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Newsmotion - Technology http://newsmotion.org/taxonomy/term/39/all en Trinidad & Tobago: Back-to-School Apps http://newsmotion.org/feed-story-en/trinidad-tobago-back-school-apps <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Trinidad &amp; Tobago: Back-to-School Apps </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-datetime field-field-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Tue, 08/26/2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>ICT Pulse <a href="http://www.ict-pulse.com/2014/08/5-apps-ready-school-2014/">shares</a> 5 useful apps for staying organised once school starts. </p> <p class='gv-rss-footer'><span class='credit-text'><span class="contributor">Written by <a href='http://globalvoicesonline.org/author/janine-mendes-franco/' class='user-link' title='View all posts by Janine Mendes-Franco'>Janine Mendes-Franco</a></span></span> &middot; 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3G is against Sharia &amp; moral ethics&quot; <a href="http://t.co/kbZ3poSfJH">http://t.co/kbZ3poSfJH</a> <a href="http://t.co/04IPVBXiXK">pic.twitter.com/04IPVBXiXK</a></p> <p>&mdash; Omid Memarian (@Omid_M) <a href="https://twitter.com/Omid_M/statuses/504019681955831809">August 25, 2014</a></p></blockquote> <p>Iran <a href="http://www.jpost.com/Middle-East/Iranian-Ayatollah-rules-broadband-internet-is-unethical-inhumane-372388">has</a> the highest number of internet users in the Middle East, but its average data speed is about a tenth of the global average.Internet speeds in Iran <a href="http://www.theglobalist.com/ten-facts-iran-internet/">have accelerated</a> by 30% since summer 2013, after Hassan Rohani won the presidential election.</p> <p class='gv-rss-footer'><span class='credit-text'><span class="contributor">Written by <a href='http://globalvoicesonline.org/author/farid/' class='user-link' title='View all posts by Farid'>Farid</a></span></span> &middot; <span class="commentcount"><a href="http://globalvoicesonline.org/2014/08/26/irans-grand-ayatollah-3g-internet-is-immoral/#comments" title="comments">comments (1) </a></span><br /><a href='http://globalvoicesonline.org/donate/' title='read Donate' >Donate</a> &middot; 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where a user with a headphone and smartphone app equipped with GPS can hear sounds as he or she walks around the city. </p> <blockquote><p>&#8230;when you move around the sounds will appear to be coming from a particular location, and you can discover other sounds as you walk around.</p></blockquote> <p>This innovative project was <a href="https://www.facebook.com/hanoisoundwalk">launched</a> in Hanoi, Vietnam last year. The developers <a href="https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-soundwalk-project-a-locative-sound-experience/">plan</a> to spread the concept and campaign to other cities.</p> <blockquote><p>Imagine, as the number of available Soundwalks develop, instead of &#8220;what do I want to listen to today?&#8221;, you&#39;ll be wondering &#8220;where do I want to listen to today?&#8221;.</p></blockquote> <p class='gv-rss-footer'><span class='credit-text'><span class="contributor">Written by <a href='http://globalvoicesonline.org/author/mong/' class='user-link' title='View all posts by Mong Palatino'>Mong Palatino</a></span></span> &middot; <span class="commentcount"><a href="http://globalvoicesonline.org/2014/08/26/experience-the-hanoi-soundwalk-interactive-audio-tour/#comments" title="comments">comments (1) </a></span><br /><a href='http://globalvoicesonline.org/donate/' title='read Donate' >Donate</a> &middot; <span class='share-links-text'><span class='share-links-label'>Share this: </span> <a class='share-link' href='http://twitter.com/share?url=http%3A%2F%2Fglobalvoicesonline.org%2F2014%2F08%2F26%2Fexperience-the-hanoi-soundwalk-interactive-audio-tour%2F&#038;text=Experience+the+%22Hanoi+Soundwalk%22+Interactive+Audio+Tour&#038;via=globalvoices' id='gv-st_twitter' title='twitter' target="new" ><span class='share-icon-label'>twitter</span></a> <a class='share-link' href='http://www.facebook.com/share.