Cuba recently launched its very own "version" of Wikipedia, called EcuRed.
In EcuRed's entry on the U.S., for instance, the site notes that America has taken "by force territory and natural resources from other nations, to put at the service of its businesses and monopolies." Presidents gazed longingly at fertile, delicious Cuba "like those who admire a beautiful fruit that will end up falling in their hands."While my Spanish is rusty, I imagine this is about as impartial and informative of a source as Conservapedia.
Also worth nothing that Cuban citizens (not the government) have developed their very own version of Craigslist as well, called Revolico, with some interesting origins:
Meanwhile, China has launched its own "version" of Twitter, called "Red Microblog" to dispense handy Chinese Communist Party slogans and encouraging words from Mao in an effort to counter public dissent on the internet.
But the very fact that the CCP has dived into social media may be a sign of the times in China:
"The era of the microblog has hit China," said Dr Steven Dong at the Global Journalism Institute at Tsinghua university in Beijing. "This would not have been possible two years ago, but the Olympics, the Shanghai Expo and the Guangzhou Asian Games have affected China's politics, economy and culture," he said.
"This is a good platform for discovering and spreading news about mass incidents," he added, although he noted that newspapers are still more trusted.
According to EnfoDesk, a Chinese analyst, there will be 75 million microbloggers in China by the end of 2010, an 837 per cent increase from last year. The firm estimates that the number will double next year and then to 240 million by 2012.The lesson here for authoritarian regimes? If you can't beat the free market capitalists' new fangled "social media" programs, then join 'em...Like Hugo Chavez.