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  • Clive 11:13 am on September 26, 2008 Permalink
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    EU Kids Online – New Report 

    A couple of new reports are out from EU Kids Online. Here are some extracts:

    Broadly speaking, the more internet users there are in a country, the more legislation there is regulating activities on the internet. In countries where the internet is less common, more Government efforts are made to promote internet use, while once the internet becomes more common, risk awareness and then literacy initiatives gain priority on the policy agenda.

    Underlines the broad paradigm for liberal democracies – universal access is the initial priority.

    It is teenagers, rather than children in general, who are the digital pioneers in Europe. While children aged 12-17 are more likely to use the internet than are parents (87% vs. 65%) this is not the case for those under 11 years old. Hence, for younger children, it is reasonable to expect that their parents will understand the internet sufficiently to guide their use, but this may not hold for teenagers.

    Overall, the evidence supports the hypothesis that internet-related skills increase with age. This is likely to include their abilities to protect themselves from online risks although, perhaps surprisingly, this has been little examined.

  • Clive 12:23 pm on August 26, 2008 Permalink
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    Global Voices – Internet Democracy 

    From an interview with Ethan Zuckerman in We-Magazine about Global Voices Online

    If you are studying Internet and democracy you have to be very cognisant of the fact that the Internet is still on a very early stage in most countries. I think you have to be very conscious of the fact that people are always looking for local voices and local opinions more than they are looking for those international voices and opinions.

  • Clive 5:39 pm on April 29, 2008 Permalink
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    Damas Blancas 

    Interesting that both the BBC and Reuters picked up this piece of news on April 21:

    A group of Cuban women peacefully demonstrating for the release of their jailed husbands were roughed up by a mob and arrested, then released, on Monday near the offices of President Raul Castro. (Reuters) Police have arrested a group of Cuban women demonstrating to demand the release of their dissident husbands. The 10 women were also kicked and shouted at by about 100 government supporters as they were being detained, Reuters news agency reported. (BBC)

    None of the blogs searched on my custom google blogs picked it up. April 20 Yoani wrote the Matrix post and on the 28th de donde son los carteles?

    That kind of demonstration is unusual as was the way it was treated. So the blogs don’t pick up on it.

  • Clive 10:40 pm on April 28, 2008 Permalink
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    John Michael Roberts (2008): Public spaces of dissent 

    Blackwell Synergy – Sociology Compass, Volume 2 Issue 2 Page 654-674, March 2008 (Full Text)

    This article looks at some recent developments in the relationship between public space and dissent. The article does this by firstly distinguishing between dissent and resistance. Dissent is based broadly around disagreements between individuals in particular groups and contexts against a perceived grievance of some sort. As a result dissent can arise in a variety of contexts, especially within everyday life, popular culture, and with small acts of defiance against frustrations one experiences. These acts can also assume more overtly political modes in the form of resistance as when people demonstrate in the streets. The distinction is therefore useful because it helps us understand how the state and other governance mechanisms adopt policies and strategies to pre-empt dissent and thereby prevent dissent from spilling over into resistance located in particular places. The article will examine how the state and governance have changed the way in which they pre-empt the formation of spaces of dissent in order to effectively regulate them in the pre- and post-9/11 climate. Taking
    examples from the USA and the UK, the paper explores these points through global social movements, law and dissent, planning and designing dissent, and the surveillance of dissent.

  • Clive 8:58 pm on April 1, 2008 Permalink
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    Yoani ‘censored’? 

    And today’s media whore award goes to… « Machetera

    Pascual Serrano – Rebelión

    Yesterday if one were to google “Yoani Sánchez” within Google’s “News in Spanish,” approximately 40
    media reports would have appeared stating that this Cuban woman’s blog had been blocked by authorities in that country. (Cuba Censors One of its Main Blogs the Same Day it Approves Computer Sales, News Hurts, Bloggers Denounce Havana Blocking Access to Their Sites From Within Cuba, Cuba Blocks Access to the Most Read Cuban Blog, Cuba Blocks Access to One of its Most Read Blogs Because of its Criticism of Raul Castro etc..)

    The news is practically identical in all media and it appears to have originated with a Reuters wire-service story. The peculiar thing is that it is limited to reiterating the allegations of this particular Cuban woman who “said that Cubans can no longer visit her website nor that of other bloggers born in the country who have their websites hosted on a server in Germany. All they can see is an error message.” Another thing that caught my attention is how, if the Cubans are continually being denounced for not allowing Internet
    access, the government could have an interest in blocking a blog that supposedly is not accessible?

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