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fglobalvoicesonline.org%2F2014%2F08%2F26%2Fexperience-the-hanoi-soundwalk-interactive-audio-tour%2F' id='gv-st_facebook' title='facebook' target="new" ><span class='share-icon-label'>facebook</span></a> <a class='share-link' href='http://reddit.com/submit?url=http%3A%2F%2Fglobalvoicesonline.org%2F2014%2F08%2F26%2Fexperience-the-hanoi-soundwalk-interactive-audio-tour%2F&#038;title=Experience+the+%22Hanoi+Soundwalk%22+Interactive+Audio+Tour' id='gv-st_reddit' title='reddit' target="new" ><span class='share-icon-label'>reddit</span></a> <a class='share-link' href='https://plus.google.com/share?url=http%3A%2F%2Fglobalvoicesonline.org%2F2014%2F08%2F26%2Fexperience-the-hanoi-soundwalk-interactive-audio-tour%2F' id='gv-st_googleplus' title='googleplus' target="new" ><span class='share-icon-label'>googleplus</span></a></span> </p> <div style="display: block !important; 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Angkor Wat (Temple City) is a popular tourism destination in Cambodia which used to be the capital of the Khmer Empire in the 12th century. It is also a massive religious monument, a UNESCO World Heritage <a href="http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/668">site</a>, and one of the most important archaeological sites in South-East Asia. </p> <p style="text-align: center;"><iframe width="500" height="281" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/G9plvrHnOLA?feature=oembed" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p class='gv-rss-footer'><span class='credit-text'><span class="contributor">Written by <a href='http://globalvoicesonline.org/author/mong/' class='user-link' title='View all posts by Mong Palatino'>Mong Palatino</a></span></span> &middot; <span class="commentcount"><a href="http://globalvoicesonline.org/2014/08/24/digital-reconstruction-of-cambodias-angkor-wat/#comments" title="comments">comments (0) </a></span><br /><a href='http://globalvoicesonline.org/donate/' title='read Donate' >Donate</a> &middot; <span class='share-links-text'><span class='share-links-label'>Share this: </span> <a class='share-link' href='http://twitter.com/share?url=http%3A%2F%2Fglobalvoicesonline.org%2F2014%2F08%2F24%2Fdigital-reconstruction-of-cambodias-angkor-wat%2F&#038;text=Digital+Reconstruction+of+Cambodia%27s+Angkor+Wat&#038;via=globalvoices' id='gv-st_twitter' title='twitter' target="new" ><span class='share-icon-label'>twitter</span></a> <a class='share-link' href='http://www.facebook.com/share.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fglobalvoicesonline.org%2F2014%2F08%2F24%2Fdigital-reconstruction-of-cambodias-angkor-wat%2F' id='gv-st_facebook' title='facebook' target="new" ><span class='share-icon-label'>facebook</span></a> <a class='share-link' href='http://reddit.com/submit?url=http%3A%2F%2Fglobalvoicesonline.org%2F2014%2F08%2F24%2Fdigital-reconstruction-of-cambodias-angkor-wat%2F&#038;title=Digital+Reconstruction+of+Cambodia%27s+Angkor+Wat' id='gv-st_reddit' title='reddit' target="new" ><span class='share-icon-label'>reddit</span></a> <a class='share-link' href='https://plus.google.com/share?url=http%3A%2F%2Fglobalvoicesonline.org%2F2014%2F08%2F24%2Fdigital-reconstruction-of-cambodias-angkor-wat%2F' id='gv-st_googleplus' title='googleplus' target="new" ><span class='share-icon-label'>googleplus</span></a></span> </p> <div style="display: block !important; 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Movement, which demanded&nbsp;the country&#39;s ousted chief justice be restored to the Supreme Court. The band joined the campaign and providing a soundtrack to the movement.</p> <p dir="ltr">When Pakistan issued a YouTube ban in 2012, Laal was one of the many bands that felt the effects. Additionally, Laal’s <a href="http://www.dawn.com/news/1110984/the-case-of-pakistans-vanishing-facebook-pages">Facebook page has been banned</a> a few times &#8212; a noteworthy blow, considering they have over 400,000 Facebook likes and reach many of their followers specifically through social media.</p> <p dir="ltr"><iframe width="500" height="375" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/eBMz3FV6lHA?feature=oembed" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Facebook page ban</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">In June, Laal&#39;s Facebook page was banned, along with 162 other pages. Frontman Taimur quickly took to social media, <a href="https://twitter.com/Taimur_Laal/status/487205968464580610">tweeting</a> and posting Facebook statuses about the ban, which were quickly picked up by fans.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Dear friends, we have reason to believe that PTA has shut down our page in Pakistan once again. Could you please&#8230; <a href="http://t.co/x14deXVtoz">http://t.co/x14deXVtoz</a></p> <p>— Dr. Taimur Rahman (@Taimur_Laal) <a href="https://twitter.com/Taimur_Laal/statuses/487205968464580610">July 10, 2014</a></p></blockquote> <p>He also <a href="https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10152061854860672&amp;set=t.720730671&amp;type=3&amp;theater">posted this picture</a> to his Facebook profile:</p> <div id="attachment_486558" class="wp-caption alignnone" style="width: 644px"><img class=" wp-image-486558" alt="Laalban" src="http://globalvoicesonline.