Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

THE BUSINESS INTERVIEW

Daniele Balice, Co-founder of the gallery Balice Hertling

Read more

FOCUS

Tunisia: Religious education claims bigger role in curriculum

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

Budget tensions heat up in Brussels as EU leaders meet for second day

Read more

DEBATE

Canada's jihadists: Country in shock after spate of attacks (part 2)

Read more

DEBATE

Canada's jihadists: Country in shock after spate of attacks

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Media response to Ottawa shooting

Read more

AFRICA NEWS

Burkina Faso: Government seeks referendum

Read more

ENCORE!

All the fun of the FIAC: Contemporary art fair rolls into town

Read more

THE INTERVIEW

Whistleblower James Wasserstrom slams UN over its failure to fight corruption

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 : 2012-01-18

USA: campaign against online piracy act

American web giants campaigning against online piracy act. In Russia, Vladimir Putin’s supporters are using the web to spread pro-Kremlin propaganda. And builders in China construct a 30 story hotel in just 15 days.

USA: campaign against online piracy act

Wikipedia on strike… the collaborative online encyclopedia will black out its English edition for 24 hours this Wednesday in protest against two controversial online piracy acts currently under discussion in the US Congress.

So the fifth most visited site in the world is joining the strike action initiated by social sharing hub Reddit which is to shut down services for 12 hours. They hope the “blackout” will raise awareness on how, in their opinion, the proposed legislation threatens a free Internet.

The "Stop Online Piracy Act", or SOPA, and the "Protect Intellectual Property Act", or PIPA, are designed to block access to sites thought to contain unauthorized copyright material. The music and film industry have given the bills their backing, but the web giants are against the legislation and have said as much in an open letter to US Congress posted last month. Google, Facebook and also Twitter believe the proposed measures represent a serious threat to the web industry’s record of innovation.

The White House has expressed a similar sentiment and has officially responded to two petitions posted on its website. And with the PIPA up for a vote on the Senate floor next week, the Obama administration has in fact criticized the legislation, placing an emphasis on the need to combat piracy whilst protecting a free and open Internet.

 

Russia: Internet used to spread pro-Kremlin propaganda

With Russia’s presidential election scheduled for the 4th March, supporters of the heavy favourite, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, have taken to the web to take on his political adversaries. One of the main targets of these online attacks is Alexeï Navalny, an anti-corruption blogger who has become one of the driving forces behind the opposition movement in the country.

This video, which is in very dubious taste, was posted to a pro-Putin blog last week. It’s around a minute long and compares Alexei Navalny’s gestures and intonations to those of Adolf Hitler, basically depicting the blogger as a fascist. The purpose of this smear campaign is to take away any credibility from one of the most well-known critics of the Prime Minister.

The people behind this cartoon which is aired on lifenews.ru, a news site with close ties to the Kremlin, share the same goal. Once again, Navalny is portrayed as a fascist, carrying out the Nazi salute, all day long, in a somewhat compulsive manner.

Navalny denies these allegations, and has always been open about his nationalist activities. This video for example was filmed in 2007 and has recently resurfaced. He says, amongst other things, that, just as fly swatters are used against insects, guns should be made available for use against law breakers like Islamist militants.

And with the presidential elections fast approaching, we are seeing more and more pro-Kremlin propaganda, but it does sometimes backfire. Putin supporters recently circulated this doctored photo online, which shows Alexeï Navalny with Boris Berezovski, a businessman who is wanted by the Russian authorities. Russian web users wasted no time in exposing the photo as a fake, a result of some pretty poor photo editing, and then went on to have a field day parodying the doctored photo, condemning the failed smear campaign.

 

North Korea’s communist paper launches English website

North Korea’s official newspaper the "Rodong Sinmun", now has its own website in English. An article on the new leader Kim Jong-Un visiting a building site in Pyongyang, a photo hailing the productivity of one of the capital’s coal mines… North Korea intends to use the portal to give its take on local and international news. The communist regime has made great use of social networks in recent years and continues to use the web as a tool to spread propaganda aimed essentially at foreign web users…

 

Now trending on social networks

Michelle Obama is planning on playing a key role in her husband’s campaign for re-election to the White House. And America’s First Lady has opened a Twitter account to do so. The idea is to use Mrs. Obama’s popularity to win over voters before voting day on the 6th November. And just like’s her husband, this new Twitter account will be largely run by the President’s communication and campaign teams. Any tweets written by Michelle Obama herself will be signed with her initials.

 

Video of the day

Chinese construction company Broad Group made a name for itself in 2010 when it built a 15 story hotel in just 6 days. And the firm is back making headlines with its latest exploit, erecting a 30 floor building in 15 days! You can see this amazing feat for yourself in this accelerated video which retraces the main steps in the construction of this hotel which has a total surface area of 17,000 m2.

By Electron Libre

COMMENT(S)

Archives

2014-10-23 Mexico

Calls for Mexican president to resign gain traction

In this edition: Mexico's president facing growing calls to resign; Breaking Bad” action figures spark outrage in the US and a well-known furniture store pays tribute to horror...

Read more

2014-10-21 Ebola

USA: Ebola Halloween costumes spark outrage online

In this edition: Ebola Halloween costumes spark outrage online; the "donut selfie" craze is sweeping social networks; and the Ohio University Marching Band in another incredible...

Read more

2014-10-20 Social Media

Video tackles prejudice towards West African as Ebola spreads

In this edition: West Africans stigmatised as Ebola spreads; a display mannequin sparks outrage in New Zealand; and snowboarding champ Shaun White in a stunning skateboard display.

Read more

2014-10-18 energy

Energy guzzlers: Harnessing data centers' consumption

Residents in La Courneuve on the outskirts of Paris have serious concerns about the data centre built opposite their homes two years ago. We find out why.

Read more

2014-10-17 USA

Web users show support for Dallas nurse with Ebola

In this edition: online support for the American nurse suffering from Ebola; a massive Euro-wide police operation sparks fierce criticism; and an incredible surfing display.

Read more