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Victim of Cybercensorship
Since May 2006, the top five most popular Ethiopian web sites (including CyberEthiopia) and several blogs have been blocked across the nation. The apparent objective is to prevent the dissemination of information that is critical of the regime but also to send an intimidating message to the Diaspora and attempt to muzzle it.
Despite the numerous calls from Global Media watchdogs, officials at the Ministry of Information only said they had no explanation or information about the sudden inaccessibility of the blogs and web sites including Cyberethiopia.com.
Also read " Ethiopian Government accused of Cybercensorship " .
Note on Local Content Development
The rise of Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs) in recent years has undoubtedly accelerated the pace of globalization. In an increasingly globalized world, countries such as Ethiopia have little or no margin of action as they try to position themselves into the so called Global village.
The global era and the advent of the Information Society demonstrate the need for Ethiopians not only to develop their information and communication infrastructure but also create an enabling environment for information and knowledge sharing with their own languages.
The endemic risk of being left behind and further marginalized can only be eliminated with the digital inclusion and full participation of Ethiopians at large in the Information Society, especially the young people and the future workforce.
Thus the need to underline the fact that Africans should adopt and adapt emerging technologies, make appropriate use of them as to stimulate development while paying particular attention to the preservation and affirmation of their heritage, their cultural and linguistic legacies.
Background for the Ethiopian case
Ethiopia has this particularity of having its own script used for written communication since 100 BC.
This presents additional challenges with respect to Ethiopians’ full participation in the information society, especially in terms of development and promotion of local content as most ICT products and standards do not fully support the Ethiopic character sets.
Attention should be drawn to the linguistic and cultural insight to bear on the design and deployment of emerging technologies, particularly for rural, non-elite communities in countries like Ethiopia.
CyberEthiopia.com is attempting to undertake pioneering initiatives that promote information and knowledge sharing applications and also stimulate the development of local content by presenting news, creating e-forums in local languages and other informative materials in a balanced and comprehensive manner.
CyberEthiopia.com: an online media
CyberEthiopia News Digest attempts to provide an independent perspective with timely, condensed, provocative and informative stories with high editorial standards. Our aim is to narrow the gap in the media caused by the inadequacy of coverage of the existing press and the overflow of information circulated on the Internet.
Today, most online sites cast coverage of events in a single sided view rather than presenting all perspectives to readers and allowing them to be critical, discuss them and make their own judgment.
By summarizing stories from the private and state-owned press in Ethiopia, the Internet News sources, the news Digest presents a condensed view of key events related to Ethiopia.
We are driven by the principle that journalism speaks for the individual and stand vigilant in the protection of free speech and human rights in Ethiopia.
By convening regular online editorial meetings using current technologies, the News Digest along with the Warka Forums gives Ethiopians a unifying forum from which to view and address today's issues Amharic and/or English.
Our audience embraces mostly Ethiopians world wide, from a business executives to academicians, media professionals to students, who desire to be informed honestly and independently of events at home and abroad.
CyberEthiopia Internet News
CyberEthiopia Internet News Updates is an area where one can get news items pertaining to Ethiopia from hundreds news sources on the Internet. It allows Internet users to get timely information on latest issues and facilitates access to current news avoiding them the time-consuming task of searching news sites.
The automated programs crawl major news sites on the Internet and bring pointers (hyperlinks) to news related to Ethiopia to our news archiving database, a very good starting point for researchers, and media professionals to search for references into our news archives.
To date, no filtering is done as to leave the users decide what is relevant and trustworthy.
News from Local newspapers in Amharic
The Ethiopian News Headlines (ENH) collects daily news of Ethiopia and makes it accessible to the Ethiopian Diaspora for whom it would otherwise be unavailable. The ENH has helped extend the reach of local papers since 1997 and partnered with CyberEthiopia in 2003 to provide the public with an Amharic discussion service for the news articles
CyberEthiopia's Board of Directors consists of individuals with different academic backgrounds, experiences and professions (Information Technology Professionals, Media professionals, Marketing, Social Science etc)
We can be contacted through our contact form.