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China: outrage over public indifference to toddler hit-run victim

Outrage in China over public indifference to toddler hit and run victim. Online mobilization against Facebook « rape » pages. And a team of researchers in Canada dancing for cancer research.

China: outrage over public indifference to toddler hit-run victim

A video has sparked outrage and disgust in China and prompted the nation’s web users to launch the “Stop the indifference” movement on social media platforms.

A horrifying scene was caught on a surveillance camera in the city of Foshan in southern China last week. It shows two year old Yueyue being run over by a van. The motorist drives off. She is then run over by a second truck. A number of people walk past the child, who is lying in a pool of blood, none of them stop to help her. Seven agonizing minutes later, a woman finally comes to her aid. After several calls for help, in vain, she manages to alert the little girl’s mother.

The harrowing footage has been circulated all over the web, and met with widespread indignation. Chinese web users have been wondering how such a thing could have happened.

Some put it down to the controversial story in 2006, which saw an 81 year old who was found lying unconscious in the street sue the man who sought to help her, blaming him for her injuries.

But for this web user, the tragedy illustrates the loss of morals in an increasingly individualistic society. He calls upon his fellow citizens to do a bit of soul searching.

The people of China are following little Yueyue’s progress with baited breath. Her mother has posted a message on her micro blog saying she’s stabilized but remains in a critical condition.

 

Campaign against Facebook rape pages

Controversy is growing over a wave of Facebook pages apparently condoning or promoting rape. There are now dozens of these so called “Rape pages” on the social network, drawing an increasing number of young Britons, Americans and Australians, some have hundreds of thousands of fans. This new craze has been met with widespread reaction on the web.

Because these pages of highly questionable taste feature accounts from supposed rapists as well as jokes about the different methods or substances they use, like the date rape drug Rohypnol, which in their opinion, is the best way to get a girl into bed.

The proliferation of these particularly sick pages has prompted victims’ support groups and women’s rights organizations to take action. Online petitions are being circulated, calling for these pages to be shut down, claiming they violate the Facebook terms and conditions.

The “Rape is no joke” campaign is also seeking to mobilize citizens. The campaign is taking place on video sharing sites and on social networks, and is targeting the companies’ whose advertising appears on the offending pages, urging consumers to boycott their products.

But it looks like they have got a fight on their hands. The “Rape is no Joke” website was reportedly hacked into by a network of ‘cyber anarchists” saying they wanted to defend online freedom of expression. And Facebook is still refusing to close down the pages at the center of the controversy, arguing they are not infringing the rules.

 

Webcam on roof of the world

It’s the highest webcam in the world. It sits at an altitude of 5 675 meters on Kala Patthar in Nepal and provides a breathtaking view of Everest. It runs on solar energy and has been designed to resist the extremely cold temperatures in the Himalayas. The aim of the project is to study the impact of climate change on the Roof of the World. The results will be available in two years’ time, and in the meantime web users can admire the live view of Mount Everest’s summit.

 

Now trending on social networks

Ever since her death was announced by France’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Wednesday, Marie Dedieu, the French women kidnapped in Kenya at the beginning of October, has been one of the most popular topics on social networks. There were no further details in the announcement which has been met with a wave of online commentary. Web users have been paying their respects to the 66 year old who was a committed activist for the feminist movement in the 1970s; they have also been condemning the cowardice of her abductors, for kidnapping a woman who was ill and in a wheelchair.

 

Video of the day

To highlight some of their critical work for cancer research, the McGill University in Montreal, Canada got their teams of scientists, students and volunteers to take part in this lip dub video. It is proving to be hugely popular on sharing sites and serves as a reminder that cancer research is ongoing. Web users can show their support by making an online donation.


 

By Electron Libre

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