When Ariel Barbosa started working with the Internet, hardly anyone in Colombia had heard of it. “We offered email service when no one [else] did this,” he said. “We were also one of the first website providers in the country.” Barbosa, a friendly and pensive man, pauses for a moment; everything sounds so far away. Unlike commercial providers, Colnodo didn't want to earn money with those services. From the beginning, the NGO co-founded by Barbosa in 1994 has tried to show how technology can have a positive impact on society and how people can make use of it to improve their lives and their communities. As participants in civil society, Barbosa and his colleagues want to help civil society to use new technologies, and to help others connect and improve their communication. Colnodo’s office, in a two-story brick house with a small courtyard, is located in a pleasant neighborhood in central Bogotá. The office interior reflects the nature of the … [Read more...] about Fighting for a fairer Internet
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Sitting in Downing Street, a carefully placed union flag draped in the background, Theresa May signed article 50, beginning the process of officially leaving the European Union. With a £400, one-of-a-kind Parker pen, and under the gaze of Britain’s greatest politician – Sir Robert Walpole – the prime minister posed for an image beamed out to the world’s media. A brief piece of daytime theatre, designed to assure the public that not only would things be fine, but that this would be a return to a bygone age of imperial Britain. May and her team certainly set this up deliberately. Precise control is important to them. She’s considered to be a safe, sensible pair of hands, expected to facilitate a smooth transition. Which might be achievable, if it weren’t for empowered ideologues both in the cabinet and in the rightwing media. As a result, May’s attempts to present herself as a straight-down-the-line prime minister have already been … [Read more...] about May’s EU security threats won’t work. But they are still destructive
A MAGICIAN has been baffling the internet with an incredible video he has created of him “flying on a broom” like Harry Potter. Zach King, 29, from California, has racked up 2.1billion views for the spell-binding trick which appeared to show him hovering without any strings. Zach, who has 28.2 million TikTok followers and 5.14 million YouTube subscribers, uploaded the video just days ago, and it has been a hit online. He wrote as the caption: “They rejected my application to Hogwarts but I still found a way to be a wizard.” The magician can be seen dressed in the famous red and gold Gryffindor robes zooming round a cul-de-sac seemingly without a harness. But how did he do it? View this post on Instagram They rejected my application to Hogwarts but I still found a way to be a wizard.🧹✨ #illusion #magic #harrypotter A post shared by Zach King (@zachking) on Dec 9, 2019 at 10:19am PST Zach reveals the “magic” … [Read more...] about Magician stuns the internet with video of him ‘FLYING on a broom’ like Harry Potter… but can you work out how he’s done it?
The #MeToo movement has had repercussions in numerous industries, and journalism is no exception. This week a group of female reporters in Brazil launched the hashtag #DeixaElaTrabalhar ("Let her work") on social networks to denounce cases of harassment, disrespect and violence that they have suffered while simply carrying out their job: sports journalism. The English hashtag #LetHerWork has now also been launched in solidarity. The campaign began with a video in which presenters, advisors and journalists spoke out about the violence and harassment they had suffered at work, and demanded respect from both the public and colleagues. The video was first shown on Sunday at a football match at Rio de Janeiro's Maracana Stadium — to an audience of 79,000 spectators. It has meanwhile gone viral on social media. Read more: The news media has a woman problem Journalist Bruna Dealtry was harassed by a fan on camera 'It happened to me' Journalist Bruna Dealtry of … [Read more...] about Brazilian sports journalists denounce harassment at work
Tony McAleer has a word for people who have left violent extremist movements. He calls them “formers”. McAleer is a former himself. In the 1980s, he was deeply involved in the neo-Nazi group White Aryan Resistance and was involved in anti-immigrant activism, Holocaust denial and street violence. In the 1990s, he attracted increasing notoriety through a series of publicity stunts and by running a white supremacist phone line. And for the past 20 years, he has undergone the long, sometimes painful process of leaving it all behind. He sees the pathway from “current” to “former” as a difficult and lonely one, laden with snares. It is one that he and his colleagues at Life After Hate – all of whom are former extremists – try their best to help shepherd others along. The group, which is a virtual organization with a network of members throughout North America, collaborates on research into deradicalization and runs a support network for those … [Read more...] about Life after white supremacy: the former neo-fascist now working to fight hate