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Iran: Twitter becomes focal point of protests

Amid renewed clashes between the Iranian authorities and the reformist Green Movement, social networking sites such as Twitter have again become a focal point of the protests against the Islamic regime. As in the aftermath of the disputed presidential elections in June, anti-government protesters have been posting hundreds of accounts, photos and videos of the… Read more »

Nominations open for the Google and Global Voices Breaking Borders Award

Nominations open December 29, 2009 for the Breaking Borders Award, a new prize created by Google and Global Voices to honor outstanding web projects initiated by individuals or groups that demonstrate courage, energy and resourcefulness in using the Internet to promote freedom of expression. The award is also supported by Thomson Reuters. Deadline is February… Read more »

Access: Mobilizing Global Internet Freedom

Born out of the aftermath of the 2009 Iranian election, Access provides innovative, crowd-sourced tech tools to help reutrn the political process to the people. Found at http://www.accessnow.org

Twitter's Activist Initiation

By accommodating Iranian dissidents the microblogging site has gone from allowing political activity, to courting it. As Twitter’s popularity has grown, its users in oppressive foreign regimes have slowly realized the power of the simple microblogging service for organizing political dissent. On Monday, for the first time, Twitter’s administrators seem to have acknowledged that power… Read more »

Is the Global Network Initiative making a difference?

This week’s issue of Businessweek has a solid article about how Yahoo! is trying to avoid a repeat of its China mistakes in Vietnam. Yahoo! 360 is very popular among Vietnamese bloggers, but Yahoo! has decided not to host the service out of Vietnam, opting instead to host the Vietnamese Yahoo! 360 in Singapore. ahoo!,… Read more »

Anti Internet filtering rebels hit the streets

Opponents to the government’s Internet content filtering scheme will take to the streets in a series of protests planned in Australia’s capital cities. The protests, organised by members from activist groups including the Electronic Freedom Project and Digital Liberty Coalition, will be held at Sydney’s Town Hall, Brisbane Square, Melbourne’s State Library, Adelaide Parliament House,… Read more »

Reporters’ guide to China Olympics published

A pocket guide has been released for reporters traveling to China to cover the Beijing Olympics. The “Reporters’ Guide to Covering the Beijing Olympics” addresses how to report in a largely closed country with particular attention to the hazards facing Chinese sources and news assistants. From ICFJ