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May 03 2011

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// 2011-03-03 Ford Foundation- panel discussion moderated by Ethan Zimmermann, Harvard University and one of the leading figures of Global Voices - oAnth

April 15 2011

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April 05 2011

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@krekk, danke für das statistische VDS-Material - könntest Du nochmals die eingebetteten Links überprüfen. Beide sind nicht mehr gültig, bzw. "Berechnung, etc." verändert beim Repost den vorgegebenen Link relativ zur Soup-URL, ein Bug, der mir gegelegentlich bei Soup.io bereits unterkam.- Vielen Dank!

May 07 2010

Global Voices Partners with “Echo Moskvy”

By Vadim Isakov

We are pleased to announce our partnership with “Echo Moskvy,” the most prominent and respected radio station in Russia with hundreds of thousands of listeners from all over the globe. This radio station is rightfully considered the most influential radio in Russia.

“Echo Moskvy” radio is doing an amazing job covering different aspects of Russian society and brining a unique perspective regarding the most pressing issues in the country and the world. Most of “Echo Moskvy” broadcast is dedicated to analytical programs and talk shows. It is one of the few media outlets in Russia pursuing high standards of journalism. Many people consider “Echo Moskvy” an oppositional radio but, as its editor-in-chief Aleksey Venedikov said, it is rather “an informational radio” that serves as a platform for discussions among different forces and a place for analysis, ideas, opinions of different political structures.

Another great thing about “Echo Moskvy” is that it is actively using different online platforms to expand its audience and stay relevant in ever-changing field of global journalism. It has an extensive network of Russian bloggers featured on its Web site where people share amazing stories of lives in different corners of the country.

That is why we are very excited to start working with the most professional Russian journalists and prominent netizens bringing more perspective from Russian online community to global audience and, in turn, making Global Voices more accessible to Russian speakers.

“Echo Moskvy” already opened a separate Web page dedicated to Global Voices online. The GVO Lingua Russian team will be translating articles that later will be featured on “Echo Moskvy” Web site. That will make GVO stories more accessible to Russian audience. At the same time, GVO will be picking stories submitted by “Echo Moskvy,” translating them into English and featuring those on GVO Web site. This will make Russian online community closer to international audience.

We would like to thank people who worked hard to make this collaboration possible on both sides. We are grateful to Aleksey Venediktov, an editor-in-chief of “Echo Moskvy,” and Nargiz Asadova, a deputy editor of the radio, for being receptive to new opportunities. A special thank you to our own Gregory Asmolov who initiated the project and even flew to Moscow and met with “Echo Moskvy” representatives to work out the details of this collaboration.

May 05 2010

Technology for Transparency, Civic Engagement and Accountability in Latin America

By Renata Avila

Corruption, systematic violations of human rights and widespread poverty are closely connected. The cycle of corruption facilitates, perpetuates and institutionalizes human rights violations. Powerful and corrupt political and military groups that have systematically committed acts corruption have since covered-up or erased the evidence. Such scenarios were even more harmful in countries were perpetrators and collaborators from local and international networks escaped unpunished. As a result, today criminal networks are seduced by the same game. Secrecy plays an important role too. By denying citizens access to public information and a say in accountability, impunity continues a culture of silence. It obstructs public debate about crimes that have been committed, and their impact on development and wealth.

Declassified documents released the last decade shed a light on secret impunity agreements between governments and political leaders from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala and other countries in the region during the seventies and eighties. From Operation Condor to the dirty wars in Central America, many covert actions affected the future of the region, undermining their rule of law, dividing societies, silencing dissenting voices, and facilitating the creation of corrupt networks and a culture of secrecy and impunity. The region, in fact, is an example of how secrecy and the discretionary use of force can harm an entire society to only benefit of few.

As Joseph Stiglitz once wrote: “Life is never black and white. Just as there is no ‘one size fits all' policy for economic development, there is no such policy for fighting corruption.” That is why different approaches to fighting corruption, improving governance, and incentivizing citizens to become active actors of change can show us different ways to tackle corruption, with the help of our new interconnected environment.

