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Web users from Haiti mobilise

In this edition : The blogosphere testifies to the chaos in Haiti; US net users celebrate Martin Luther King Day; And an online game allows users to censor the Australian web.

 

 
CHAOS IN HAITI
 
Treatment centres bordering on saturation point, desperate survivors. Humanitarian aid is unable to reach the town of Jacmel, completely cut off since the earthquake, which devastated Haiti last Tuesday. And thanks to these accounts, sent into the net, these film makers hope to attract the attention of rescuers to this town, situated in the south of the country. 
 
The efforts of NGOs, based at Port au Prince airport, had until now been focused on the capital. This Red Cross manager explains in this video that as roads are impassable, it is more practical to transport aid by air; but that this still poses logistic difficulties.
 
Meanwhile, organisations mobilised in Haiti are using the web and Twitter in particular to describe their activities and coordinate action. 
 
This interactive map is updated in real time by net users who use it to localise collapsed buildings and impassable roads. Information, which can be very precious to rescue workers, deployed to the area.
 
Hence the importance of maintaining Internet connections in the country. This local Internet access manager is urging IT engineers to come to Haiti as quickly as possible to repair damaged networks. 
 
‘All my engineers have disappeared. If an engineer has the courage to come to Haiti for four days, he can sleep at my house, he will be safe and he will help me keep the network going’
 
MARTIN LUTHER KING
 
On Monday the US celebrate Martin Luther King Day, with countless online initiatives to honour the heritage of this figure, who was a legend in the fight for racial equality in the country.
 
With this video, in which they recite the famous speech ‘I have a dream’, journalists from the Washington Post have called on net users to look back on what most struck them about Martin Luther King’s combat.
 
Some wished to celebrate his memory in their own way, by dedicating a song to him for example.
 
This public Holiday in the US is traditionally devoted to charity or voluntary work. And nearly one week after the terrible earthquake in Haiti, this work is of a particular type this year. In this video, Martin Luther King’s son calls on Americans to donate money to assist victims.
 
LOOKING INTO THE PAST
 
Time goes by but somethings hardly change or remain exactly the same. This is in any case what this photomontage blog attempts to demonstrate. The photographer has inserted an old picture of a street or building into a recently taken photo. The result is astonishing and allows net users to travel in time, for just a few seconds.
 
INTERNET CENSORSHIP IN AUSTRALIA
 
Try your hand at censoring the Australian web and prevent certain sites and video games from perverting society. This is the aim of this satirical game, created in reaction to Canberra’s decision to filter the net, based on a black list of prohibited sites. The project, launched in particular to combat online child pornography, is criticised by local net users, who are already denouncing possible abuses.
 
VIDEO OF THE DAY
 
This American tattoo fan is clearly fearless. In this video, we see the young man giving in to his latest desire and tattooing a pair of glasses on his face. Incredible images that some members of the blogosphere consider to be fake. Sceptics believe this could in fact be a viral marketing campaign launched by a famous glasses manufacturer.
 

 

By FRANCE 24

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