Global Voices Digest

April 7, 2006, 1:53 am
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Global Voices Online – Apr. 7, 2006

Bridging the Technology Divide in Africa

Erik Hersman observes in his introduction to African technology projects bridging the digital divide that “many of the companies are leveraging the widespread use of mobile phones as the platform for connectivity.” Find out how one company based in Mauritius is using open source technologies to make content available on mobile phone networks.

MSM Iraq coverage: Bloggers give thumbs down

It was blogger Fayrooz Hancock who asked, “why when a foriegn journalist is kidnapped, the media cover it extensively? When an Iraqi journalist is kidnapped (we have two right now), the story is forgotten the next day.” Global Voices contributor Salam Adil inquired “why the media doesn’t do a better job at explaining the context of news events.” Find out how the journalists and editors responded and why their responses caused one participant to cough “omigod b***s**t alert” in Rebecca MacKinnon’s summary of the Reuters Iraq Newsmaker debate. Or, watch the video of the event for yourself.

Khatmandu’s tense political moves

The now cliched saying, ‘the revolution will be blogged’ has perhaps never been truer than in today’s Nepal. In the midst of a four-day general strike called by the Seven Party Alliance to bring down Nepal’s undemocratic monarchy, bloggers have taken to the streets to document the movement. So far, however, protests seem to be luke-warm with one commenter suggesting that crowds will not form to protest against King Gyanendra while he is away in Pokhara.

A refresher on China’s April 5th Movement, Jamaican sex tapes, Polish thoughts on the death of Stanislaw Lem, and much more can be found in today’s Global Roundups.

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