The power of documents: Projects promoting the access to public information in Latin America

Transparency and access to information empower individuals to make more informed decisions. Without access to public information and transparent practices from the private sector, civil society lacks objective input to monitor government effectiveness, spending, and public procurement. While access to information is important for everyone, it is particularly relevant for those working toward transparency and accountability. Without such access corruption flourishes. When a citizen needs to access information that is in the hands of the government, and it refuses to grant access, corrupt alternatives such as buying it or leaking it after contact with clandestine networks can replace clear institutional channels. Access to Information laws are important for a country. However, we must question premature celebration on the passage of Access to Information laws if such a tool is not used by citizens or is not effective in its objectives, as has been alleged in Guatemala. Laws and mechanisms if not used and enforced, are useless.

The ProAccesso Coalition in Venezuela aims to encourage public demand of information in the hands of the government since greater transparency is one of the most effective antidotes against corruption. ProAcceso Foundation in Chile combines its on line portal with offline legal clinics and workshops. There you can find information about access to information rights and the mechanisms to enforce them. There is also information about relevant legal cases at the local and Interamerican system and the organization's contribution to the landmark case Marcel Claude Reyes et al. v. Chile, which is important and relevant for all the Latin American states seeking a right to access public information. In Brazil, there is the Information is a right! movement. More information, More Rights in Colombia follows the regional trend, educating citizens about the important role they play by requesting public information. Mexico Informate! And the Peruvian Working Group Against Corruption coordinated online campaigns and developed tools to make it easier to request public information. Both projects also forged alliances with print media, and are working closely with journalists to provide them with the tools to inform citizens about their rights. Journalism and Access to information also works with journalist to explain how to use legal mechanisms to improve their investigative reporting.

Freedom of Information laws must be tied to issues that people care about in order to be effective. The Mexican initiatives, Rural Agricultural Subsidies and the Environmental Frontier Project in Tijuana are examples of efforts to pressure local governments to be more transparent about their spending in particular sectors. The Local Integrity initiative in Ecuador, Peru and Argentina provides a comprehensive database and peer reviewed research. CIMTRA (”citizens for transparent municipalities”) is a group of 20 NGOs working together to promote a culture of accountability among local governments.

Access to information, transparency and security issues are not incompatible, as demonstrated by Just the Facts, which provides data, analysis and links to better understand the role and motivations of U.S. assistance to the region, including military and economic aid, military and police training, arms sales, and troop deployments. It is an example on transparency in security issues.

Projects that use technology to open debate around political processes

According to the Inter American Democratic Charter, transparency in government activities, morals, responsible public administration on the part of governments, respect for social rights, and freedom of expression and of the press are essential components of democracy. It is not only credible and independent elections that matter.

Systemic corruption of political processes is far more dangerous and complex than fraudulent elections. It covers public policies, public management and procurement systems, political and administrative structures. Only a consistent effort to watch each actor and understand the weak points of each stage in such processes, and then combine different data to offer a clear picture on how the influence of lobbyist groups, criminal networks, and entrenched interests negatively affect democracy. Various projects by the Poder Ciudadano Foundation (”Citizen Power Foundation”) are helping citizens from Argentina understand the interests behind their politics and beyond elections. They also created a tool to monitor media and its role in politics. Since 90% of political campaign expenses are spent on media, it is crucial for political process to understand the relationships between media and politicians in a given country. The investigation, Mapping the Media in the Americas, provides such information and helps citizens understand the media's role in a democracy.

Civic monitoring of political processes is key to preserve them from institutional corruption. Without such engagement it is almost impossible to fix a failed system. Elección Visible in Colombia and Guatemala Visible are putting the spotlight on the selection process of six key public office nominees and appointments. The objective is to keep corruption out of all political processes, including political appointments. There are several efforts to preserve the integrity, transparency and legitimacy of the day of elections Cuidemos el Voto provides tools to monitor and map misconduct in federal and municipal elections in Mexico. Vote Bien take a similar approach in Colombia. In Chile, Vota Inteligente created an important tool to better inform voters during the last presidential elections, and they are keeping an eye on the performance of the elected president by following up on his campaign compromises.

The activities of Congress and its members is yet another important component of the democratic process to keep an eye on. Various efforts like 500/500 and Legislativo a tu alcance in Mexico, Democratic Reflection in Peru, Congreso Visible in Colombia, and Congresso Aberto in Brasil are helping citizens understand the importance of taking an active role in monitoring those who approve laws and the dynamics behind their decisions. The project Parlio, which monitors the Basque Parliament in Spain, might be an interesting model to follow because it takes the activity inside Congress to another level by providing information on why every topic discussed at parliament.

