Via The Guardian
China has more internet users that the entire population of the United States, according to new research by the government-sanctioned China Internet Network Information Center.
The study says that at the end of June there were 338m internet users in China, a 13.4% jump since the end of 2008, and well ahead of the official US population, put at 307m by the US Census Bureau.
But, according to the story, penetration is still relatively low, with China at just over 25 percent and the US at 70 percent.
Closed doors in Yemen, but not just in the streets / Photo: eesti, flickr
In its latest push against press freedom in the country, Yemen held the first press court session over the weekend. According to the Yemen Times, Sami Ghalib, editor-in-chief of the paper Al-Nida has the dubious distiction of being the first journalist taken to the dock, accused of “insult and humiliation,” which is Orwellian-speak for exposing corruption in a government ministry.
But lack of press freedom isn’t the only issue Yemen is facing. This week were highlighting what ails the Arabian Peninsula country and what can be done.
Counter-Strike, photo: dragon2309/flickr
Ten years ago, during the summer of 1999, a piece of software was distributed over the internet to the still small but quickly growing community of online gamers. Counter-Strike, developed by a team of private individuals by ‘modding’ the game Half Life, soon became a mass phenomenon that has fascinated the gaming community and haunted family politicians and authorities ever since.
In Counter-Strike two teams go head-to-head and try to prevent each other from reaching set objectives by killing each other with an arsenal of contemporary military hardware. Back in 1999 that didn’t rise many eyebrows. Neither did the fact that the teams battling it out were terrorists and anti-terrorists and the objective of the ‘terrors’ was to either protect a bunch of hostages from being liberated or to blow up stuff like power plants with a bomb. The terrorists came in various uniforms and fictional groups that had such funky names as ‘Phoenix Connection’ or ‘Elite Crew’ ‘1337 Crew’.* One of the player models showed a man of Middle Eastern decent with Gaddafi-style sunglasses.
If you have ever asked yourself one of the following questions, August 1st will bring you answers:
- 1. How can sustainable development be achieved for all while addressing global climate change?
- 2. How can everyone have sufficient clean water without conflict?
- 3. How can population growth and resources be brought into balance?
- 4. How can genuine democracy emerge from authoritarian regimes?
- 5. How can policymaking be made more sensitive to global long-term perspectives?
Futurism, photo: Adam Kang/flickr