Eye To Eye: The Music Video Taking Over Pakistan’s Social Media

ISLAMABAD– A few days ago, local artist Taher Shah released a music video, which went viral on social media. It is worth mentioning here that despite the recent nationwide ban on YouTube, this video became viral and both #EyeToEye and Taher Shah were a top trending topic in Pakistan for »

#Standingman: The Meme for the Masses

Editor’s Note: This is a reblog of a post by tech writer David Banks at Cyborgology. It has been reprinted with their permission. It represents our ongoing coverage of the internet response to the protests in Turkey. For more on this topic, check out Arda İbikoğlu’s guest reblog on penguins and »

Penguins and Chapulling: Disproportionate Humor in the Turkey Protests

Editor’s Note: This is a reblog of a blog post by the Istanbul-based researcher Arda İbikoğlu originally titled Protest Humor: “Let’s use disproportionate intelligence!” İbikoğlu was generous enough to offer his permission to reblog it here. Sparked initially by a small group of activists resisting the construction of barracks in Istanbul’s Gezi Park, »

Thank you, TEDGlobal 2013. Let’s move it forward.

I had a terrific week this past week in Edinburgh as a speaker for TEDGlobal 2013. Imagine my surprise a few months ago when TED reached out and asked me to speak on the topic of Chinese internet culture. I was in Uganda at the time and pushed back, saying »

Red, Pink, and the Prop 8 Blues: the Overwhelming Online Support for Marriage Equality

WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA– After years of struggle in the battle for marriage equality, LGBT activists and supporters are all dressed up for their big day. The wedding whites will have to wait (for now) but gay marriage supporters are wearing red—at least on their Facebook profiles—to show support for the »

No Beard, No King!

AMSTERDAM — There’s a new king in town in nearly a century. Queen Beatrix, who took the throne for 33 years, has formally abdicated. She is now a 75-year-old princess, and Willem-Alexander, her son, is the new King. Argentina-born wife Maxima will be the new Queen. “Now that my oldest »

The (Un)Life of Pig: Shanghai River Filled with Pig Bodies

SHANGHAI– Thousands of pig carcasses, nearly 16,000 as of last count, have been found in Huangpu River, one of the many that supply Shanghai, the bustling, rising megacity and center of commerce for China. The body count, still rising, came from the upriver Jiaxing city, which supplies much of the »

We Have a Potato: Francis I, the First South American Pope

VATICAN CITY– With the sudden departure of Pope Benedict XVI from the papacy, the Catholic Church found itself without a leader.  Benedict was the first Pope to resign in six centuries, and he cited old age as the reason.  The Economist called it an “ecclesiastical earthquake“, while The Times cited the possibility that he resigned »

Debating the Dead Cow: Seeing Tanzanians Through Facebook

As a teenage boy from the Midwestern United States, I decided to do a semester abroad in Tanzania because I was looking for an adventure. After spending some time there, I found that the story that had been constructed for me was overly simplified – Tanzania was not Africa; it »

Kenyan Elections Get Rough… on Twitter

Editor’s Note: A portion of this article comes from Daniel Mwesigwa’s post with An Xiao over at TechPost Uganda. NAIROBI– Death. Destruction. Violence. Kenyans are rioting in the streets, looting shops, burning down buildings. Democracy is failing, and only the people are to blame. A man was seen with a machete and »