· August, 2008

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Japan: Letter to Google about Street View

  8 August 2008

One year after its debut in the United States, Google's Street View has arrived in Japan, where it is already drawing criticism. Despite the company's generally positive image in this country, bulletin board threads and blogs are filled with comments questioning the way Google has rolled out its latest service.

Korea: Threatening Books and Their Popularity

  7 August 2008

Several days ago, the Ministry of National Defense (MND) in Korea categorized 23 books as threatening books and decided to forbid those books in libraries in the army units because they could ruin soldiers’ minds. Since the announcement, it led to an interesting reaction – sales of those books have...

Croatia: The Death of Dinko Šakić

  6 August 2008

A few days ago Dinko Šakić, the commander of the infamous WWII Jasenovac Concentration Camp (Croatia) died, having served only half of the sentence in jail for his role in the extermination of inmates. He was buried in his war-time Ustaša (Nazi Croatian movement) uniform, causing a stir in Croatia.

China: Tibetan protesters raise flag outside Olympic stadium

  5 August 2008

Still waiting (updating below) for more details, but Qik.com vlogger Noel Hidalgo is at the scene and giving updates via Twitter. Here's a video he took just a few minutes ago not far from the Olympic bird's nest: Noel has just finished uploading a second video, in which he reports...

Latvia: Failed Referendum

  5 August 2008

On the 2nd of August a referendum took place in Latvia, to vote on amendments to the Constitution that would make it possible for the people to initiate the dissolution of the Parliament. In spite of popular support for the process, the referendum had to be declared invalid due to a low turnout. Bloggers reacted to the disappointing results.

Sudan: YouTube Blocked

  4 August 2008

YouTube has been partially blocked for internet users in Sudan for reasons that are still unknown. Some Sudanese in the country report being able to access YouTube without any problems, while others report being sent to a page with the following message: "Sorry, this page has been blocked by National Telecommunication Corporation."

Japan: Toyota's Just-In-Time System and the Akihabara Killings (Part 2)

  4 August 2008

In the first part of this two-part series, we translated the first half of a blog entry by blogger boiledema, who presented a very personal perspective on the Akihabara massacre on June 8th. In this second half, boiledema elaborates further on Japan's temp worker industry, expresses his frustration at Kato's actions on June 8th, and provides further details about Toyota.

Russia: Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

  4 August 2008

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, the Nobel Prize-winning author of The Gulag Archipelago, has died on Sunday. He was 89. Reactions to Solzhenitsyn's death are already beginning to appear in the Russophone blogosphere, and here's one post on the writer's legacy, by LJ user markgrigorian.

Blogger of the week: Hanako Tokita

  3 August 2008

In this week's installment of the Blogger of the Week series we talked to Hanako Tokita, the editor of the Global Voices Lingua site in Japanese and author for Japan, about blogging, the perception of Japan and of course her involvement with Global Voices.

Hungary: Coverage of Gay Pride and Right-Wing Opposition at Hungarian Spectrum

  3 August 2008

One year after she launched Hungarian Spectrum, blogger Eva S. Balogh explained that her primary motivation had been dissatisfaction "with political information available in English about Hungary." Many of the posts on Hungarian Spectrum are devoted to the politics of Fidesz – Hungarian Civic Union, the country's largest opposition party, and its supporters. Below is a roundup of some of the recent entries.

Bosnia & Herzegovina: Karadžić in The Hague

  2 August 2008

In spite of demonstrations in Belgrade against Radovan Karadžić's extradition to the ICTY in The Hague, he was transferred in the early hours of the 30th of July. The next day his first court appearance took place, where the charges against were read. Bloggers have been commenting on his transfer to The Hague and on the initial court hearing.

Guatemala: A Lack of Information About Petrocaribe Deal

  2 August 2008

When Guatemala signed the Petrocaribe agreement with Venezuela, many thought that it would mean lower fuel prices. However, the lack of information from the Guatemalan government about the details of the agreement and the destination of the saved money are something on the minds of many Guatemalan bloggers. They want to wait to provide judgment, but they want more information to do so.

iSummit2008: A Quick Recap

  1 August 2008

iSummit 2008, the yearly gathering of iCommons held this year in Sapporo, Japan, finished up today after three days of presentations and discussions on open content and open culture. Talks covered various aspects related to the creation and distribution of open content: open publishing, open business, open translation, and various themes of openness in areas such as research and education.