Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

FOCUS

France welcomes Iraqi Christian refugees

Read more

FRANCE IN FOCUS

Emmanuel Macron: A new economy minister with a pro-business agenda

Read more

THE OBSERVERS

More of this year's best Observers stories

Read more

#TECH 24

Changing the world, one video game at a time

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

Socialist Party summer conference kicks off in explosive atmosphere

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

Canada and Russia exchange snarky tweets

Read more

AFRICA NEWS

Ebola in Nigeria: First death outside of Lagos

Read more

AFRICA NEWS

Niger: Top opposition figure to be questioned in baby-trafficking scandal

Read more

AFRICA NEWS

Liberia: President dismisses top officials who ignored call to return home

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 : 2013-01-11

Web users fight for kidnapped 5-year-old Aishah Sabra

Web users campaign to reunite a mother with her little girl, abducted by the father. Online pranksters play a rather sick joke on Justin Bieber fans. And a short video documents one man’s transition from male to female.

Web users fight for kidnapped 5-year-old Aishah Sabra

For months now, thousands of web users from all over the world have been fighting to reunite Aishah Sabra with her mother, Leila, who lives in the UK. The little girl, who is just five and a half years old was abducted by her Egyptian father in September 2011, and taken back to Egypt. She hasn’t seen her mother since. Web users have been busy campaigning, hoping to resolve this terrible situation and bring Aishah back home.

A petition has been started on Change.org urging the British authorities to convince the Egyptian government to intervene as soon as possible. The document comes with a moving video in which Aishas’s mother says she won and still has full custody of her daughter in the Egyptian courts and all she wants is for the Egyptian authorities to enforce this court order.

And Leila has also received some valuable support from the hackers of Anonymous. The “hactivist” group has launched a full on website for the missing girl. It’s called "opfreeaishah" and includes information about the little girl and her mother, along with posters like these ones, posters web users can share online or print out to raise public awareness and publicize the story.

So there has been a strong wave of support on the web, and Aishah’s mother Leila is also making great use of the online tools available. She has set up two websites on which she relates her ordeal and months of anguish. She also posts messages for her daughter, saying she hasn’t forgotten her, is searching for her and all she wants is to see her again!

Now trending on social networks

#CutforBieber started trending on Twitter at the beginning of the week, causing widespread outrage. Web users have been passing themselves off as fans of the young Canadian singer and using the hashtag to urge his admirers to self-harm to convince Justin Bieber to stop smoking marijuana after images of him apparently smoking a joint emerged online. The trend began when users of the 4chan forum launched a campaign in very poor taste and in mock protest of his alleged drug use. It has unfortunately had a certain impact, and dozens of Bieber fans have posted photos of their bleeding arms and wrists online… 

Obama souvenir shop launched by inaugural team

T-shirts, coffee mugs, cufflinks, badges bearing a picture of Bo, the Obama family’s dog… in the run up to the Presidential swearing in ceremony, due to take place in Washington on January 21st, an official website has been launched selling goods celebrating Barack Obama’s inauguration for a second term in office. All the articles proudly bear the “made in USA” label and prices range from two and a half dollars for this plastic ruler to 7 500 dollars for a commemorative medallion set.

Video of the day

The person who made this video documented her three-year transition from male to female to share the experience with web users. In less than two minutes we get to see, in stages, how taking female hormones changes the body and facial features. An amazing transformation you can watch in its entirety on all good video sharing platforms.

By Electron Libre

COMMENT(S)

Archives

2014-08-28 Social Media

'Ice Bucket Challenge' angers anti-abortion activists

In this edition: the "Ice Bucket Challenge" angers anti-abortion activists; web users in Spain show support for a rape victim; and a tribute to Ghostbusters... in Lego.

Read more

2014-08-27 Social Media

India: journalist launches "Rice Bucket Challenge"

In this edition: an Indian journalist launches the ‘Rice Bucket Challenge’; Egypt’s tips to the US police force spark debate; and two kayakers hurtle down a drainage ditch.

Read more

2014-08-25 Social Media

Russian aid convoy: Mission accomplished?

In this edition: the Russian aid convoy in Ukraine divides online opinion; Chinese stars targeted by Beijing’s anti-drugs campaign; and a diver swims with a shoal of manta rays.

Read more

2014-08-26 Social Media

Actor Orlando Jones lauches 'Bullet Bucket Challenge'

In this edition: actor Orlando Jones launches the “Bullet Bucket Challenge” to denounce police brutality; India's Finance Minister sparks an online outcry; and a man racing his...

Read more

2014-08-22 Social Media

'Doubtfire Face', the web's new suicide prevention campaign

In this edition: Net users step up to a new challenge to combat suicide; a tweet by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani causes controversy; and a time-lapse sequence of air traffic...

Read more