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/Laalban-644x600.png" width="644" height="600" /><p class="wp-caption-text">Screenshot of an image from Taimur&#39;s Facebook. Image is a black and white photo of Taimur with a red &#8220;CENSORED&#8221; stamp across his body, and the text &#8220;Laal the Band, has become Laal the Banned&#8221;</p></div> <p dir="ltr">Taimur told Global Voices that the ban was an attempt to demotivate Laal’s efforts to spread awareness about freedom of speech and social justice. He said that the ban was ordered by the Pakistan Telecom Authority (PTA), which he jokingly referred to as the Pakistan Taliban Authority <a href="https://twitter.com/Taimur_Laal/status/487210996184788992">in a tweet</a>. Eventually, the PTA backed off and claimed to have nothing to do with the ban, and <a href="http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/south-asia/blocked-fb-page-of-rock-band-now-accessible-in-pakistan/article6092458.ece">the ban was lifted</a>.</p> <p dir="ltr">“It’s very shadowy and Orwellian,” Taimur said <a href="http://indiapostlive.com/music-freedom/">in conversation with India Post</a> Live, in reference to the ban being levied suddenly, without giving an explanation or any particular party taking responsibility for it. “There has to be some sort of process.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Although the PTA claimed to have nothing to do with the ban, <a href="http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/opinion/09-Jun-2014/the-secret-agreement-between-pta-and-facebook">PTA has a hidden contract with Facebook</a>, according to Pakistani lawyer and blogger Yasser Latif Hamdani.</p> <p dir="ltr">The ban ended up being an asset for Laal, as it called attention to their cause, brought them more followers, and put them back on the news. Laal is currently using the momentum to plan a tour of rural Punjab, Pakistan.</p> <p dir="ltr">Unfortunately, bands with less Internet notoriety who have had their social media presence banned have not been as lucky &#8212; bands who were fairly anonymous to begin with are now even more anonymous, as their access to social media continues to be blocked.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>YouTube ban</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">Laal, which gained a lot of popularity through YouTube, knew that its reach would be affected when YouTube was banned in Pakistan. The ban was imposed in 2012 after “Innocence of Muslims,” a 14-minute long video featuring virulent anti-Islamic content, caused an uproar in the Islamic world. Although other Islamic countries such as the United Arab Emirates and Bangladesh also initially imposed the ban, it currently remains in effect only in Pakistan.</p> <p dir="ltr">Many oppose the ban &#8212; for example, <a href="https://www.facebook.com/pages/PAKISTAN-Dont-BAN-Facebook-Youtube-or-Twitter-BAN-TERRORISM-/121966377836344.">this Facebook community</a> was made in reaction to the ban:</p> <div id="attachment_486565" class="wp-caption alignnone" style="width: 650px"><a href="https://www.facebook.com/pages/PAKISTAN-Dont-BAN-Facebook-Youtube-or-Twitter-BAN-TERRORISM-/121966377836344?fref=ts"><img class="size-full wp-image-486565" alt="Facebook group titled: &quot;PAKISTAN - Don't BAN Facebook, Youtube or Twitter, BAN TERRORISM!!&quot;" src="http://globalvoicesonline.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/pakistanfbook1.png" width="650" height="358" /></a><p class="wp-caption-text">Facebook group titled: &#8220;PAKISTAN &#8211; Don&#39;t BAN Facebook, Youtube or Twitter, BAN TERRORISM!!&#8221;</p></div> <p dir="ltr">Still, others express public support for Internet censorship. A poll on the YouTube Ban on popular tech blog&nbsp;<a href="http://propakistani.pk/">ProPakistani.pk</a>&nbsp;found that readers would only support opening YouTube with certain restrictions, or not opening it at all (The site has previously published articles <a href="http://propakistani.pk/2013/08/29/filtering-internet-right-way-necessary/">in support of Internet censorship</a>, and led polls that overwhelmingly supported <a href="http://propakistani.pk/2010/05/29/poll-73-percent-want-permanent-ban-on-facebook/">banning Facebook</a>). &nbsp;</p> <div id="attachment_486563" class="wp-caption alignnone" style="width: 657px"><a href="http://propakistani.pk/2014/05/14/poll-do-you-want-youtube-ban-to-be-lifted/"><img class="size-full wp-image-486563 " alt="Poll asking the question, &quot;Do You Want YouTube Ban to be Lifted?