Monthly Archives: January 2006

Sex and human rights, yes! Falun gong and Xinjiang independence, no!

My colleages at Berkman and in the larger Open Net Initiative have been busy this weekend working on new strategies to test Google’s new Chinese search engine, Google.cn. Rebecca MacKinnon gave us a list of 80+ Chinese keywords to test … Continue reading

Posted in Developing world, Geekery | 8 Comments

The road to Doha

I’m in Cambridge today, enroute to Doha, Qatar, for the second annual Al Jazeera Forum, a meeting with the provocative title “Defending Freedoms, Defining Responsibility”. I’m either speaking on a panel on blogging on Wednesday or a panel on Thursday … Continue reading

Posted in Blogs and bloggers, Global Voices, Media | 5 Comments

Robots invade Jamaica…

My friend Marvin Hall has been working with middle school students from the Kingston, Jamaica neighborhood of Jones Town. The kids learned robotics, working with Lego Mindstorms, preparing for the First Lego League competition in northern California. Until the day … Continue reading

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Wireless for the Developing World

It’s cool that I can surf the Internet from my couch because I’ve got a Wifi access point in my house. But it’s far more than cool that people in Bamako can hook their businesses to the Internet without using … Continue reading

Posted in Africa, Developing world, Geekery | 5 Comments

Understanding how Google.cn filters

The anti-censorship community has been hard at work today trying to figure out just how Google’s new Chinese search engine prevents access to controversial content. Nart Villeneuve, pretty much the smartest guy out there working on Internet censorship, offered a … Continue reading

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Google in China: any cause for hope?

As you’ve doubtless heard half a dozen times so far today, Google has launched a new service in China. For years, Google has provided a Chinese-language service. It was hosted in the United States and frequently blocked by the Great … Continue reading

Posted in Berkman, Developing world, Geekery | 8 Comments

A confession

I have a confession to make: I don’t read every post made to Global Voices. Many days, I read the entire feed. Some days, only some of the posts. And on days when I’m on airplanes or hugely busy, sometimes … Continue reading

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Some recommended distractions…

If, like me, you could use a smile today, I offer the following links: The good folks at Rocketboom have produced a video field report on reactions from around the world to the pertinent question, “Why is George W. Bush … Continue reading

Posted in Berkman, Blogs and bloggers, Global Voices, Just for fun | 4 Comments

Winter in Western Massachusetts

I know you’ve been asking yourself: Just what do those crazy folks in Western Massachusetts do for fun during those long, cold winters? We build gers, of course, and the occasional outdoor hot tub. But mostly we wait for exciting … Continue reading

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Ethiopia Updates

Two quick Ethiopia updates – my open letter to Zenawi has been linked to by several other bloggers and reposted in The Witness, an online magazine oriented towards progressive Episcopalians and Anglicans. A progressive Episcopalian myself, I was particularly pleased … Continue reading

Posted in Africa, Blogs and bloggers, Media | 2 Comments