On February 27, 2011, Chinese Premier Wen held an online chat with netizens, the first such direct interaction with Chinese citizens of its kind. However, if you are of the cyber-optimistic view that new media tools spell out the end to authoritarian regimes worldwide as the oppressed world’s ticket to understanding and embrace of democracy, allow [...]
For nearly five months last year, the Indian-administered region of Kashmir protested the treatment of its citizens by the Indian government. What began as a response to an incident along the India/Pakistan line of control escalated once Indian paramilitary forces entered the fray. Innocent teenagers, many of them promising students, were killed as the government attempted [...]
In Egypt, protests gathered momentum on Facebook and Twitter, among other social media tools. Simultaneously and subsequently, activists organized, devised, and promoted mobilization against government through these same mediums in nations across the Middle East and, to a more limited extent, in regions of Asia where repressive regimes continue to wield control as well.
One thing is [...]
No matter how you personally define the phenomenon, just as the “citizen” in the term suggests, “citizen journalism” invites all individuals to serve as reporters, regardless of their academic backgrounds, biases, and perhaps incomplete information. Never have I relied more on the power of citizen journalism as I have recently as I yearn to uncover what [...]
While the internet and google searches might make information universally accessible to all, the lives of the consumers of this information are still directed by local cultures and laws. The dichotomy of a universal and monolithic internet with a world splintered by nation states has inevitable led to the clashing of interests between governments and google.
Continuing off our class discussion about the use of new media for the oppressed in certain countries and the ‘public image’ consequences of causing a blackout, I wanted to post some recent news on the Google/China feud.
As you may recall, there was some controversy in January between Google and China over a cyberattack that seemed to [...]