People power transforms the web in next online revolution. In July 2004, US cinema advertisements for Halo 2, the science fiction computer game, briefly carried the address for a website - ilovebees.com - which appeared to belong to a beekeeper who had mysteriously disappeared.
Her honey-based recipes had been replaced by an apparently random list of numbers. Over four months 600,000 people joined in solving the mystery of what the numbers meant. What unfolded was a striking display of 'We Think': structured, mass collaborative creativity and intelligence. People set up blogs and bulletin boards, websites and instant message groups. One 4,000-strong group, the Beekeepers, became the community's core, and discovered that the numbers were 210 sets of global positioning co-ordinates around the world and at each there was a public payphone. The game's designers at 42 Entertainment in Los Angeles set the players a series of complex tasks and on the final day started calling 1,000 payphones on the East Coast of America.
The Web Turns 20: Linked Data Gives People Power, Part 1 of 4. Editor's Note: The World Wide Web went live 20 years ago this month, on a single computer in Geneva, Switzerland.
For the anniversary, the Web's inventor, Tim Berners-Lee, has written an exclusive article for Scientific American. In it, he confronts various threats that could ruin the Web, and explains why preserving the basic principles that have allowed the Web to flourish is essential to preventing its destruction. While preparing the article, Berners-Lee also spoke to Scientific American about emerging Web capabilities that could change how the online and physical worlds work. This four-part series covers some of the most intriguing, including the power of linked data, social machines, free bandwidth to the masses and Web science.
Indeed, the Web is thriving—a recent cover story in Wired magazine to the contrary notwithstanding. Examples of the power of linked data arise daily. Linked data can also keep corporations honest. The People Power Revolution in the Philippines. The Power of Active Nonviolence and Truth Movements Author: Richard Deats B eginning with the assassination in l983 of the popular opposition leader Senator Benigno (Ninoy) Aquino, the movement against Marcos grew rapidly. Imprisoned for seven years by Marcos, Aquino had experienced a deep conversion in his concentrated study of the Bible and Gandhi. This led him to begin advocating a nonviolent revolution against dictatorship. His subsequent martyrdom fueled the determination of many Filipinos to continue in his radical nonviolent path. I felt a strong affinity with this emerging movement. Deats teaching in the Philippines at St Andrew’s Seminary 1971 They called their movement “people power,” demonstrating in an amazing way the power of active nonviolence, the power of truth and love.
Also a part of the IFOR and having lived and worked in the Philippines, I joined in this campaign. Ordinary people had done extraordinary things creating a contagion out of which movements had been born. Earth Hour. Looking back at the year of ‘people power’ The Emergence of People Power in a Young Democracy (Special Analysis) We’ve all heard the phrase that “perception is (a big part of) reality.”
Perception certainly informs our attitudes and beliefs, helping us to manage time, energy, and anxiety around a particular need or event. In Liberia, there seems to be a public perception that people in authority are not responsive to societal needs, and because there is a growing awareness that power and authority are indifferent, public protest is now perceived as a short route to achieving societal needs.
It is, for a lack of better words, seen as a poor man’s version of lobbying the government on public policy. Though unsettling, the nature of these protests needs deep reflection and an appropriate analysis. I believe that the current attitude or perception of the youth towards this regime should hint not to the darks days before the civil war or reactions to the brutality and warlordism of the civil war. Fortunately, the reactions from the president, so far, seem reflective and positive. Internet Website News: Latest.
Natalia Radzina of Charter97, a Belarusian news website whose criticism of the government is often censored, was attending an OSCE-organized conference in Vienna on the Internet and media freedom in February 2013 when she ran into someone she would rather not have seen: a member of the Operations and Analysis Centre, a Belarusian government unit that coordinates Internet surveillance and censorship.
It is entities like this, little known but often at the heart of surveillance and censorship systems in many countries, that Reporters Without Borders is spotlighting in this year's Enemies of the Internet report, which it is releasing, as usual, on World Day Against Cyber-Censorship (12 March). Identifying government units or agencies rather than entire governments as Enemies of the Internet allows us to draw attention to the schizophrenic attitude towards online freedoms that prevails in in some countries. Columns / B S Raghavan : Ringing in the era of people's power. Without any exaggeration, 2011 has indeed been a turning point, a cathartic experience, giving a foretaste of the invincible power people have for bringing about whatever change they want.
