Bloggers are urging Tunisians to register on the electoral lists. The anti-corruption movement in India is gaining ground on the web. The current online buzz surrounding Sepak Takraw, a blend of football and volleyball
Tunisia : “Time to register for elections”
Tunisians from all walks of life encouraging their fellow citizens to register on the electoral lists: This commercial was made by Tunisia’s Independent High Electoral Commission, which is in charge of organizing the Constituent Assembly elections due to take place on the 23rd of October. The number of Tunisians eligible to vote is estimated at seven and a half million. According to the Commission, only 1 million 160 000 were registered for the poll as of Thursday 28th July. The registration process continues until the 2nd of August so Tunisian citizens have just a few days left to register.
Which is why bloggers have decided to launch a voter registration drive. Dozens of bloggers have taken part in this online campaign encouraging Tunisian citizens to register on the electoral lists.
Abdel Karim Ben Abdallah, a young engineer organized a workshop on Tuesday to help web users wishing to join this awareness campaign by teaching them about blogging tools.
And articles urging Tunisians to go to the registration centers have been multiplying on the blogosphere in recent days. Lawyer Kaïs Berrjab for example thinks that fulfilling this civic duty is a way of honoring the protesters who lost their lives during the revolution.
Meriem’s blog emphasizes the importance of these elections for the future of Tunisia, and reminds readers that the body chosen in these elections will be responsible for drafting the country’s new democratic constitution.
“India against corruption”
Could installing webcams in offices provide a miracle cure for corruption? Well this is what Oommen Chandy, the governor of Kerala state in India is testing, in a bid to promote transparency within his chambers. Web users can log on to the video feed at any time of day and watch the governor and his team at work.
Although it may not be the most effective anti-corruption system, it does demonstrate the growing willingness amongst politicians to tackle this endemic problem.
In April, the activist Anna Hazare undertook a hunger strike to denounce the corruption in his country. Thousands of people across India joined his cause and took to the streets and the Internet to demand the adoption of the Lokpal bill, a tough anti-corruption law which is still pending in India 42 years after its introduction, and is regularly blocked in parliament.
The government finally gave in to the movement’s demands and set up a committee to draft the bill. And to ensure everyone was on board, an Internet site was also set up so that citizens could also get involved in the process.
The government is now set to bring the Lokpal bill to parliament. And online campaigning is as strong as ever. Anna Hazare and his supporters feel the bill is not tough enough and are threatening to resume a hunger strike on the 16th of August. 15
A customized avatar which reflects your online activity: The site visual.ly creates your virtual alter ego based on what you post on Twitter.
It takes the themes of your tweets into account, as well as your number of followers, and generates a personal infographic before comparing you to a celebrity. It’s a way of visualizing how you portray yourself on the micro blogging site.
Read it later
A common problem for web users is losing that interesting piece of information you found online. But with Readitlater, you can save a link and retrieve it later in just one click. It’s practical like a bookmark, and is presented as a note pad, where you can find all the information you want to hold on to, and you can even access it when you are offline.
Video of the day
Football, volley-ball, badminton or martial art? It’s not easy to describe Sepak Takraw. This spectacular sport hails from south East Asia and millions of web users had not even heard of it until they saw this video, which will probably inspire sports enthusiasts the world over