Stories about Technology from December, 2007
Jordan: Debut Post
Jordanian Mohammad Azraq announces his debut post covering the Jordanian blogosphere at Global Voices Online here.
Algeria: Online Poll on Bombings
Algerian blogger Nouri discusses Al Jazeera's recent poll on Algeria. The online poll asked users whether or not they supported the al-Qaeda bombings in Algeria.
Kuwaiti Publisher in Court
The Kuwait authorities levied charges of libel against Dr. Saad bin Tifla [translate], the publisher of the first online newspaper in the Gulf – Alaan – citing their Press & Publications Law of 2006, reports Bahraini blogger Mahmood Al Yousif.
Africa: Africa's modular machines
Afrigadget has a video showing Africa's modular machines: “The video below shows how the machines are used in wood workshops to make design cutouts, carve out pieces for furniture and to split planks of wood. It is essentially the same machine pieces, motor, pulleys and frame, just customized for different...
Zambia: We need Enlightenment to end this instanity
Zambian blogosphere continues to grow and bring diverse voices and opinions online as our new Zambian author, Brenda Zulu, shows us in her first roundup.
Cambodia: Social Network For People Living with Disabilities
Cambodian blogger Heng Phan has created a social network for People Living with Disabilities in Cambodia.
Hong Kong: Top News in 2007 Blogosphere
As the year end is approaching, local blogger sidekick has her picks of "Top News in Hong Kong 2007 Blogosphere". She also calls for more comments and suggestions for the year end round up. Below is a translation of her selection:
Malaysia: Getting The Page Rank Back
5xmom is happy to get her google page rank back and swears to stay off paid posts. “No more selling text links, no more paid posts on the these three blogs until Google define what I am allowed to do.”
Peru: Controversy in the Vote for Best Blog 2007
Peruanista [es] objects to the vote for “Best Peruvian blog of 2007″ held at the blog Utero de Marita [es], saying that there is a huge difference between best blog and the most popular blog, among other reasons.
Japan: Web visionary Umeda Mochio
While famous in Japan as a web visionary, Silicon Valley resident Umeda Mochio, president of Muse Associates, co-founder of Pacifica Fund and board member of the Japanese bookmarking and diary service Hatena, is little-known overseas. His recent book "Web Shinkaron" ("Theory of Web Evolution") sold 370,000 copies and become a national besteller in Japan. Umeda was recently interviewed by the Japanese magazine Central Review (Chuo koron), portions of which are introduced and translated in this post.
Kenya Elections 2007: Should Raila Supporters Celebrate?
Although the official presidential results have not been announced by the Electoral Commission of Kenya, Kenyan blogger, Gerald Baraza, has already declared the winner on his blog, “Kenya has a new President: Hon.Raila Amolo Odinga!… Congratulations Your Excellency Raila Amolo Odinga, 4th President of the Republic of Kenya!”
Burkina Faso Soon a Biofuel Producer
Last month, Burkina Faso and the French company AgroEd signed a framework agreement for developing a biofuels industry. Netizens express their skepticism about whether Burkina can become a competitive producer of biofuels, and whether ordinary people, in particular the farmers, will benefit.
Kazakhstan: Faster Internet
Arseny reports on the prospected new requirements for ISPs in Kazakhstan and opines on the possible changes in their tariffs.
Americas: Open Source and Free Software in Latin America
Free Software in Latin America is a blog devoted to open source and free software movement in Latin America.
Vietnam: Blogging in Vietnam
Saigon Nezumi wonders if Vietnam's planned regulations on blogging would affect the local and expat bloggers.
Kenya: Using new technology to cover elections
White African looks at the use of technology in Kenya Election 2007: “I’ve been particularly impressed with the AfricaNews.com media group. They use technology in innovative ways, creating real usable systems to report and connect with Africans on multiple platforms.”
Japan: Three easy steps to a regulated Internet
Government moves in Japan to regulate web content, filter mobile phone access for users under the age of 18, and revise file transfer-related copyright legislation are outlined in a report posted at gyaku.
Arab Bloggers Alarmed by Al Farhan's Arrest
Reactions continue to reverberate across the Arab blogosphere following the arrest of Saudi blogger Fouad Al Farhan, whose charges still remain unknown. Following is what some of region's bloggers have to say about his detention.
Japan: Learning from the failure of Second Life
Second Life in Japan is virtually dead. While three-dimensional environments such as "meet me" and Hatena World have seen their popularity rise, the most famous virtual environment in the world has seen its virtual space depopulate in Japan. What lessons can be learned from the burst of the Second Life bubble? One blogger offers his thoughts.
China: ZT Online
Joel Martinsen from DANWEI translates an article from Southern Weekly which described in detail a gamer's online game experience.
China: Top 10 Chinese Internet News 2007
Kuan feng lists his picks for top 10 Chinese Internet News in 2007 (zh): Shanxi brick kilns, Xiamen PX netizen report, netizen arrested for spreading news on Jinan flooding condition, Chongqing Nail house report, Fake photo of Huanan Tiger, the exposure of Shi Jing's nude photo, exposure of hacker industry,...