Emerging forms of civic participation and the evolving role of interconnected citizens

Movements are taking action simultaneously on several fronts, combining global and local issues in Latin America, influencing local politics, such as #internetnecesario did in Mexico or global politics, such as the Open Acta movement to demand transparency in the negotiation of international, bindind treaties. Other examples include “I am not a criminal” in Peru, and a sister project in Chile. Environmental activists are integrating their efforts online more and more to promote transparency and accountability related to extractive industries, such as mining.

Citizens are also organizing efforts to map criminal activities in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador and, in the case of Mexico, specific maps to report drug dealing.

What should be done?

  1. Multilateral anti corruption efforts and global standards: A global effort to foster transparency and accountability must design a system to hold wrongdoers accountable and investors aware of the consequences their investments on others' lives. New technologies allow citizens in any country to compare the behavior and monitor the statements by companies in different countries. Most of the countries with funders that are financing efforts to contribute to transparency, accountability and good governance, are not doing enough to regulate foreign corrupt practices in the region by the companies and nationals of their own countries. That is why it is important to encourage donors to respect a global, uniform standard against corruption. Legal instruments such as the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act should lead to a rise in anti-corruption prosecutions. As an example the World Bank has listed ineligible firms to be awarded a World Bank-financed contract for a period of time because they were found to have violated the fraud and corruption provisions of the Procurement Guidelines.
  2. Transparency for Technology Commons: Following the model of Open Educational Resources, donors and NGOs should create guidelines to incentivize shared practices, encourage the sharing of information and databases, software and models to inspire citizens across the continent to start their own efforts. Tools need to be localized and adapted for particular, local needs. Donors should incentivize the use of free software, open formats and open content to allow others build upon the tools, contents and data that have already been gathered in other contexts and places. Shared practices and information will lead to greater transparency of projects, more efficient expenditure and better understanding of the regional context. They may even allow researchers to detect patterns and follow corruption across national boundaries and areas of interests.
  3. Protecting the rights of those investigating and denouncing corruption: Journalists, human rights defenders, lawyers, and witnesses of serious corruption acts are under constant threat in Latin America. It is important to consider that the 1999 UN Declaration on Human Rights Defenders includes anti-corruption activists within the list of individuals that the UN must protect. With the increased use of the Internet and new technologies to spread information about corruption, digital surveillance and control of the Internet will likely increase too, and projects should be prepare to face new challenges. Violence against those promoting transparency and accountability is also a threat.
  4. Congruency: Donors should encourage projects aiming to map those wrongdoers, to combat secrecy in investments involving development projects and funding for development and encouraging prosecution and cross country investigations of companies, no matter how necessary for local economies they are.
  5. Accountability and visibility: Only by bringing the corrupt to court can one reestablish the rule of law, restore trust in the political institutions, and rebuild a common sense about ethical values among the citizens. Only by equality before the law can the perception of corrupted networks as untouchable be challenged. And we can use the power of ideas and the possibilities on the Internet to spread a powerful integrity message. The Internet has become a game-changing tool in the growth of anti-corruption awareness and accessibility to information, especially via social networking tools. It is important to support accountability efforts and tools to make such efforts visible. Latin America has prosecuted many former presidents and high rank officials, but only the Fujimori Trial provides such open information on the trial for citizens. Tracking Impunity also offers an interesting example of what can be done in the region with corrupt networks and legal procedures related to access to information and accountability.
  6. E-Learning of complex topics: Sophisticated economic crimes and complex white collar crimes require high levels of expertise in order to detect, investigate and prosecute. Paradoxically, such countries are often those most affected by corruption. Technology offers a unique opportunity to share knowledge, practices, and to train people. Many of the people I spoke to lack the tools to analyze such phenomenons, gather the evidence and build a strategy to prosecute the corrupt.
  7. Divides: Internet access remains unaffordable for many countries in the region, while others are still struggling with illiteracy rates. Elders and many workers lack the expertise to connect or the time to search for a website. It is important to consider a combination of online and offline tools - and multilingual materials - to reach those who are offline and invite them to take an active role in these projects. For example, a project using technology can connect with offline participants by printing and translating reports to broadcast via community radios. Or a local newspaper might use an article or data provided by an elections monitor. A couple of months ago I was at a conference taking place in a five stars hotel in Guatemala City: the speakers were discussing corruption and corrupted networks. Instead of a book they distributed digital copies of the work. Most of the attendees were members of NGOs living in urban areas, they owned a computer, and are literate in their mother language, Spanish. It is important to remember that the most corrupt practices in the region are taking place out of sight of the public eye, offline. How relevant is technology for transparency and civic engagement if such tools are out of reach of the people who is affected the most by corruption? How effective is civic engagement is most are excluded by default? How legitimate is an effort to promote accountability and transparency where donors are largely unaccountable for bad decisions made inside their institutions, which go against its mandate. Are cool technology projects just a placebo, an illusion to create the perception that we are actually game-changers creating a global culture of anti-corruption?
  8. Integral approach against corruption without exceptions: The ability of criminal networks to protect themselves from prosecution produces a continuous loss of trust in the justice system, and institutions in general. Without accountability there is no possible way to restore the credibility of political and legal institutions. Without transparency and access to information, accountability might be hard to achieve. The region needs an active network of citizens to fight against corruption in all its forms, including embezzlement, trading in influence, abuse of position, illicit enrichment, and obstruction of justice. It is necessary to involve broad coalitions of actors in making law, influencing foreign affairs, and making international law effective.

