Stories about Technology from November, 2013
Dubai Wins the Expo 2020!
Dubai has been selected to host the World Expo trade convention in 2020. The Twittersphere celebrates.
Reasons for Power Outages in Benin
Benin has suffered more power outages over the last few days with the national electric energy company (SEEB) denying all responsibility. Nigeria supplies a large quantity of Benin's power, even though it has difficulty providing its own citizens with electricity.
Brazilian Activists Meet in Free Media Week in Rio de Janeiro
A series of debates and workshops dedicated to the democratization of the media, digital radio, cryptography and surveillance, among other digital activism issues, starts tomorrow, November 26, in Rio de Janeiro. The Semana de Mídias Livres (Free Media Week) [pt] gathers three events in one until November 30: the second international conference Spectrum,...
Two Brazilian Women Kill Themselves After Sex Tape, Nude Photos Leaked
"I am afraid but I think is goodbye forever," 17-year-old Julia Rebeca wrote on her Twitter account before taking her own life.
100 Digital Projects That Truly Inspire
The Nominet Trust in the United Kingdom announce their 100 favorite projects using digital technology for social good (#NT100).
Is South Korea Encouraging Portal Sites to Self-Censor?
The South Korean government has announced plans to allow large portal sites to censor or delete user comments that are deemed libelous or slanderous.
Brazilian “Wikicity” Travels to the World Forum for Democracy
Known as “the capital of participatory democracy”, the Brazilian city of Porto Alegre will become subject for a lab in the World Forum for Democracy. Focus will be given to the case of PortoAlegre.cc, a project created at the University of Vale do Rio dos Sinos (Unisinos) which is based on...
VIDEO: Fighting Pakistan's YouTube Ban, One Hug at a Time
A YouTube mascot roams Karachi in protest of Pakistan's ban of the video-sharing website in a recently released clip. "If you want me back, hug me," the mascot says.
RESULTS: Uganda's First Ever Social Media Awards
The first ever Uganda Social Media Awards (SMAs) took place on 15 November 2013 at The Hub, Oasis Mall in Kampala, Uganda. The objectives of the awards, which were organised by BluFlamingo, were: The Uganda SMA’s (Social Media awards) is Uganda’s first event that seeks to bring together individuals and...
The Caribbean Review of Books Reinvents Itself Online
Regional litbloggers will be glad to know that The Caribbean Review of Books is back in publication – online – with some help from Bocas Lit Fest.
Japan's Open Data Policy Still Needs Work
Even though the Japanese government is working toward advancing its open data policy, the country has a ways to go, ranking 30th out of 70 countries, according to an index compiled by Open Knowledge Foundation. Masahiko Shoji of Open Knowledge Foundation Japan writes: 日本は、政府支出、企業登記情報、交通時刻表、立法の分野で低い評価を受けました。また、どの項目もオープンライセンスの採用については「Yes」の評価を得ませんでした。これらの課題は６月に発表されたG8諸国における速報の時点と同じであり、日本の取り組みが大きくが進んでいないことを表しています。 Japan's open data on government spending, company register,...
Reengineer the News! Global Voices Partners with Oximity
Oximity, a new website for news reading and writing, presents Global Voices stories to their readers in multiple languages.
“Catalan Independence” Explained in 16 Languages
The debut video of The Catalan Project (@Catalan_Project) features Fernando de Castro, “a Catalan from Galicia and Spanish”, presenting the project and explaining why some Catalans want independence from Spain using the 16 languages he is able to speak. Subtitles are available in English, French, German, Spanish and Catalan. The Catalan Project, an...
GV Face: Helping Haiyan Survivors in the Philippines
Typhoon Haiyan has killed thousands in central Philippines. This week we speak to our Philippine authors and an aid worker about how we can help.
Jamaica: Get with the (Interactive TV) Program!
You can buy the exclusive rights to such shows but you can’t do that and treat them as if they’re the kind of traditional uni-directional, analog content that’s on its way out without raising the ire of your viewers. The Voice is stirring up some discussion in Jamaica – and...
Thinking About Blogging at WordCamp Kenya 2013
White Africa thinks about blogging at WordCamp Kenya 2013 Today finds me in Nanyuki, Kenya at WordCamp Kenya 2013. The past couple years, I’ve been traveling during the event, but this year I get to come hang out with my blogging brothers and sisters. As I was thinking about what...
New Knight Center MOOC on Media Project Development
The Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas [es], with the support of Google [es], will be offering a free Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) in Spanish for journalists and student interested in learning about creating new online projects and generating audiences and revenue. Furthermore, as the announcement about the course...
North Korean Tablet Debuts on eBay, But Under Suspicion of Pirating Angry Birds
North Korea’s recently-launched Android-based tablet, Samjiyon appeared on eBay, listed by a Canadian account with a shipping location of Yanji in China. North Korea Tech blog also reports that the worlds's one of the best-selling applications, Angry Birds, was included on the tablet without proper permissions from the game maker.
Bring Your Tapes: Welcome to the Post-Digital Era
Sara Moreira speaks with the VHS wielding mascot, Antifluffy, at the Future Places media lab for citizenship in Porto, Portugal.
Mobile App Offers Indian Women Lifeline in Fight Against Rape
The Smart Suraksha App is an Android application that puts a cry for help only one click away.
Hong Kong: ‘If Men Can Have Affairs, Why Can't Women?’
It is considered normal for men to seek affair online in Hong Kong, but when women do, it means moral panic for the city's mainstream media.