Stories about Technology from August, 2013
“Me & My Shadow”: Protecting Data on the Net
The Internet, mobile phones, and other such achievements of progress have become essential aspects of human existence, and have simplified communication between people and integrated them into a new space.
China's Decision on Cultural Reform
China's current crackdown on online rumors is consistent with the official decision [zh] released after the Sixth Plenum of the 17th Party Congress in October 2011. Oxford scholar Rogier Creemers from China Copyright and Media blog translated this official document, titled Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party Decision Concerning Deepening Cultural Structural...
Wikipedia in Guarani
This year, Wikipedia in Spanish reached one million articles and released a basic user guide in Guaraní. The idea is to revive the Guaraní-speaking community in this great platform. So far there are only 20 articles in that language. […] If you are interested in collaborating with this project, download...
Navalny's Montenegrin Kryptonite or Russia's Invulnerable Candidate?
Information has emerged showing Navalny’s ownership of an active real estate company in Montenegro, established in 2007 and undeclared when he registered as a candidate for Moscow's mayor’s race.
Which Flavor of China's Wildly Popular WeChat Will You Get?
Tencent offers two versions of WeChat, a "sanitized" one for mainland Chinese and an uncensored one for international users, yet some Chinese language accounts registered from overseas also encounter censorship.
Iran: A New Internet Report
Small Media reports that”despite the introduction of new mechanisms to block tools used to bypass the filtering mechanism [in Iran], by July [a couple of weeks after presidential election] the Internet had returned to its previous state of affairs that existed before February.”
Bhutan's Best Known Blogger Is The New Prime Minister
Lyonchhen Tshering Tobgay, Member of Parliament representing People's Democratic Party and leader of the opposition of Bhutan has recently sworn in as the new Prime Minister of the country – reports South Asia Revealed. He is also widely regarded as the best known blogger of Bhutan, who started his blog...
‘Rewire': How to Be a Better Media Consumer
Commentary from around the French-speaking Web on serendipity and cosmopolitanism, two key concepts found in the book 'Rewire' by Global Voices co-founder Ethan Zuckerman.
A Game of Torrents: Russians Struggle with Piracy-free Internet
RuNet Echo continues to cover attempts to regulate the Russian internet.
Russians Wary of Snowden Asylum
Snowden's decision to hitch his wagon to Putin's makes opposition and human rights activists uneasy, while his status as a defected "spy" alienates many of Putin's supporters.
TNW Announces Latin American Startup Awards Winners
In the lead up to this year’s The Next Web Conference Latin America, we’ve been running Startup Awards competitions in Peru, Colombia, Mexico, Argentina, Chile and Brazil in search of the hottest startups and investors. […] The result has been absolutely amazing – in just under a week 18,448 people have cast a...
Japanese Users Break Tweets Per Second Record
Japan's netizens broke the world record for tweets per second on August 2, 2013, flooding Twitter with the magic word “balse” [バルス] from the 1986 anime film Castle In the Sky as the movie was broadcast on television in Japan on August 2, 2013. Users set a new record of 143,199 tweets...
Abre Latam: Developers and Solutions for the Region
Juan Arellano collects impressions of Abre Latam, an event on Open Data and transparency in Latin American governments that took place in Montevideo, Uruguay.
An Extensive Review of North Korea's Latest Tablet Computer
The love of tablet computer is universal, and North Korea, one of the world's most reclusive countries, is no exception to this tech trend. North Korea Tech blog wrote a detailed review of the country's latest tablet model based on information he gleaned via extensive email exchanges, phone calls and...