Tuesday, August 14, 2007

My kind of technology

The Globe and Mail covers some of the technology in use by Students for a Free Tibet during their Olympic campaign. Go Lhadon!

an excerpt from the article:

By using the internet to circumvent Chinese censors, the Students for a Free Tibet -- including three Canadians -- sent live cellphone videos of them rappelling down the Great Wall of China and unfurling a banner that read “One World, One Dream, Free Tibet 2008” back to New York using the internet software Skype.

The video was almost instantly posted onto YouTube, and just like that, they had an immediate and global audience for their cause.

“This type of activism -- allowing people to witness something spectacular, make them take notice and ask further questions -- it's an age-old tactic that activists use, but what's different now is that these tools allow groups like Students for a Free Tibet to get their message out rapidly and not through filters of mainstream media or government censors,” said Ron Deibert, a professor of political science at the University of Toronto.


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