In this edition: Russian web users demand the release of two reporters detained in Ukraine; using social media to monitor landscape change; and a hidden camera prank in the US.
RUSSIAN WEB USERS DEMAND RELEASE OF UKRAINE-HELD JOURNALISTS
Online campaigning is well underway in Russia, with web users demanding the release of Oleg Sidyakin and Marat Saichenko, the two Life News journalists detained in eastern Ukraine on Sunday. The social media movement is gaining ground with the #saveourguys hashtag trending heavily.
Many have taken to Twitter to voice their support for the two reporters being held in Ukraine and calling for them to be freed at the earliest possible opportunity. Social networkers have been posing with a sign reading “save our guys” and posting the photo to the microblogging site. Dozens of news professionals, including colleagues of the detained reporters, have also joined the campaign.
But although the arrest has been widely condemned by Russian web users, the Ukrainian authorities insist it was more than justified. As the “Moscow Times” reports on its website, Kiev claims the journalists were armed and were in eastern Ukraine to carry out an attack with pro-Russia fighters.
Allegations soon shot down by their employer which has released this short video showing the men at work. The video aims to prove they are indeed journalists and the Ukrainian authorities have no reason to detain them.
USING SOCIAL NETWORKS TO CROWDSOURCE A WILDLIFE TIMELAPSE
These signs asking for visitors help in tracking the ecosystem have been erected across the Mount Diablo State Park in California. Its part of a project put together by American environmental organization “Nerds for Nature”. Members of the public are asked to take photos at certain view points and share the pics online, so the group can monitor how the landscape is changing and recovering after 1,300 hectares went up in flames back in September.
There has been a great response so far. Scores of web users began posting their pics of Mount Diablo to Twitter, Flickr and Instagram back in December. They are sharing the data under the #morganfire hashtag along with a number which corresponds to one of the four locations the operation is focusing on.
The images are then compiled in a chronological time lapse on the organization`s website. The return of vegetation to the area can already be seen in the photos, and the aim is to continue following the restoration of the ecosystem for one year.
And as American researcher Sam Droege explains on the site Monitor Change, this collective monitoring concept can also be applied to other scientific projects, and could prove useful for observing water flow, sand dunes, and also changes to the urban landscape.
NOW TRENDING ON SOCIAL NETWORKS
Thousands of Spanish web users have been tweeting under the hashtag "a different president", hailing Uruguay`s president José Mujica following his interview on a Spanish TV station on Sunday. They describe the politician as brave, someone who listens to the people, with a totally different approach and attitude to their politicians, who web users say are out for personal gain and incapable of reviving the country’s economy.
STATS OF THE DAY
You just need to glance at this infographic produced by Mashable.com to see that Mark Zuckerberg is not your regular thirty something…. With a net worth of around 25 billion dollars, the Facebook founder`s fortune is far removed from other men his age and their estimated average net worth of around 8,500 dollars. And while most guys spend an average of 421dollars per year on clothes, the well-known entrepreneur buys just three hoodies a year. And whilst men his age enjoy playing video games, Zuckerberg, well he enjoys buying the game companies…
MINISTRY OF CULTURE INVESTS IN AN OPEN FRANCE
It is now possible to access and use content from France`s Ministry of Culture websites, as data from the institution`s two portals are now under open license. So the general public can now share the text and images available on these platforms, freely and free of charge. They just have to credit the original author of these digital cultural resources. The move illustrates the government`s commitment to an open France.
VIDEO OF THE DAY
Video game company Ubisoft has come with a great way of promoting its new game “Watch Dogs” , tricking smart phone owners into believing their phone was equipped with new software that enabled them to control connected objects around them, like cash machines or traffic lights … the hidden camera prank is available to view on Ubisoft`s YouTube channel…