some of our concerns. We collectively can demand for end user protected tools, from an end user point of view none of us are that secured when we access the internet and connect on many of the Internet technology site either. Social media is here to stay and technology companies need to also take responsibility they don’t compromise us either and if you are working as volunteers with global NGOs, Foundations, International Development Organizations, United Nations and their agencies – don’t you think you have a right and ask them to protect you also in the digital age? Technology companies don’t have your best interest – their business model is to sell your data also.
Nothing wrong with social media or many money and there is a dark side of internet. Together we can empower each other. I invite you to support my advocacy, as I work towards bringing awareness of cyber threats, dangers and finding an end user protected solution from an end point of view as we all bridge the digital divide and for those of us who are working in the humanitarian sector.
This is my campaign and digital movement for protecting innocent children, women & youth whilst we ALL bridge the digital divide. I believe many International Developing Foundations, NGOs, technology leaders and technology internet companies, must listen to us also around these concerns we have and not turn a blind eye to this critical issue.
Further more many of these foundations, global institutions and government organizations working with INNOCENT children, women and youth over the internet & social networking environment in my opinion must adopt best practice standards tools when it comes to the digital cloud sector and protect them.
Cloud in my opinion tends to be blurred, mainly from an end user point of view and some of us want to make sure, we keep global innocent children & women safe from the current cyber dangerous that have been taking place.
I have been working since 2004 to find a solution for end user protected tools.
Digitally I tend to see the world in different shades and there are many views about internet I learn through visuals.
I am border line dyslexic and at times people have a hard time understanding me, or who I am and many don’t grasp my vision. My mind tends to be focused &at times works really fast, please forgive me, I am not a savvy blogger – I write my thoughts as this is about my digital journal and hope that someone will get inspired to assist me or my work, as I believe together we can truly empower each other. This is my way to share more about my vision & my work. This my way to voice myowndigital human journey –
Did you know that “Dyslexia Makes Great Entrepreneurs” Richard Branson, Charles Schwab, Ted Turner, John Chambers are all dyslexic. ”these people more visionary, could they have seen things differently?” a question was asked by Carl Schramm CEO of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation to advance entrepreneurship. Read more: http://articles.businessinsider.com/2011-05-12/strategy/29976621_1_dyslexia-ewing-marion-kauffman-foundation-carl-schramm#ixzz1qUpjyIHI
THE SCREEN SHOT BELOW: shows you what I am doing in the digital learning arena.
#all things digital – me at bottom far right with Pancho Campo MW & Carlos Moro President Grupo Matarromera, during the Marbella Climate Change Conference. The guest speaker was Kofi Annan -picture of Kofi taken by Johnny Gates more info @ “a GEM of an IDEA”. Kofi during his speech spoke of Africa & why private sectors must get involved to solve many issues for climate change in the developing countries. Pictures of youth from Bavubuka Community in Africa working with me & believe in safe digital inclusion & protection whilst we keep many innocent children and women safe on the internet. Ethical Leader 4 Change - #women4tech in the secure digital sector & inclusion globally, to keep many innocent children and women safe on the internet.
HOW my journey began:
In 2004, I founded Heart In Action Enterprises a goodwill new media social enterprise a division of Asita Informatica Inc.
Simple reason was: “most people ignore and avoid these topics that are associated with these words “pedophiles, rape, rapist or criminal individuals who run human trafficking acts” within their countries, cities or towns & most people will stay away from this critical issues or topics or even cyber malware threats we all face
Well – I CANNOT stay away from these topics & issues…
I cannot stand individuals or people who violate children, women or sexually abuse innocent children & women … this is a human rights issue for me -
These issues are important to me & seriously important to me in fact … and I have my own story, why this issue is critical to me in time I will speak about it if given the opportunity.
Back to the fight for end user protected tools. I believe ethical leaders working in the humanitarian & tech sector must start to pay attention about these critical issues as there is a dark side of Internet.
WHY -this has been a topic for me since 2004, when I first began my work & today it is a hot topic & the most important issues some of us are facing in the cyber sector. Were you aware? some of the dangerous individuals have been lurking on many of these social networking sites & using the internet for their criminal acts & they send us bogus emails, send us malware links, and they use these sites for their own criminal acts such as, pedophiles, criminal acts & use these sites for their human trafficking business & pornography, OR they connect with us via email & these same individuals; hang around on many of these social networking sites. Some of us just can’t seem to keep them away, from our group pages, whilst we work & develop our own social media digital learning projects, I work with many change makers & leaders globally and I support them all via the internet.
