· November, 2006

Stories about Technology from November, 2006

China: What pols blog, where subways end

  26 November 2006

Hexun blogger Guan Jiantao on a city in eastern China's Jiangsu province, where twelve senior government leaders were told to take up blogging, in their own names, following the flood of feedback to municipal Party Secretary Zhang Shixin's recent blog post, in which he criticized the hygiene, spitting, littering, picking...

Oman Internet Clampdown

  25 November 2006

Oman has started to ban internet sites, says blogger Muscati. He said Oman's most popular website, the controversial Arabic online forum known as Sablat Al Arab, has been closed down pending an investigation by the public prosecutor's office.

Web 2.0 in Brazil Displays the Powers of Participation

  25 November 2006

Web 2.0 is coming on strong in Brazil and showing its transformational impacts on the national mind. The recent elections were a dramatic example demonstrating that blogs and citizen media are playing an important role in the process of challenging mainstream institutions of Brazilian society and they seem to be...

Online Life in Singapore

  25 November 2006

Decent broadband Infrastructure and familiarity with online technologies makes Singaporeans avid experimenters of emerging technological trends. It is not uncommon to find Singaporean blogger topping Technorati's listing once every couple of months and Singapore based meetup groups often have more members than the ones from bigger cities. Second Life, the...

Mexico: Maria Estela Godinez

  24 November 2006

Great news for everyone following the story of Maria Estela Godinez, a Mexican high school student who developed a project that “allows people with speech problems to communicate with the world by moving her hands with a special glove that translates finger movements into text and then to speech.” Ricardo...

South Africa: protecting online content

  24 November 2006

Jacobson Attorneys on how South Africans can protect their online content, “I am going to focus on content that is made available online (shared photos, videos, music as well as content on web sites like blogs) although I will probably deal with offline content to a degree.”

Arabisc: Plagiarism, Arrests, Bans and Democracy!

  23 November 2006

The Arabs are as usual busy this week debating anything and everything, from plagiarism to the arrest of bloggers, and from banning public meetings to embarrising George Bush Senior at a conference held in the UAE. Ahmed from Egypt had always wanted to become a journalist. But because not all...

Caribbean: Local Telecom Digicel to be Traded on the NY Stock Exchange?

  23 November 2006

InternetRapide.com writes (Fr): “According to last weekend's edition of Irish newspaper Sunday Times, Denis O'Brien, owner of Caribbean mobile telephone operator Digicel, allegedly consulted investment banks JP Morgan and Citibank on the trading on the New York Stock Exchange of his company. The introduction on the New York Stock Exchange,...

South Africa: podcast round-up

  22 November 2006

Vincent Maher writes a round-up of South African news podcast, “Both the Sunday Times and the Mail & Guardian Online have begun podcasting in the recent weeks so I figure it’s a good time to do a little test and compare the available products.

South Africa: design your own World Cup logo

  22 November 2006

A new website enables South Africans to design their own 2010 World Cup logo, “If you're bummed that you didn't crack the nod to assist with the design of our country's most important logo ever – then here's you opportunity to set that record straight.”

Nepal: A little love for Gmail

  21 November 2006

Gmail catches on as Wagle Street Journal writes about why the author prefers Gmail to other email services, and the trend of emailing in Nepal. “Even if we are one of the poorest countries in the world, emailing has become a very necessary part of Nepali life; that is to...

Africa: blogging and activism

  21 November 2006

Grandiose Parlor writes about blogging and activism, “This is a indication that various African citizen-oriented media (blogs, independent community and advocacy websites) can work together for the common good of the continent and its people. This is one important effort the mainstream media have failed to address.”

Arabisc: One Blogger Arrested..1000s More to Go!

  21 November 2006

There doesn't seem to be a week passing by without Egyptians and its bloggers rocking the boat and taking the virtual limelight in our part of the world. This week the huge ripples in the Nile are being caused by no other than Egyptian Culture Minister Farooq Hosni, who has...

  20 November 2006

An Arab version of both YouTube and Flickr on one site, called Ikbis, is gaining popularity in the Arab world, writes Mustapha from Beirut Spring. A video of a Lebanese girl belly dancing in her room is among the most watched videos in the site, which has sparked the interest...