The Latin American projects I reviewed on the Technology for Transparency Network show actions by ordinary people, many of them working on their own time and dime, organized into various and ever-changing groups and networks. They reveal how technology is a tool to ensure rights of those affected by corruption, obscurity and impunity. And in the future, such networks of ordinary citizens, using any tool available, again and again, until it is not necessary anymore, will demand justice, transparency and accountability. To make change depends on citizens; technology is just a tool whose impact will only increase if practices and skills are shared across the region, taking advantage of the possibilities and potential of networks, and including the voices of those offline, the ones who are most affected by corruption and invisible to the public eye.

April 29 2010

China: The 42th anniversary of Lin Zhao's death

By Oiwan Lam

Lin Zhao (林昭), a Peking University student, was arrested in 1960 during the Anti-Rightist Campaign launched by Mao Zedong in 1957 and sentenced to death on 29 of April (today) in 1968, 42 years ago at the age of 35. She could have exchanged for her freedom and life by a writing a political confession, instead, she chose to write in the prison with her blood.

Lin was once a devoted supporter of the Chinese Communist Party and participated in the Land Reform. When she was studying in the Peking University, she sided with CCP leader Peng Dehuai's camp criticizing Mao Zedong's extremism in the Great Leap Forward and People's Commune Movement and was then labelled as an anti-revoluntionary rightist.

In 1981, the Shanghai Higher Court vindicated Lin Zhao's case but her file is still defined as state secret. Below is a portrait of Lin:

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In 2003, independent film maker Hu Jie(胡杰)released documentary titled as “In Search of the Soul of Lin Zhao” (detailed report see Washington post). The documentary can be found in youtube.

Lin is now the icon of political dissidents and human rights activists in China. Ran Yunfei explains in bullogger:

林昭与人类有史以来,最为强暴的政权的对抗,不仅是中国人的精神资源,甚至可以说是人类 共同的精神遗产。但对她抗暴的相关努力,由于至今尚未解档,官方的遮蔽掩盖,致使她的行止丰仪语焉不详,不为外界大多数人所知。与此同时,一些与她有过联 络的人,或者同学们也由于这样或那样的顾虑,不愿接受采访,承担一点相应的作为朋友或者同学的责任,这岂止令人遗憾!虽然我尊重每个人的选择,但正是这样 的懦弱,造就了残暴的专制政权。再者,提篮桥监狱监管并虐待林昭的人,也不能完全用体制之罪来为自己的恶行推脱。只要档案不被毁,正义一定等得到审判邪恶 的那一天,虽然迟来的正义其价值已经减弱,但不忘记邪恶可以在一定程度上伸张正义。

Lin Zhao struggled with the most violent state power in human history, she is the spiritual resource for all Chinese people and the legacy for the whole world. Her effort in fighting against violence has not been unveiled yet. The government continues to cover up and most of the people do not know much about her. At the same time, for those who know about her, her friends and classmates, out of anxiety and fear, they refused to talk about her. This is so regretful. Although I respect individual's choice, such kind of cowardliness has brought about the cruel authoritarianism. The prison guards who tortured Lin Zhao in Tinan Bridge prison could not use the excuse of the system for their crime. So long when the record is preserved, the evil will be judged. It is a belated justice, but the retrieval of people's memory will bring light to the dark history.

