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By Sifana Sohail
Alice In Wonderland
Once so called 'Brother Leader and Guide of the Revolution', Muammar Gaddafi has seemed to have lost his mind when his own people, the mere citizens of Libya stood up against his 41 years of oppression and corruption. With a thousand Libyans dead and counting, when Gadaffi claims that his people still love him it surely suggests that the autocratic leader lives in his magical wonderland where dictatorship fights to live another day. Events from the past few days in Libya mark the level of brutality that Gaddafi has spelled on the Libyans. Muammar Gadaffi's megalomania is nicely portrayed in a YouTube clip, which has received token a of appreciation from many Arabs, including Libyans and has been a source of entertainment for many Libyan protestors. The clip entitled as 'Zenga Zenga' echoes Colonel Gaddafi's repetition of the word zanqa, Arabic for alleyways, and had received 1,739,785 hits.
Dressed strangely, Mr. Gadaffi our Alice in Wonderland has moves of his own, with his arms raised and fist clinched in a certain fashion, which pretty much looks like a dance move in a trance party. Despite many efforts to prevent news from flowing out of Libya, Gaddafi has failed to stop young protestors from uploading live video footages of blood drenched protests in different regions of Libya. Unlike Egypt, Libya didn't get to stand up against Gaddafi's regime through peaceful protests using Facebook pages to garner the strength of innocent Libyans.
However, YouTube and Google, two other marvels of the digital world extended their hand of cooperation to the Libyans. Where CNN and BBC failed to reach, YouTube with its simplified user access has managed to cover the agony of many Libyans looking for help in the death-struck cities of Libya. While leaders around the world are shocked and stirred by this unprecedented turn of events in the Middle East, ordinary citizens around the world rejoice the start of a new era with the birth of virtual and electronic networks of social structure, which truly gives the power to their hands to establish true democracy.
When the web of Internet is shaping up Middle East, our part of the subcontinent, South Asia has fervently embraced the sophisticated network of the World Wide Web to turn the table upside down. With the cheapest available human resource South Asians have proved their versatility and efficiency when it comes to online marketing/business transactions. Online money earning schemes have geared up the growth of web developers, mobile application developers and many more, besides call centre jobs.
Bangladesh with her upgraded fiber optic connection through submarine cable SeaMeWe-4 is no way behind and has successfully managed to stage a competitive environment in online marketing/transactions. Lately online tendering schemes and initiatives of Grameen Communication to resolve the issue of long distance communication between the rural and urban market through developing website like www.gramweb.net is helping entrepreneurs and farmers to flourish and directly take part in the market without the help of 'Matobbors/chairman' or government officials.
However, Personal computer and laptops with wired internet connection are not yet affordable for a significant amount of the rural population in Bangladesh. Besides the price of PC's, unavailability of the grid-connected power supply and lack of computational skills are some drawbacks of this technology that makes it less significant in the rural market of Bangladesh.
On the other hand cell phones or Smart Phones, have even reached out to places where there are no roads. The cell phone with its simplified user access and cheap cost makes the marvel of wireless communication - Mobile Internet - such a big hit among rural and urban populations. Social networks that can be used to unite the citizens of a country can be incorporated into a system that is easily accessible to many Bangladeshis. Through a few technological upgrades, the means of wireless communication can be a strong tool to stand up against injustice and corruption without having to get down to the streets to build a corruption free nation.
With the upcoming 3G network, the telecom operators plan to follow a strategic partnership of voice and data communications by incorporating IP suits and VOIP in their radio access network. Endeavours as such opens up wide opportunities for young application/software developers to take part in changing the world through innovative application/program development rather then being a 'Call center' agent.
Social portals and search engines on the World Wide Web that can be used as a strong tool to stand up against oppression and corruption can be merged with the technology of wireless communication, which we have so fervently embraced in Bangladesh. Now it is our choice to work hard and build a technologically savvy generation which will provide us with heroes like Jawad Karim (Co-founder of YouTube) not autocrats like Muammar Gaddafi. Welcome to the new era of a Virtually Projected Network of the world.
By Adnan Quadri
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