'Occupy' Now a Banned Search Term in China - Technology. A good rule of thumb for life is that if the Chinese government is against it, you're probably doing something right.
The latest evidence to support this axiom is the Occupy Wall Street movement, which has spread from lower Manhattan to cities around the globe, including London, Auckland, Toronto, and Rome, among many others. Terrified by OWS' viral growth, the oppressive regime controlling China is taking measures to ensure the protests don't happen there. And it's starting with the internet. According to UC Berkeley publication China Digital Times, Sina Weibo, China's hyper-popular microblogging site, is now banning any and all search keywords that could theoretically be associated with OWS. "A long list of banned keywords on Sina Weibo’s search function has been uncovered and tested by the CDT team yesterday," writes Sandra Hernandez. Photo via (cc) Flickr user getdarwin. Is Occupy Wall Street the Tumblr Revolution? - Technology. Iran’s Green Movement was hailed as the Twitter Revolution.
Egypt’s uprising was branded the Facebook Revolution. Will we remember Occupy Wall Street as the Tumblr Revolution? Pundits have tended to fawn over the tools of any movement, rather than the people using them, but the explosion of grassroots protests across the world is indisputably linked to the rise of social technology. Every recent mass street movement has been planned, accelerated, or magnified by online activists. Tumblr, the mixed-media microblogging platform, has a tiny user base compared to Facebook and Twitter, yet it has emerged as the defining protest tool of Occupy Wall Street, uniting disaffected Americans through a series of handwritten signs telling tales of woe.
The Tumblr-Occupy Wall Street link began with We Are the 99 Percent. Prior to Occupy Wall Street, Tumblr was known mostly for cleverly curated photo sets, including Kim Jong-Il looking at Things, Unhappy Hipsters, and Hungover Owls. Occupy Wall Street: What Businesses Need to Know - Hari Bapuji and Suhaib Riaz. By Hari Bapuji and Suhaib Riaz | 8:27 AM October 14, 2011 With the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations spreading from New York to other U.S. cities this week, business leaders beyond the stock exchanges are wondering what exactly is going on: Is this truly the American version of the Arab spring?
What do the demonstrators want? What outcome can be expected? Should businesses respond to the Wall Street protests, and if so, how? While some of the organizers see their movement as being connected to the uprisings in the Middle East, Occupy Wall Street is less an explosion of rage against an authoritarian and oppressive government than an expression of frustration that a democratic economic system isn’t living up to its potential. In that respect, Occupy Wall Street has a lot more in common with India’s anti-corruption movement than with the Arab spring.
So if Occupy Wall Street is leaderless and unfocused, why isn’t it going away? One Country, Two Revolutions. Why?
Because, to paraphrase the Columbia University economist Jagdish Bhagwati, Wall Street, which was originally designed to finance “creative destruction” (the creation of new industries and products to replace old ones), fell into the habit in the last decade of financing too much “destructive creation” (inventing leveraged financial products with no more societal value than betting on whether Lindy’s sold more cheesecake than strudel). When those products blew up, they almost took the whole economy with them. Marc Benioff Wants To #OccupyTheEnterprise.