80+1 » The Internet http://www.80plus1.org A Journey Around the World Thu, 25 Nov 2010 14:24:05 +0000 http://wordpress.org/?v=2.7.1 en hourly 1 Mobile phone service comes to Nauru http://www.80plus1.org/blog/mobile-phone-service-comes-to-nauru http://www.80plus1.org/blog/mobile-phone-service-comes-to-nauru#comments Wed, 02 Sep 2009 11:28:21 +0000 Cyrus Farivar http://www.80plus1.org/?p=4168 It’s hard to believe that even in late 2009, there are still countries, full-fledged independent countries, that do not have mobile phone service.

That list got smaller this week as the Pacific island nation of Nauru finally got access to…

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It’s hard to believe that even in late 2009, there are still countries, full-fledged independent countries, that do not have mobile phone service.

That list got smaller this week as the Pacific island nation of Nauru finally got access to a GSM network.

Nauru, the world’s smallest fully independent country (and possibly strangest 20th century history), has a population of only about 10,000 who lived on a plot of mined-out land ringed by beaches over 40 square kilometers. The new network was built by Digicel, an Irish-founded, Jamaican-based mobile provider.

According to a company press release, President Marcus Stephen made the first call on the network at a press conference this week, saying: “We are thrilled to welcome Digicel to Nauru, offering Nauruans access to GSM mobile telecommunications for the first time.”

In celebration, President Stephen declared September 1, 2009 a holiday in his country.

The company is also giving away $10 AU (5.84€) worth of free credit on newly-purchased handsets.

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Internet addiction center opens in a Seattle (USA) suburb http://www.80plus1.org/blog/internet-addiction-center-opens-in-a-seattle-usa-suburb http://www.80plus1.org/blog/internet-addiction-center-opens-in-a-seattle-usa-suburb#comments Fri, 21 Aug 2009 14:00:57 +0000 Cyrus Farivar http://www.80plus1.org/?p=3637 After Internet addiction centers have opened up in South Korea, China, and Japan, now the United States has just opened its first facility in Fall City, Washington, in Pacific Northwest region of the country.

The institution, formally called reSTART Internet Addiction Recovery…

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After Internet addiction centers have opened up in South Korea, China, and Japan, now the United States has just opened its first facility in Fall City, Washington, in Pacific Northwest region of the country.

The institution, formally called reSTART Internet Addiction Recovery Program, has a six-bed, 45-day program to re-integrate young addicts back into society, the Agence France Presse reports.

Patients are educated in a range of subjects, including: “everyday tasks such as bathing, cooking, and household chores, according to reStart. They also need tutoring when it comes to dating.”

The institute’s first patient is 19-year-old Ben Alexander, of Iowa City, Iowa.

He says he was addicted to “World of Warcraft,” and played it so much that he had to withdraw from his university.

However, such a treatment doesn’t come cheap. It costs $14,500 (around 10.000€), and is not covered by private insurance.

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Austrian, Mongolian partner to unearth buried Buddhist artifacts http://www.80plus1.org/blog/austrian-mongolian-partner-to-unearth-buried-buddhist-artifacts http://www.80plus1.org/blog/austrian-mongolian-partner-to-unearth-buried-buddhist-artifacts#comments Fri, 07 Aug 2009 06:37:56 +0000 Cyrus Farivar http://www.80plus1.org/?p=2760 Last weekend, Austrian online media producer and amateur archeologist Michael Eisenriegler (above) and his Mongolian colleague, Zundoi Altangerel, uncovered two crates worth of irreplaceable artifacts, including manuscripts, Buddhist statues and clothing.

It was shown live and online last weekend at the Hauptplatz in…

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Last weekend, Austrian online media producer and amateur archeologist Michael Eisenriegler (above) and his Mongolian colleague, Zundoi Altangerel, uncovered two crates worth of irreplaceable artifacts, including manuscripts, Buddhist statues and clothing.

It was shown live and online last weekend at the Hauptplatz in Linz — full disclosure: 80+1 is a sponsor of the Gobi Treasure project.

The relics that were found were part of a larger collection that was once housed at Khamaryn monastery, 450 kilometers southeast of Ulan Bator. The Communist government in Mongolia destroyed and pillaged the monastery in 1937. Some boxes of the materials were saved by Tuduv, a monk at the monastery. He buried 64 boxes, and told his grandson Zundoi Altangerel the location of the buried treasure in the Gobi Desert.

