The web comes of age

The internet today changed forever: The Internet’s key oversight agency relaxed rules Thursday to permit the introduction of hundreds, perhaps thousands, of new Internet domain names to join “.com,” making the first sweeping changes in the network’s 25-year-old addressing system. The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers unanimously approved the new guidelines on the…

Those anti-Semitic Google types

Zionist activists beware: Google Earth is a “new platform for anti-Israel propaganda and replacement geography” (if you believe this hardline Jewish group.) And the reason? “Virtual Israel, as represented by Google Earth, is littered with orange dots, many of which claim to represent ‘Palestinian localities evacuated and destroyed after the 1948 Arab-Israeli war.’ Thus, Israel…

Drawing a line at hatred?

Being currently in Germany, the issue of hate speech is inevitably a key concern, considering the country’s history. There is always a fine line between legitimate speech and other forms of communication – and who should really decide where that line is, Zionists, for example, who regularly deem any comments against Israel as being anti-Semitic?…

Global Voices Citizen Media Summit 2008

The issue of internet censorship has become a global concern. Harvard University’s Global Voices is one major organisation that translates bloggers from across the world and campaigns for imprisoned activists. The Global Voices Citizen Media Summit is taking place on June 27 and 28 in Budapest, Hungary. More than one hundred writers, dissidents, bloggers, journalists…

Democracy is not a foreign word

My following article appears in the Amnesty International Australia’s Uncensor campaign about human rights in China: We ignore the diversity of China’s web community at our peril, writes Antony Loewenstein Is the West afraid of Chinese patriotism? Some Chinese bloggers think it is but remain aware of the ways in which such sentiments could be…

The Muslim mind

Part one of a Robert Fisk documentary from the early 1990s, Beirut to Bosnia, about the attitude of Muslims to the West in Egypt, Palestine, Lebanon and Bosnia. As relevant today as ever: