Twitter Undermines Hugo Chavez’s Media Takeover
As we learned last summer in Iran, whenever a dictatorial regime senses trouble in Totalitarianville, one of the first things it does is tighten its grip on the media. And whenever the thick walls of censorship go up, Twitter is there to slip through the cracks.
A world of connections
The globe’s largest online social network boasts over 350m users—which, were it a nation, would make Facebook the world’s third most populous after China and India. That is not the only striking statistic associated with the business.
Can we stop the global cyber arms race?
The Washington Post
But the problem with Clinton's call for accountability and norms on the global network -- a call frequently heard in policy discussions about cybersecurity -- is the enormous array of cyberattacks originating from the United States. Until we acknowledge these attacks and signal how we might control them, we cannot make progress on preventing cyberattacks emanating from other countries.
ProQuest Launches AtmosPeer—New Social Network for Atmospheric Scientists
A new online community designed specifically for researchers, scholars, librarians, and students in the atmospheric science community leverages the collaborative power of social networking across discipline-specific information.
Google, China and U.S. Foreign Policy
The Huffington Post
But now that Google has stepped out ahead of the pack and taken an aggressive stance against the government of arguably the second or third most powerful country in the world, we may be witnessing a new stage in U.S. international relations: what might be called Silicon Valley's new foreign policy.
Iran’s green shoots
Whether by accident or design the state-run show allowed itself to be momentarily hijacked, giving the green movement a rare chance to demonstrate its strength. On the day of the show mobile phones of the pro-democracy supporters passed on a text message urging people to vote for the ludicrous third answer.
Just Google “China”
Foreign Policy Association/CPD
But the larger point at issue appears to be the unfettered access to the Internet in China. Several years ago, Google agreed to allow some censorship in exchange for the right to run its search engines in China. As a result, more people use Google in China than in any other country except the United States.
The fifth freedom
The Globe and Mail
Hillary Rodham Clinton, the U.S. Secretary of State, last week put her government's international muscle firmly behind an open Internet. Her speech is worth heeding, and has policy ideas that ought to be considered as part of Canada's public diplomacy.
Looking For A Few Good Friends
Internet outreach is the hottest new item in the U.S. government’s array of public diplomacy tools. While international broadcasting is in disarray, the focus has moved to Internet outreach through social networking and websites to promote America and its allies abroad.
Online Forum Aims to Revamp Emirati Image
Tired of stereotypes and lack of community amongst Emiratis, two University graduates launched Emiratweet, an online social media initiative aimed at promoting dialogue and challenging the negatives image imposed on them. Through the use of social media tools like Facebook and Twitter, the organizers bring together Emiratis for a variety of offline activities such as EmiraTalents, EmiraTalks and EmiraTech.
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