Bucharest, 17th of November 2009 ? World Bloggers outspeak their support to two imprisoned video blogging youth activists in Azerbaijan as well as all persecuted, detained and imprisoned bloggers throughout the world. Continue to read.
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Cormac Callanan (Ireland)
Marco Gercke (Germany)
Estelle De Marco (France)
Hein Dries-Ziekenheiner (Netherlands)
Google?s Chrome OS project, first announced in July, will become available for download within a week, we?ve heard from a reliable source. Google previously said to expect an early version of the OS in the fall.
What can we expect? Driver support will likely be a weak point. We?ve heard at various times that Google has a legion of engineers working on the not so glamorous task of building hardware drivers. And we?ve also heard conflicting rumors that Google is mostly relying on hardware manufacturers to create those drivers. Whatever the truth, and it?s likely in between, having a robust set of functioning drivers is extremely important to Chrome OS?s success. People will want to download this to whatever computer they use and have it just work.
The government has revealed details of its Digital Economy Bill, trailed in the Queen’s Speech. One proposal which has already attracted a great deal of attention is the introduction of new penalties for those suspected of internet piracy, from disconnection to hefty fines. Laws which allow the swift termination of pirates’ internet connections (often on a ‘three strikes and you’re out’ basis) have been spreading across the world recently, from France to South Korea.
Filip Stojanovski is a Global Voices author and translator based in Skopje, Macedonia. He is the Program Coordinator of Metamorphosis, a think tank which seeks the development of democracy and prosperity by promoting knowledge-based economy and information society. He has been blogging in both English and Macedonian since 2003 and has written a number of essays and research papers. His essay ?Some Sources Of Bias In Reporting About Macedonia? is especially relevant to those interested in global perceptions of Macedonia.
This past week at the Brazilian Digital Culture Forum [pt] I had a chance to meet up with Diego Casaes, a dedicated Global Voices author and translator from Salvador, Brazil. Much of Diego’s writing on Global Voices has spread awareness about legislative threats to online freedom in Brazil, such as the infamous ?Azeredo Bill?. He has also profiled cyber-activists like João Carlos Caribé and Daniel Pádua (who just lost his life to cancer) and their attempts to protect the individual freedoms and social bonds enabled by the Internet.