12 November 2013

Stories from 12 November 2013

Social Movements of Portugal Get Together to Debate Massive Protests

  12 November 2013

“What is the purpose of the massive protests?”, a question that many Portuguese citizens have repeated since the economic crisis started, has become a motto for a Laboratory of Democracy organized by the non-profit association Academia Cidadã (Citizen Academy). The “informal debate about the occupation of the public space in...

An Alternative Guide to Colombo for CHOGM 2013

  12 November 2013

The prestigious Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) 2013 is taking place in the Sri Lankan capital Colombo and the government ensured an expensive makeover of the city for the distinguished guests. Groundviews posts a guide to the other sides of the city which are apparently invisible to the guests.

Iran: Changing Facebook's Filtering Model

  12 November 2013

Minister of Information and Communications Technology, Mahmoud Vaezi, says [fa] that his Ministry proposes that Facebook's filtering model be changed. He proposes content based filtering for internet sites and Facebook because there are “useful pages” in Facebook that Iranians can read.

New Knight Center MOOC on Media Project Development

  12 November 2013

The Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas [es], with the support of Google [es], will be offering a free Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) in Spanish for journalists and student interested in learning about creating new online projects and generating audiences and revenue. Furthermore, as the announcement about the course...

An Investigation into the World of Prostitution in Burundi

  12 November 2013

Cedric Soledad Urakeza from Burundi reports on his investigation into the world of  prostitution in Bujumbura [fr], published on the community blog Les voix du Burundi:      Notre enquête montre trois catégories de prostituées. Il y a celles filles qui viennent de l’intérieur du pays pour chercher du travail domestique...

Puerto Ricans Demand Oscar López Rivera's Release From Prison

  12 November 2013

The Movimiento Independentista Nacional Hostosiano (MINH), a Puerto Rican pro-independence movement, is organizing a peaceful protest on November 23 to demand the liberation of Oscar López Rivera. López Rivera is the longest-held political prisoner in the western hemisphere, charged with “seditious conspiracy” for his struggle for Puerto Rico's independence from...

Can a Foreigner Becomes a Chinese Communist Party Member?

  12 November 2013

Marco Loglio, a long-term Shenzhen expat from Italy, attempted to apply for Chinese Communist Party Membership to help protect the environment and conserve the culture. But he found out that has to give up his or her nationality and become a Chinese national first. Nanfang Daily has the story.

Bachelor's Day Sets Online Shopping Record Again

  12 November 2013

November 11 is the Bachelor's Day in China and a time for online shopping. Yesterday the online e-commerce platform Alibaba set a world record when it processed more than $5.75 billion in online payments. More from China Digital Times.

14 Inspiring 1-Minute Films About the Environment

  12 November 2013

TVE (Television for the Environment) presents the videos of 14 finalists in its global environmental film competition. Participants from around the world have produced 1-minute long movies on topics related to climate change, sustainable development and biodiversity. Everyone can vote their favorite film until December 19, 2013.

North Korean Tablet Debuts on eBay, But Under Suspicion of Pirating Angry Birds

  12 November 2013

North Korea’s recently-launched Android-based tablet, Samjiyon appeared on eBay, listed by a Canadian account with a shipping location of Yanji in China. North Korea Tech blog also reports that the worlds's one of the best-selling applications, Angry Birds, was included on the tablet without proper permissions from the game maker.

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