· June, 2005

Stories about Weblog from June, 2005

How To Hack Chinese MSN Spaces to Use Banned Words

  15 June 2005

Thanks to Bennett Haselton of Peacefire.org for the following public service instructions for Chinese users wanting to circumvent the word filters on MSN Spaces China to put e.g. “democracy” in the title of their blogs. If somebody would like to translate these instructions into Chinese, please feel free to do...

Congratulations RSF Freedom Blog Winners!!

  15 June 2005

Reporters Sans Frontieres has announced the winners of the 2-month Freedom Blog Contest. Chosen by popular online vote from around 60 nominated blogs who “each in their own way, defend freedom of expression,” the winners are: ASIA: Screenshots by Jeff Ooi of Malaysia. (English) AFRICA AND THE MIDDLE EAST: Shared...

Interview with Patani separatist leader – Dr. Wan Kadir.

  13 June 2005

Dr. Farish Noor, prominent political writer and one of the leading expert in Asian Studies, recently interviewed the leader of BERSATU, a coalition of Muslim separatist organisations based in Southern Thailand that is made up of organisations like the BRN (National Revolutionary Front), PULO (Patani United Liberation Organisation), BIPP (Patani...

Bloggers of the world: help us find you

  12 June 2005

We've been hearing from some bloggers who feel that our Daily Global Blog Roundups have been missing things. There's an easy way to help us improve: Please help us write the daily roundups. When you come across blog posts you think we ought to include in the daily roundup, please...

China Update: more on blog registration and censorship

  12 June 2005

Microsoft has launched a Chinese-language version of it's Spaces blog hosting service, and guess what? Users are banned from using the word “democracy” and other politically sensitive words to label their blogs – although it does appear possible to use those words within blog posts, for now. (As noted in...

Hoder returns to Iran

Toronto-based Iranian blogger, Hossein Derakshan, aka Hoder has announced that he's returning to Iran next week, despite the possible risks. He writes: Despite the risks, I think this is the safest time for me to visit, because the regime is likely to behave more tolerantly right before the elections on...

Translations, and a new, shorter URL

  9 June 2005

The Global Voices Manifesto – a statement of our basic principles and beliefs, authored collaboratively by many of the people who joined us at the first Global Voices conference in December 2004 – is now available online in ten languages: Arabic, German, English, Spanish, Finnish, French, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Swahili,...

Andrew Heavens blogs the violence in Ethiopia

  9 June 2005

A few weeks back, the elections in Ethiopia looked like a great victory for supporters of increased openness and democratization. Reporting on the apparent increase of the opposition from 12 seats to 174 in the 547-seat parliament, Abraham McLaughlin wrote in the Christian Science Monitor: The campaign included surprising signs...

Tsunami 6 months on: Blog it!!

  8 June 2005

It has come to Global Voices’ attention that a number of mainstream media outlets are going to be doing some special reporting looking at the Tsunami and its legacy 6 months on. Given what a big role the blogosphere played in the tsunami coverage, it would be great to see...

Tiananmen Square Blog Roundup

  6 June 2005

A quick roundup of posts and rememberances of June 4, 1989—the Tiananmen Square Massacre. The Global Blog Roundup will be posted later tonight. Andrea from T-Salon posts a lengthy collection of links discussing what June 4 means sixteen years on. Aahsun looks back at June 4, 1989 and reflects on...

Threat to Chinese blogs

  6 June 2005

Reporters Without Borders has issued a press release today voicing alarm at “the Chinese government's announced intention to close down all China-based websites and blogs that are not officially registered.” The following paragraph is cause for concern: A China-based blogger told Reporters Without Borders on condition of anonymity that the...

Kiswahili Blogosphere

  5 June 2005

I am back. Here are voices from the Kiswahili blogosphere: - Mawazo na Mawaidha links us to a story about North Korean computer hackers whose abilities equal that of the CIA, a project that will end “computer blindness,” and an article on how to make money from free and open...

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