In this edition: online campaigning to rescue the abducted school girls in Nigeria; web users baffled by an online video mystery; and a thrilling ride on a fighter jet.
NIGERIA: ONLINE CAMPAIGN TO SAVE ABDUCTED SCHOOL GIRLS
The families of over 200 high school girls kidnapped by armed members of the Islamist terror organization Boko Haram on April 14 are appealing to the Nigerian authorities to rescue them. Protesters have taken to the streets carrying posters reading “bring back our girls”. This rally, staged April 30, saw crowds march up to the National Assembly demanding the public authorities take action.
The story has sparked worldwide outrage with protests being organized across the globe, as we can see from these photos taken over the weekend in London, Dublin, Washington, New York and also Philadelphia, with demonstrators showing solidarity for the families of the missing Nigerian school girls.
And campaigning for their release is also well underway on social networks under the hashtag #BringBackOurGirls. The movement is gaining ground on Twitter and also on Facebook where the purpose built page has over 24,000 likes.
Some 210,000 people have signed this online petition slamming the Nigerian government`s inaction. The document calls on the president Goodluck Jonathan to implement all means necessary to secure the release of these innocent victims, amid growing questions over where they are being held, and in what conditions.
Singer Billy Taio echoes these fears in music in this track which has been named the official song for the “bring back our girls” online campaign.
WEB USERS BAFFLED BY ONLINE VIDEO MYSTERY
An 11 second sequence of red and blue rectangles and a computer generated tone… tens of thousands of clips like this have been uploaded to the “Webdriver Torso” YouTube account over the past few months and the mysterious clips have generated all manner of speculation online.
A growing number of theories, some more plausible than others, as to the origin and aim of these videos have been appearing online. As the Daily Dot website and the BBC report, some have even suggested these strange videos could be attempts to communicate with extra-terrestrials.
A hypothesis soon shot down by a contributor for the Boing Boing blog who think the clips could be a digital version of the “number stations” used during the Cold War to pass secret communications to spies on the field, unintelligible lists of numbers or letters passed over shortwave radio and meaningless to everyone apart from the intended recipient.
British Daily “The Guardian” has also tried to solve the mystery and has published an online article with several avenues to be explored. One idea is that the famous videos were used by a streaming software company to test its capability for uploading digital videos quickly and reliably. This is certainly a credible supposition but nothing has been proved as yet and it remains a simple theory.
NOW TRENDING ON SOCIAL NETWORKS
Hundreds of web users turned up to a massive party in a residential neighbourhood of Toronto this weekend, a party organized on Twitter under the #MansionParty hashtag. Over 1,500 people attended the bash tweeting live from the scene, sharing photos and videos online, until the police arrived and ordered them to leave. The party may not have lasted very long, but revellers did have time to cause around 70,000 dollars’ worth of damage.
RUMOR HAS IT…
France`s Gendarmerie Nationale has posted this infographic to its Twitter feed and Facebook page, warning citizens to be wary. It explains how burglars use a system of chalk markings on houses to identify ones that are empty, contain valuable belongings, or are protected by an alarm… but according to the site Hoaxbuster the idea of burglars having their own set of secret symbols is nothing but an old rumour which resurfaces in the media from time to time…
NOW HAVE AN ONLINE PORTAL TO THE KING
Citizens of Saudi Arabia can now voice their opinions or grievances about the country via a new experimental website which promises to be a direct portal to the king and the government. Web users can make suggests, remarks and other comments pertaining to the authorities, and then, according to Arab News, the messages will be forwarded to the king. The idea is the brainchild of King Abdullah himself who wants to use this platform “Tawasol” which means “communication” to do just that, establish a connection with the country`s citizens.
VIDEO OF THE DAY
Professional photographer Blair Bunting was lucky enough to be taken for a flight on a US army fighter jet, and he captured this thrilling ride on camera. You can check out the video in its entirety on YouTube.