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Online reports of the fighting in the Libyan city of Misrata

Online reports of the fighting in the Libyan city of Misrata, under attack by pro-Gaddafi forces. Aid projects for Japan’s quake victims are multiplying online. And a social media platform where web users can share location based stories via audio recordings.

Libya: the battle of Misrata

People are witnessing the pro-Gaddafi forces’ bombing of Misrata, when all of a sudden there’s a violent explosion several dozen meters away. These images, which are currently circulating on Libyan opposition web sites are difficult to verify, and are thought to show troops from Tripoli attack this city, situated around 200 kilometers away from the capital.

Misrata has been under attack for several days now. This sequence broadcast on Facebook is said to show pro-government forces enter the city. The authorities claim to have regained control of the city, which rebel forces deny.

Numerous videos which have been uploaded over the past few days bear witness to the opposition Colonel Gaddafi’s forces have had to face. Here we see people gathering around tanks thought to have been abandoned after clashes in this port city, which is one of the last remaining opposition strongholds in western Libya.

As we can see in these images which are thought to have been filmed in one of the city’s hospitals on Monday, the recent clashes have taken many casualties, including, according to reports on Twitter, several children.

Accounts from residents are filtering on to social networks, like this report from a spokesperson for the opposition in Misrata who is calling upon the international coalition to bomb troops surrounding the city. Web user Omar Almoktar thinks they are nearing a humanitarian crisis as water and electricity have been cut off in the region for several days now.

 

Online help for Japan quake victims

Nearly two weeks after disaster struck in Japan, thousands of people are still reported missing, but hope remains. YouTube has set up a channel which broadcasts messages from earthquake and tsunami victims looking for loved ones. It’s a video version of the people finder service on which over 400 000 messages have been posted since it was set up in the hours following the earthquake.

An online photo gallery has been created, displaying photos of the lists of people living in refugee camps, so that names of survivors are seen by as many people as possible and hopefully bring comfort to their families.

And the site SparkRelief has created a service for emergency shelter for victims. The platform puts people needing temporary housing in touch with web users offering shelter.

As far as transport is concerned, a constantly updated map is available on the web locating all drivable roads in the country. The site updates its information using the navigation system installed in certain Japanese car models. 

The site sinsai.info is compiling information sent in from web users on to an interactive map. Appeals for help, medical centers, lists of shops open for trade and of course the latest information on what’s happening at the scene…

 

Tinted Sheen

Have you had enough of Charlie Sheen? Propelled into the spotlight following his recent off screen antics, on the Internet there is currently no escaping the American actor. An application called “Tinted Sheen” has been set up for those of us who need a break from him. It was created by an artist collective and wipes out any mention of the actor on web pages you may visit.

 

Broadcastr

Broadcastr is a social media platform for location based stories, where you can make an audio recording and then share your story via a map based interface. Anyone can record a story, article, anecdote mentioning somewhere they have been…, classify it in one or more of the various categories and then post it online for everyone to see.

 

Video of the day

Observe the Wi-Fi signals around you with light painting, a photography technique in which exposures are made by moving a hand-held light source or by moving the camera. This project comes from Oslo’s architecture and design school and visualizes the intensity of signals in our urban environment using light sensors. These instructive, artistic and also frightening images show the omnipresence of the Wi-Fi networks that we pass through on a daily basis.
 

By Electron Libre

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