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Blogspots betray proof of Naxal ambitions

May 25, 2007

Originally posted by Bhumkal

Linke via Resistanceindia

Blogspots betray proof of Naxal ambitions

NAGPUR:Naxalites, who have their presence in more than half of the Indian states are now trying to go global, with the modern-day facility of Internet blogging. It is now out in the open that the Naxalites, or in the recent times the Maoists, have created a flood of the blogspots and Internet user groups to promote their ideology as well as to defame the Government.

Blogging, which has provided a new means of expressing oneself on the internet so that others may read it, has attracted the attention of the Maoists also. Many top websites provide the space for blogspots as well as host the Internet user groups under various categories.

The Maoists have started making full utilisation of these facilities. Even if one types the word Maoist in any search engine, the results display a number of blogspots and user group addresses. Notably, a most popular and controversial user group has several communities titled after some keywords like “Maoist movement”,” Naxalite movement”, “Resistance”, “Naxal revolution”, etc. The links to blogspots also open from these communities.

Interestingly, though the owners of these communities have given their names, possibility is that they might be fake. There are communities that are owned by Bhagat Singh and The Chairman. These communities have ?forum? to discuss various current subjects. Besides, they conduct regular polls on various topics. The introduction of these communities clearly state that they have been formed to promote and discuss Maoism and Naxalism, and to further the ?movement? or ?revolution?.

Some of the pro-Maoist Internet user groups also display newspaper cuttings, poems on the latest happenings at Nandigram, and some even have the videos. Notably, though the members of a single community or user group seem to be just around 200, the combined membership may well account for an unthinkable number. Naxalite movement, Resistance, Naxal revolution, etc. The links to blogspots also open from these communities.

Global presence: An Internet user group has a map of the Maoist spread across the globe. The map shows the highest density of Maoists in North America, Europe including the United Kingdom, and India. The map highlights the presence of Maoists in African continent, Australia, South America, and the other parts of Asia including Pakistan. This clearly sends the message that in addition to terrorism, Maoism is trying to spread its network across the world.

Hind vada


Pro-Maoist blogger threatened

April 2, 2007

Nepali Blogger Threatened

Umesh Shrestha, the blogger behind hugely popular, has been threatened of ‘action within 24 hours if he publishes anything that directly or indirectly supports Maoists ’.

An email with subject line reading ‘last information’ by Maoists Defense Group, an anti-Maoist group not known so far, has threatened him.

From: Maoist Defense Group
Date: 02-Mar-2007 15:13
Subject: आन्तिम जानकारी
उमेश जी,
माओबादीलाई प्रत्यक्ष वा अप्रत्यक्ष रुप सहयोग वा हौसला वा आतन्कारी समुहलाई सहयोग पुग्ने कुनै पनि कुनै पनि समचार आजैका दिन देखी Post नगर्नको लागी तपाईलाई आन्तिम जानकारी गराइन्छ! यो मेल लाई कुनै Junk Mail वा फर्जी Mail को रुपमा लिएर नियम उलङ्घन गरेमा त्यसको कार्बाही २४ घन्टा भित्रमा देख्न पाउनु हुनेछ!

प्रचार बिभाग सचिब
प्रतिका(बिदेश बिभाग)

यो सङठनको बिस्तार १२ वटा देशमा भैसकेको,५९ सदस्य केन्द्रिय कमिटि रहेको र केन्द्रिय कार्यालय चितवनमा रहेको र माओबादी बिरुधको पहिलो चरणको कर्बाही १-३ चैत्रमा गरिने जानकारी गराइन्छ!

Naxalrevolution along with other pro-maoist bloggers based in
India strongly condemns the threat and extends its full support and
solidarity to Pro maoist bloggers in nepal.

The world is listening. Are you talking? Global: Now Spelt Blogal

December 29, 2006

The world is listening. Are you talking?

Global: Now Spelt Blogal

There’s a radical shift underway in how information is exchanged, says Shivam Vij after a recent international blogger summit

Something really big is starting to happen,” geek extraordinaire Ethan Zuckerman told a meeting of international bloggers at Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society in 2004. “What I’m really curious about is whether we’ll find ourselves becoming a movement.” Two years later, that was no longer in question, as Zuckerman’s Global Voices (GV) — co-founded with former cnn correspondent Rebecca McKinnon — held its second annual summit at Delhi’s India Habitat Centre last week. The issue now, as participants agreed, was not whether blogging is a movement, but how they are to take the blogosphere’s trans-continental conversations forward, far enough to dent the mainstream media’s predominantly Western coverage of events. At one point during the conference, Bala Pitchandi from New Jersey asked via webcast what GV’s long-term goals were. “Total world domination,” replied Zuckerman, as laughter lit up the room.

