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11 December 2012

Stories from 11 December 2012

A Festival to Celebrate Free Software in Nicaragua

Talks, workshops, and exhibitions are all part of the schedule for the National Free Software Festival to be held in Managua, Nicaragua on December 12, 2012. There will also be...

Online Tools for People with Disabilities in Bosnia and Herzegovina

UNDP's Voices From Eurasia writes about the new web-based tools aimed at promoting the rights of people with disabilities in Bosnia and Herzegovina:

India: The Menace Of Eve-Teasing

Main Toki at The Broken Scooter highlights the challenges to tackle Eve-teasing, sexual harassment of women in public places. In India the law exists but it does not define eve-teasing...

Croatia's EU Negotiation Model: A View From Turkey

At BlogActiv.com, Kader Sevinç shares highlights [en] from her interview [hr] with the Croatian daily Slobodna Dalmacija, in which she talked about Turkey’s accession to the EU and the Croatian...

Independent French Data Journalism Website OWNI Under Threat of Closure

News of the imminent demise of OWNI (OWNI.fr), an independent French data journalism media outlet, surfaced last week. Famous for its close collaboration with WikiLeaks, OWNI developed the WarLogs application...

A Research On Gender Sensitive Speech Online

The Internet Democracy project in India is conducting a research project that looks at how women in India, who are social media users, deal with speech addressed to them online...

Voices of Dignity – Women Survivors of Colombia's Armed Conflict

Through the powerful testimonies of Yoladis Zúñiga and Petronila Mendoza -two Colombian women who fled their homes after paramilitaries killed their husbands and raided their villages- the multimedia project Voices...

Global Voices: Where Every Voice Counts

The idea that every voice counts is one that is very close to the notion of Global Voices as a platform and as a community. As netizens unite to have...

Trinidad & Tobago: How the Grief Stole Christmas

Christmas just isn't the same when you've lost someone close to you. Outlish discusses grieving at this time of year.

Netizens “Bow Farewell” to Guyanese Writer Jan Carew

Guyanese writer Jan Carew passed away at his home in Louisville, Kentucky on December 5th. One of the most prominent West Indian writers of his generation, Carew was a poet,...

What is Web Mapping?

In this post we learn more about web mapping with MapBox's Ian Ward, as he explains some of the organization's recent projects and how these visualization tools are improving communication...

Egypt: “Which Article of the Constitution Are You Objecting?”

Recent events in Egypt demonstrate the deepening rift between the ruling Muslim Brotherhood (MB) and an increasing proportion of the population. Rayna St is bringing us up-to-date with the situation...

Mexico: “What is it like to live in Monterrey, really?”

The city continues to have several positive and unique aspects to it. But what has changed? We are not caught between crossfire, held at gunpoint or witness beheadings on a...

Access Innovation Prize 2012 Recognizes Costa Rican Facebook App

Access.org announced the winners of the 1st Annual Access Tech Innovation Prize Awards, a new initiative that awards ideas that use information technology to promote human rights and address issues...

Land Grabbing for BioFuel in Madagascar

The Association for the Protection of Malagasy Lands and its representative Mamy Rakotondrainibe bemoans [fr] the manner in which the Tozzi Green group is approaching the development of jatropha exploitation over 100 000...

Rare Protest in Beijing Against Express Train Catches China by Surprise

A protest against the Shenyang-Beijing Express Train Route in downtown Beijing on December 9, 2012 has caught many Chinese netizens by surprise. Some believe that it is a sign for...

When a Coup is not a Coup in Mali

This is not a coup. The president is still in place but the prime minister was no longer working in the interests of the country Bakary Mariko, spokesperson for the...

China's Weibo Guru Kai-fu Lee Talks About Higher Education Issues

Prominent figure in Chinese internet sector Kai-Fu Lee pointed out the problems in China's higher education. He tweeted on Dec 10[zh], translation here: China doesn't need so many universities. In...

China: Fake RMB Donations Triggers Online Debate

On December 8, foreign consulates in Guangzhou, Southern China held a Christmas charity bazaar to raise funds for disabled children. The event raised 330,000 RMB (about US$53,000), but the Belgian consulate...

Mehzar – Pakistan's Youngest Victim of Violence Against Shias

Mehzar Zahra is one of the youngest victims of the ongoing assault on Shia Muslims by terrorists and extremists organizations in Pakistan. The 12 year -old girl was shot while...

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