10 March 2011

Stories from 10 March 2011

Russia: The Dead Journal

RuNet Echo  10 March 2011

Social networks strongly tie a person to themselves. The person opens a page under his/her name, puts out photographs, indicates interests, joins groups and communities, writes notes, shares impressions and thoughts. What happens to this page when the person dies?

Cuba: Hunger Striker

  10 March 2011

“Just like Sisyphus forced to push his stone uphill for eternity, Nestor Rodriguez Lobaina is enduring his latest arbitrary incarceration as a punishment for his unwavering commitment to civil disobedience”: Crossing the Barbed Wire fears that another Cuban hunger striker may be close to death.

Cuba: Privacy Protection

  10 March 2011

“On this Island…where every gesture of privacy is interpreted as evidence of a conspiracy, to take steps so that a message or information on our computers is protected has been turned into something obscene and illegal”: Generation Y blogs about the new “black beast”.

Jamaica: On Lent

  10 March 2011

“My view on Lent is that it is really meant to be a time for personal renewal”: Grasshopper Eyes The Potomac considers ways in which he can best honour the Lenten season.

Guatemala: First Lady Announces Her Candidacy for President

  10 March 2011

On March 8, First Lady Sandra Torres announced she would run for president. Her critics on social networks reacted to the news with harsh comments. Bloggers are focusing on two main issues related to her presidential bid: an Article in the Constitution which prohibits her candidacy, and her work in social cohesion projects.

Paraguay: Citizen Journalism Project by ABC Digital

  10 March 2011

Mabel Rehnfelt, the editor of ABC Digital, writes a guest post in Journalism in the Americas Blog on how newspaper ABC has implemented a citizen journalism platform on their site: “Day by day, user participation is continuing to grow. People submit their stories (with text and images), we provide the...

Kenya/Nigeria: It feels good to be queer and African

  10 March 2011

Kenyan filmmaker and activist, Kagendo Murungi talks with Nigeria Queer performance poet and dancer, Yvonne Fly Onakeme Etaghene and filmmaker Selly Thiam project director of None on Record. They talk about their art, coming out and what it means to be Queer and African.

Kenya: Women and political office

  10 March 2011

The next election will be a good one for women candidates in Kenya: “According to the poll 60 percent of those surveyed would vote for a woman candidate. Women’s performance in public office gets a 62 percent approval rating at parliamentary level, 29 percent at ministerial level and 24 percent...

Mozambique: Where streets have no name

  10 March 2011

A photo of where streets have no name in Mozambique: “There is a city where there are signposts everywhere. And each signpost is empty of language. The citizens decide on the names of the streets by consensus at 8am each morning. Poets run the naming sessions..”

Africa: African language Wikipedia update

  10 March 2011

African language Wikipedia update from South African blogger Greeman: “The process for forming a local chapter of the Wikimedia Foundation was jumpstarted at a workshop at Wits University in August last year, and is now nearing the final stages.”

Côte d'Ivoire: Fear of Medicine Shortage Looms

  10 March 2011

The political crisis in Côte d'Ivoire is ongoing, without any prospect of a solution in the short-term. Doctors in the country have warned of the prospect of imminent medical shortages, as a result of embargos that have been placed on ships docking in Ivorian ports. In this article, netizens and tweeps discuss the issue.

Africa: Sandbox Launches in Africa

  10 March 2011

Sandbox is proud to announce the opening of its first hub in Africa. Based out of Nairobi, its aim is to unite the continent’s most inspiring young leaders, and to connect them with like-minded peers all over the globe.

Cameroon: Netizens React to SMS-to-Tweet Ban

  10 March 2011

Cameroonian internet users were shocked to learn that "for security reasons, the country's government asked that posting on Twitter via SMS be suspended on the MTN Cameroon network". Many speculate that the government's decision was motivated by the fear that Twitter has played a role in uprisings throughout Africa. Julie Owono explains.

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