Coming up

Don't miss




Exclusive: Israel's US ambassador speaks to FRANCE 24

Read more

#THE 51%

World War One: The war that changed women’s lives

Read more


Ségolène Royal goes for green

Read more


A look back at some of the Observers' best stories

Read more


Argentina Defaults: Kirchner Cries Foul Over 'Vulture Funds' (part 2)

Read more


Argentina Defaults: Kirchner Cries Foul Over 'Vulture Funds'

Read more


Ebola death toll tops 700

Read more


Dozens of youths trampled to death on Conakry beach

Read more


Renault's women drivers ad deemed sexist

Read more

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



Latest update : 2010-12-02

Citizens mobilise support for gay soldiers serving in the US army

Citizens mobilise support for gay soldiers serving in the US army. A look at the sites helping to decipher the documents released by Wikileaks. And a site with drawings on different visions of the web.


Lady Gaga is once again campaigning against the « Don’t ask, don’t tell » policy. The American singer has posted a new video on the Internet appealing to senators to repeal this law that forces gay soldiers to hide their sexual orientation.

Mobilisation to end the gay taboo in the army has recently been revived with the publication of a study carried out by the Pentagon. The report says the large majority of soldiers are ready to accept the end to this law that enforces silence.

This organization believes that the time for reflection is over and it is now time to take action. It is asking web users to contact their senator to demand a repeal of “Don’t ask, don’t tell’ by the end of the year.

Many soldiers are involved in this campaign. This site is collecting accounts from veterans, gay or otherwise. This former air force pilot pays tribute to the bravery of these soldiers’ who fought for the freedom of American people but did not have the right to freedom of speech themselves.

But this retired lieutenant colonel remains opposed to raising this taboo and even criticizes the fact that homosexual soldiers serve in the army. He talks of Bradley Manning, the person suspected of leaking documents to the site Wikileaks, and describes him as an unruly and openly gay soldier who ended up betraying his country by divulging documents that placed the United States in an embarrassing situation.



The site Wikileaks has been gradually releasing over 251 00 confidential diplomatic cables since Sunday. Everyone is talking about these documents but it is not easy to find them on the web. We take a look at the sites that have allowed us to access this information and above all decipher it.

You can find all of the diplomatic cables made public by the media on the Wikileaks web site. Only a few hundred documents are currently available via “cable viewer”. They are sorted by date and also by degree of confidentiality.

Newspapers working in partnership with Wikileaks have also posted online numerous sources of information on these confidential documents. British daily “The Guardian” in particular has set up this extremely practical interactive map on its web site. In just a few clicks you can see where the secret cables were sent from and the countries concerned. has developed an application called « State Logs » that uses some of the cables published by Wikileaks. It is intended to be a community-based tool as web users can comment on the confidential documents that have been posted online and also grade them. The site also has live blogging so you can receive news updates on this subject in real time, and also reactions from the governments concerned as well as other political figures.

Finally web users have created this search engine to help you find the cables released by Wikileaks quickly and easily according to their content.



Statsheet is a sports web site and the articles are written by robots. The software uses a multitude of all sorts of statistics, on American football or basketball and a data base of predefined phrases to generate match reports from lower league games that do not usually get any media coverage. This automated form of journalism could soon spread to the world of finance.



Draw the Internet, this is the challenge a British advertising agency set marketing professionals. A class of 9 years olds in a London school was set the same task. The aim is to compare the two visions of the web, one from adults who use it for work on a daily basis and the other from children who have grown up with social networks.



How could you make university more appealing? Well, you could quite simply install giant slides to get from one floor to another. This original idea was developed by the math’s department of Munich University in Germany and the concept appears to be a huge hit with students.

By Electron Libre



2014-07-31 protest

Fake Twitter accounts spread Chinese propaganda

In this edition: Chinese propagandists use fake Twitter accounts to promote Beijing's policies; Turkish women posting selfies to protest comments made by the Deputy PM; and a...

Read more

2014-07-30 prisons

Celebrities in the Israel-Gaza crossfire

In this edition: celebrities commenting on the conflict in Gaza; US web users campaigning for the release of a man serving life without parole; and a mountain bike champ speeding...

Read more

2014-07-29 Ghana

Web users show solidarity with Iraqi Christians

In this edition: online mobilization for Iraqi Christians; Ghanaian web users campaign for greater economic justice; and skateboarding around an abandoned Los Angeles…

Read more

2014-07-26 USA

NSA targets 'Tor' network users

It's the latest twist in the NSA surveillance controversy: according to a story featured on German website Tagesshau, written by experts Lena Kampf, Jacob Appelbaum and John...

Read more

2014-07-28 Argentina

Web users call for peace in Gaza

In this edition: web users call for peace in Gaza; an online campaign to save a polar bear in Argentina; and Parkour around Paris.

Read more