The suspicious death of a village chief in China sparks outrage on the local web. Wikileaks supporters continue their online campaigning for Julian Assange’s web site. And a site to help you find the cute stranger you saw on the New York subway.
SUSPICIOUS DEATH SPARKS OUTRAGE IN CHINA
This video was filmed on Saturday in Zhejiang province in South-East china. The police charged after protestors threw stones at them, and several arrests were made. The demonstration was organized after Qian Yunhui died last week in suspicious circumstances.
The official story is that this local village chief was killed in a road accident and run over by a truck whilst crossing the road. But on discussion forums, a lot of doubt has been cast over this version of events.
Qian was known for his work in helping villagers threatened with expropriation. And some believe his death was not accidental and that he was murdered by people who wanted to eliminate a troublemaker.
Web users are wondering for example, why there is no sign of the impact or any trace of blood on the front of the truck. Or why the surveillance camera at the scene of the accident was out of order on that day.
And so citizens have decided to carry out their own investigations. The activist, Wu Gan procured a video filmed by the police just after the accident. He posted it on the Internet so that people can analyze it and form their own opinion.
Another activist, Liu Dejun, went to meet the victim’s family. He spoke to one of Qian’s daughters who does not believe the accident theory either.
Yet this theory was once again back by the police, this time during a press conference to give a public response to the controversy surrounding this incident.
SUPPORT FOR WIKILEAKS
Calls for a cyber-war, recruitment of new Wikileaks informers and the creation of new support operations for Julian Assange’s web site: Internet group Anonymous announced plans to defend freedom of expression in this New Year’s message.
The latest initiative: operation Bling. As we see in this video, Wikileaks’ supporters were asked to write “you are anonymous” on bank notes before using them.
The aim of the operation is to use the monetary system to spread the group’s message and encourage citizens the world over to mobilize their support for freedom of online information.
At the same time, Anonymous continues to carry our cyber-attacks on institutions considered to be enemies of Wikileaks. The Zimbabwe government’s sites were recently targeted. The pirating took place after president Mugabe’s wife decided to sue a newspaper that had published a Wikileaks document accusing her of being involved in illicit diamond trade.
And projects aimed at broadcasting Wikileaks documents as far and wide as possible are multiplying. Wikileaks has been blocked in Thailand, so a clone of the site has been created to get round this. And the model of the site has been emulated in the region. In Indonesia, the site indoleaks is basing itself on the same system to broadcast sensitive documents in an anonymous fashion. And Pinoyleaks.org has been set up in the Philippines so that citizens can denounce cases of corruptions in the country.
YOU WERE CUTE
“Youwerecute.com” helps you find that good looking stranger you didn’t dare to speak to on the subway. Created by two New York University students, this site can be used to localize the place you saw this person on an interactive map and add a little message. It is also possible to draw the stranger and post the image in a gallery and thus improve your chances of finding the love of your life.
Utopiapolis is a new community site for those who aren’t afraid of being laughed at. Scan your face, wear a saucepan on your head or build a castle with toilet rolls: these are just some of the missions you have to complete in order to climb the ranks in this openly wacky social network. Objective: make your friends laugh by taking part in something out of the ordinary.
LA VIDÉO DU JOUR
Jamie Stuart was walking through the streets with his camera and tripod when the blizzard hit New York last week. The heavy snowfall inspired this amateur film maker to put together a short film of the many scenes he filmed in the city which was covered in a thick layer of white. American cinema critic Roger Ebert thinks this project deserves an Oscar.