Online reactions to the cabinet reshuffle in Egypt. The City of Los Angeles practically deserted of cars over the weekend. After being wrongly suspected by the FBI, an artist has put his whole life online.
Cabinet reshuffle in Egypt
The demonstrations in Tahrir Square and the online campaigning appear to be paying off as the Egyptian Prime Minister has moved forward on a sweeping cabinet reshuffle in a bid to satisfy protesters’ demands.
Some of the names which had been suggested by web users via the Prime Minister Essam Sharaf’s Facebook page featured among the newly appointed Ministers.
This could be perceived as a positive sign … but protesters are not giving up just yet. This female blogger, a prominent figure of the Tahrir Square movement, has uploaded some recent photos.
The sit-in goes into its 10th day and we are still holding strong. We won’t leave until our demands are met.
Web users are now targeting the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, which has been ruling the country since the fall of Mubarak. This activist thinks the reshuffle looks promising but is useless as long as the army is still in complete control. And he’s not the only one pointing the finger at the Supreme Council, generally referred to as the SCAF.
And the SCAF is trying to put peoples’ minds at rest via social networks, and published a statement at the weekend saying that all Egyptians have the right to take part in peaceful demonstrations, and that military trials for civilians would be limited.
And all web users are free to submit suggestions to the Supreme Council via this other Facebook page. So far it has not proved very successful, and it’s unsure whether this will be enough to calm the protest movement.
Los Angeles without cars
Motorists in Los Angeles were advised to leave their cars at home last weekend in a bid to avoid “Carmageddon”. Construction work on a bridge and the closure of a 16 km stretch on the 405 freeway, a main artery through the city, were expected to cause traffic problems of epic proportions over the weekend, prompting a great many online initiatives.
On the 10th of July, the Los Angeles Tourism bureau launched a Twitter campaign called « 405 things to do in Los Angeles … without a car”, to promote shops, restaurants and sites close to home in the various neighbourhoods of Los Angeles.
Cyclists and partygoers made the most of the closure and posted invitations on social networks to join them on the highway over the weekend.
And provision had been made for those who really could not do without their cars. Twitter accounts and Facebook pages had been set up the Los Angeles authorities to give residents real time updates on the traffic situation throughout the weekend.
And in the same spirit, on Beat Carmageddon, drivers could download smart phone applications or access videos from surveillance cameras across the area.
Many of the city’s residents did decide to leave their cars at home this weekend. And Los Angeles did look different: a bit like in this video where one web user has used photoshop to edit out any cars.
An artist puts his whole life online
A Bangladesh-born artist who was wrongly detained bу thе FBI аftеr 9/11 has decided to turn his ordeal into a work of art. After being monitored and questioned on his every move over a period of several years, he set up a site on which he documented his everyday life. There are 45 000 photos on the site, classified by theme, and a map which shows the actual location of the artist.
Chinese website numbers drop dramatically
According to the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, the number of web sites in China dropped by half last year. This drastic fall was attributed to the stronger regulation of web sites with pornographic content. But this official reason could actually be a cover up for wider censorship in a country where sites like YouTube, Facebook and Twitter are blocked.
Video of the day
The best place to watch the total lunar eclipse on the 15th of June, was in Tajikistan and astrophotographer Jean-Luc Dauverge set himself up by a lake in the south of the country to capture it on camera.