Thursday, October 27, 2011

#Occupy Asia

The Chinese Government is applying the brakes to microbloggers and other internetters - they don't welcome any #Occupy or #ArabSpring movements sweeping across the country. (More below***)

#Occupy is spreading throughout Southeast Asia. Inspired by the global movement, assemblies were organized this month in Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, and Singapore (where it FIZZLED!).

Around 75 people joined in an “Occupy Islamabad” rally Wednesday in the Pakistani capital- they marched up to the building of the World Bank in Islamabad.
FYI ::: At 1pm Friday, The #OWS crowd in New York City is planning a meet-up at Bryant Park (6th Ave. & 42nd St.), followed by a march to [+Link: MAP] Bank of America headquarters, Morgan Stanley headquarters, Wells Fargo headquarters, Citigroup headquarters, JP Morgan Chase headquarters. The marchers promise to deliver over 6,000 letters to the 1% submitted to, concluding with a general assembly at which a foreclosure victim from Southeast Queens will read a letter through the people’s mic inviting Jamie Dimon to tour her neighborhood.
***The New York Times reports that "The restrictions arrived as party leaders signaled new curbs on China’s short-message, Twitter-like microblogs, an Internet sensation that has mushroomed in less than two years into a major — and difficult to control — source of whistle-blowing. Microbloggers, some of whom have attracted millions of followers, have been exposing scandals and official malfeasance, including an attempted cover-up of a recent high-speed rail accident, with astonishing speed."

[+link: China Reins in Liberalization of Culture] "Industry insiders say the principal weibo (pronounced way-bwah) regulators, based in Beijing and the Shenzhen Communist Party Internet offices, have been assailed by government leaders elsewhere for allowing the scandals to spread online unchecked."

[+link: Warning to Twitter Influencers Fails to Discourage Voters]The mayoral race in Seoul is a significant event in the South Korean political landscape and the candidates are often viewed as possible presidential candidates. Among many elements affecting the campaign, Twitter has once again played a major role in the voting result.

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