Saturday, September 29, 2012

Global Voices: Social Media's Search for Missing Woman

From my roundup for Global Voices:

This week Melbourne has seen what is perhaps its biggest and its saddest social media campaign following the disappearance and alleged rape and murder of Jill Meagher.

...Most of the visitors to these [Facebook] pages were trying to be helpful but there were the inevitable trolls on Facebook sites and twitter.

Australia: Social Media’s Search for Missing Woman


Thursday, September 27, 2012

Poisoning Chilli Beach

From my post for ThinkBrigade:

The dire state of Chilli Beach, a remote beach on Australia’s Cape York, is shocking to many visitors: the flotsam and jetsam is impossible to miss.

Chilli Beach is one of the remotest places in Australia. Fringed with coconut palms and golden sands, it is situated at the end of a very long unsealed road, 700 km north of Cairns, the gateway to the iconic Great Barrier Reef.

...The first thing that hits you is the rubbish washed up on the shore: thongs (the footwear variety also known as flip-flops), household and personal items, fishing nets, countless containers. A closer inspection also reveals micro-particles in the seaweed on the beach.
Poisoning Paradise: Cape York’s Chilli Beach