I first began this journey in 2004, to find secure multimedia end user educational tools, for a youth group I was supporting & developing with them an educational online project. They were based in North America & studying in North American Universities. The students during that time in 2004, were working with students in African schools and wanted my assistance to help develop the vision forward with them. As I started this project (see link below) I wanted to make sure and understand, first, why Africa & the youth had no internet in their schools and this is how my journey began, whilst researching internet, and as time evolved, I realized after speaking with a few technology leaders, who understood internet, explained to me about the dangers of internet first. I kept seeking out if there were educational tools that had protection also and what could be done for accessibility. After understanding the world of internet I realized many of these software learning tools that I was developing and started using for digital learning projects, pretty much did not have any end user protection, on the internet and in order for me to keep many of these innocent children, youth and women safe who were and involved with me, especially those depending on me and working with me, my goal was to make sure I brought a protected solution for them, and keep them safe, from the cyber dangers & for many of their educational HIV-AIDS & educational online projects especially for youth in Africa & in other developing countries. http://www.heartinaction.com/aiding.htm
After showcasing this vision to many groups & celebs, & few years of pretty much self funding these projects, unfortunately I could not get further funding from any of the International Organizations, Foundations, NGOs or ethical funding groups, nor any savvy investors to support this social enterprise business vision I had started. I hosted my first event in 2004 even a a mainstream media told me, they would not support this project, as HIV/Aids in Africa was not a North American issue. Unfortunately we could not take the project to the next level, nor could I raise funding in Vancouver to sustain the work & vision from the security tech side for “aiding youth for life” and by 2006 in spite of developing the tools, I just could not sustain them financially in any way to keep their vision alive.
Although a core group of us had self funded & developed a proof of concept for these digital learning tools and have supported many groups & organizations since 2004-present.
More about my goodwill work I do in this digital sector currently & info about my projects mentioned on some of my banners sites.
ALL we wanted to do, was bring a solution & support many children, women and youth in Africa and support these university students involved with ”aiding youth for life” it was about how they would also utilize these same secure tools to teach children, youth about the HIV/Aids educational curriculum online and my goal was to make sure they had safe multimedia tools. ”aiding youth for life” was teaching HIV/Aids curriculums in 12 schools in East Africa during that time in 2003- 2005 (see pictures no internet) and the goal was to bringing these youth safe end user protected multimedia tools ….
In spite of financial challenges & lack of financial support, I never stopped, Each day I work away towards this work, vision & kept developing my social business model & kept looking for end user safe tools …TODAY I keep supporting, many youth groups & organizations, & more about them is mentioned on my website banner. Many individual who joined my platform I make sure I support them.
I am still working away since 2004 and I am finally now after 8 years getting there, to bring an end user protected tool solution for some of my digital learning multimedia projects just about there.
My reason for pushing these boundaries was simple, I did not want to give up this fight & I want to keep many of these youth, women & children safe in their communities whilst we all bridge the divide this vision is not just for Africa, this vision is for all INNOCENT children, youth & women globally.
My work was and is about giving hope, bringing back dignity & empowerment, to those that need support in developing countries. These projects are based on the power of technology, for change makers within the digital landscape for cyber security within the digital educational sector. My other reason was to empower many NGOs and organizations that were and are working with innocent children, women & youth by bringing a protected solution for them, whilst they are working with their groups in many of the developing countries. For me, it was about creating an impact in the lives of innocent children young adults & women.
In spite of many funding obstacles & people quite not getting my social sustainable business model, I keep pushing these boundaries & I keep supporting many young leaders, youth, & women in developed & developing countries, if they ask for my assistance and I design projects with them, whilst we all bridge the cyber digital divide world. My focus has always been to keep them all safe & secured using best practice standard tools.
Since I began this vision, I have gone through many challenges & went through many many hardships, obstacles and financial challenges and I have NEVER given up my fight and the belief for finding a end user protected tool solutions.
For the last 7 years, I have had one focus, to find a way to bridge the digital divide in a safe way, and making sure I keep communities of interest safe.
