Digital Revolution

A series of occasional articles about high technology's impact on politics, culture and society throughout the world.


Former Philippine First Lady Imelda Marcos in Manila
Celebrities worldwide, from former Philippine first lady Imelda Marcos to party girl Paris Hilton, have been stung by the stealthy camera phones of 'citizen journalists.'
 
Villages in one of the world's poorest countries, long isolated by distance and deprivation, are getting their first Internet access, all connected over cellphones.
 
Prison Abuse
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia -- "Do your squat! Do your squat!" the policewoman barked. "Arms up!" "Images have more resonance," said Gillian Caldwell, executive director of Witness, a New York-based human rights group whose credo is "See it. Film It. Change it." Her group has already gathered...
 
Money
The cellphone is bringing new economic clout, profit and productivity to millions of poor laborers in India, the world's fastest-growing cellphone market.
 
Fast Cash by Text Message
MANILA -- It was 10:33 p.m. when Dulce Amor Bandoy's cellphone beeped with her favorite kind of message.
 
Cell Politics
MANILA -- Raymond Palatino's cellphone pinged loudly, and a text message lit up the display: "Other students are already marching. Where are you?"
 
Bluetooth
JIDDAH, Saudi Arabia -- Three a.m., two luxury cars side by side on an empty street, slicing through the sticky seaside air at 100 miles per hour. Thobaity talked about Spoiled as he sat with three lifelong buddies in Baguette, a Tex-Mex restaurant in Jiddah, a Red Sea port city of about 2...
 
KINSHASA, Congo -- Until not long ago, if Zadhe Iyombe wanted to talk to his mother, he had to make the eight-day boat trip up the Congo River to the jungle town where he was raised. In a country with almost no roads, mail or telephone system and a grisly guerrilla war raging, making that......
 
The Great Firewall of China
The Great Firewall of China | A Letter's Journey in Cyberspace
BEIJING -- The top editors of the China Youth Daily were meeting in a conference room last August when their cell phones started buzzing quietly with text messages. One after another, they discreetly read the notes. Then they traded nervous glances. They clashed from the start, two men named...
 

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