Online anonymity may be headed for extinction.  Social media as social activism couldn’t be hotter. And texting may change how we 911 emergencies. This week there’s hardly a story NOT impacted by Web 2.0.

Here’s a bookmark flash of trending topics.



Access and activism

Uzbekistan Internet Restricted By Government

By: Peter Leonard, appearing on
Published: 08/11/11 06:09 AM ET
Central Asian Leader increases list of blocked sites for news and information. The ties between media and activism grow stronger. Access continues to grow as a right and means to empowering communities.


Digital communications

911 Will Soon Accept Text, Photos, Videos

By: Erica Swallow, Mashable, appearing on
Published: August 11, 2011 — Updated 1315 GMT (2115 HKT)
Another timely example of Web 2.1 changing the baseline of day-to-day living. Teen texting lifestyles drive the change behind 911’ing emergencies.


Some Gannett Papers Test Facebook Comments, Ban Anonymous …

By: Meranda Watling,
Published: August 9, 2011 1:31 PM
Is anonymity headed towards #SoMe* extinction? If Gannett newspapers is any bellwether (which it is), the answer is yes. The new rule, comment via Facebook with your authenticated profile. Score one for journalistic empowerment.
* Twitter for social media



Finally! An App That Helps You Get Your Complaints Heard –

By: Megan O’Neill,
Published: August 9, 2011 2:25 PM
Crowdsourced complaining. That’s the vision of this new mobile app. The immediacy of the app engages while the community support empowers consumers to be heard. Brands are taking note to listen and respond. Created by