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The DigiActive Guide to Twitter for Activism

The DigiActive Guide to Twitter for Activism provides a wealth of information on Twitter activism. The guide begins with an introduction to the platform and its terminology and then lays out five uses of Twitter for activists, each illustrated by a case study. It then presents a step-by-step strategy for using Twitter for political and social change along with a list of do’s and don’ts for campaigners. It ends with additional resources for Twitterers, such as applications that help you use Twitter, further reading, and even alternatives to Twitter.

Telecoms Operators Sign African Undersea Cable

Telkom has announced that a consortium of telecoms operators have signed a deal that will pave the way for the laying of South Africa's undersea cable around West Africa to Europe.

In a press statement, Telkom points out that the US$600 million West Africa Cable System will boost broadband capacity and could cut comparatively high Internet tariffs in Africa's biggest economy.

The company states that the 14 000 kilometre long cable system will be supplied by Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks and is expected to be completed by 2011.

Cybersquatting Hits Record High – WIPO

The United Nations’ World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) says it received last year a record number of complaints on cybersquatting - or abusive registration of trademarks on the Internet.

WIPO deputy director general, Francis Gurry, points out that, "Cybersquatting remains a serious issue for trademark holders."

The organisation states that in 2008, 2 329 cybersquatting cases more were brought to it for arbitration and mediation centre, up eight percent from 2007.

Concerns Over Snooping on the Internet

Tim Berners-Lee, one of the founders of the World Wide Web, has expressed concern about the emergence of user profiling on the Internet and "snooping."

Speaking at an event to mark the 20th anniversary of the first proposal to create the web, Berners-Lee argued that, "The fact that when information travels across the web it isn't interfered with, snooped or molested, is very important."

Top US Newspaper Websites Named

Harvard University's Nieman Journalism Lab has published a list of the top 15 American newspaper websites in 2008.

According to Nielsen Online, which was the source for all data, the sites were ranked by average monthly unique visitors.

The study showed an average rise of 12.1 percent in the number of users visiting the newspapers' websites.

SANGONeT NGO Engagement - Durban

The Southern African NGO Network (SANGONeT) will host a one-day NGO Engagement on Monday , 09 March 2009, at the Diakonia Centre in Durban.

The event will be used to present NGOs in the Western Cape with a detailed overview of SANGONeT's various information and ICT services, including NGO Pulse, SANGOTeCH, Prodder Directory and our various civil society events.

The main objectives of this event will be to highlight how NGOs could benefit from SANGONeT's services, as well as to generate feedback from NGOs about their information and ICT requirements.

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