The Iranian opposition remains mobilised online one year after the re-election of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Football fever is sweeping the web with the World Cup kicking off in South Africa, and a vehicle run on sweets and fizzy drinks catches the eye.
IRAN’S GREEN MOVEMENT: ONE YEAR ON
One year after Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s highly questionable reelection as president of Iran, and the political crisis that it sparked in the country, the opposition remains mobilised. And despite the violent repression exerted by the authorities, opponents of the regime continue to make themselves heard on the web and campaign for more freedom.
Several videos are circulating on the web, paying tribute to the Green Movement and also to the people that lost their lives during last year’s mass protests and the imprisoned opponents. The same message is heard again and again: the fight for freedom must continue and the martyrs will never be forgotten by their people.
And other countries are offering their support. Demonstrations for the people of Iran will be taking place all over the world on the 12th June, the anniversary of Ahmadinejad’s election. And several rallies have already taken place, last weekend, notably in Toronto.
Web users have also been asked to get involved; they can for example bear a green banner on their avatar, as a symbol of solidarity with the opposition. And the site “green friend.info” has dozens of pro-opposition posters that bloggers can circulate online.
But Iranian authorities appear extremely determined in stopping more mass demonstrations, like those of last year. This Iranian web user is talking about the measures taken by the government in blocking some mobile telephone services to prevent eye witness accounts or photos of the opposition being circulated in the event of mass mobilisation
FIFA WORLD CUP
The FIFA World Cup as kicked off in South Africa! The first of the WEB 2.0 era, and millions of people the world over will be turning to the Internet to follow or comment on the matches, using their computer or mobile telephone.
And advertising teams for this global event are making the most of community spaces. One electronics company has organized a supporters World Cup on Twitter, with this virtual stadium, to measure fans enthusiasm on the micro blogging site.
One video game editor has launched a game on Facebook. Web users take on the role of manager for a virtual team; they choose their players from the world’s best before playing against teams created by other web users.
And for those who would have liked to have been in South Africa to watch the World Cup, it is possible to take a virtual visit of the stadiums where the matches will take place. The 10 compounds hosting the World Cup have been recreated in 3D by Google.
And the high tech supporter’s kit would not be complete without a virtual vuvuzela, a digital version of the deafening trumpet used by supporters in South Africa.
And on Wednesday, fans from all over the world gathered to blow on their horns together; making a lot of noise and attracting a great deal of attention on the web.
The famous Swedish movie download site « The Pirate bay” is moving into online dating and has just launched “Pirate date”. The creators of this project say the site will allow people to share their single friends in the same way they share files, thus creating an ocean of possibilities and possible matches. It should be noted that unlike many dating sites, Pirate date is entirely free of charge.
WE ARE HUNTED.COM
Which artists are the most popular on the web and what are web users favourite songs at the moment? To find out, go to “We are hunted.com”. Every day, this site lists the 99 most popular songs on the blogosphere. As a rule, this chart generally puts lesser known groups and innovative sounds into the spotlight.
VIDEO OF THE DAY
It’s common knowledge among web users that if you a put a mint sweet into a bottle of fizzy drink then you get a chemical reaction, resulting in an impressive geyser. The twosome from the web site Eepy Bird have decided to take this concept a few steps further and have developed a rocket car powered solely in this fashion.