Category Archives: Blog Babble

Blog Action Day

Like almost 10,000 other bloggers, I am taking part in Blog Action Day on 15 October. For once, the blogosphere will resonate with one, common topic: the environment.

It’ll be interesting to see if and how this will work, and whether it will have a lasting impact. Personally, I have always been fascinated by how the blogosphere can become a social mobilisation tool, so I’ll be posting and checking the results closely.

What to do with


Ethan Zuckerman, in his infinite creativity, has just purchased the site The idea came from an exchange with commenters on an excellent blog-post about the connection between cute cats and web censorship – i.e. how Web 2.0 online tools have been used by social activists, something Ethan has spoken at length about in the past.

The call’s out about what to do with this site. Here’s an idea: how about using it to collect – in a wiki format – all those examples of successful protests, campaigns, rallies, mass-mobilisations, and so on, which have been possible thanks to Web 2.0 tools? This way, social activists will have a one-stop shop where to get ideas on how to adopt these technologies and give feedback when they have not worked…

If you have better ideas, get in touch with Ethan…

Babelblogs launched

On the savory topic of Web 2.0 as a social-change and political participation tool, café babel – the infamous online magazine for Europhiles and their chums – has just launched Babelblogs, a unique multilingual blogging platform in Europe.


  • Babelblogs are European: a unique European platform for blogging.
  • Babelblogs are multilingual: select your language and have your blog translated by other babelians
  • Babelblogs connect Europeans : we want to get Europeans together!

I am not entirely sure of how the system works, but it does look promising…


Give us a smile, Gwyneth

I promise I won’t let this go to my head, and I promise if I win I won’t give a 2-hour weepy thank you speech dressed in a pink frock, but you should all know that GlobaLab has received its first Blog nomination (blogination?), courtesy of David Weman down at A Fistful of Euros.

The award – appropriatedly named The Third Annual Satin Pajama – is in the Best New Weblog category, one of the most prestigious ones, I think you’ll find.

So dear GlobaLabers, if ever you’ve enjoyed this space of reflection on globalisation and all that goes with it, show your love by clicking here!!

World War E launched

Electrons vs Electrons 

Just because managing 3 blogs really isn’t enough, Jon at Surface Cut has asked me to join him in the creation and running of World War E, Dispatches from the Network Society.

This new blog will look at the changing nature of international realtions, power politics, activism, conflict, development cooperation, human rights, environmental degradation and more random stuff exclusively through the lens of new information communication technologies and informatic network systems.

I think it’s a boy…

More on blogging

Emergence & Blogs - US political elections 2004 visual representation

Two good articles on blogging: one on the NY Times on Matthew Lee, one of two accredite bloggers at the UN, and one on the Washington Post on how women are increaingly harassed across the blogosphere.

Via Jon.

Evgeny Morozov on Web 2.0 as the future of activism


Evgeny Morozov, Director of New Media at Transitions Online, where he focuses on promoting citizen journalism in Central and Eastern Europe, the Balkans, and the former Soviet Union, has just written an article for the Globalist on Blogs As the New Frontier in Human Rights, which makes some really good points on the potential of on-line Web 2.0 networks for social change and political action. A broader selection of Evgeny’s thoughts on the future of media, technology, and activism will be found on his blog, which he has just started after closing down his previous one.

He’s going straight into my blogroll and RSS feed…

Easter break


Posting will resume as soon as I am back from holiday! Enjoy the break, if you have one!

10,000 clicks behind us…

The Earth, as seen from 10,000 clicks behind the Moon

Yesterday GlobaLab received it 10,000th visitor.

And this is the Earth, seen on Google Earth from 10,000 clicks behind the Moon.

A long way before we can see the whole Universe, but getting there.

Just keep on clicking…!

GlobaLab weekly round-up: 24/02/07-02/03/07

A whimsical image of the blogosphere from the edge of the core - via Datamining

This (late) update is a hasty one because over the last 2 weeks the real world is distracting me from the virtual… but this is what I collected from my feeds…


Middle East & North Africa

Globalisation debate

  • A couple of exchanges on Demos’ Greenhouse about a recent event they hosted with John Ralston Saul, a renowned philosopher, novelist, political penseur, who has provocatively pronounced the “end of globalism“. A quick scan, and it seems this provocative statement could simply be re-phrased as the rejection of neo-liberalism. Had he framed the debate in these terms, it would have sounded less plausible, slightly rehashed and probably less marketable than the grand statement above. But then, we all need to make a living.

ICT and creativity

International Development

  • Suzanne Smith on PSD blog puts an end to years of heated debates about the role of private finance investment in reducing poverty: ‘If you have ever doubted the importance of the finance sector in reducing poverty, a new paper will set your mind at rest. More finance sector development leads to more investment in tractors and fertilizers, leading to more food‘. If only we had more World Bank experts telling us children what’s right and what’s wrong, we’d all sleep better at night…
  • Meantime, always on PSD, new research reveals that privatization in 2005 has hit new records, with ‘transactions concentrated in China, Czech Republic, Hungary, Pakistan, Poland, Romania, Turkey and Ukraine and the top ten deals are largely in banking and telecommunications‘.



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