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All Eyes on Malala Yousafzai on Second International Day of the Girl

The calendar is filled with annual celebrations declared by the U.N. to spread awareness for some of the planet’s most difficult problems. This year’s second annual International Day of the Girl is successfully generating buzz and igniting advocates in all the right places. At the center of discussions during this year’s International Day of the …

Detained McAfee Posts Bizarre Blog from Guatemalan Jail

John McAfee, the founder of anti-virus security firm McAfee who is currently detained as a murder suspect, is now blogging from a jail cell in Guatemala. McAfee was arrested on Wednesday night after illegally entering Guatemala from Belize. He has been on the run since last month to evade police in Belize who consider him …

Facebook Likes Could Lead to Jail Time Under New Philippine Law

Internet users are up in arms in the Philippines over a new law that could land them in jail for engaging in “malicious” online activity. The Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012, which takes effect Wednesday, criminalizes identity theft, hacking, spamming, online trafficking and file-sharing. However, a couple of controversial provisions changed ¬†what could have been …

Beirut Social Media Class a Hot Spot for Senior Citizens

Students in Beirut ranging in age from 51 to 81 are proving that you’re never too old to learn social media. They’re taking part in a five-week class titled “Introduction to Social Media” at the University for Seniors at the American University of Beirut (AUB). Maya Abi Shaheen, coordinator for the program, told IJNet the …

Activists Foil Chinese Firewall to Unblock Reuters

All firewalls have some holes in them, even the Great Firewall of China, the online censorship system that the Chinese government uses to block sites it deems inappropriate for its citizens. A group of Internet activists has apparently found a way to circumvent the Great Firewall to unblock Reuters’ Chinese-language website, which was censored on …

Reuters’ Twitter Hacked by Pro-Assad Activists

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s supporters are firing social media bullets alongside real-world bombs. Among their targets: news agency Reuters’ Twitter account. Reuters announced Friday that its blogging platform was hacked and at least two pro-Assad regime stories were posted. Overnight that same day, the hackers got their hands on @ReutersTech, and tweeted propagandist tweets in …

Sina Weibo Blocks Chinese New York Times

The New York Times‘s brief experiment with Chinese social media has come to an abrupt end. The company’s official account on Sina Weibo, China’s popular Twitter-like microblogging service, has been deleted after less than a week. The Times‘s Chinese website remains unblocked. That may indicate Beijing sees social media as inherently more dangerous than static …
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