I have never in all my life known a turn of the year that has not been marked by a gloom-and-doom syndrome in the outpourings in the media. If you want evidence, go to the section in the Madras University Library keeping old dailies and pick up at random issues of 1948, 1949 or 1950 — whatever comes to hand. If you remove the allusions to contemporary names and read on, you will have the illusion that you are reading today's newspapers: The same alarm being sounded about things falling apart, the centre not being able to hold and mere anarchy and blood-dimmed tide being loosed upon the world — in the ready-to-order words from the poem The Second Coming, of William Butler Yeats.
It has been no different at the passing of 2011. Calm down, everybody. That's the future that is beckoning to us. It was M. We Are Power Shift. Learn about nonviolent conflict and civil resistance. 2011: The year of people power. TIME finally owns up to people power. It’s that TIME of the year again—ha!
—when TIME magazine announces the Person of the Year, a tradition generally meant to remind us which depressing white men in suits happen to rule the world. (U.S. presidents tend to receive it when elected. George W. Bush, for instance, won the distinction in both 2000 and 2004.) TIME’s editors made a slightly more whimsical choice this year, following in the pattern of non-election years like 2006 (“You”), 2003 (“The American Soldier”), 1998 (“The Endangered Earth”). As I first saw this announcement percolating on Twitter, being spread around proudly every which way by Occupy Wall Street-allied accounts, all I could think was: what took you so long? Where, I mean to say, was the American press when Tunisia—or Egypt—first started lighting up, when we at Waging Nonviolence were glued to Al Jazeera and our Twitter feeds, wishing we had the means to be there ourselves?
Now, at last, the news industry is starting to get it: real power is people power. Politics and the Power of the Web. According to research by Hanover Communications, the Labour backbench MP Tom Watson had a higher media profile in 2011 than every shadow minister, except for Ed Miliband and Ed Balls.
Even a few years ago, the idea that a mere backbencher would have a higher profile than, say, the shadow Foreign Secretary or Home Secretary, would have seemed bizarre. Today it is a fact. Why? Many will put it down to the phone hacking scandal, in which Watson had a starring role exposing wrong-doing, and think no more of it. But I suspect something more is happening. One clue lies in the fact that Watson is an ex-blogger, and a prolific tweeter. On the Tory side, too, many backbenchers have a far higher media profile than many ministers. And what do many of the most high profile backbenchers have in common? Several years ago, after reading Chris Anderson's The Long Tail, I realised that I'd have to start blogging. The internet is democratising communication. Today MPs can get their views out there directly. Some Real Issues for 2012.
The presidential election may be grabbing headlines, but the true rallying cry for 2012 is to struggle and organize around those issues that a president might take seriously, to stake out positions that would benefit what used to be called the working class (and now goes by “the 99 percent”) and to garner enough political will and power to pressure the president and Congress to move resolutely on the issues that matter.
Tall order, and one that’s of more than passing interest to those who think of themselves as part of the food movement. Or the environmental movement. Or the Occupy movement, or the foreclosed homeowners movement, or the indebted students movement, or the unemployment movement, or pretty much any movement you can name that implicitly or explicitly acknowledges that there is a class war in this country, one that the wrong side is winning. It doesn’t matter what you call the movements, or the people behind them. Whatever. Why? And here's to the year of people power. Cartoon: Cathy Wilcox.
THE death on January 4 from self-immolation of Tunisian street vendor Mohamed Bouazizi triggered a tumultuous year of revolution in North Africa and the Middle East. The 26-year-old Bouazizi's suicide, a protest against corruption and despotism, was a tragic start to a year that will be remembered for a resurfacing of people power. The awful regimes of Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and Yemen were swept from power and Syria's leader is under siege from his own people, his Arab allies and major powers, including the US.
