Syrian activists campaign for the release of a jailed cartoonist. Also, Spanish footballers are the champions of online security. And we take a look inside Google’s data centers.
Syria: activists mobilize to free jailed cartoonist
Cyber activists in Syria are campaigning for the release of jailed cartoonist Akram Raslan, who was reportedly arrested in the city of Hama on the 2nd October. Blogger “The Syrian” believes he was taken in for questioning over one of his recent anti Bashar al-Assad drawings. The cartoon illustrated one of the slogans used by pro-government militia the Shabiha, which would rather see the country put to fire and the sword than see the president leave office.
The website « Arab Cartoon » looks back over the 38 year old artist’s career, writing that Akram Raslan had been working for government owned newspaper “Al-Fida” but started posting other cartoons on the Internet last year, under his real name, drawings criticizing the Damascus regime and official media.
His bravery is applauded in this video which also spotlights his work since the start of the Syrian revolution. The video clip encourages web users to join the campaign for his freedom, his friends have not heard from him since his arrest and fears are growing for his safety.
Artists have indeed also fallen victim to the government’ ruthless repression. Last year, another cartoonist Ali Ferzat, was abducted and beaten up in Damascus. His aggressors broke both of his hands so he could no longer draw. Numerous press artists from all over the world went on to express their solidarity.
Spanish football champions campaign for online security
The Spanish football team, the current reigning world and double European champions, also champions of online security… this is the message the national police force is trying to convey in a viral campaign with the football champions playing an active role in teaching Spanish web users how to surf the net in safety and how to protect their personal data.
Xavi Hernandez, Sergio Ramos, David Villa, David Silva, Roberto Soldado and Juanfran Torres feature in a series of short video clips broadcast on the Spanish police’s YouTube channel. The international players give invaluable advice on browsing the web and remind viewers of the fundamental rules to respect online. Here for example, we see Xavi Hernandez, standing alongside two police officers, explaining how the web is like a football pitch, you have to think with your head, be careful what you say and what you disclose.
A campaign relayed essentially on video sharing platforms, but social networks are also playing an important part in spreading the word. The videos have also been posted to the Spanish police force’s official Facebook page and Twitter account, along with posters like these ones featuring the footballers and online security campaign slogans.
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A look inside Google’s data centers
A labyrinth of multi-colored pipes, kilometers of optic fiber cable and aisle upon aisle of servers … American giant Google has opened its virtual doors to the public giving a rare glimpse of its data plants in the US and Europe, with behind the scenes images of their vast data centers, which stock YouTube videos, emails from Gmail users and also the billions of pages indexed by its search engine.
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