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Facebook,Twitter and YouTube help push Tibetan struggle

The revamp has come under the leadership of the Harvard-educated Dr Lobsang Sangay

Written by Varinder Bhatia | Chandigarh |
October 28, 2011 4:08:46 am

From the protest marches,the hungerstrikes and the waving of Tibetan flags before Chinese leaders have all been tried,Tibetan protesters in India have gone on to find means more effective in expressing themselves.

The Central Tibetan Administration has opened accounts on Facebook and Twitter,is set to get one on YouTube,and has revamped its website,all of this aimed at spreading awareness about the Tibetan movement and raising funds from the international community.

The revamp has come under the leadership of the Harvard-educated Dr Lobsang Sangay,now Prime Minister (Kalon Tripa) of the Tibetan government-in-exile. The improved website provides links to the CTA’s Facebook and Twitter pages,both under construction. Other links will take the visitor to websites on the struggle,including movements by Tibetan nongovernmental organisations,and to videos of Chinese atrocities on Tibetans in Tibet.

Dr Sangay says his government has tied up with Google that has cleared a YouTube account,on which videos on the struggle will be uploaded. The runtime will be no bar. “Usually,YouTube imposes a restriction on uploading videos longer than 9 minutes 59 seconds. For any video beyond that,one needs special sanction,which we have got,” says Kaydor Aukatsang,adviser and special coordinator on development in the CTA.

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“A team of four computer science graduates are working round the clock to design the new website of the Central Tibetan Administration. The website is in the testing phase,” Aukatsang adds. “All these measures will not only create awareness on the Tibetan struggle across the globe,but also help us raise funds for our movement. If US President Barack Obama can raise funds for his election campaign using the Internet,I am sure we too can get good support from people across the globe. An audiovisual broadcasting unit is working on these projects,under the guidance of Department of International Relations.”

In yet another move,the Tibetan administration has launched an online television channel,TibetOnline.tv,where news on the movement is being uploaded. The channel has been designed as an application usable on BlackBerrys,Android and various Apple gadgets. The CTA plans to develop it gradually into a full-fledged 24×7 channel that can be watched from any part of the world. “We will recruit news anchors,build studios and probably launch HD videos.”

Prime Minister Sangay says,“The Tibetan Computers Resource Centre is on the job of redesigning a new and more sophisticated Central Tibetan Administration website,which will be more rich in content and will be used to assess almost every dimension of the Tibetan struggle. Funds are very important and we will leave no stone unturned in raising funds for the Tibetan cause.”

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