&quot; 30% said yes, only if blasphemous videos are fully blocked inPakistan; 24% said yes, with warning pages on objectionable videos; 24% said do not open YouTube ever; 21% said open YouTube without any restrictions." src="http://globalvoicesonline.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/youtubeban.png" width="657" height="534" /></a><p class="wp-caption-text">ProPakistani.pk poll asking the question, &#8220;Do You Want YouTube Ban to be Lifted?&#8221; 30 percent said yes, only if blasphemous videos are fully blocked in Pakistan; 24 percent said yes, with warning pages on objectionable videos; 24 percent said do not open YouTube ever; 21 percent said open YouTube without any restrictions.</p></div> <p dir="ltr">Taimur said the ban had a great impact on musicians, as YouTube was a major platform to promote their music. When Global Voices asked Taimur whether he thought young people lost interest in music after the ban, he answered he thought they did, since YouTube was a major source of entertainment and a platform to find new music. He said attempts are being made to keep the music going, but he thinks that the ban needs to be lifted so that people could post new music and again have a place to be discovered.</p> <p dir="ltr">For him, the only way to revive the beauty of progressive music is to open YouTube in Pakistan.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Alternative networks</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">In the meantime, citizens are still waiting for YouTube access to return. Some are able to open YouTube through proxies, but most proxies are unreliable and face connection issues. Those who do not have the patience to wait for proxies to load must wait for the ban to be lifted.</p> <p dir="ltr">There are other sites for artists and musicians to upload and promote their work, including Vimeo and Dailymotion. However, these sites are still much less popular than YouTube and enjoy less viewership.</p> <p dir="ltr">Now that the controversial video “Innocence of Muslims”&nbsp;is no longer on the site, people question the reason for the ban. According to <a href="http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/national/06-May-2014/pakistan-likely-to-lift-ban-on-youtube">a story in English-language newspaper the Daily Times</a>, Pakistan’s National Assembly unanimously voted to lift the YouTube ban on May 6, 2014. However, at the time of publication, YouTube remains inaccessible.</p> <p dir="ltr">Tech-savvy entrepreneurs have had more creative reactions to Facebook bans. After Pakistan placed one ban on Facebook in 2011 following a “competition” calling for caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad, Omer Zaheer Meer <a href="http://www.ndtv.com/article/world/halal-version-of-facebook-is-a-hit-in-pakistan-31612?site=classic">created MillatFacebook</a> &#8212; a Facebook clone that called for users to &#8220;respect humanity,&#8221; &#8220;respect beliefs of all people&#8221; and &#8220;not disrespect anyone.” The site currently has nearly half a million users, but, according to <a href="http://tribune.com.pk/story/487579/angry-social-network-after-two-years-millat-facebook-is-on-the-verge-of-collapse/">a 2013 post by the Express Tribune</a>, it is currently going through financial trouble and its future is uncertain.&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">Krishnan Unni, a professor at Delhi University, called for future generations to take a radical stance and form underground networks of resistance. “Multiple sites of resistance can come together and propose &#8212; this is where we are, this is where we can interject our peculiar kind of politics,” he said&nbsp;<a href="http://indiapostlive.com/music-freedom/">in conversation with India Post Live</a>. “The new music which is coming up from all third world nations is an antinomy against any kind of established structure like the Information Broadcast Ministry. All of us need to realize that we are not living within a totalitarian regime, but snooping and surveillance against each and every individual is happening right now. We need to organize ourselves.”</p> <p dir="ltr"><em><span style="color: #808080;">With additional reporting by Annie Zaman.</span></em></p> <div class="notes" dir="ltr"><span style="color: #808080;"><em>This story was commissioned by&nbsp;<a href="http://freemuse.org/"><span style="color: #808080;">Freemuse</span></a>, the leading defender of musicians worldwide and&nbsp;<a href="http://globalvoicesonline.org/"><span style="color: #808080;">Global Voices</span></a>&nbsp;for&nbsp;<a href="http://artsfreedom.org/?p=7783"><span style="color: #808080;">Artsfreedom.org</span></a>. 