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Pakistanis 'embrace' YouTube mascot to protest internet censorship

Pakistani activists are turning to humor as a weapon in their fight against state internet censorship. YouTube may have been banned for over a year, but it still managed to make an appearance on the streets of Karachi: as a mascot offering hugs to those who want it back. Read more...

Chinese rebel against government’s Syria veto online

 
Members of China’s vast Internet community have flocked to social networking sites to voice criticism of their government’s decision to veto a UN draft resolution condemning the 11 month-long crackdown on anti-government protests in Syria, saying the move does not represent them. Read more…
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Bloggers demand right to intimacy as fashionistas 'borrow' their images

 
It’s no surprise fashion stores are reading popular fashion blogs and designing clothing that follows their ideas. But what if fashion labels like Zara and Stradivarius started taking images from fashion blogs  and printed them on shirts without the bloggers’ permission? Read more …

Leaked video shows Cuban spy course on dangers of social media

 
A lecture published on the video-sharing website Vimeo shows an unidentified man giving a roomful of Cuban intelligence agents a crash course on social media and the Web. According to the speaker, opposition blogs are being funded by the U.S. to "fuel the counter-revolution" in Cuba. Read more and watch the video...

This month's top ten amateur videos

A dancing tortoise, Grandpa DJ, double rainbows and choreographed soldier dances… Here is our selection of the web's most popular amateur clips from the past month. See videos...

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Chinese Web users make a mockery of World Expo chaos

Just days before World Expo 2010 opens to the public, organisers in Shanghai are scrambling to complete preparations after last week's shambolic trial run. The chaotic situation finds itself the subject of ridicule on the Web, where an anonymous email which criticises everything from the pricey food to the dirty water fountains is being passed around with delight. Read more...

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The 'grass-mud horses' battling internet censors

Chinese web users are demonstrating their ability to get around the automatic internet censorship of taboo words with a hilarious song about a battle between grass-mud horses ("fuck your mother") and river crabs (censors). The song has become so popular that grass-mud horse toys are being sold in shops and even intellectuals are using the fable as a metaphor for the subject. Read more and see the, frankly bizarre, video clip...

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Anti download law: 'the idea of disconnecting web users is unimaginable today'

While it's considered "inappropriate" and "suppressive" by web users, a French internet piracy law is being hailed as a saviour for bruised CD producers. The proposed "creation and internet" law, which would allow the state to block web access to illegal downloaders, will be decided on by the French Assemblée today. Read more...

Swedish justice system attempts to topple The Pirate Bay

It's the biggest ever legal case against a file-sharing website. The three founders of The Pirate Bay, the world's biggest BitTorrent tracker, this week find themselves in front of a judge for making intellectual property available to the public. Fredrik Neij (alias TiAMO), Gottfrid Svartholm Warg (Anakata), and Peter Sunde (Brokep), made it possible for their 22 million users to locate and download music, films and videogames shared by the online community. Read more...

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Chinese web users give Sarkozy a roasting

Relations between China and France have reached a new low as Nicolas Sarkozy's meeting with the Dalai Lama approaches. So outraged are Chinese web users that they can't wait for the meeting on Saturday to express their indignation. Read more...

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