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Filtering the Mideast Web

Posted March 28th, 2011 at 3:44 pm (UTC-4)
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And Shuttering One Channel of American Public Diplomacy Paul Sonne and Steve Stecklow at the Wall Street Journal have an eye-opening feature today, and the headline says it all:  “U.S. Products Help Block Mideast Web.” Sonne and Stecklow document how the governments of Bahrain, the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, among others, have been acquiring […]

Alive In Benghazi

Posted March 23rd, 2011 at 2:48 pm (UTC-4)
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Libyans Sharing Stories From The Front Lines The video is as direct as its story is powerful. A young Libyan, Ali Salem Ali Milad Shaoud, looks directly into the camera – and, by extension, into the eyes of everyone watching him online.  He’s wearing a kafiya, a black t-shirt, a green flak vest…and a bandage […]

Transcending Man

Posted March 18th, 2011 at 7:03 pm (UTC-4)
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The Works and Ideas of Futurist Ray Kurzweil There’s a moment near the end of “Transcendent Man,” a new documentary about futurist Ray Kurzweil.  The camera follows Kurzweil to the lip of a seashore as he silently watches the waves churning in and out.  “What are you thinking about?” an off-camera voice asks.  “I’m thinking […]

The Web Reacts to a Tsunami – pt. II

Posted March 16th, 2011 at 2:02 pm (UTC-4)
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Online Information – Good and Bad – About Japan’s Crises As Japan responds to multiple and worsening crises, the Internet is proving to be a helpful, but  sometimes confounding, tool. Thousands of Japanese are dead and many more missing, following the earthquake and tsunami on March 11.  Hundreds of thousands more are homeless or in […]

Helping Japan Online

Posted March 12th, 2011 at 5:10 pm (UTC-4)
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Spreading News & Offering Help Via the Internet As quickly as the news filtering out of Japan has become more grim, millions of concerned people have taken to the Internet to learn about the unfolding tragedy.  And, like Haiti’s earthquake last year, governments, organizations and humanitarian activists are using the web as a tool to […]

The Web Reacts to a Tsunami

Posted March 11th, 2011 at 2:14 pm (UTC-4)
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Reporting and Responding to a Massive Earthquake & Tsunami Friday morning’s historic 8.9 magnitude earthquake off the eastern coast of Japan, and the resulting tsunami that tore into the Japanese coastline, set the Internet into overdrive across the entire Pacific basin. Even more than the 2004 Indian Ocean or “Boxing Day” tsunami, the first fierce […]

Virtually Ousting a Dictator

Posted March 10th, 2011 at 1:35 pm (UTC-4)
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Video Games Being Used to Teach Non-Violent Civil Disobedience Deborah Block    Washington Popular social networks, such as Facebook and Twitter, played a significant role in organizing the non-violent protests that led to the resignation last month of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. Some in Egypt and other parts of the world have also been using other […]

Psychological War, Social-Media Style

Posted March 3rd, 2011 at 5:54 pm (UTC-4)
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“Frenemies” and the Uses, or Abuses, of Social Media We’re currently working on an update of the roiling cyber-theater that is Anonymous vs. HBGary.  Like any great drama the story is complex, has a large cast, and requires time to fully digest.  Sadly we – like many – were a few minutes late to the […]

Alone, Together

Posted March 1st, 2011 at 5:58 pm (UTC-4)
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How the Internet Separates As Well As Connects The survey results should have been stunning. Last year, the Oxygen Media Group asked women about their relationships online and in the real world.  Well over half – 57 percent – said they communicate more by Internet than face-to-face.  39 percent called themselves “Facebook addicts,” and a […]

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