There have been protests in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia; Jordan's king has acknowledged a need for democratic change, appeasing protesters; and there are high hopes a victory for moderates in Morocco's recent election will pave the way for a fairer future. The campaign for democracy has been bloody and well short of universally successful. Advertisement Time magazine has called ''the protester'' the person of the year and it's a fitting plaudit. People power comes to Russia. Opposition protest rallies across Russia Dozens arrested across Russia as opposition party calls for mass rallies around the country. 11, 2011 VLADIMIR PUTIN'S return to the Kremlin as president next year may not be the smooth limousine ride he expects, judging from growing protests across Russia against the way his ruling party hijacked recent parliamentary elections.
Significantly, the people coming onto the streets are not opposition regulars but ordinary citizens who have never demonstrated before. ''Our patience has snapped,'' said Yaroslav Rogozin, an engineer who joined a peaceful gathering of more than 30,000 people at Bolotnaya Square in Moscow on Saturday, the biggest protest in the capital for 20 years. ''I didn't vote for United Russia [the pro-Putin party], neither did any of my friends or relatives or anyone I know, so I don't see how they can say the party won 50 per cent.''
Advertisement First-time demonstrator Viktor Sokolov, a financier, complained about corruption. People Power of Santa Cruz County - News - People Power Launches New Website Services. Follow us on Twitter, Google Plus, and Facebook Published Friday, December 9, 2011 People Power launched a redesigned and improved website at www.peoplepowersc.org to provide new services to its members and community. The new website allows People Power members and the public to stay aware and informed of current issues related to transportation, the environment, and sustainability. You can follow us on Twitter at @PeoplePowerSC,+1 a page using Google Plus, or Like us on Facebook. Under News you can browse articles from as far back as 2005, download back issues of our periodic newsletter Update, read about People Power in the media, and stay on top of the latest Action Alerts.
Under Donate, you can make a donation online, become a member or renew your membership, or shop for People Power items in our Store. Behind the scenes, People Power staff can now update the website content without any knowledge more than how to use a web browser. Sustainability News. What are the prospects for sustaining high-quality groundwater? Intensive agriculture practices developed during the past century have helped improve food security for many people but have also added to nitrate pollution in surface and groundwaters.
New research has looked at water quality measurement over the last 140 years to track this problem in the Thames River basin. The NERC-funded study, led by the University of Bristol's Department of Civil Engineering, has looked at nitrate transport from agricultural land to water in the Thames basin. The team used a simple model to estimate the amount of nitrate able to leach from soils to the groundwater based on land use practices along with an algorithm that determined the route nitrate would take to reach surface or groundwater from agricultural areas. The study found that nitrate concentrations in the Thames rose significantly during and after World War II to about double their previous level, then increased again in the early 1970s. Agro-ecology methods are key to food security. Agro-ecological farming methods, not industrial-scale agriculture will be needed to ensure food security and protect food supplies from the impacts of climate change, argues Olivier De Schutter, UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food.
He challenges the widely held view that food production needs to be scaled up to feed a growing population, saying that such a strategy overlooks climate change as well as how food is produced, by whom and for whom. Agro-ecology attracted interest during negotiations at the COP 17 climate change conference in Durban, South Africa, says De Schutter, and provides an opportunity to tie together the food security and climate change agendas.
The seriousness of food crises "is needed to re-inject urgency into climate talks", and an awareness of climate change can keep food security discourse on the right track. Climate change is already affecting the global food supply, creating food shortages and famine. Link to full article in The Ecologist. Durban talks: how Connie Hedegaard got countries to agree on climate deal. Connie Hedegaard, the EU's climate chief, has been hailed the hero of the Durban meeting that reached an unexpectedly solid outcome in the early hours of Sunday . "She is very, very good and we are very lucky to have her," says Chris Huhne, the UK energy and climate change secretary. "She held everything together in a very impressive manner – a class act.
" Hedegaard, below, once the youngest person elected to the Danish parliament, was the architect of the EU plan to gather developed and developing economies together for the first time in a legally binding agreement to cut greenhouse gas emissions. A deal was struck that met nearly all of the EU's aims, satisfied most developing countries and even brought the US on board. In doing so, Hedegaard saved the UN process of negotiations, which without a deal at Durban would have fallen apart. "You could hear the shifting of tectonic plates," said one diplomat. Key to her success was the hardline attitude Hedegaard adopted.
Which nations are really responsible for climate change - interactive map. Uld the desert sun power the world? Electrification of everything.