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Museum 2.0

Three intrepid blog managers are soliciting contributions from all over the world, and so far, there are posts from Belarus, Canada, Germany, Northern Ireland, Russia, Sweden, Ukraine, and the US. This week, a kitchen sink of inspiring bits. Museums, Politics, and Power is a new blog that lives up to its name. It presents global perspectives on these juicy, interrelated issues. It is the online counterpart to a conference of the same name that will be hosted this fall in St. Petersburg.

Spotlight on Social Media, Crowdsourced Translation, Egyptian Protests and Diplomacy

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

A new book, “The Net Delusion: The Dark Side of Internet Freedom,” by a young Belarus-born American scholar, Evgeny Morozov , has made the case most provocatively, describing instance after instance of strongmen finding ways to use new media to their advantage. From Crisis Mapping Egypt: Collection of Maps.

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Metro4All — Making All Metro Systems Accessible

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It is now a diverse international group with team members in Russia, Belarus, Poland, Germany, and the U.S. Ever since the Independent Living Movement began to emerge in the 1960s to empower people with disabilities, more and more of the world has become accessible. Subways and metro stations remain a problem. Someone in a wheelchair often has no way of knowing what obstacles await — until now. Meet the Russian social enterprise, Metro4All.

Empowering Women Bloggers

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A young woman from Georgia: I want to write an e-mail/letter/blog to the officials in Belarus, who are responsible for not letting exchange students come to the United States. If I could really e-mail the officials in Belarus, I would try to explain how beneficial this program is for their own country, how much knowledge, experience and opportunities it gives the exchange students.