Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

MEDIAWATCH

Competing narratives in Malaysia Airlines disaster coverage

Read more

AFRICA NEWS

Kenya : Police arrest 8 over Mombasa rampage

Read more

FOCUS

Overfishing and the global appetite for bluefin tuna: can Tokyo turn the tide?

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Too many graphic images from Gaza ?

Read more

FASHION

Who's next in Paris, an event with international ready-to-wear and fashion accessories collections

Read more

ENCORE!

Tunisia's Carthage International Festival turns 50

Read more

THE OBSERVERS

Muslims and Christians clean up Bangui, and violence spirals out of control in Algeria's Gardaia

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

Is there such thing as 'telegenic' victims of war?

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

2014-07-22 07:21 IN THE FRENCH PRESS

Read more

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

WEB NEWS

WEB NEWS

Latest update : 2011-09-13

Iranian homosexuals launch online campaign to defend their rights

Iran’s LGBT community launches an online campaign to defend gay rights. Web users in Texas are mobilizing online to fight the devastating wildfires sweeping through the state. And a herd of cows are treated to a private jazz concert.

Iranian homosexuals launch online campaign to defend their rights

Iranian homosexuals from all over the world are taking part in an online campaign in defiance of a regime that criminalizes homosexuality. Their slogan: “We are everywhere”. Despite President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad claiming in New York in 2007, that there were no homosexuals in Iran, over 1 900 web users have joined this page which encourages gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Iranians to share their personal stories.

Some, like Farnaz or Iman are showing their faces, whilst others are not revealing their identity. In Iran, homosexuality is punishable by death.

A man going under the name of Mehdi says he is always pretending to be someone he is not, and always has to hide part of himself from others ... like he is doing in this video.

This other web user has written a message on a roll of kitchen towel which he unravels in front of the camera. He says he has had to leave his family and seek refuge in Turkey, which is now home to many Iranian gay asylum seekers who have fled the anti-gay repression in Iran.

The NGO "Iran Human Rights" has claimed that three people were recently hanged in Iran, convicted of sodomy. The organization adds that the Iranian authorities rarely admit to executing people for taking part in gay sex, and normally present such cases as rape.


Online mobilization against Texas wildfires

The US state of Texas has been facing its worst drought in a century, and has been battling devastating wildfires for over a week now. The net has become an essential communication tool for the authorities, so they can warn residents of areas to avoid. The Texas Department of Public Safety has been sending out regular messages on Twitter, issuing warnings and giving residents firefighting tips.

The Texas Forest Service has been updating a map in real time, which shows the locations of wildfires, so as to evacuate vulnerable residents as quickly as possible. By knowing exactly when and where each fire broke out, firefighters are able to work effectively to coordinate their efforts. Web users can also help out by reporting any suspected fires or signs of smoke on this Facebook page.

Citizens living in the state of Texas have been supporting one another. An “Adopt a family” page has been set up on Facebook with members offering those who have lost their homes in the wildfires, a roof over their heads. Hundreds of offers have been posted already, and this number keeps growing.

And as the fires appear to have calmed down over the past few days, some have decided to return to where their homes once stood. This Texan man describes how nothing remains of the house he used to live in with his family, but he did get a happy surprise, as in the midst of the ruins, miraculously spared by the flames, stood all of the ducks he had been rearing in his garden.

 

Jesus Daily, the most active page on Facebook

The New York Times has announced that the most active page on Facebook belongs to Jesus. The page “Jesus Daily” was set up by Aaron Tabor, a nutritionist from North Carolina, and has over 8 million fans. And what’s even more impressive is that over 3 million comments or links are posted on his profile page every day, a page which also includes daily prayers or quotes from the bible. Not even Justin Bieber or Lady Gaga have reached these kinds of figures on the social network.

 

Dutch web users forced to return to the fax

Dutch web users were forced to return to the fax age after a number of the Netherland’s government web sites fell victim to a massive hack attack, affecting the entire country, to such an extent that the government advised citizens to temporarily stop using the Internet. The suspected culprit is a 21 year old Iranian man, who had already made a name for himself in May when he attacked a number of IT security companies.


Video of the day

These musicians decided to put on a jazz concert for cows… and the music seems to be a hit with their unusual audience as the cows listened intently throughout the performance.

 

By Electron Libre

COMMENT(S)

Archives

2014-07-22 Australia

Online scammers exploit MH17 crash

In this edition: online scammers exploit the Malaysian Airlines crash; Australian web users protest the abolition of the controversial carbon tax; and a Walter White doll floats...

Read more

2014-07-21 Internet

Web users pay tribute to MH17 victims

In this edition: web users pay tribute to victims of flight MH17, shot down over Ukraine ; a US internet provider incurs the web’s wrath ; and a video condenses an 8,200 km...

Read more

2014-07-19 YouTube

YouTube vs independent music labels: the battle continues

Adele, Shaka Ponk, Arctic Monkeys... these are just some of the artists that may soon disappear from YouTube. Their producers have not agreed to the terms of YouTube's upcoming...

Read more

2014-07-18 USA

British far-right group "invades" London mosque

In this edition: a British far right group “invades” a London mosque; american web users help a grieving father; and a San Francisco street turned into a giant water slide …

Read more

2014-07-17 USA

Iran continues crackdown online

In this edition: Iran continues its online crackdown; outrage as web users` mock a teenage rape victim; and a flipbook of the best goals of the 2014 World Cup …

Read more