In this edition: The Internet site Wikileaks releases a video of US military killings in Iraq; online dating sites aimed at ecologists are enjoying growing success; and amateur video makers test the solidity of the iPad.
VIDEO SHOWS 'US MILITARY KILLINGS' IN IRAQ
The video was made public on Monday by the site Wikileaks which specializes in leaking confidential documents. On the 12th July 2007, two US military helicopters are circulating Bagdad. They see this group of men and identify them as armed insurgents. Around 12 people are killed in the attack;two of them work for the press agency Reuters. The soldiers had mistaken their cameras for rocket propelled grenades.
Two children who were in this truck were also wounded in the attack. An Icelandic journalist and Wikileaks collaborator found them. In this video they talk about the day their father was killed whilst driving them to a private tutorial. Their mother has since had to sell the family home because the American Army has offered them no assistance.
Up until now, the pentagon has always maintained the victims were killed in a clash between American troops and rebels. The army had done its upmost to keep the video secret.
And ever since the video was made public, the site has been under increasing pressure from the intelligence services. They want the video to disappear. So, two weeks ago, one of Wikileaks directors wrote on Twitter : “If anything happens to us, you know who is responsible”
Thanks to anonymous sources, Wikileaks has leaked over a million documents since 2006, provoking many political and financial scandals. As this Scottish law professors says, the site has to deal with many legal proceedings and deserves the support of web users.
GREEN DATING ONLINE
The Internet has undoubtedly become the way to find love. And online dating sites are now specializing. The latest trend is helping ecologists find someone to love who is equally concerned by the environment.
In the US, Internet dating sites are using ecology to improve their business, and there are more and more green dating sites hoping to attract nature lovers unable to find a partner who shares the same passion.
Because many web users claim to be in this position. On this environmental news web site, this single American woman from Seattle is complaining that she cannot meet a man who is both eco-friendly and nice.
The web is swarming with guides giving advice and providing answers for « green » single people. This one advises dating someone who lives in the same neighborhood or the same city, to avoid using cars or airplanes which have high carbon footprints.
This web user is using his video blog to share ideas on how to organize a perfect ecologically friendly date. Some of them include having a picnic with reusable plates, or turning off the heating and getting under the covers …
And this Anglo-Saxon trend is starting to spread, notably to France where the first green dating sites have arrived. The organization Greenpeace has launched an online dating site in Switzerland. Aimed at single people, it should also attract potential activists. For the moment only a German version is available.
Here is a new style of web documentary. The French version is called PIB and in English itsGDP for Gross Domestic Product. It will take one year to complete. The aim of this Canadian project is to understand how the economic crisis has affected the day to day lives of several million people in the country. By following different peoples’ lives web users can try to understand the crisis and its development. The farmers Alison and Robert, Mark the trader and also Yves who is unemployed and lives in Montreal. Web users can also share their experiences of the crisis by posting texts, images and videos.
Discover the musical universe of the « human beatbox » known as « Incredible Polo ». This is what the online application Incredibox, created by 3 French people is proposing. Web users can manually mix different sounds produced by the artist using an extremely intuitive interface.
The IPad has just been released and the web is swarming with positive and negative commentary from web users. But these American amateur video makers decided to test its solidity, by hitting it repeatedly with a baseball bat … a very expensive experiment as an iPad costs around 500 dollars …