Personal Democracy Plus Our premium content network. LEARN MORE You are not logged in. LOG IN NOW >

The making of #Tuvalu

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, December 9 2009

Keeping an eye on Copenhagen today, it's been interesting to watch as the tiny island nation of Tuvalu becomes an online and offline rallying point for climate change activists, with a considerable push from creative online organizations like 350.org and Avaaz.org. Tuvalu is the U.N.'s poster child for a nation that would be ravaged by further climate change, and the country is at the forefront of a call for a binding agreement on the reduction of carbon emissions. Note that the sign above, held by a protester outside this morning's plenary session, is really just a giant hashtag. Keep an eye on the Twitter stream too, to see how people are swarming around #tuvalu and related hashtags.


Fans of #Tuvalu are celebrating the fact that earlier today the island earned its own section on the Wikipedia entry for Climate Change.

In other Copenhagen news, the Ice Bear Project is running what may well be the world's most boring live web cam showing the slow melting of a polar bear-shaped ice sculpture:

What other interesting uses of technology in around the climate change conference in Copenhagen are you seeing?

News Briefs

RSS Feed thursday >

First POST: System-Gaming

Why techies interested in political reform are facing challenges; the latest data on Democratic voter contacts in 2014; Hungary's anti-Internet tax demonstrations are getting huge; and much, much more. GO

wednesday >

First POST: Gimme Shelter

The link between intimate partner violence and surveillance tech; the operational security set-up that connected Laura Poitras, Glenn Greenwald and Edward Snowden; how Senate Dems are counting on tech to hold their majority; and much, much more. GO

tuesday >

First POST: Tribes

Edward Snowden on the Internet's impact on political polarization; trying to discern Hillary Clinton's position on NSA reform; why Microsoft is bullish on civic tech; and much, much more GO

monday >

First POST: Inventions

How voter data-sharing among GOP heavyweights is still lagging; why Facebook's News Feed scares news publishers; Google's ties to the State Department; and much, much more. GO

friday >

First POST: Spoilers

How the GOP hasn't fixed its tech talent gap; the most tech-savvy elected official in America, and the most tech-savvy state-wide candidate; and much, much more. GO

More