Stories about Technology from October, 2007
Nepal: The blogosphere and bloggers
Kathmandu Speaks reflects on why a Bloggers Association in Nepal – BlogBan didn't quite take off, and on the Nepali Blogosphere.
Singapore: Blog Advertising
Pricilla Tan does not want to place ads on her blog and discusses blog ads with fellow Singaporean bloggers.
Guyana, Jamaica: The Power of Money
Guyana-Gyal knows that money isn’t everything, while Moving Back to Jamaica wonders: “How much would it take to buy my happiness for a day?”
Kenneth Tan from Shanghaiist reports on facebook's plan to enter China and sums up bloggers’ comments on the move.
Jordan: First Wifi Street
Al Wakalat Street, Jordan first pedestrian zone, is now also Jordan’s first municipal WiFi zone, announced Jordanian blogger Ahmad Humeid.
Guatemala: Missing Home
Migration either internally or to countries abroad is a usual phenomenon in Guatemala. During the armed conflict and the years of extreme poverty and violence several Guatemalans decided that there was a lack of real opportunities. As a result many left their homelands to go to the capital city or to go North to find other ways to survive and improve their quality of life. Blogs play an important role in keeping people connected and to bring a piece of Guatemala closer.
Colombia: Campaign Proposals for Internet Access in Bogota
Victor Solano asks candidates for mayor in Bogota about their proposals for internet access in the city [ES], and publishes their responses.
Morocco: Stop Internet Censorship!
In March of 2006, Livejournal, the popular blogging site, was blocked by the state-controlled telecommunications provider Maroc Telecom (a subsidiary of Vivendi International), depriving Moroccan citizens of access to the roughly 2 million blogs the service hosts. On May 25, 2007, Maroc Telecom blocked access to YouTube for few days. In August 2006, Google Earth was added to the list of major websites being blocked. And as expected, Maroc Telecom didn’t give any justification for this instance of censorship.
Burma: Internet and the Monks
Sacred Media Cow on how the Junta controlling the internet may have actually helped the Burmese monks. “The little fragments of information that did manage to get through got elevated to a level of ennunciative power that would not have existed had the internet not been shut down.”
Africa: Map of drinking age and African local content
White African shows what the map on drinking age tells us about Africa: “This map instead represents a real problem that we face in Africa: the lack of local content (data) available in a digital format.”
Barbados: Blogging at the IMF
The International Monetary Fund has a blog – and Living in Barbados thinks that “this recent step into the blogosphere, and its subcategory the econoblogsphere will be interesting to watch.”
Singapore: 377A Debate
Kevin Lim takes a look at the online debate in Singapore on keeping or repealing a law that makes homosexual sex an offence.
Guatemala: Blog de mi Guatemala Turns Four
Blog de Mi Guatemala [ES] celebrates its four-year anniversary.
Bolivia: Voces Bolivianas Summary
Hugo Miranda of the project Voces Bolivianas summarizes the latest blog entries [ES] by the participants.
Dominican Republic: Images of Captured Criminals
Remolacha.net [ES] writes that criminals must hate cell phone and digital cameras because of the images captured, when the criminals themselves are captured.
China: Romance with the Moon
Joel Martinsen from DANWEI has collected and translated various feelings, comments and observations from journalists about China moon travel. Han Song (one of the journalist blogger) has pointed to a early science fiction in 1904 about modern China's moon wish.
Lebanon: On Facebook
“The beauty of Facebook is that you can add friends to your list who don’t have the least interest in staying in touch with you either! So, it is now your chance to take revenge and impose yourself,” writes Ahmad about the social networking website Facebook.
Argentina: Google To Open in Buenos Aires
Leandro Zanoni of eBlog [ES] writes about Google opening up its third operations center in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
South Africa: Meet a freelance WordPress designer
Nick interviews a South African WordPress designer: “I recently decided that I need to do more interviews with great people in SA. The first person I chose is Adii. He is a freelance WordPress designer but he’ll tell you more about that. Recently Adii has gained huge exposure on some...
Kazakhstan blocks opposition websites
On October 18, 2007, Kazakhstan has blocked access to a number of independent websites switching off main opposition outlets including kub.kz, geo.kz, zonakz.net and inkar.info [more on GV Advocacy…]
Indonesia: Proud To Be An Indonesian Blogger
Indonesian blogger Imam Brotoseno has created a fan video for the Indonesian bloggers summit to be held in Jakarta on 27th October. (via Unspun)