Lycos Europe announced on Wednesday plans to shutter its portal and Web-hosting business and find a buyer for three other areas of its business. The company, which last month announced a 20 percent drop in revenue to EUR 46.9m and a net loss of EUR 17.1m, said the decision was made after reviewing its strategic options for several months. It also plans to seek a buyer for other parts of its operation: its domains, Danish portal, and shopping activities. Investors will vote on the management proposal at the company's December 12 shareholders meeting. Should the proposal receive approval, Lycos Europe will distribute EUR 50m to shareholders by year's end. The closure of Lycos Europe's portal, which includes search, online communities, and content channels, comes as it faces increased competition from Yahoo and Google and a decline in user traffic.
Local authorities prevent the participation of a prominent Chinese citizen journalist in Deutsche Welle's international weblog awards, The BOBs, in Berlin.
Chinese authorities are preventing Chinese blogger and citizen journalist Shuguang Zhou from leaving for Germany without providing any official justification.
Zhou, who blogs under the name Zola, was invited by Deutsche Welle to be part of the international jury for the fifth annual weblog awards, The BOBs, and decide the winners. The jury will meet on November 26 in Berlin.
On Thursday, November 27, he was supposed to announce the jury’s selection at a public event in the Communication Museum in Berlin.
According to information provided to Deutsche Welle, Zhou was stopped and detained by the police on Friday, November 21, on the border between Shenzhen and Hong Kong.
On Monday, November 24, the police in Changsha confirmed that it Zhou wouldn’t be allowed to leave the country – as previously stated by the security officials. According to Zhou, the local authorities gave the verbal justification that he was a “possible danger to national security”.
Deutsche Welle and the German Federal Foreign Office are in contact with the Chinese authorities to arrange Zhou’s departure – but as of Tuesday afternoon were still unsuccessful. Zhou plans to take part in the selection process online, as long as there is no interference.
Zhou is 27 years old and works as a freelance journalist in Hunan. He is recognized as one of the first and most famous citizen journalists in China. He earned notoriety from his independent reporting about the resettlement conflict in Chongqing. He uses his blog to write regularly about social injustices that the state-run media conceals. In addition, he has worked to create a network of Chinese citizen journalists.
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Web users wish to spread information from public sources through Internet communities. According to a recent report by the research institution of SINTEF, there is a risk that the government is slowing down this process.
The eCitizen 2.0 report, commissioned by the Ministry for Government and Administration Reform, recommends that the public sector to a larger extent has to regard citizens as collaborating partners rather than as passive recipients of information.
The recommendations from the researchers imply that public information should be made freely available and reusable, and that public institutions must be willing to experiment and take risks to a larger extent. The report mentions examples of innovative services from other countries, like the US and the United Kingdom.
According to Minister for Government and Administration Reform, Ms. Grande Røys, there are enormous possibilities for dialogue and distribution of information, if the government and the users of web communities are cooperating. Today’s web users expect to be able to share and edit texts, pictures and videos they find on the internet. The challenge will be to create a culture of sharing, in which public information is distributed by the citizens themselves, without losing important content or trust in the process, the Minister said.
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