Zhongshan University Professor and independent film maker Ai Xiaoming started an online event: “100 things you can do to remember Lin Zhao” and suggested various ways to remember Lin, such as

1. to learn about Lin's life history
2. to watch and share the documentary “In Search of the Soul of Lin Zhao”
3. to write about Lin Zhao, to visit Lin's tomb
4. to read Lin's writings, and etc.

You can join the event via facebook.

On 28 of April, a number of concerned citizens visited Lin's tomb in Jiangsu, Suzhou City, Mudu town and citizen journalist Tiger Temple recorded the activities:

In Beijing, artist Yen Zhenxue(嚴正學)who was sentenced to three year imprisonment on 18 of October 2006 under sedition charge and released on 17 of July 2009, completed Lin Zhao's sculpture in early April and planned an exhibition in 798 Art District on 10 of April. But he was assaulted by security guards and hospitalized on 3 of April. Below is Yen's finishing artwork:

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Chinese netizens keep sharing Lin's writing via blogs, forums and twitter in the past few days. Below is one of the poems devoted to her prosecutor by Lin under the series “Roses devoted to the Prosecutor”:

将这一滴注入祖国的血液里,
将这一滴向挚爱的自由献祭。
揩吧!擦吧!洗吧!
这是血呢!
殉难者的血迹,
谁能抹得去?

Inject this drop of blood into my mother country's blood stream
This drop sacrificed my beloved freedom
Wipe it! Rub it! Clean it!
This is blood!
The blood of a Martyr
Who can wipe it away?

April 28 2010

April 26 2010

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April 24 2010

“Boobquake” to challenge claims of Iranian cleric

boobquakeJennifer McCreight, a Purdue University student in the United States is asking women around the world to show a little cleavage or a little leg on Monday as a humorous test to disprove an Iranian cleric’s theory that immodest dress has the power to make the earth shake.

The story began when Hojatoleslam Kazem Sedighi, Tehran's acting Friday prayer leader, said: “Many women who do not dress modestly… lead young men astray, corrupt their chastity and spread adultery in society, which (consequently) increases earthquakes.”

Jen McCreight who describes herself as a liberal, geeky, nerdy, scientific, perverted atheist feminist trapped in Indiana, wrote in her blog:

I have a modest proposal. Sedighi claims that not dressing modestly causes earthquakes. If so, we should be able to test this claim scientifically. You all remember the homeopathy overdose? Time for a Boobquake. On Monday, April 26th, I will wear the most cleavage-showing shirt I own. Yes, the one usually reserved for a night on the town. I encourage other female skeptics to join me and embrace the supposed supernatural power of their breasts. Or short shorts, if that's your preferred form of immodesty. With the power of our scandalous bodies combined, we should surely produce an earthquake. If not, I'm sure Sedighi can come up with a rational explanation for why the ground didn't rumble. And if we really get through to him, maybe it'll be one involving plate tectonics.

The Boobquake event on Facebook already has 123,680 confirmed supporters, including many men. The photo above is from the Facebook page.

And here is a video message on Boobquake:

Iranians themselves have also launched creative campaigns against censorship and repression in the past. One of the most recent was the Men in hijab campaign to support Majid Tavakoli, a jailed leading student activist. It seems the Iranian story has become world wide sensation this time.

April 16 2010

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    just to inform you - there seems to be a bug for tag-signification inside the text space: it happend several times that it added automatically in the hyperlink-urls the path of the whole pointer/Wegweiser posting and the linked url was transformed to a ../tag/... path - up to now I have no idea, what precisely may have caused this; the only thing what stopped it was that I deleted the tags from the html text field and stayed inside the provided tag line. - oanth 20100418

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    Dicke Bretter 1.0

    Geert Lovink, Medientheoretiker und Netz-Kritiker, glaubt, dass politischer Protest im Internet kaum in der Lage ist, neue, komplexe Themen über lange Zeit zu bearbeiten.

    Best of Blog Awards 2010: And the Winners are…

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    The BOBs have been decided!

    The sixth annual Deutsche Welle Best of Blogs (BOBs) Awards have come to a close, and the Global Voices community is celebrating the winners. This year, a number of blogs created by or contributed to by GVers were nominated (as Diego Casaes highlighted), and GV's very own Amira Al Hussaini and Claire Ulrich both served on the international jury.

    So what are the best blogs? Crisis crowdsourcing innovator Ushahidi (on which GVer Juliana Rotich works) took the top spot in this year's contest with the Best Weblog jury award, while Jordanian blogger Osama Romoh took the People's Choice for Best Weblog.

