A to Z of Web 2.0 for Social Change: K

K for Kiva.org: From their Website: Kiva.org (www.kiva.org) is the world’s first person-to-person micro-lending website, empowering individuals to lend directly to an entrepreneur in the developing world. Founded in 2005 by Matt and Jessica Flannery, Kiva.org’s mission is to connect people, through lending, to alleviate poverty. Kiva.org currently connects lenders in more than 70 countries […]

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Google doesn’t allow Chrome browser in Syria?

I read in Joshua Landis’s Syria Comment today that “Google has blocked the use of its new web-browser, “Chrome”, in Syria.” A tiny bit more searching brought me to Global Voices and a link to a post from Yaser Sadeq in Syria, who tried to download the browser and got an error message, but then […]

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Gmail Speaks Arabic!

Remember when we used to copy and then paste Arabic paragraphs while chatting on the internet? Those days are long gone. Google just launched an inbuilt Gmail Chat application that fully supports instant messaging in Arabic. In addition to the introduction of chat, Arab users will see some other changes. Because Arabic language speakers may […]

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Defending Free Speech in the Arab World, and Around the World

Last month I attended a meeting of Arab bloggers, sponsored by the German Heinrich Böll Foundation, at Zico House in Beirut. Listening to them I was struck by the notion that these individuals—empowered blogs and other social media tools and the undammable information streams that flow on the Internet—are evolving into defenders of the freedom […]

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