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#Stop114A

While most Malaysians continue to surf the Internet and continue their daily lives glued onto social media platforms, a new law is operational and jeopardizing Malaysian Internet freedom.

Stop114A is about putting a halt to the recent amendment to the Evidence Act, Section 114(a) – which is the second of two amendments made to the Evidence Act. Section 114(a) holds one accountable of publishing seditious and defamatory content online even if it happens without their knowledge. If the content is published using your online accounts, your wifi network, on your website (as a comment), or even if you were hacked, you will be charged in court and considered guilty unless proven otherwise.

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Are we doing enough to stop piracy?

Just a couple of days ago, my university hosted an event to curb piracy aiming to educate students on the consequences of piracy. Students witnessed a discussion on Protecting Intellectual Property by four notable people from the enforcement and industry (Apologies for not taking down their names). Students were also allowed to engage in this discussion by asking questions which were later answered by the panel. I live tweeted part of the event on my tweethandle with the hashtag #stoppiracy, and shall leave my opinions on it for the rest of this blog post.

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Get Quake Updates from Japanese PM via Twitter

The Japanese Prime Minister’s Office has set up an English-language Twitter account to update the Twitterverse (and the rest of the world) on the aftermath of the Earthquake and Tsunami in Japan.

The account named @JPN_PMO was started on Wednesday and shall be tweeting translations of @Kantei_Saigai which is the Japanese version of the account and was started after the quake hit Japan.

Japan PM on Twitter

Japan is still coping up with the disaster and also a possible nuclear meltdown at the Fukushima Power Plant. However, much credit has been given to the calmness and strength of the Japanese people who are setting a great example to the rest of the world.

The english version of its Twitter account is certainly a great way for the world to stay connected with the events happening in Japan and to also avoid false rumours which easily speculate over Twitter and the Internet. Social media in general too has been a vital tool for the Japanese to get in touch with their loved ones and in providing information and news about the situation there.

Our prayers are with Japan and hope they will come out of this disaster as a strong nation we have always known as.

#prayforjapan

The world came to a standstill yesterday as shocking news on the earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan left many people devastated. Japan was hit by a 8.9 magnitude earthquake which was followed by a 10 metre high tsunami wave (the worst to hit Japan in more than 100 years) and the social media world was left abuzz.

Victims have reached out to the world via Twitter and Facebook as well as Mixi – which is Japan’s very own social networking site since cellphone services are not as reliable as they used to be thanks to the damage left by the earthquake and tsunami. The rest of the world are getting all the news and updates on Twitter, Facebook and live blogs.

After shocks are still hitting Japan and Tsunami has traveled as far as Indonesia, Philipines and Hawaii. Fortunately, the waves have not left a huge damage to these countries. Tsunami warnings were released to at least 30 countries yesterday when the Tsunami first hit Japan. Oil refineries in Japan were on fire and nuclear power plants are emmiting radiation and have been shut down.

Here is a compilation of Social Media sites and live blogs where you can get news and updates on the Japan earthquake and tsunami:

Twitter: #prayforjapan, #Japan#Tsunami, #JPQuake, #JapanQuake, Save Japan, Text REDCROSS

Facebook: Japan EarthquakeSolidarity with the victims of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan 2011

YouTube: Japan Tsunami

Google: Google Crisis Respond, Japan Person Finder

CNN: CNN Live Blog

BBC: BBC Live Blog

Al Jazeera: Al Jazeera Live Blog

My condolences to the victims of the Japanese Earthquake and Tsunami. May everyone be safe and hopefully everything gets back to normal.

Google Person Finder Helps Victims of NZ Earthquake

Google has launched a Person Finder to help victims of the Christchurch earthquake at New Zealand to reconnect with missing family and friends.

This great initiative by Google allows users to search for loved ones in a user database by entering their name. If no match is found, they can leave a message for them which would be delivered when they are found. Users can also leave information about themselves or others together with messages for their loved ones to find them.

Person Finder

This is indeed great stuff by Google who do show their interest in current happenings around the globe. May the victims of the New Zealand earthquake be safe.

Stop texting while walking!

We have always been told not to text while walking around public places due to the rudeness of the act. Well, now we have also learned how harmful it is to oneself.

This girl in the video below was texting while walking in Berkshire Mall and ended up falling face first into the fountain. Watch it, laugh out loud and hopefully you will learn something from it too.