Posted: 17 Sep 2010 04:07 AM PDT
Burma's military rulers won't be inviting foreign observers to monitor November's general election – a poll already dismissed as a sham by Western governments – but the country's network of bloggers and "citizen journalists" is planning to do the job for them.
Despite internet censorship and harsh punishments for those caught criticising the junta online, Burma has a lively cyber community of bloggers and Facebookers who believe the internet is the strongest force for change in a country which has been locked under military dictatorship for half a century. The 7 November election won't be free or fair – senior general Than Shwe has already seen to that by bankrolling a huge proxy party stuffed with ex-military candidates, while intimidating and financially squeezing the small opposition parties which have dared to stand. via @pholt63
Posted: 16 Sep 2010 06:55 AM PDT
i-Neighbors is a social networking service that connects residents of geographic neighborhoods. The goal of this site is to help individuals and their communities organize, share information, and work together to address local problems.
Posted: 16 Sep 2010 06:51 AM PDT
Judging by the National Science Foundation's latest grants for Internet development, our universities are packed with scientists who think that the 'Net is woefully unprepared for the future, and are anxious to tackle the problem. In fact, these people can't wait to untether cyberspace from its current rules and architectures.
Posted: 16 Sep 2010 06:50 AM PDT
Futureful's predictive discovery engine analyzes relevant information flows to open up the potential future around you. We use a combination of personal, social and contextual filters to understand interests, influences and intentions, and provide you with inspiring seeds to play with. Then its up to you to pick and choose, discover and share.
Today's round-up includes citizen journalism in Burma, the future of the neighborhood, the future of the Internet, the future of personal discovery and cyborgs.