When communism ended in Mongolia in 1990, Altangerel dug up around 20 of the boxes, leaving around 40 still buried in the desert.

More than half of the crates are still buried in the Mongolian Gobi.

Altangerel has not said when he will reveal the location of the remaining crates.

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Reminder: Participate in Online Storytelling! http://www.80plus1.org/blog/reminder-participate-in-online-storytelling http://www.80plus1.org/blog/reminder-participate-in-online-storytelling#comments Thu, 16 Jul 2009 07:42:54 +0000 Cyrus Farivar http://www.80plus1.org/?p=2331 In the online world, where our identities are mostly unknown, people don’t always have a chance to meet each other in person. However, we can still create something together.

So, let’s write two stories together in English!

Whether it’s a love story…

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In the online world, where our identities are mostly unknown, people don’t always have a chance to meet each other in person. However, we can still create something together.

So, let’s write two stories together in English!

Whether it’s a love story or a thriller, you can make it happen by adding your part to the Online Storytelling project today.

This storytelling project is part of the week of Identity (August 24th-30th, 2009), one of the final weeks of the 80+1 festival.

Mr. Christopher Hütmannsberger will be our reader for our stories. No doubt, it will be full of surprises.

Story telling Live:
Dates: August 26th, 27th 2009
Time: 6 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Location: Base Camp at Linz’s Hauptplatz (Main Square)

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Online Storytelling http://www.80plus1.org/blog/online-storytelling http://www.80plus1.org/blog/online-storytelling#comments Tue, 30 Jun 2009 12:53:27 +0000 Admin http://www.80plus1.org/?p=2028 In the world of Internet, where our identities are mostly unknown and users seldom have chances to meet each other in person; there is still the possibility to create something jointly.
Let’s write 2 stories together in English!
Whether it’s a love…

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In the world of Internet, where our identities are mostly unknown and users seldom have chances to meet each other in person; there is still the possibility to create something jointly.
Let’s write 2 stories together in English!
Whether it’s a love story or a thriller, we can make it happen by joining the Online Storytelling.
You may not know each other; however, you can build up these two stories hand in hand, one after another.
From now on just put your pen down and pick up the keyboard.  Tell us what is on your mind here.

In the week of Identity (August 24th-30th, 2009) Mr. Christopher Hütmannsberger will be our reader for YOUR stories. It will be nothing cliché but full of surprises.

Story telling Live:
Dates: August 26th, 27th 2009
Time: 6 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Location: Base Camp at Linz’s Hauptplatz (Main Square)

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North Korea as Revealed by Google Earth, Citizen Activists http://www.80plus1.org/blog/north-korea-as-revealed-by-google-earth-citizen-activists http://www.80plus1.org/blog/north-korea-as-revealed-by-google-earth-citizen-activists#comments Tue, 26 May 2009 14:12:32 +0000 Florica Vlad http://www.80plus1.org/?p=1044 For many years, citizen activists have been pooling information about North Korea in order to reveal the locations of hidden prisons and other sites of interest in the humanitarian effort to effect greater transparency on the isolated regime.

However, according to…

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For many years, citizen activists have been pooling information about North Korea in order to reveal the locations of hidden prisons and other sites of interest in the humanitarian effort to effect greater transparency on the isolated regime.

However, according to a new piece in The Wall Street Journal, many new activists have been using online mapping tools like Google Earth to try to piece together a better understanding of the Hermit Kingdom.

Curtis Melvin, a doctoral candidate at George Mason University in Virginia, has also included information from former members of the U.S. military who once studied the country professionally, to create a more informative map of the country.

“Once you start mapping the power plants and substations and wires, you can connect the infrastructure with the elite compounds,” Melvin told the Journal. “And then you see towns that have no power supply at all.”

Melvin’s work, and the work of other individuals, illustrate how collective intelligence, coupled with available technology, has a shrinking effect on our world; that the spread of knowledge cannot be contained and that governmental secrecy is facing a new challenge from the Internet.

Joshua Stanton, who maintains the website Free Korea has mapped out the confines of Camp 22, a labor camp and detention facility on the northeastern tip of North Korea.

“Camp 22 is said to hold 50,000 men, women, and children. We can only see one portion of the camp with Google Earth’s high-resolution photography,” Stanton said in an interview with the paper.

The use of digital maps to learn more about labor camps and other secret facilities has also aided human rights activists like David Hawk, who, published a 2003 paper titled “The Hidden Gulag” on behalf of the independent U.S. Committee for Human Rights in North Korea.

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