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Arts & Culture Bangladesh censorship Citizen Citizen Media Delhi Freedom of Speech India music Pakistan Pakistan Technology United Arab Emirates Sun, 24 Aug 2014 12:00:03 +0000 feed 322700 at http://newsmotion.org Google Docs in Amharic: A Security Tool for Ethiopian Bloggers http://newsmotion.org/feed-story-en/google-docs-amharic-security-tool-ethiopian-bloggers-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Google Docs in Amharic: A Security Tool for Ethiopian Bloggers </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-datetime field-field-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Sat, 08/23/2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Cyber Ethiopia<a href="http://cyberethiopia.com/2013/?p=1020"> explains </a>why Google Docs in Amharic is an important internet security tool for Ethiopian bloggers and how to enable it: </p> <blockquote><p> The Ethiopian government uses many methods to spy on bloggers, but by far the most invasive involves the covert installation of malware on their computers, which captures keystrokes, stores passwords, takes screen shots, and can record audio and video in the room where the computer is located. This malware is usually spread by downloading and opening infected documents. For users who are concerned about Ethiopian government surveillance (but not US government surveillance, or surveillance by governments to whom Google supplies user datain response to court orders), one easy work-around is to open documents in Google Docs instead of downloading and opening them on your computer in Microsoft Word or some other word processing program.</p> <p>Until recently, Ethiopian bloggers were unable to make full use of this advice because Google Docs did not support Amharic, the national language of Ethiopia. Now Google has added support for Amharic to Google products, giving a vulnerable population a powerful tool that they can use to protect themselves from state-sponsored malware and surveillance.</p></blockquote> <p class='gv-rss-footer'><span class='credit-text'><span class="contributor">Written by <a href='http://globalvoicesonline.org/author/ndesanjo-macha/' class='user-link' title='View all posts by Ndesanjo Macha'>Ndesanjo Macha</a></span></span> &middot; <span class="commentcount"><a href="http://globalvoicesonline.org/2014/08/23/google-docs-in-amharic-a-security-tool-for-ethiopian-bloggers/#comments" title="comments">comments (1) </a></span><br /><a href='http://globalvoicesonline.org/donate/' title='read Donate' >Donate</a> &middot; <span class='share-links-text'><span class='share-links-label'>Share this: </span> <a class='share-link' href='http://twitter.com/share?url=http%3A%2F%2Fglobalvoicesonline.org%2F2014%2F08%2F23%2Fgoogle-docs-in-amharic-a-security-tool-for-ethiopian-bloggers%2F&#038;text=Google+Docs+in+Amharic%3A+A+Security+Tool+for+Ethiopian+Bloggers&#038;via=globalvoices' id='gv-st_twitter' title='twitter' target="new" ><span class='share-icon-label'>twitter</span></a> <a class='share-link' href='http://www.facebook.com/share.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fglobalvoicesonline.org%2F2014%2F08%2F23%2Fgoogle-docs-in-amharic-a-security-tool-for-ethiopian-bloggers%2F' id='gv-st_facebook' title='facebook' target="new" ><span class='share-icon-label'>facebook</span></a> <a class='share-link' href='http://reddit.com/submit?url=http%3A%2F%2Fglobalvoicesonline.org%2F2014%2F08%2F23%2Fgoogle-docs-in-amharic-a-security-tool-for-ethiopian-bloggers%2F&#038;title=Google+Docs+in+Amharic%3A+A+Security+Tool+for+Ethiopian+Bloggers' id='gv-st_reddit' title='reddit' target="new" ><span class='share-icon-label'>reddit</span></a> <a class='share-link' href='https://plus.google.com/share?url=http%3A%2F%2Fglobalvoicesonline.org%2F2014%2F08%2F23%2Fgoogle-docs-in-amharic-a-security-tool-for-ethiopian-bloggers%2F' id='gv-st_googleplus' title='googleplus' target="new" ><span class='share-icon-label'>googleplus</span></a></span> </p> <div style="display: block !important; margin:0 !important; padding: 0 !important" id="wpp_popup_post_end_element"></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-url"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Story URL:&nbsp;</div> <a href="http://globalvoicesonline.org/2014/08/23/google-docs-in-amharic-a-security-tool-for-ethiopian-bloggers/" target="_blank">http://globalvoicesonline.org/2014/08/23/google-docs-in-amharic-a-security-tool-...