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Iraq blocks Internet to disrupt insurgents

In this edition: Iraq blocks the Internet to disrupt insurgents; Mexican goal keeper Guillermo Ocho becomes the latest world cup darling; and a dizzy descent with a mountain bike champ.

IRAQ BLOCKS INTERNET TO DISRUPT INSURGENTS

Iraq has blocked Internet access in five provinces and is denying access to Google, social media websites including Twitter and Facebook and also communication apps in the rest of the country to disrupt the tools used by Islamic terrorists as they sweep through the country. The government measures were laid out in a letter to Internet service providers and translated by the site Social media Exchange. The document includes a warning from the authorities, saying anyone who does not obey these orders will be endangering national security. 

The official aim is to prevent Islamic militants from using the web. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, which embarked on a mass offensive in the north of the country over a week ago, is indeed highly active on social networks. The Jihadist movement uses Twitter and YouTube to share and circulate propaganda messages, videos and photos of its victories and also the fate that awaits anyone who resists. 

Iraqi web users meanwhile have been posting messages to the “Iraqi Network for Social Media” Facebook page for example, with news on banned networks and channels and also advice or tips on how to bypass the censorship. Some have shared instructions on how to use the Tor or Psiphon software, systems that enable users to circumvent the government`s Internet censorship. 

NOW TRENDING ON SOCIAL NETWORKS

The mostly tongue in cheek hashtag "we will harass men” has been trending in Egypt, highlighting the problem of sexual harassment towards women across the country, with both women and men slamming the way some men treat women, and the frequent cases of harassment or molestation in public spaces. The social media movement is proving very popular with a growing number of messages under the trending hashtag.

STATS OF THE DAY

100 hours of video content is uploaded to YouTube every minute… 500 million messages are posted to Twitter every day… this infographic was put together by the Digital Insight platform, which has studied stats from the leading social networks. We also learn that over 20 billion photos have been shared on Instagram to date and 400 million fleeting photos are sent via the Snapchat app every day…

WORLD CUP: MEMO OCHOA MEMES SWEEP THE INTERNET

Incredible, exceptional, spectacular … web users the world over, well known or otherwise, have been praising Mexican goal keeper Guillermo "Memo" Ochoa for his performance in his country`s draw with Brazil on Tuesday night… the 29 year old produced stunning save after stunning save, and has become the new World Cup darling of the Internet…

Football fans have taken to social networks in their droves posting photomontages of Ochoa`s many super saves … comical creations that compare the goalie to a brick wall for example, or depict him as a movie hero, like Neo from Matrix, or even Superman himself … 

And some web users are saying Mexico`s goalkeeper was so good it seemed as if divine intervention was at work, and that he should be canonized for saving his team, and keeping Brazil at bay. These posters have been doing the rounds online, featuring “Saint Memo Ochoa”. 

And if religions is not his thing, then Tuesday`s hero could always embark on a political career. Some fans are already imagining Guillermo "Memo" Ochoa as president of Mexico… 

PORTRAITS OF FIGHTERS BEFORE AND AFTER BOXING MATCHES

Danish photographer Nicolai Howalt has produced this compelling collection called "141 boxers"; for which he has photographed amateur boxers before and after their matches. Black eyes and bruises a plenty available to view on the artist`s blog… 

VIDEO OF THE DAY

In this video mountain bike champion Claudio Caluori takes web users along for the ride as he tears down the epic Austrian track in Leogang… check out the spectacular footage on YouTube… 

By Electron Libre

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