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My talk on how governments have responded to citizen media at the Blogs and Digital Democracy Forum in Kuala Lumpur.


  • 1.Participatory Media, Participatory Democracy How national governments have responded to the challenges of outspoken citizens

2. JUNE 1989 AUGUST 2007 INFORMATION IS THE OXYGEN OF THE MODERNIT IS TIME TO STOP THE ANARCHY ON THE AGE. IT SEEPS THROUGH THE WALLS TOPPED BY INTERNET. WE CANNOT ALLOW THIS GREAT BARBED WIRE, IT WAFTS ACROSS THETECHNOLOGICAL ACHIEVEMENT OF MAN TO BE ELECTRIFIED BORDERS, THE GOLIATH OF TURNED INTO AN INFORMATION GARBAGE TOTALITARIANISM WILL BE BROUGHT DOWN BY HEAP. THE DAVID OF THE MICROCHIP. 3. 1979 - Participatory Media (USENET) 4. Archived, Persistent, Linkable 5. 1984 BBSes - Precursor to Web Forums 6. 1989 - The Hyperlink 7. Formatted hypertext or HTML 8. Exponential Service Growth: Easier, Cheaper 9. Web 2.0 Easier, Cheaper, Faster ... 10. ... and global. 11. Exponential Blog Growth 12. How Have Governments Responded? 13. Egyptian blogger jailed for four years for insulting President Mubarak and Islam 14. Two Thais arrested in Thailand for comments posted about the Thai king 15. China: Over 50 known jailed cyber-activists 16. Myanmar: Internet severed to suppress protests 17. Turkey: WordPress and YouTube Blocked 18. Thailand: YouTube Blocked for videos ridiculing the king 19. Barbados: Calls for regulation 20. Malaysia: Discrediting Bloggers 21. City of Buenos Aires Ofcial Blog - Bridging the Blogosphere and City Government 22. Chiles most popular blogger - Senator Fernando Flores 23. Chile 2001 Elections - All Candidates Had Blogs 24. Citizen-led Presidential Debates 25. Iran: Even Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has a blog. 26. Cambodian King was his nations rst blogger. Since then ... 27. Cambodia gets publicity on CNN and hundreds of other news outlets 28. Ecuador: President Rafael Correa has a YouTube channel and blog 29. Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa: Videoblogger 30. Gilberto Gil: Brazilian Minister of Culture and Free Culture advocate 31. State-owned Agencia Brasil links back to all blogs discussing their articles 32. US Senators and Representatives with weblogs. Also: Los Angeles Police Department 33. How Has Civil Society Responded? 34. Mzalendo (Patriot in Swahili) 35. Kenya: Explanation and commentary on every bill 36. Tech President 37. New Election Metrics 38. They Work For You UK-based watchdog site 39. Atina Chile: From Conversation to Legislation 40. Open Congress - US philanthropy foundations are funding such projects 41. Campaign contributions and voting records of every Californian politician 42. Incentives for governments to support blogging 43. Botswana Blog invited to the UN Global Conference on ICT and Youth for Development 44. Investors are Blog Addicts 45. Next Step: Act 46. US $5 Million for Citizen Media Projects 47. To Conclude:Fear Factor Versus Tipping Point