</a> </div> </div> </div> censorship Citizen Citizen Media English Ethiopia Ethiopia Freedom of Speech Language Ndesanjo Macha Quick Reads sub-Saharan Africa Technology Sat, 23 Aug 2014 16:22:14 +0000 feed 322446 at http://newsmotion.org Google Docs in Amharic: A Security Tool for Ethiopian Bloggers http://newsmotion.org/feed-story-en/google-docs-amharic-security-tool-ethiopian-bloggers <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Google Docs in Amharic: A Security Tool for Ethiopian Bloggers </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-datetime field-field-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Sat, 08/23/2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Cyber Ethiopia<a href="http://cyberethiopia.com/2013/?p=1020"> explains </a>why Google Docs in Amharic is an important internet security tool for Ethiopian bloggers and how to enable it: </p> <blockquote><p> The Ethiopian government uses many methods to spy on bloggers, but by far the most invasive involves the covert installation of malware on their computers, which captures keystrokes, stores passwords, takes screen shots, and can record audio and video in the room where the computer is located. This malware is usually spread by downloading and opening infected documents. For users who are concerned about Ethiopian government surveillance (but not US government surveillance, or surveillance by governments to whom Google supplies user datain response to court orders), one easy work-around is to open documents in Google Docs instead of downloading and opening them on your computer in Microsoft Word or some other word processing program.</p> <p>Until recently, Ethiopian bloggers were unable to make full use of this advice because Google Docs did not support Amharic, the national language of Ethiopia. Now Google has added support for Amharic to Google products, giving a vulnerable population a powerful tool that they can use to protect themselves from state-sponsored malware and surveillance.</p></blockquote> <p class='gv-rss-footer'><span class='credit-text'><span class="contributor">Written by <a href='http://globalvoicesonline.org/author/ndesanjo-macha/' class='user-link' title='View all posts by Ndesanjo Macha'>Ndesanjo Macha</a></span></span> &middot; <span class="commentcount"><a href="http://globalvoicesonline.org/2014/08/23/google-docs-in-amharic-a-security-tool-for-ethiopian-bloggers/#comments" title="comments">comments (0) </a></span><br /><a href='http://globalvoicesonline.org/donate/' title='read Donate' >Donate</a> &middot; <span class='share-links-text'><span class='share-links-label'>Share this: </span> <a class='share-link' href='http://twitter.com/share?url=http%3A%2F%2Fglobalvoicesonline.org%2F2014%2F08%2F23%2Fgoogle-docs-in-amharic-a-security-tool-for-ethiopian-bloggers%2F&#038;text=Google+Docs+in+Amharic%3A+A+Security+Tool+for+Ethiopian+Bloggers&#038;via=globalvoices' id='gv-st_twitter' title='twitter' target="new" ><span class='share-icon-label'>twitter</span></a> <a class='share-link' href='http://www.facebook.com/share.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fglobalvoicesonline.org%2F2014%2F08%2F23%2Fgoogle-docs-in-amharic-a-security-tool-for-ethiopian-bloggers%2F' id='gv-st_facebook' title='facebook' target="new" ><span class='share-icon-label'>facebook</span></a> <a class='share-link' href='http://reddit.com/submit?url=http%3A%2F%2Fglobalvoicesonline.org%2F2014%2F08%2F23%2Fgoogle-docs-in-amharic-a-security-tool-for-ethiopian-bloggers%2F&#038;title=Google+Docs+in+Amharic%3A+A+Security+Tool+for+Ethiopian+Bloggers' id='gv-st_reddit' title='reddit' target="new" ><span class='share-icon-label'>reddit</span></a> <a class='share-link' href='https://plus.google.com/share?url=http%3A%2F%2Fglobalvoicesonline.org%2F2014%2F08%2F23%2Fgoogle-docs-in-amharic-a-security-tool-for-ethiopian-bloggers%2F' id='gv-st_googleplus' title='googleplus' target="new" ><span class='share-icon-label'>googleplus</span></a></span> </p> <div style="display: block !important; margin:0 !important; padding: 0 !important" id="wpp_popup_post_end_element"></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-url"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Story URL:&nbsp;</div> <a href="http://globalvoicesonline.org/2014/08/23/google-docs-in-amharic-a-security-tool-for-ethiopian-bloggers/" target="_blank">http://globalvoicesonline.org/2014/08/23/google-docs-in-amharic-a-security-tool-...</a> </div> </div> </div> censorship Citizen Citizen Media English Ethiopia Ethiopia Freedom of Speech Language Ndesanjo Macha Quick Reads sub-Saharan Africa Technology Sat, 23 Aug 2014 16:22:14 +0000 feed 322366 at http://newsmotion.org A “Liter of Light” to Brighten the Poorest Homes http://newsmotion.org/feed-story-en/%E2%80%9Cliter-light%E2%80%9D-brighten-poorest-homes <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A “Liter of Light” to Brighten the Poorest Homes </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-datetime field-field-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Sat, 08/23/2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div id="attachment_486148" class="wp-caption aligncenter" style="width: 800px"><a href="http://aliteroflight.org/"><img class="size-featured_image_large wp-image-486148" alt="The logo of the Liter of Light project." src="http://globalvoicesonline.