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· January, 2012

Stories about Technology from January, 2012

Spanish-Speaking Twittersphere Fumes Over Announcement

Twitter's announcement that it will restrict certain user content according to the laws of individual countries immediately caused a negative reaction in the Spanish-speaking Twittersphere. Twitter users widely employed the...

Costa Rica: Young Entrepreneurs Present Mobile Game

Six young Costa Rican entrepreneurs have created a mobile game platform called TweetLand. In the blog Fusil de Chispas [es], Cristian Cambronero writes about the debut of Route 140, the...

Azerbaijan: #LightYourFire Eurovision Meme

Ahead of the Eurovision Song Contest to be held in Baku in May, a new Internet Meme has appeared on Twitter. With Azerbaijan known as the Land of Fire, the...

Chile: Mapping Chile with OpenStreetMap

In El Quinto Poder [es], Marcelo Aliaga writes about OpenStreetMap (OSM), “a free editable map of the whole world,” and the OSM community in Chile. He invites Chileans to participate...

UK: #TwitterKurds Organize First Social Media Gathering in London

A group of Kurdish Internet activists that have been organizing around the #TwitterKurds hashtag on Twitter have come together for the first Kurdish Social Media Gathering earlier this month in...

Indonesia: Promoting E-Commerce Among Small Businesses

Google partners with Indonesian private and government sectors to bring 100,000 Indonesian small and medium businesses online by the end of 2012. The initiative is called Bisnis Lokal Go Online

Ethiopia: Standing With Ethiopia's Tenacious Blogger

Standing with Ethiopia's jailed blogger: “It would be hard to find a better symbol of media repression in Africa than Eskinder Nega. The veteran Ethiopian journalist and dissident blogger has...

Africa: How Africa Tweets

Young people Tweeting from mobile devices are driving the growth of Twitter in Africa, according to How Africa Tweets, new research launched by Portland: “In the first ever attempt to...

China: Redpad for Government Official Only

China Bubble Watch blogs about the introduction of Red-pad, an electronic device similar to i-pad but sold at a price (RMB9,999) twice as high as an Apple i-pad exclusively to...

Slovakia: More News on Overly Expensive Website Design

Aktualne.sk reports [sk] that, following the initial financial inspection by the Ministry of Culture, the Slovak National Gallery is now required to pay 140 euro back, from the 25,000 euro...

Slovakia: Competition to Re-Design the National Gallery's Site

In response to the 25,000-euro “minimalist” website design of the Slovak National Gallery, zajtra.sk started its own competition [sk] for the website's re-design, offering 100 euro to the winner. Authors...

Côte d'Ivoire: The Story of a Cybercrime Victim

Reacting on an article about the spread of cybercrime in Côte d'Ivoire on abidjan.net ,  Moussa Delafontaine Coulibaly shares his own experience with cybercrime [fr]: “[I think] that these [cybercriminals] ought...

China: Not Worried About Twitter's Decision to Self-Censor

Twitter announced this week that, with an eye on global profits, it has decided to begin censoring content prohibited in the various markets in which the company has users. Although...

Zambia: When Wikipedia Entry “Kills” a President

On the morning of 22 January, Zambians woke up to a statement from State House rebuking news websites for spreading a rumour that President Michael Sata had been assassinated. However,...

Singapore: ‘Ineffective’ Government Online Search

Otterman Speaks criticizes the “ineffective search tool” embedded on Singapore's government webpages

Cuba: Internet as a Public Good

“In addition to triggering the greatest civic hell-raising in Internet history…the SOPA/PIPA laws have touched a nerve in Cuba’s digital community”: half-wired explains.

Mexico: An Interactive Map of the Drug War

Diego Valle-Jones has created an interactive map of the drug war in Mexico. “You can link directly to cities or whole regions within Mexico and post them to Twitter and...

Caribbean: TEDx Shows “Ideas Worth Spreading”

“Ideas worth spreading.” With this simple slogan, TED.com, which began in 1984 as an annual conference devoted to technology, entertainment and design, has infiltrated the Internet and empowered people in...

Puerto Rico: Vigilance over SOPA & PIPA

Dondequiera says of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect Intellectual Property Act (PIPA): “Mark my word, this issue is not dead. More like the living dead, a...

Russia: The Fake Political Twitter Account Phenomenon

Online anonymity provides perfect conditions for human creativity and humor. In the Russian context this manifests as Twitter accounts belonging either to dead politicians or those that deliberately avoid publicity.

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