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iAfrikan.com: South Africa Is Contemplating The Regulation Of Social Media

Exerpt from the iAfrican.com article:

South Africa’s Minister of State Security, David Mahlobo said “We are contemplating to regulate the space (social media).”

Mahlobo said this during a question and answer session with journalists after a Justice, Crime Prevention and Security Cluster (JCPS) press briefing in response to a journalist’s question on what South Africa’s intelligence agencies were doing to deal with fake news (i.e. misleading information) on social media.

http://www.iafrikan.com/2017/03/07/south-africa-is-contemplating-the-regulation-of-social-media/

2017 New Features

2017 New Features

We have made significant changes to Geo in 2017.

New Locations

Geo locations

We have added over 40 new locations. You can find the list of locations here: Locations.

Pay As You Go

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If you want to do quick checks from Plus locations without having to pay a monthly fee, you can do so by adding credits as needed.

Plus API

API Screenshot

All plus users now have access to the API.

Debugging

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Get rich debugging information such as HTTP headers, status codes and requests, Cookies, and Redirects

Simultaneous Captures

9 Locations
Capture from up to 9 locations simultaneously for increased efficiency.

S3 Storage

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All screenshots of registered users are saved on Amazon S3 for hot linking and quick retrieval. Unlimited archiving through both API and UI access.

 

Easy Login

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Use your GitHub or Facebook account to login and create accounts.

Announcing GeoScreenshot API

 

API Access

Your API access will allow you to:

  • Get all available locations for your account.
  • Capture from all or specific locations. Continue reading

How Do I Localize My Website?

If your website has a global audience, localization is an important element of success. It’s not just about translating the language. It’s about ensuring that the site is ready to inspire targeted users to take the desired action – to buy, join, subscribe, share and visit again. It’s about making sure every element of the site takes into consideration a user’s language, perspective, behavior and cultural norms. In order to do that, the site needs to be evaluated from various cultural perspectives. And you should expect that to lead to a redevelopment of content and branding if you truly want to resonate with international audiences.

Automatic language translation can cause issues with tone, clarity and grammar. But even if a website was translated by the most qualified professional linguist, the site may still fall short of important nuances that create a positive and comfortable experience. Consider design elements such as colors, sizes, and shapes; cultural content involving humor, etiquette, symbols and beliefs; and functional content such as date and time formats, contact information, and reviews.

 

Some localization experts not only adapt web content to cater to national or regional market preferences, but may also recreate or “transcreate” advertising and marketing campaign messaging to maximize cultural appeal—and avoid potentially embarrassing or offensive communications.

Source: http://thecontentwrangler.com/2016/06/22/translation-versus-localization/

 

Use Location Data
Don’t exhaust yourself conforming your site to every possible culture. Google Analytics or Alexa will help you determine which countries generate the majority of your visits. And once you’ve decided on some geographic targets, be deliberate! Geographic information will help you make smarter decisions about targeting and messaging, and it will increase the value of your advertising inventory. Businesses with tighter budgets will appreciate a tighter geographic focus.

Just watch the traffic and conversions grow!

Do Some Research
Get in touch with some agencies in the local region that can help you understand the market. Make sure that the products or services would be in demand there, and that they will integrate well with the values of the target audience. Know how their customs and practices differ from ours. The last thing you want to do is offend an audience you want to capture.

Keep Updating
Think of each version of your site as a living entity. You want it to continue to develop and improve as time goes by. As you add content, products, promotions, and functionality to the original site, you should plan to do the same to the other versions each and every time there is a change. The users will feel their importance and your commitment.

Make Sure It’s Working
If something isn’t displaying correctly, be sure to fix it fast. Always have skilled translators available to help you update content. Geoblocking and censorship will be an issue in some countries. Make sure you know if your site is up and how it looks and functions from every targeted location. GeoScreenshot allows you to test your website from over 50 geolocations.

Just like concerned parents and website owners can control content, some foreign governments choose to limit what can be viewed in their countries. Are the laws of certain countries affecting the visibility of your website there? You bet. If you have a global target audience, you should find out if your website or any of its content is being blocked in certain markets.

