Posts from the ‘iPhone apps’ Category
Public Activist site GetUp IS making a difference in the battle to convince Canberra that Internet Filtering as proposed would cause major access problems without doing the intended job.
The site is for aussies interested in using online people power for specific causes and social justice in general.
The people used GetUp effectively to pressure the Australian Federal Police and Political establishment ( gee that sounds Bolshy, doesn’t it! ) in the case of the supervision order for Guantanamo survivor David Hicks.
The Australian Council of Social Services also had an online way for ordinary people to lobby ahead of each budget – I’ll check and see if it’s still going.
My point is, have your voice heard somewhere – have your say.
I am looking forward to posting an appeal for books to go to a village in the Phillipines where a friend has been doing some good work. More on that to come.
Our campaign to ‘Save the Net’ is gaining momentum faster than all expectations, as the Government’s ill-considered plans to slow down and censor the internet is “facing a major backlash”, according to media reports.1
Their internet censorship proposal goes further than any other democracy – making the internet up to 87% slower, more expensive, accidentally blocking up to one in 12 legitimate sites, and missing the vast majority of inappropriate content.
Only a massive public outcry will make the Government see sense on this issue. Please take a moment to sign this important petition:
More than 55,000 fellow Australians have already signed the petition to Communications Minister Senator Conroy, against “draconian government restrictions on the internet that will hold back the digital economy and miss the vast majority of unwanted content.”
His plan has even been slammed by children’s welfare groups, who say the filter is “fundamentally flawed” and simply will not work. Join children’s welfare groups, internet providers, consumers, engineers, network administrators, and 55,000 everyday Australians in defence of our freedoms and internet:
At a time of financial crisis, the Government should not be introducing measures that will hamper our economy for no real benefit to the protection of the community from material that is already illegal.
Stand up in defence of our rights to prevent Australia joining Iran, China, Saudi Arabia and Burma in an undemocratic club of governments who view the internet as a threat.
Thanks for being part of the solution,
The GetUp team
PS - 55,000 Australians have signed the petition to save the internet from being slowed and censored. Click here to join them.
1‘Children’s welfare groups slam net filters’, The Age 1 December 2008
The Google Voice Search mentioned here last week still hasn’t appeared in Apple’s iPhone Apps store ( A place I love )
Wired worked out why as you’ll see by clicking below
I do like the Apps store more than I should – and some of it is really useful, not just fun – I highly recommend iTalk and it’s computer companion iTalk Sync for recording quality audio on iPhone and wifi’ing it to your PC/Mac.
I often check http://www.macdailynews.com/ and today found the following New York Times story
Brings the welcome news of voice recognition on the iPhone through new Google technology.
Yahoo & Microsoft also provide voice recognition, and this story of Google’s big move suggests that the technology exists now to make devices more accessible to people with visual or other disabilities.
All we need is to let developers know their work is needed to create programmes for those missing out on the new abilities provided by technology to connect network and seek fellowship.
Great to see bionic limbs and a camera for the visually impaired featured in last week’s Time review of techno breakthroughs.
Please let me know any info or links you may find on devices that provide accessibility for the visually impaired or with other disabilities.
I hope to have the “Ethnic Ability” radio Blog up and running soon and it would be great to have contributors of links, info, articles, audio,video etc to share with people globally. ( see EDAC link in sidebar )
Sorry the Blog’s been blank for bit – assignmments to mark, practising new programmes, hosting and family have let you enjoy a break from my rants
And all the best to friends and family of Matt and Stacey who’ve enjoyed the iPhone slideshow ( password protected, sorry ) of the best wedding I’ve been to in decades.