    The other major awards went to:

    Best Weblog: Ushahidi (Jury), Osama Romoh (People's Choice)
    Best Podcast: Cajun French Language Tutorials Podcast (Jury), Radio Kalu (People's Choice)
    Best Videoblog: Мистер Фриман - Mr. Free Man Best Videoblog (Jury), Malviviendo (People's Choice)
    Reporters Without Borders Award: We are Journalists (Jury), Holom Akhdar (People's Choice)
    Blogwurst Award: Blogs do Alem and Wake Up Mr. Green (Jury), Ibda3at (People's Choice)
    Special Topic Award (Climate Change): Coluna Zero (Jury), Ecoplaneta (People's Choice)

    The jury and voters also awarded the best blogs in each of 11 languages, including a new language added this year:

    Bengali: Ali Mahmed's blog (Jury and People's Choice)

    And the Best Blog in English…

    Hisham Khribchi and Jillian York, both Global Voices Authors, were honored with both the People's Choice and Jury Awards for their website, Talk Morocco, in the Best English Blog category. The site aims to encourage conversation amongst different factions of the Moroccan blogosphere and counts numerous bloggers, journalists, and human rights activists among its contributors.

    Congratulations to all the winners!

    Talk morocco is announced the winner at republica conference in berlin, photo by sami be gharbia

    Talk Morocco is announced the winner at RePublica conference in Berlin, photo by Sami be Gharbia

    Kein Geld für E-Government!

    Bei TechPresident.com und dem Private Democracy Forum erforscht Micah Sifry, wie Technologie Politik beeinflusst und politische Partizipation gefördert werden kann. Staatlich finanzierte Mitmachseiten, sagt er, sind Geldverschwendung.

    Freiheit braucht Unsicherheit

    Miriam Meckel, Professorin am Institut für Medien- und Kommunikationsmanagement an der Uni St. Gallen und Fellow am Berkman Center for Internet und Society, widerspricht Jeff Jarvis.

    Flaschenöffner drucken

    Nach der industriellen und der informationellen Revolution gelten 3D-Drucker als "Dampfmaschine" einer neuen Revolution: Der "MakerBot" von Bre Patis kostet nur 800 Dollar - und mit ihm kann jeder Mensch zuhause zahlreiche Produkte selber herstellen. "Das wird die Welt der Produktion revolutionieren."

    Acta zu den Akten!

    Jérémie Zimmermann ist einer der bekanntesten europäischen Netzaktivisten. Gerade kämpft er mit viel Verve gegen Acta, ein internationales Abkommen, das bisher geheim verhandelt wird, "alle Wünsche der Musik- und Filmindustrie erfüllt und unsere Freiheit bedroht".

    Vom Saulus zum Paulus

    Einst verkaufte er Schnüffel-Technik nach China. Nach und nach merkte Tim Wu: Telefongesellschaften in den USA wollen Skype sperren, Kabelfernsehgesellschaften wollten Youtube blockieren. In den frühen 2000er Jahren hatte er ein "Erweckungs-Erlebnis". Heute ist Tim Wu Professor an der Columbia Law School und kämpft dafür, dass alle Daten gleich behandelt werden und niemand die Netze zensiert.
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    Die Träume der Netz-Utopisten und die Wirklichkeit: Ist das Internet ein Medium der Emanzipation und des Umsturzes - oder ein Werkzeug der Kontrolle und der Unterdrückung? Haben Twitter und Facebook die Rebellion in Iran befeuert, oder halfen sie, die Rebellen zu enttarnen? Ein skeptischer Dialog

    Internet: Das Unbehagen an der digitalen Macht - Hintergründe - Feuilleton - FAZ.NET
    Reposted fromannalist annalist

    April 14 2010

    Internet-Demokratie

    David Sasaki, Director bei der Non-Profit-Site Global Voices Online, zeigt Beispiele für Netzprojekte, die für mehr Transparenz, Partizipation und Demokratie sorgen - und benennt deren Schwächen.
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    Welche Twitter-Revolution?

    Twitter-Revolution - Evgeny Marozov hat diesen Begriff in die Welt gesetzt. Heute bezweifelt wer, das soziale Internet-Medien einen signifikanten Effekt auf autoritäre Regime haben. Warum Iran keine Twitter-Revolution erlebt hat, erklärt der Blogger und Wissenschaftler von der Georgetown Universität im Gespräch mit Philip Banse.
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