· May, 2006

Stories about Technology from May, 2006

Nigeria: Cyber crime pays

  26 May 2006

Jangbalajugbu-Homeland Stories writes that cyber crime really does pay in Nigeria….”We have wasted a lot of time. This is the time to take action against Cybercrime. From Government to individual citizens. What we see today is that foreign news correspondents who are short of stories to publish on Africa now...

Ethiopia: Building firewalls

  26 May 2006

Satisfy My Soul comments on the alleged blocking of blogspot by the Ethiopian government…”In any case, now that it’s official that bloggers (and now chatters) have been added to EPRDF’s long list of “enemies of the constitution”, what’s to stop them from rounding us up (of course, those of us...

Argentina: Music and Misinformation

  25 May 2006

This week, Argentinean newspapers informed readers that some Internet users had reached an agreement with CAPIF, the company that represents record companies in Argentina, to pay an amount of money as a compensation for the songs they had illegally downloaded from the Internet. The news coverage shows clear differences between...

Haiti: Personal geography

  25 May 2006

After discussing geography with some of the Haitians in his community, Troy, a US missionary working in rural Haiti, concludes — in what is certainly an over-generalization — that “in the Haitian experience, geography seems to consist of Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Miami, New York, Toronto, and Boston – in...

Taiwan: Can't stop blogging

  25 May 2006

“[T]he Net has taken over my life,” decided prominent English-language The View from Taiwan blogger Michael Turton last Sunday, “and I need to regain control. So expect a drastic drop in posting.” The drop didn't last long as there is a long, new post today.

China: Blogger beauty pageant

  25 May 2006

The winner of a recent blogger beauty pageant which wrapped up in Beijing earlier this month walked away with $10,000 in prizes and all the fans she could ever want. “[T]he girls were judged on number of votes they received online, the quality (creativity, originality) of their blog posts, blog...

Africa: News Map and Zangu News

  25 May 2006

White African has found yet another use of google and maps – this time its a map of Africa that you can click on and get updated news. He also announces the start up of Zangu News – News for Africans

Cambodia: Plea to ban 3G Phones

  25 May 2006

Vutha in Cambodia writes about this women's group that is trying get 3G phones banned. The group claims that such phones would harm the morals of the people. “We are all very concerned that bad people will use modern communication and information technology in the wrong direction and it will...

Bermuda: iPoliticians

  24 May 2006

US Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist's podcast may not be gripping, but according to the Limey, “what's remarkable is that he's doing this at all.” In Bermuda, he adds, “. . . no politician has yet seen the need to have his own blog. The idea that any of them...

China: Piracy taken on

  24 May 2006

Software piracy in China, blogs China Law Blog‘s Dan Harris, is on the decline: “A few days before Chinese President Hu Jintao dined at the Gates’ Mansion across the lake from Seattle, the Chinese government announced all Chinese governmental agencies would be required to use only legal software. It will...

China: Hi-tech weapons trade

  24 May 2006

A significant amount of research went into the AngryChineseBlogger blogger's lengthy post looking at Israeli aviation technology company and defense contractor Emit's recently-uncovered selling of hi-tech equipment to China, which concluded with company executives being arrested Monday.

Chilean Bloggers Update

  23 May 2006

Normally, Chilean bloggers have common concerns in their blogs, but this week coordination just didn’t happen. So, this is a cocktail of news. Leo Prieto (ES) , posts about his interview with the Sub-Secretary of Government Telecommunications to promote broadband internet access in Chile. The initiative carried the support of...

Moldova: Internet Connectivity

Peter Myers of Doi Ani de Zile: Adventures in Moldova has examined internet connectivity data for Moldova and other former Soviet republics and is eager to share his findings: “So best of luck to anyone who wants to play around with this data. Whatever you do with it, keep me...

India: Collaborative Spaces

  23 May 2006

How does one effectively use a collaborative space? Wicked Angel has some thoughts on some collaborative spaces being used for personal agendas – “Do we have a right to use this space to further ones political views? I am not sure, in my view No we don't. If there really...

South Asia: Men and Women Online

  22 May 2006

Do men and women argue in different ways in online forums? Pickled Politics on gender, the way we argue and the differences. The comment space is especially interesting.

Belarus: On Trial for Text-Messaging

Iryna of TOL's Belarus Blog writes about an unprecedented (even for Belarus) trial: “We have become used to the fact that prominent academics and journalists are being sentenced to 15 days in prison for swearing or hooliganism, but last week a student was actually tried for sending a text message...

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