Source: https://www.geoscreenshot.com/blog/internet-censorship/

5 Reasons Why a Website Looks Different in Other Countries and Why GeoTesting matters

All Servers Are Not Updated
Even if your website is up and running in your home country, it may be down somewhere else. If it is important to you to reach people internationally, take the time to geotest. There are a number of reasons why a website may appear to be down in a particular geolocation. For example, new DNS changes mean that some visitors will not be sent to your new name server until propagation has been completed. Among the factors that impact propagation time are – you guessed it – physical location!

Additionally, in the case of content delivery network purging, geotesting will help you confirm that local CDNs have cached the most updated content from the origin.

GeoTest your website to ensure that the DNS is updated across all servers.

Server Might Be Slow
If you are at all concerned with user experience, you want to know how your servers are performing. Demand can peak at different times of the day in different geolocations. Geotesting will let you know that your server is handling the load like a champ. It will also help you identify a server that needs replacement. The last thing you want is for a user’s browser to time out during peak activity because the server taking too long to respond.

Deployment Issue
Sometimes changes to code or data do not get deployed to all servers. Regardless of the deployment tool you use, you will want to verify that all updates are working properly everywhere. This is especially true if you decide on automatic deployments. By geotesting, a live pair of eyes can confirm successful deployment across multiple geolocations, or identify a problem, before users are impacted.

Locale
Localization is one of those highly beneficial differences, and you want to verify that it’s working well. By localizing content with currency type, languages, news and other geo-specifics, you vastly improve the user’s browsing experience and increase the likelihood of the user taking the desired actions. Geotesting will confirm whether your site is showing the right content for the targeted local market.

Your Website is Blocked
Not all countries welcome internet freedom. As a result, you may find your website with significantly reduced bandwidth or blocked entirely in some countries. Whether due to political opposition, religion, or some other perceived threat, website blocking is common in many countries and can be achieved in a number of ways, including IP address blocking, DNS filtering and redirection and URL filtering. The only way to know for sure whether your website is impacted is to geotest.

The European Commission has declared war on geo-blocking. But is the practice as anticompetitive as the group says?

Source: Can European Companies Thrive Without Geo-Blocking?

Internet Censorship: What You Need to Know

The United States allows just about any type of business or content provider to operate on the internet with access to potentially millions of virtual visitors all over the world. Should this exposure be controlled? Some foreign governments believe so. According to the U.S. Office of International Communications and Information Policy, however, ensuring that everyone in the world is given the opportunity to benefit, without censorship,  from the innovations, information, and mediums of expression that the internet provides is a “foreign policy priority” for the United States.

Of course, not all internet censorship stems from a government’s desire to thwart their citizens’ access to information from around the world. Web filters are often employed to protect children from content that is not age-appropriate or that can expose them to risk. Major social media websites have policies in place to protect their respective communities from certain types of content. Recently, Facebook’s community standards have been under fire over several instances of content removal. Reddit shut down five forums last year that had become overrun with hate spam, and Twitter has implemented shared block lists. Many people see this as blatant internet censorship.

“The motivations for internet censorship range from well-intentioned desires to protect children from unsuitable content to authoritarian attempts to control a nation’s access to information. No matter what the censors’ reasons are, the end result is the same: They block access to the Web pages they identify as undesirable.”

Source: How Censorship on the Internet Works

Just like concerned parents and website owners can control content, some foreign governments choose to limit what can be viewed in their countries. Are the laws of certain countries affecting the visibility of your website there? You bet. If you have a global target audience, you should find out if your website or any of its content is being blocked in certain markets.

So what are the ten most internet-censored countries?

“Internet access is highly restricted in countries under Communist Party rule-North Korea, Vietnam, China, and Cuba. In Cuba (10th most censored), the Internet is available to only a small portion of the population, despite outside investment to bring the country online. China, despite having hundreds of millions of Internet users, maintains the “Great Firewall,” a sophisticated blend of human censors and technological tools, to block critical websites and rein in social media.”

Source: 10 Most Censored Countries