· September, 2005

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Globalization & Democracy: The Helsinki Conference 2005

  23 September 2005

The Helsinki Conference 2005: From Words to Action I recently attended the Helsinki Conference 2005 in Helsinki, Finland (Sept. 7-9). The conference was a follow-up to the Helsinki Process on Globalization and Democracy initiated by the governments of Tanzania and Finland in 2002 to create a multi-stakeholder approach to solving...

Guide for bloggers and cyberdissidents

  19 September 2005

Reporters Without Borders will release a “Guide for bloggers and cyberdissidents” on the 22nd of September. It will be available on the RWB's website in five languages (English, French, Persian, Chinese and Arabic) and includes an article on “anonymous blogging” by Ethan Zuckerman which was developed on the Global Voices...

Malaysia: Bloggers’ pre-emptive strike

  19 September 2005

Freedom of speech or is it blatant abuse of Internet as a channel for expression? Come over to Malaysia. Just as the Singaporean government was hauling in three bloggers within a week and charging them under the Sedition Act, Malaysian bloggers are getting equally jittery over seditious commentaries being posted...

Singapore cracks down on bloggers

  19 September 2005

Freedom of speech or is it blatant abuse of Internet as a channel for expression? Just as Malaysian bloggers are getting jittery over seditious commentaries being posted by readers in their blogs, and over their potential legal ramifications, the Singaporean government has decided to charge three bloggers within a week,...

Kuwait: Blog Search

  14 September 2005

Good news for all bloggers! If you haven't heard of it yet, nibaq points to the new Blog Search by Google. One commented on his post and added that Blogger has launched their search too. Update: They are actually returning the same results, since Blogger.com is owned by Google.

Two Singapore bloggers charged for sedition for racist comments online

  13 September 2005

Two Singapore bloggers have been charged under the Sedition Act for posting racist comments online. The last time the Sedition Act was invoked in Singapore was at least 10 years ago. Twenty-seven-year-old Benjamin Koh Song Huat and 25-year-old Nicholas Lim Yew are being accused of posting racist comments on an...

Echoes from the Tunisian blogosphere

  10 September 2005

Afrique Magazine (in French) has a feature article by the name “Blogmania Au Maghreb” talking about blogging in the Maghreb countries (Tunisia, Algeria, Morroco, Libya & Mauritania). The article highlights the Tunisian bloggers as pioneers and leaders of blogging in the region. A number of Tunisian bloggers talk about this:...

Brazil's Famous Flickr Photographer

  8 September 2005

The content of Tatiana Cardeal‘s photography is firmly rooted in her native country of Brazil, but her intimate lens and universal themes have generated a wide following of Flickr fans from all over the globe. Last week I emailed Tatiana with questions concerning her photography, her country, her life, and...

What Chinese Bloggers Think of “Super Girls”

  3 September 2005

Super Girls, a contest for female singers, has been the major entertainment event in China this summer. It was even evaluated to high level of social and political meaning. Chinese Bloggers also actively participated in the hot discussion, giving much valuable thoughts on what Super Girls affect Chinese society, business...

Sept 2, 2005: International Blogging for Disaster Relief Day

  1 September 2005

Tomorrow, Friday September 2, is . Why? Because it needs to be done. If you have a blog, here's what you can do. Sometime tomorrow, take a break from whatever it is you usually blog about, and post something constructive related to disaster relief. You can keep it topical to your blog; or, you can just dedicate blog space to listing websites where people can donate money (maybe even challenge people to match your donation). Or, share a story of a hurricane survivor. This goes for photo bloggers, podcasters and video bloggers as well - there's no reason why this should be text-only. Though this is inspired by Hurricane Katrina, the goal is to deal with disaster relief efforts worldwide, posting about a disaster relevant to your community. Post lists of supplies needed for victims of yesterday's stampede in Baghdad. Post an update on how your family is recovering from the tsunami. Post multi-lingual resources for African families in Paris displaced by the recent apartment fires. Blog about whatever you choose, as long as it supports some kind of disaster assistance in a constructive way. When you've posted to your blog, be sure to include a link to this Technorati tag: . That way, when people follow that link, they'll be able to find a collection of all relevant postings published throughout the blogosphere. There will also be an RSS feed on that page, which can be used to aggregate all of the postings and display them on a single webpage. I plan to aggregate them on my Katrina Aftermath blog; you can do the same. (Later, I'll post a javascript on my Katrina blog to make it easy for anyone to do this - more soon.) One collection of disaster relief resources, countless bloggers. That's the power of the blogosphere. So please join me tomorrow and participate in . Take a break from whatever it is you normally blog about - even if it's just for one post - and give back to the Net. -andy

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