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/Logo_of_Liter_of_Light_-800x450.jpg" width="800" height="450" /></a><p class="wp-caption-text">The logo of the Liter of Light project.</p></div> <p>After downing a bottle of water, most people are probably inclined to toss it in the trash. Those people, however, don&#39;t realize that they&#39;re throwing away an ingenious means of lighting a home. Thanks to the ideas of a mechanic in Brazil, such &#8220;garbage&#8221; can bring light to homes in poor communities around the world.&nbsp;</p> <p>How does a plastic bottle turn into a source of light? <a href="http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-build-a-SOLAR-BOTTLE-BULB/">The answer</a> is both simple and brilliant. A small hole is cut in the roof of a house and a transparent, plastic bottle with clear water is fitted in. During the day, the sunlight is <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Refraction">refracted</a> by the water bottle and spreads 360 degrees around the room. These “lights” are usually installed in urban slums and narrow alleys, where lighting is typically poor or absent entirely. When necessary, some residents do use electric lights during the daytime, but money is tight and a water bottle in the sunlight has the power of a <a href="http://inhabitat.com/1-liter-of-light-project-illuminates-thousands-of-filipino-homes-with-recycled-bottles/">60-watt bulb</a>. Adding bleach to the water makes it cleaner and clearer, and each bottle can last up to five years before corrosion finally claims it for the scrapheap.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><iframe width="500" height="375" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/o-Fpsw_yYPg?feature=oembed" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p>The invention belongs to&nbsp;<a href="http://www.digitaljournal.com/technology/liter-of-light-lighting-up-homes-with-a-1-liter-water-bottle/article/396658">Brazilian mechanic Alfredo Moser</a>,&nbsp;and the&nbsp;&#8221;<a href="http://aliteroflight.org/">Liter of Light</a>&#8221; project later adopted it on a large scale in Manila, where it used water bottles&nbsp;to provide sustainable, environmentally clean lighting to impoverished homes. Within a year of its inception, Liter of Light installed over 200,000 bottle lights. The organization aims to brighten up a million homes by 2015. The project is also working on a solar-powered, battery-attached version to provide lighting at night. It has also designed a <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=me.trashout.literoflight" target="_blank">mobile app</a> that gives installation instructions.</p> <p>Back in 2011, when the Green Cupboards blog <a href="http://www.greencupboards.com/blog/2011/07/14/2-liter-bottles-of-light/">ran an article on Liter of Light</a>, a reader commented that this idea would make a great difference in India.</p> <blockquote><p>This is the most ingenious invention ever and surely needs great acclaim. I live in India where the villages have no electricity and the people have to rely upon kerosene lamps, many time staying in the dark because kerosene is usually in short supply. Hopefully some NGOs will latch on to this and make the life of the villagers less grim.</p></blockquote> <p>It took a few years, but Liter of Light is now active in 15 countries, including <a href="http://www.kabissa.org/blog/liter-light-lighting-houses-bottle-water">Bangladesh and Kenya, as well as India</a>. Liter of Light’s India chapter engages volunteers in larger cities like Mumbai, Bangalore, and Hyderabad. A message on the <a href="https://www.facebook.com/LiterOfLightBangalore">“Liter of Light – Bangalore” Facebook page</a> urges people to donate their used plastic bottles to the organization, rather than throw them in the garbage.</p> <blockquote><p>Please don&#39;t throw those Cola bottles away. Do contact us and we will try to find ways to pick it up from the nearest possible place</p></blockquote> <p style="text-align: center;"><iframe width="500" height="281" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/nrL3mXcBPtM?feature=oembed" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p>Writing on Twitter,&nbsp;<a href="http://pollinateenergy.org/">Pollinate Energy</a>, another non-profit organization that develops clean-energy products for India&#39;s urban slums, recently congratulated the Liter of Light team for their good work.