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Latest update : 2014-03-23

Netherlands: Geert Wilders criticized online

In this edition: a Dutch politician under fire; web users across Europe campaign for net neutrality; and step into the shoes of a street juggler…


Scores of Moroccan-Dutch web users have taken to social networks under the #BornHere hashtag posting pictures of themselves holding their Dutch passport. They are responding to comments made by Geert Wilders last week, when he basically said that cities would be safer if there were fewer Moroccans. The leader of the Netherlands extreme right party was delivering a campaign speech ahead of the municipal council elections and has prompted lively reactions on social media platforms.

Comments from shocked web users soon came flooding in: Netizens opposing and condemning Wilders stance, and praising the way in which Dutch Moroccans have responded to his racist remarks.

And as we can see from the many photos circulating online, some have been using irony to get their message across, posting selfies along with the expression "Mocro" which is a Dutch slang term, and ethnic slur, used for people of Moroccan descent. It’s a way of denouncing the everyday racism they constantly face, and remind people they are Dutch citizens.

Fresh controversy for Geert Wilders who will now have to answer to the courts as the Netherlands` Public prosecutors Department has announced it will be opening an enquiry.


On Tuesday, the European Parliament`s Industry Committee voted for tougher measures to ensure net neutrality, the principle that service providers and governments should treat all data on the Internet equally. The proposal, which aims to create a single market for European telecommunications, has seen several amendments however, specifying that so called specialized services that require significant bandwidth, could be offered at a higher fee.

And the proposal was soon shot down online; certain law makers are saying these additional measures compromise net neutrality. Members of the European Parliament have taken to Twitter saying they will fight these amendments as they contain dangerous loopholes and don`t protect consumers against abuse of power by Internet service providers.

The NGO collective behind the "Save the Internet" online campaign, say the clauses threaten people`s freedom online. Critics of the recently approved report fear we will see the emergence of a two tiered Internet, where web users have to pay more for certain services.

Criticism that has been widely shared on social networks with concerned netizens now campaigning under the #NetNeutrality hashtag, urging their European representatives to review the legislation which is due to be rubber stamped by parliament on the 2nd and 3rd of April.


American woman Anne Jarvis set up the "Internal Revenue Selfies" Instagram page to help her dad Andrew prove to the New York Department of Revenue that he spent over half the year in Philadelphia and so should not have to pay additional taxes in the state of New York. So the page is regularly updated with shots if Andrew Jarvis, attesting to his whereabouts, proving that although he is often in New York for professional reasons, the majority of his time is spent in Philadelphia.


The Tech Infographics site has looked into the selfie phenomenon and summed up the craze in just a few clicks. Did you know for example over one million selfies are posted to social networks every day, 36 % of people have admitted to altering theirs, 52 % of women have taken one and 48 % of selfies are shared on Facebook, with Instagram and Twitter far behind.


Baricka O' Bisha, Kimmy Jungle and also Vladdy Pushin'… Barack Obama, Kim Jong-Un and Vladimir Putin have been given something of a makeover by Saint Hoax, an artist from the Middle East. The collection of GIFs is called “War Drags You Out” and depicts world leaders as drag queens, complete with frills, heavy makeup and grand hairstyles. As the artist says “Like drag queens, political or religious leaders, are expected to entertain, perform and occasionally lip-sync a public speech”.


The “Hello Europe” group has posted a video on its YouTube page giving web users the opportunity to step into the shoes of a street juggler. The clip features Portuguese performer Luis Reis juggling with a camera attached to his head giving a perfect view of his amazing talent and impressive moves…

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