· October, 2011

Stories about Western Europe from October, 2011

Greece: “Hunger is coming” Blog Action Day 2011

  16 October 2011

On Blog Action Day 2011, themed this year around food to coincide with World Food Day, veteran Greek blogger Rodia writes [el] about the dangers of continuous austerity imposed on Greece: “We are in a state of siege, and food […] will soon be scarce in my country. It's already happening to...

Whose Language? The Royal Spanish Academy and Copyright

  16 October 2011

Can a language used by millions of people be copyrighted and be the property of an institution? This and other questions are circulating online following the news that the Spanish Royal Academy (RAE) and Grupo Planeta told Uruguayan journalist Ricardo Soca to remove web content considered their exclusive property, such as links to the RAE website.

Portugal: Democracy Takes to the Streets on October 15

  13 October 2011

In Portugal, on the global action day scheduled for October 15, 'democracy will take to the streets' in a protest for 'participatory democracy, transparency in policy and the end of the precariousness of life'. The mobilization is however, being prepared quite sparsely on Facebook, and without the backing of major media.

Italy: “Wiretapping Bill” could drastically limit freedom of information

  12 October 2011

The Italian Parliament is about to vote on a very stringent “wiretapping Bill” [it] aimed at drastically limiting judicial investigations and journalism inquiries, thus blocking free speech about new scandals exposing top-level politicians, as many of such cases keep emerging. After a recent “strike” by Wikipedia Italy [it] and a...

Portugal: Lisbon Hosts Citizenship 2.0 Event

  11 October 2011

On October 13, Lisbon is going to host an event about new platforms that promote dialogue in society, aiming to stimulate the discussion between the Portuguese government, public administration, NGOs and citizens – Cidadania 2.0 (Citizenship 2.0). Some sessions are going to be livestreamed [pt], and the hashtag #cid20 is...

Ada Lovelace Day: Inspirational Women in Action

  7 October 2011

Ada Lovelace Day aims to raise the profile of women in science, technology, engineering and maths by encouraging people around the world to talk about the women whose work they admire. Read about Global Voices' tribute.

Italy: Wikipedia Italia on strike

  6 October 2011

The homepage of Wikipedia Italia is on strike from the evening of October 4th. Its content is blocked in protest against an Italian bill on telephone interceptions that will mean that all sites and blogs must amend their contents within 48 hours of a request by any applicant who judges it...

Azerbaijan: Down for the count?

  4 October 2011

Tamada Tales comments on remarks made by a senior member of the ruling government party in Azerbaijan in response to allegations made by the BBC that a senior official tried to bribe the oil-rich country's way to two gold medals for boxing in next year's Olympic Games to be held...

Global Voices Podcast 4: Together We Rise

  1 October 2011

In this edition you’ll hear from blind Greek bloggers of Rising Voices, how Guatemalan citizen journalists are honing their skills for elections, and a preview of what's planned for the Arab Bloggers Summit co-hosted by Global Voices on October 3-6, 2011, in Tunisia.

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