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/literoflighthq">@literoflighthq</a> you&#39;re doing great work!</p> <p>— Pollinate Energy (@PollinateEnergy) <a href="https://twitter.com/PollinateEnergy/statuses/463824937443028992">May 6, 2014</a></p></blockquote> <p>Other NGOs, such as the&nbsp;<a href="http://aliteroflight.org/2013/03/a-ray-of-light-for-mumbais-homes/">Sanskar India Foundation and Labour Education and Research Network</a> (LEARN), are working with Liter of Light India to amplify the impact these bottles have on users’ lives.</p> <div id="attachment_486319" class="wp-caption aligncenter" style="width: 800px"><a href="https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.597205510399607.1073741834.204926342960861&amp;type=1"><img class="size-featured_image_large wp-image-486319" alt="Screenshot from the Facebook page of Litter of Light India showing installation in Hyderabad." src="http://globalvoicesonline.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/Screen-Shot-litter-of-lite-800x450.jpg" width="800" height="450" /></a><p class="wp-caption-text">Screenshot from the Facebook page of Litter of Light India showing installation in Hyderabad.</p></div> <p>Volunteer efforts are the heart of Liter of Light. A volunteer in Bangalore, Tripti,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.newindianexpress.com/cities/bangalore/Making-electricity-accessible/2014/07/21/article2340446.ece">explains what drives the group</a>:</p> <blockquote><p>We are eager to touch many more lives and lighten up the city in collaboration with like-minded organizations who want to take up this green movement with us.</p></blockquote> <p><a href="http://facts-about-india.nishchala.org/">Facts About India</a> reports that 288 million Indians&nbsp;have no access to electricity. An innovative solution like Liter of Light could mitigate the consequences of powerlessness, while putting to good use what was previously just plastic waste.</p> <p class='gv-rss-footer'><span class='credit-text'><span class="contributor">Written by <a href='http://globalvoicesonline.org/author/alkapratap/' class='user-link' title='View all posts by Alka'>Alka</a></span></span> &middot; <span class="commentcount"><a href="http://globalvoicesonline.org/2014/08/23/liter-of-light-homes-electricity-poverty-invention/#comments" title="comments">comments (0) </a></span><br /><a href='http://globalvoicesonline.org/donate/' title='read Donate' >Donate</a> &middot; <span class='share-links-text'><span class='share-links-label'>Share this: </span> <a class='share-link' href='http://twitter.com/share?url=http%3A%2F%2Fglobalvoicesonline.org%2F2014%2F08%2F23%2Fliter-of-light-homes-electricity-poverty-invention%2F&#038;text=A+%22Liter+of+Light%22+to+Brighten+the+Poorest+Homes&#038;via=globalvoices' id='gv-st_twitter' title='twitter' target="new" ><span class='share-icon-label'>twitter</span></a> <a class='share-link' href='http://www.facebook.com/share.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fglobalvoicesonline.org%2F2014%2F08%2F23%2Fliter-of-light-homes-electricity-poverty-invention%2F' id='gv-st_facebook' title='facebook' target="new" ><span class='share-icon-label'>facebook</span></a> <a class='share-link' href='http://reddit.com/submit?url=http%3A%2F%2Fglobalvoicesonline.org%2F2014%2F08%2F23%2Fliter-of-light-homes-electricity-poverty-invention%2F&#038;title=A+%22Liter+of+Light%22+to+Brighten+the+Poorest+Homes' id='gv-st_reddit' title='reddit' target="new" ><span class='share-icon-label'>reddit</span></a> <a class='share-link' href='https://plus.google.com/share?url=http%3A%2F%2Fglobalvoicesonline.org%2F2014%2F08%2F23%2Fliter-of-light-homes-electricity-poverty-invention%2F' id='gv-st_googleplus' title='googleplus' target="new" ><span class='share-icon-label'>googleplus</span></a></span> </p> <div style="display: block !important; margin:0 !important; padding: 0 !important" id="wpp_popup_post_end_element"></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-url"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Story URL:&nbsp;</div> <a href="http://globalvoicesonline.org/2014/08/23/liter-of-light-homes-electricity-poverty-invention/" target="_blank">http://globalvoicesonline.org/2014/08/23/liter-of-light-homes-electricity-povert...</a> </div> </div> </div> Alka Bangalore Bangladesh Brazil Citizen Citizen Media Development English Hyderabad Ideas India India Kenya Manila South Asia Technology Weblog Sat, 23 Aug 2014 15:02:06 +0000 feed 322367 at http://newsmotion.org