My own opinions & my beliefs matter when it comes to the digital sector, when things get really tough and people start to ignore the rules of the digital game, well we need to all start to set new rules within the digital sector. I set my own digital social media rules, “ change the game & change the rules I am one of those womenindigital sector changing the game to win so that I know 20years from now innocent children, young leaders have the right protected tools to empower young children and women in their own communities.
Why #end-user protected tools many dangers I knew were taking place and I observed & witnessed soon after social sites were sprouting via the internet.
After facing hardship & financial challenges, working with many individuals & organizations in spite of the support I provide several of these groups, foundations, organizations and some of these individuals turned their back, I truly thought these same humanity organizations & individuals would have supported my vision and what I stood for and they would have given me the opportunity or open doors to speak some of the top decision makers who could have funded my proof of concept vision. Many have the capacity to provide funding…, but the middle management & individuals, somehow tend to ignore the simple truth.
The lack of investors in Vancouver, Canada was another harsh reality I witnessed……. funding was only given to those within their own inner circle and it was tough. No matter how hard I tried countless documents I sent to many organizations & groups, the door would not open. In spite of having a full proof of concept me and my business associate had developed for the use for these tools between 2004 – 2007 and again had a beta version by 2009. Investment and funding was difficult to get.
What I observed was most of these groups had their own elite clubs, unless you were in that system or in their elite club, ONLY THEY had the power to open these doors wide open.
In spite of all these challenges I have faced, I had to become resourceful and very creative & find ways to bring the message out globally and the only way is with many of these youth and women groups in their countries.
As I mentioned, I must have reached out to many individuals’ investors, organizations & investors I knew, I got a lip service and some polite excuses, unfortunately no doors for financial resources would open. ALTHOUGH, many liked what we were doing – yet funding was difficult.
I further observed & watched many groups that I supported, took advantage of my kindness and generosity, & a group I supported took many of my concepts & ideas, and after helping them since 2005 a few took many of my ideas and made it, as though they started the overall idea & vision, this was so hurtful & caused some intense pain for me, and wondered how can they be working for humanity and be so unethical.
Between 2009 -2011 a core group of us, have been speaking with a few technology companies to support the overall vision for multimedia for end user protected tools and fortunately one company understood my vision & work.
I am still pushing the boundaries for multimedia end user protection solution and finally getting there.
This -vision was first showcased in Vancouver 2004, and later I was invited to show the power of technology at the “The Human Forum” of Puerto Rico
A Glimpse of my social media projects:
A glimpse of some of my social new media projects & work. I have supported many organization & some in kind donation, below are just a couple of the video footages & whilst I provided these organizations my multimedia solutions skills & co-organize many online social media campaigns for all the multicast tools.
World Environment Day and World Ocean Day Panel with: Dr. David W. Randle, President & CEO WHALE Center, and Project Director Ed Begley Jr., Actor and Activist see: Ed Begley Jr. Dr. Noel Brown, President & CEO of Friends of the U.N. Dr Vladamir Golitsyn, Dirctor UN Division of Ocean Affairs & Law of the Seas. Dr. Frank Mueller-Karger, Director IOI USA and Professor USF College of Marine Science. Phillippe Cousteau, President & CEO Earth Echo International. Dr Paul Boyle, President & CEO The Ocean Project.
Between 2008 -2011 April, I had the opportunity to support & in kind donation many Earth Charter’s initiatives & empowering their organization and connecting youth globally by bringing digital multimedia solutions tools via my platform.
This gave them the opportunity to connect and learn for many of their youth initiatives within their EC youth groups. I provided my skills, knowledge & talents whilst I mentored young leaders around ICT innovation, safety for end user tools and during the EC+10 -November 2010 in India a 3 day conference, I had the opportunity to developed a full scale 3 day new media campaign with the production team and trained youth leaders in India to develop a social media campaign and during one of the youth session we hosted a live forum with EC-eGLO youth leaders. .
