2 March 2010

Stories from 2 March 2010

Facebook in Asia

  2 March 2010

Indonesia, Philippines, and Malaysia belong to the top 5 countries in Asia with the most number of facebook users.

Cambodia: Crime rate

  2 March 2010

Crime rate in Phnom Penh went up last year but the number of reported serious crimes went down. A blogger believes the numbers may be misleading.

China: People's representatives

  2 March 2010

A diagram showing the ratio of Chinese government / party official and ordinary people in the people's representative of the National Congress in China. It appears that more than 75% of the delegate is government / party official. (via twitterer yuanxinting)

China: Official's sex diary

  2 March 2010

Veggie discourse translated a recent sex scandal of a Chinese official in Guangxi, whose’ diary has recorded his daily activities in taking bribes and having sexual intercourse with women.

The Technology for Transparency Review, Part I

  2 March 2010

In this first review of case studies from the Technology for Transparency Network we discover that online platforms like Discuz! and Twitter can reverse bad policy and stimulate healthy debate. But for longterm transparency and accountability projects in developing democracies the challenges are many.

Chile: Political Points Amidst the Earthquake

  2 March 2010

Among the ongoing reports of casualties and damage caused by the earthquake that struck Chile, political observers and bloggers have commented on the implications the quake will have on Chilean politics, especially since Chile is in the midst of a presidential transition.

Bulgaria: A Debate on Islam

On Feb. 26, some 40 people attended a debate titled "Islam as a threat - again in fashion?", held in Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria. Ruslan Trad translates some of the blog notes on the issues discussed.

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