Eighth continent

About the different ways people behave online around the world. Is the internet the 8th continent where everyone who is online is a citizen in a common space? Or is the internet an island chain of different practices, closed language communities and isolated networks?
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Great Firewall of China - test: is your site blocked in China?

Futureproofing your biz: check if your site passes through the great firewall of China

Reaction in Pakistan to the social media meme in support of Pride and gay marriage. As individuals add rainbow colours to their social media profiles, some get in trouble in Pakistan. Guardian newspaper report, June 2015 http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/jul/01/pakistan-gets-flustered-over-facebooks-gay-rights-meme

Pakistan gets flustered over Facebook's gay rights meme

A giant rainbow flag is reflected on a reveler's sunglasses during the Gay Pride Parade in Medellin, Colombia© 2015 AFP

British wink, French love-txt and Canadians share happy poo. How culture affects use of emojis in texting.

What your country’s emoji use says about you

I do not want your stupid app I will not use this siloed crap. I do not like them, Sam-I-am. I do not want this mobile spam!

Which national authorities are most often requesting citizens' data from Facebook? http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/nov/05/germany-tops-table-facebook-data-requests

Germany tops table of Facebook data requests

But in private, the country made more requests per capita for user data than any other. By Alex Hern and Ami Sedghi

Iran's state-approved alternative to YouTube

Iran launches web video channel

Iran's state-approved alternative to YouTube