A cool footage I capture during one the speech given by Sudarshan Iyengar he was addressing at the Earth Charter Conference in India called Ethical Framework for a Sustainable World the conference was organized by CEE, Ahmedabad. India. http://www.earthcharterplus10.org/index.html
Please watch this tiny footage I captured during the conference as I was setting everything at the back end for the main conference, this video is not shown on EC+10 site, I like the honesty of the speaker (no bullshit) and how he puts things into prospective. Sudarshan Iyengar gives his view point & gives a strong message with a great answer to some question asked by a young man from Africa to EC panelist & council members on the stage. What I enjoyed was his point on ethics & CSR sustainability I tend to agree with his point & YES he speaks his truth, power to him as he spoke for many of us. via “a GEM of an IDEA” http://youtu.be/_BOIvw99dPU
I believe I have inspired many youth & many individuals and many have gone ahead and done some wonderful things in their careers.
I am an ethical change leader and I may have couple of negative strikes against me, 1) I am a woman 2) I am women of color 3) I am a women in business, 4) I am women working in the digital technology sector. I believe technology must be used in such a way that it helps and keeps us safe in the cyber world.
Being women of color and women in business makes it 10 times difficult to be heard and at times to be accepted in many business communities, it is also hard to raise funds.
WHY do women overall have a harder time to raise funds or be heard? This is a question, I have been asking myself since I start this vision and I do believe in gender equality in business.
Interesting video to listen to.http://mymulticast.wordpress.com/2011/11/08/tina-brown-jeff-jarvis-and-andrew-sullivan-talk-privacy/
What are your opinions can women get funded? Do women support women ? Do women in power or high position support women working in the digital sector? Will they listen to some of us? Will they be open to see a different kind of digital solution? My aim is empowering millions if funding is given to women like us!!!! Your view point’s can be shared via @mymulticast or you can post a comment.
WHY INCLUSION for the digital divide protected tools for access. I aim & work towards inclusion for all. Many elite organizations don’t give many of us a chance to even show them the user tool solution. As I have been busy developing a vision & at the same time impacting communities’ globally in small ways, with support & funding, we can truly impact many millions globally. I am using these hashtags if you are on twitter and follow my links I post #women4Africatech, women4tech #Youth4ICTinnov. My work is basically about empowering individuals, groups and I am a team player, a different kind of secure social media inclusion vision.
Many people speak of “change & innovation”
I am a believer of being in action and inclusion, collaboration & including many who are bridging the digital divide in a safe and secured way and making sure I am protecting end users on the internet, as I develop & inspire many towards social media inclusion and digital learning projects.
”Change is visible is about youth power and their opinions. Ethical leaders towards digital innovation for empowerment igniting change with youth in their communities and a way for many to be included in a safe environment by providing them with safe end user tools.
Young adult leaders must be taught around best practice standard tools and this is our responsibility as ethical leaders.
Follow my work, projects & some of the story post, of WHY “end user protection” for innocent children, women & youth – for internet is critical.
My human story journey @my multicast
Forward thinking the “future of digital innovation where CHANGE IS VISIBLE impacting the future of digital learning. The human tech evolution & the future of digital cloud evolution for end user protection on the internet. We are critical thinkers & a group working towards transforming the secure digital landscape, as we utilize digital tools and empower humanity globally. My goal is to keep them ALL safe on internet mainly from an end user point of view.
We are a different kind of cyber digital futurist & tech leaders. So of us are activists. If you are a thought leader working towards change in your community & want to understand about my work & many of my innovative digital cyber educational forums, and how we are solving these critical issues for the future of digital innovation in secured way, mainly from an end user view point for the digital divide inclusion & 4 end user protected tools – you are welcome to speak with me or contact me, @mymulticast or just post a comment.
This is my digital work & human stories working away since 2004.
Keeping an open mind for opportunity.
ARE YOU hiring? and if YOU are hiring give me a chance and I will prove to you what I am cable of doing or please contact me. I am currently designing & developing some of my own social sustainable digital learning projects & have a sustainable financial model built within these projects.
These are digital learning global forums and we develop these projects with women & youth globally, and we can address many of the United Nations MDG development goals for education, empowerment and INCLUDE cyber protection security standards or ICT for ethical cyber practice for innovation & development.
I would appreciate if you or anyone you may know may be looking to hire a consultant to develop a social media campaign. Virtually I can design a cool social media campaign and support your organizations vision.
I am open to working as a consultant with global foundation or company and can provide you with my CV.
