Saturday, March 15, 2008

Virtual Protests

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) set up virtual versions of nine real places where protesting is usually outlawed and invited people from all over the world to join in protesting Web censorship this past Thursday.

Virtual areas included China's Tiananmen Square and Kim Il-Sung Square in North Korea. The RSF noted that at least 62 cyber-dissidents are in jail around the world and over 2500 sites, blogs, and forums were closed or blocked last year alone.

The demonstrations lasted for 24 hours and attracted thousands. Users were encouraged to create avatars and banners and participate in one of the virtual demonstrations in nine countries.

The event is set to take place annually on the 12th of March.

© C Harris Lynn, 2008

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