Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

DEBATE

Holland on his own? - Socialist backbenchers abstain on confidence vote (part 2)

Read more

DEBATE

Holland on his own? - Socialist backbenchers abstain on confidence vote

Read more

THE INTERVIEW

'Iraq wants role for Iran in anti-IS coalition', says foreign minister

Read more

ENCORE!

Margaret Atwood: A Prophetic Writer in Paris

Read more

FOCUS

Italy: The search for missing migrants

Read more

WEB NEWS

News media urged not to show Islamic State group videos

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

Is Valls crying wolf?

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

Prospect of separation from Scotland stirs sadness in England and Wales

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

No resolution in sight to Air France dispute

Read more

News seen on the web and about the web. From Monday to Friday at 8.20 am Paris time.

WEB NEWS

WEB NEWS

Latest update : 2010-09-16

POPE’S UK VISIT

Mixed reactions online to the Pope’s visit to the UK. A Chinese professor rebels against the one child policy. And a site listing animals killed on American roads.

POPE’S UK VISIT

Pope Benedict XVI is in the United Kingdom on a papal state visit until Sunday. There are mixed reactions on the web. Whilst loyal Catholics are over the moon, his visit to a majority Anglican country has not been welcomed by everyone.

Certain anti-establishment activists seem determined to upset the smooth running of proceedings and several campaigning groups are using the web to organize their demonstrations and protest Benedict XVI’s visit. They are denouncing the Vatican’s positions on homosexuality and abortion.

This activist group has a more original idea and is calling upon the country’s Protestants to use the papal visit as an opportunity to approach Catholics and try to convert them.

The Vatican has taken great care in organizing the Pope’s visit. A web site has been especially created for the occasion, and provides information on what he is doing and where he is going. There is also a webcam installed so net users can follow ceremonies involving the Pope live on camera.

Prime Minister David Cameron welcomed the visit in a message broadcast online. He emphasizes the historic nature of this papal state visit, the first since the Anglican Church was founded in 1534.

And for the occasion, many followers have decided to demonstrate their loyalty to the Catholic Church. A parade through the streets of London on Tuesday was organized by worshippers to celebrate his arrival. And this clip, broadcast on sharing sites, is promoting the papal visit as if he was a rock star going on tour.

CHINA: A PROFESSOR AGAINST THE ONE CHILD POLICY

Yang Zhizhu was an assistant law professor at Beijing University, and was laid off in March for having fathered a second child: A subversive act in a country that has controlled its birthrate for the past 30 years, and where drastic measures have been put into place to enforce the one child policy. But Yang has won support from Chinese web users.

For the past week, as a symbol of solidarity, a photo has been passed from blog to blog, and circulated on social networks. This photo was taken in Beijing on the 3rd September. Professor Yang Zhizhu is holding a placard. He wants to sell himself as a slave in order to pay the penalty tax for violating the one child policy.

According to the official document, a copy of which is also circulating online, the fine is 240 000 Yuan and was calculated by multiplying his annual income by 9. So Yang has decided to take the Haidian district family planning committee to court.

In this video, he explains he took the photo to protest this unreasonable amount.

« Obviously I don’t actually intend to become a slave; I simply want to draw attention to this debate because the time has come to revise this policy”

In an interview that he has transcribed on to his blog, Yang denounces the problems that stem from this policy. He says the separation of sex and reproduction has resulted in an increase in abortions among young people. In addition, the tax has prevented some parents from investing in their children’s education.

WILD LIFE CROSSING

Around one million animals are killed every day on American roads and highways. This site hopes to raise public awareness on the subject. Created by researchers at California University, the site wildlifecrossing is endeavouring to map this roadkill. Hundreds of volunteers are driving all over the roads of America, collecting information on exactly where they found the dead animal, and what sort of animal it was. Each dead animal found is represented by a dot on the map. It’s a way of denouncing the impact of traffic on our environment.
 
JUSTIN BIEBER’S TWITTER ACCOUNT

Justin Bieber the young Canadian singer worshipped by teenage girls, and the butt of online jokes, allegedly takes up one thirtieth of Twitter’s servers. American blogger Dustin Curtis divulged this information, claiming it came from a Twitter employee. With his 4 909 Tweets, and over 5 million followers, the singer does indeed take up a substantial amount of the micro blogging site.
 
VIDEO OF THE DAY

It’s goodbye to suitcases that are too heavy or too big! This web user has filmed his technique for travelling light. He manages to fit a lot of items into a small back pack. It is some feat.
 

By Electron Libre

COMMENT(S)

Archives

2014-09-16 Social Media

News media urged not to show Islamic State group videos

In this edition: news media urged not to show ISIS videos; the "Book Bucket challenge" sweeping the web; and a golfing duo in a pretty impressive display.

Read more

2014-09-12 Social Media

Web users react to Obama's speech on IS organisation

In this edition: reactions to Barack Obama's speech on the Islamic state organisation, a campaign to stop violence against aboriginal women in Canada, and an original cover...

Read more

2014-09-15 Social Media

Online reactions to the death of David Haines

In this edition: online reactions to the death of David Haines; politicians in the Philippines challenged to ride public transport; and a billiards champ in a stunning display.

Read more

2014-09-13 Internet

Investigative reporting in the digital age

And what if the future of investigative journalism lies in the web? Leading French website "Enquête ouverte" is France's leading crowdsourcing website for data and information....

Read more

2014-09-11 Social Media

Banksy images doctored by Scottish independence supporters

In this edition: Banksy works doctored by supporters of Scottish independence; outrage over an indiscriminate attack at a Memphis grocery store; and a time lapse video of all the...

Read more