I am highly creative & I see the big picture and I can be hired as a social media campaign manager. *hire me for your online social new media campaign. I have a cool sustainable model that I have designed for any organization. I apply this model for all my campaigns. I get your team inspired & into action, I deliver a cool vision & I target key global audience & ignite the vision to get to the next level on your site. I am unique, highly skilled & talented If you resonate with me, please empower our work and vision and this will give young change leaders and opportunity to flourish in their countries.
You will not be disappointed, nor will you regret having me on your team or as a BOA
I bring over 20 years of business corporate skills, promotional ideas & public relations skills & 6 years of multimedia event planning skills. It takes a visionary to keep internet a safe place for all … ethical change.
If you know of any groups that fund social enterprise projects or ethical investors looking for an opportunity to invest please contact me.
If you know of any International Development Foundations or NGOS organizations, who may be hiring or wanting a digital secure end user tech solution for their organization and for their communities of interest, I would be very appreciative if you introduce me to them. If know people at the top level and who have the power to make high level decisions and/or looking for a consultant in any Global International Development Organization, and working towards the United Nations MDG 8th goal or looking for a secure digital ICT cloud computing solution and how best to implement a solution, or a digital education secure solution, please contact me as I am currently working with a few technology companies in the secure cloud computing sector.
If you are open to introducing me to any potential ethical investors or interested in supporting my work & some of my initiatives, by way of funding some of our social media digital learning projects as it has a financial sustainable model, I would be happy to talk to you.
If you are a inspired as a ethical leader & working in the social media sector & would like to join the advocacy in your community or working around these critical ICT issues in your community & would like to get involved with our leadership digital projects, please contact me, here & I will include you during some of our digital forums for 2012.
My work is all based on speaking the truth, I tend to speak my mind and I work within the framework of ethics & best practice standards tools, within the “digital tech sector” my work & research is based on security for end user protected standard tools – this is my main focus currently.
Although during my spare time I do follow fashion, prior to starting this journey, I was in the fashion & perfume sector.
My silly rant: Many people talk about “doing good” well I don’t just talk, I just do it with or without funding.
By now you are either bored or inspired! and if you are inspired in any way and you believe in the safety of millions of innocent children on the Internet and you believe in their RIGHTS and the RIGHTS of women and youth globally on the internet, mainly from the current dangerous in the cyber world, to keep them all safe and would like to contribute in making a difference in the lives of innocent humanity globally, please contact me, together we can be much stronger and impact humanity in a positive way.
If you are a savvy person and great in raising funds or know of potential ethical investors, I would be open to speaking with you. I have a business model that rock – I believe in what I stand for and I know for a fact there are people who can open many doors. I will caution you, if you are planning to send me a scam email don’t bother.
Thank you once again - Ashie Hirji a GEM of an IDEA you can contact me directly here or via twitter @mymulticast
Famous people – Dyslexic http://www.dyslexiaonline.com/famous/famous.htm
WOMEN4TECH – cyber world digiinfosec ”the on going debate
about the future of digital cyberspace” and what industry experts are saying & talking about – state of cyber security & privacy.
Don’t forget to check “my latest shouts” when it comes to digital tech security rules about the future of cyberspace, and what industry experts are saying about the state of cyber security & privacy rights
Don’t forget to check my latest shouts, when it comes to digital tech security & privacy rules. Do organizations and individuals follow the rules of technology? – Ethics vs. unethical business & technology practices.
One of the topics is about how cloud can be blurred these days and pretty risky business” yet people practice their business in unethical ways. I could name a few, especially when it comes to creative ideas, concept & stealing IP , lately people will say and speak anything on social media network & privacy is thrown out…just for the mighty $$$.
As time evolves, ethical leaders will need to adopt best standard standard tools to keep all innocent humanity safe on the internet and devices.
LOOK OUT for my upcoming 2012 digital learning projects I am designing with some young women & young professional groups globally. Projects are based on secure digital learning, for ICT4d, climate change & carbon emission project with partners in Asia, India and an exciting project with Africa & Europe youth groups .
Thanks for checking me out and catching some of my shouts & rants.
Have a wonderful journey & make sure you have a blast in life and do make sure you keep yourself safe! when surfing on the social sites & internet, as I said from an end user point of view we are not all that protected from the current dangers that are taking place on the Internet and boy there are some nasty unethical individuals lurking on the internet. BE SAFE.