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· March, 2007

Stories about Technology from March, 2007

Ethiopia: blog blocked

  31 March 2007

Andrew Heavens blog has been blocked in Ethiopia: Surprise, surprise…meskelsquare.com is now out of sight here. Why would they block a blog which publishes stories about Miscalls and Kenyan web watchdogs? Ahunis enezih sewotch cherkavhewin tilew abedu Of course, blogs on blogspot.com have disappeared once again.

Chile, Costa Rica: “Un Computador por Niño”

  30 March 2007

Ricardo Carreón, General Manager of Intel for Latin America, describes a pilot test of Classmate PC (“laptop for kids in emerging markets”) that he attended in Costa Rica with Intel CEO Craig R. Barret. On a related note, Carreón points us to a collection of YouTube videos about Chile's “Un...

Trinidad & Tobago: Second Life for Caribbean Teens?

  30 March 2007

Caribbean Public Relations reports on Coca-Cola‘s latest marketing concept for Caribbean teenagers – “a virtual city…called Caribbean Connection. The idea borrows from the Second Life concept, where you can go into the virtual world, interact with others, participate in activities, and create ‘a life'”.

China: Nation's first citizen reporter?

  30 March 2007

Meet Zola Zhou, independent citizen reporter, blogging live from the nailhouse. But is Zola really China's first citizen reporter? Big-name bloggers like Herock, Doubleleaf and Zhan Bin say he is. Out of what Zola says is a ‘sensitivity to news’ and desire for fame, on Monday afternoon he hopped on...

Trinidad & Tobago: Blog Karma

  29 March 2007

Caribbean Public Relations links to Rohit Bhargava for some tips on good blog karma: “They’re really common sense approaches to being courteous and open online, and expanding your network.”

Cambodia: Blog Training

  29 March 2007

The youth in Cambodia are very active helping their fellow citizen's learn blogging and get to grips with information technology. Vutha has some pictures from a recent training held in a Cambodian city.

Philippines: Installing Ubuntu

  28 March 2007

Connie in Philippines describes her experience of installing Ubuntu, a popular distribution of Linux operating system on her daughter's new laptop computer.

Global Voices in Moscow

  28 March 2007

On March 21, Moscow hosted its First International Conference on Blogs, Media and Citizen Journalism. I was happy to represent both Global Voices and neweurasia at the meeting. The conference was organized by the Centre for Internet Policy of Moscow State University for International Relations (MGIMO), Realno.info, a web site...

Egypt: Blogger Assaulted

Egyptian blogger Hossam El Hamalawy reports a bizarre incident during the hearing of a case lodged by a judge to block 21 blogs and websites that “harm Egypt’s national interests and defame Hosni Mubarak.” “The court session ended in a circus, with judge Abdel Fattah Mourad who filed the lawsuit...

Egypt: Citizen Journalism Talk

Egyptian blogger Hossam Al Hamalawy will give two talks – one on citizen journalism – at the 5th Cairo Anti War Conference and 3rd Cairo Social Forum being held later this month. “The conference should be a golden opportunity for us to exchange experiences with international and local activists. I...

South Korea: blocking foreign porn sites

  27 March 2007

Matt from Gusts of popular feeling blogs about the recent government policy in filtering out foreign porn sites in South Korea: We're also told that the government “will block around 180 such foreign sites by the end of May”. Wow. All 180 of them. They really aren't kidding around this...

India: Qualitative Research and Blogs

  27 March 2007

Conversations with Dina discusses if blogs will kill focus groups in qualitative research. “Because blog conversations are viral on the other hand, and often there is no way of ‘checking’ back on the demographics. Its difficult for an ‘outsider’ (read marketer who isn't into blogging) to trust this conversation then,...

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