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15 February 2013

Stories from 15 February 2013

Does Pope Benedict XVI Read Science Fiction?

GV Author Filip Stojanovski, in a post on his Science Fiction Observer blog, highlights the work of Canadian science fiction writer Robert J. Sawyer, which is somewhat relevant for the...

#Shahbag Blogger Hacked To Death

Engineer Ahmed Rajib Haider, a young blogger and online activist participating in the ongoing Shahbag movement in the Bangladesh capital Dhaka was brutally killed a few hours ago, reports Mamur...

Argentinian Politician's Cryptic Tweet Leaves Internet Guessing

A mysterious tweet published by Argentina's former presidential candidate Hermes Binner drew speculation from Twitter users as to what the seemingly random string of letters could mean. #Obvñzfhnhxds became a...

Ecuador: No Place for ICTs

With the elections in Ecuador approaching on Sunday, February 17, blog Bitácora de Calú shares its surprise [es] that “NONE of the candidates [running for the National Assembly] focus their...

One Billion Rising Flash Mob

Kristin Boekhoff writes how the trainees and workers of Panigram resort organized a dance flash mob in their village as part of the One Billion Rising campaign.

For Russia's Comics, it's Raining Meteors

Although the shock wave from the Chelyabinsk meteorite injured hundreds of people, RuNet users have been more eager than ever to crack jokes and spread memes.

“A Thousand Europeans Staring Back at You”

The Portuguese website Variações Sobre a Europa (Variations on Europe) [pt] invites one thousand citizens to create a digital avatar and to participate with their opinions for the construction of...

Truthloader: New YouTube Show on Citizen Journalism

Truthloader is a new daily YouTube show, produced by UK-based ITN in partnership with YouTube, that brings investigative and citizen journalism together, focusing mostly on under-reported news stories from around...

Crowd-Source Subtitles for YouTube Videos

Anyone on YouTube can now sync their account directly to the global subtitling service Amara and invite volunteers to translate videos. Subtitles are created on Amara's platform, but are synced...

Kenya's Presidential Debate Ends on TV, Continues on Twitter

With only three weeks until Kenya's presidential elections, technology continues to change how the country participates in the electoral process. Kenyans submitted questions via Twitter for the first ever presidential...

Cuba: Reactions to Pope's Resignation

Cuban bloggers, both on-island and from the diaspora, react to the announcement of Pope Benedict XVI's resignation here, here and here.

China: Foreign Men Are More Romantic

Rensi from ChinaSMACK translates a forum post about various myths or beliefs that Chinese girls have about foreign men.

Sina Weibo to ‘Great Firewall’ Architect: Get Lost

More than 10,000 Weibo users returned Fang Bingxing's new year greeting with a forward message: Get lost. Fang is the notorious architect of the Great Firewall (internet filtering system) in...

Japan's Conservation Groups Fight to Preserve Wetlands

Damp and marshy, they seem boring and barren. But contrary to their appearance, tidal flats or coastal wetlands are rich in biodiversity and help maintain balance in the water cycle....

Trinidad & Tobago: Dr. Kim Mallalieu on ICT

ICT Pulse launches its “Caribbean Tech Movers and Shakers” series by profiling Dr. Kim Mallalieu, an educator who has influenced telecoms regulation, mobile applications development and Open Data initiatives.

Who Owns the Copyright for Trinidad and Tobago Carnival?

It has been popular in recent years for photographers (professional and amateur alike) to publish their pictures of Trinidad and Tobago's various Carnival activities online, especially on social media sites...

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