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By on 13 Nov, 2012 | From the channel/s: E-tools

My mother is fond of saying the newspaper will take any print. The same can be said of the virtual world. Anyone can say pretty much anything and as long as it's said with some sort of authority, backed up by a few numbers, people will read it. Just to see...

By on 01 Nov, 2012 | From the channel/s: Diplomacy

Geza Jeszenszky, Hungary’s ambassador to Norway, has ticked off about 100 University teachers, students and researchers with text he used in a university text book which they think ‘stigmatises’ the Roma minority.

The textbook that is causing the 'uproar' was used at Budapest’s Corvinus University (BCE), but becasue of Jeszenszky’s posting in Oslo, the seminar has not been advertised for two years and the textbook is not available in bookstores.

By on 18 Oct, 2012 | From the channel/s: E-tools

When it comes to poor taste, 20-year-old Matthew Woods has plenty. This is the chap who posted offensive comments about missing five-year-old Welsh girl,April Jones, on his Facebook page. He pleaded guilty  under s.127 of the UK Communications Act 2003, which prohibits a person sending by means of a public electronic communications network a message or other matter that is grossly offensive or of an indecent, obscene or menacing character.

By on 11 Oct, 2012 | From the channel/s: Looking Sideways

I'm a 1960s child, which technically makes me part of the a 'Baby Boomer' generation. I know stuff about things and manage to get through life in my own peculiar, modestly successful fashion. One of my failings though is that I am not technically savvy. Plugs scare me. Touchscreens instill sheer terror  in me. And as for the blue screen of death ... enough said. 

By on 07 Sep, 2012 | From the channel/s: E-Diplomacy

As my number of friends on Facebook creeps towards an abitrary figure above which I have decided that the list would be unmanageable, I am at a loss to decide who to defriend. Will they notice? Will they be upset? Will they care? And then I see today's headlines in the Washington Post

By on 27 Aug, 2012 | From the channel/s: Internet Governance

Deborah Gordon is a biologist at Standford who has spent the last 20 years studying ants. Each to their own, I say. She pooled her lot with computer scientist Balaji Prabhakar (also at Standford) and the pair have revealed a connection between how harvester ants behave as they search for food and Internet protocol.

By on 24 Jul, 2012 | From the channel/s: E-tools

I've come to accept the place social media has in our twenty-first-century lives and although I bemoan the fact that real-life communication is being replaced by virtual communication, that real-life friendships are losing out to virtual friendships, and that the very nature of social media seems to have instilled in us all a need to share the most mundane details of our lives, I can see the benefits. The Arab Spring is a case in point. The Occupy movement is another.

By on 20 Jul, 2012 | From the channel/s: Internet Governance

You write something about me and post it on the web. I don't like it. I petition Google to take it down. I'm successful ... or I'm not. From June to December 2011, Hungary made 154 requests to remove content from the Web - and failed each time. Thailand, on the other hand, was successful in its appeal to have 149 YouTube videos censored because they offended the Thai king.

By on 07 Jul, 2012 | From the channel/s: Diplomacy

The political spectrum in Hungary has been providing lots of food for thought and discussion in recent weeks.Topics like Internet governance,  media censorship, anti-Semitism and europhobia are being tossed around in daily conversation. There's never a dull moment.

As the majority of these conversations take place in Hungarian, I, like many other expats, are totally dependent on English-language media or translated texts. It is hard work keeping abreast of what's going one and there is always the question of just how much has been lost or added in translation.

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