The important role that bloggers could play within and without the newsroom became clear for the first time in 2003, when an architect in Iraq who called himself Salam Pax started blogging the Second Gulf War. Ever since, the international media has often turned to bloggers in conflict zones to bring local perspective to their coverage. For GV, this has been central to its project — prominent bloggers from around the globe are roped in as regional editors who would write posts linking to blogs, explaining the context they were written in, thus making local issues accessible to a global audience. “The nature of conversation in the blogosphere tends to be insular,” says Neha Viswanathan, GV’s South Asia editor. “Bloggers in a country tend to speak only to each other. We add the context to posts and offer them to a global audience.”

The aim is to provide media spaces that bypass State controls to get citizens across the world to speak for themselves

However, GV is more than a bloggers’ community. With free speech at the core of its manifesto, it aims to provide media alternatives that bypass government controls to get citizens across the world to speak for themselves. Contrasted with mainstream media practice, GV’s approach to information sharing, for instance, encourages people to ask why a particular story is not picked up by its editors. When questions were raised, at the summit in Delhi, about biases and information imbalances within GV’s coverage, Trinidadian blogger Georgia Popplewell, a GV co-managing editor, gave the example of a Cuban who wrote in to say GV wasn’t covering his country well. To correct the shortcoming, Popplewell hired that blogger as Cuba editor.

The stories GV covers come overwhelmingly from the developing world, ignoring almost all of Western Europe and North America. (GV has been anxious to not be seen as an American site — which is partly the reason for its registering in the Netherlands.) For journalists, it is a mine of contacts and story ideas; mainstream media too often turns to it for help with on-the-ground reportage. During April’s revolution in Nepal, bbc World picked up GV’s Nepal contributor, Parmendra, for a chat. Israel’s bombing of Lebanon and the Mumbai train blasts were two big events on which GV provided dedicated feeds to Reuters, one of its sponsors. Along with foundations like MacArthur and the Dutch NGO Hivos, Reuters also funds GV because it realises that the proliferation of individual voices on the Internet has influenced the way information is exchanged.

However, despite its democratic emphasis, issues of access persist — in every country, computer usage remains confined to the elite. How do we hear what farmers in India or street kids in Vietnam have to say? Further, while English is the dominant medium on the Web, it is not what most of the world talks in. GV is trying to expand its linguistic frontiers — it already has a Chinese version, and there are a handful of editors who read posts in other languages and discuss them in English. Oddly, however, when the issue came up at the conference, of all the Indians in the room, not one was willing to be a GV Hindi editor.

There was also some brainstorming during the summit on using software like tor to bypass Internet censorship and what GV could do for bloggers who find themselves under government suppression. “In Arabian blogospheres, human rights, free speech and democracy are topics of constant discussion,” says Amira Al Hussaini, Middle East and North Africa editor. “With strong media censorship, online self-publishing becomes an important outlet”.

“The world is talking,” goes GV’s tagline, “Are you listening?” For the innumerable conversations that GV fosters every day, Zuckerman could as well say: the world is listening, are you talking?


How to blog anonymously – Handbook for bloggers and Cyber-dissidents

December 22, 2006

On this blog we don’t blog anonymously
simply because this blog does not carry any material
which is against the law of the land and
neither do we encourage people to engage in activities
that may be deemed illegal by the constitution of India.
This blog only publishes news reports from the mainstream media,
academic sources and personal reports of individuals for
educational and informational purposes.

At any time if you find any content objectionable and provide
valid reasons to justify it’s removal then we will always do so,
all you got to do is drop us an email.

However if you have sensitive information or a radical viewpoint
which you need to disclose to the world but you think that
doing so might compromise your safety ?


Reporters without borders has the right book for you

Bloggers, the new heralds of free expression
What’s a blog ?
The language of blogging
Choosing the best tool
How to set up and run a blog
What ethics should bloggers have ?
Getting your blog picked up by search-engines
What really makes a blog shine ?
Personal accounts:
Hong Kong
How to blog anonymously
Technical ways to get around censorship
Ensuring your e-mail is truly private
Internet-censor world championship

Download this handbook to take printouts below

Website Reporters Without Borders

There is also another handbook by
Electronic Frontier Foundation
How to Blog Safely (About Work or Anything Else)

Let’s hope some of you will find these resources useful
and will make use of them.

Once you have a blog drop in a mail or a comment on this blog
and we will post a link to your blog if we think it deserves to reach
a wider audience.


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