Military cuts internet access to silence Burmese people

Any doubts that citizens of all countries should vote down and shout down government attempts to control the internet? Check out the latest violation of civil liberties being perpetrated by the Burmese government. According the UK Guardian Times, USA Today and other major newspapers, the Burmese government apparently cut internet access to stem the tide of images, updates and opinions from protesters to the rest of the world. Even before this, the government there reportedly…

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Smart shoes for a smart mob

painted-shoes-1 Gotta love these shoes! My colleague De Bullen decorated these shoes herself to prepare for the Smart Mob taking place tonight (Friday, 28 September) from 5pm to 6pm in front of Adelaide University’s Elder Hall. The painted shoes are a tip of the hat to Howard Rheingold, a writer on cultural, social and political implications of new communication media and the author of the book Smart Mobs. He’s speaking today in Adelaide as a…

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Family suing Creative Commons, Virgin

Interesting brouhaha overviewed at Slashdot concerning the use of a Creative Commons photo in an advertising campaign.  A church counselour took a photo of one of his charges and posted it on Flickr using a Creative Commons licence.  Virgin used the photo in an ad campaign and credited the photographer by his Flickr tag (the only condition of the licence). Now the family is suing – saying (among other things) that by using their daughter Alison’s image, Virgin has…

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Spellcheck mystery in Open Office writer solved

A short post this one — but as I had to work this issue out for myself, thought I’d share with the web community. The spell check in my Open Office writer program would not work – I even deleted my current version and installed the latest/greatest.  I was blaming it on Windows Vista (a regular scapegoat for me these days). It turns out that the Language settings for Australia are amiss.  If you are…

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