UPDATE: Twitter for Human Rights

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Great to see that Global Voices is now on Twitter. And, even better, the updates are available in Chinese and Spanish as well as English.

Thanks to all-round Twitter/IM hacker Mario Menti for pointing this out. (Mario was behind the censorship-evading IM Persian news bot I mentioned in my previous post).

Having had a bit more time to watch the ebb and flow of Twittering (check out Mapping the Twitosphere ) I can see an immediate application being Twitter updates by human rights defenders who are under threat ("Made it to the office safely this morning") or, perhaps more practically, by the people who are trying to defend them, such as volunteers from Peace Brigades International. The subscribers to the Twitter feed would be given a pre-arranged checking / action protocol that would allow rapid response in case of trouble.