Tibetans go tech-savvy, to push the struggle

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Chandigarh, Oct 27: With a motive to spread awareness on the Tibetan struggle, protest and hunger strikes against Chinese leaders across the globe and raising funds from international community, the Central Tibetan Administration has opened accounts on Facebook, Twitter and is also set to enter Youtube where videos of the struggle will be uploaded. The new move will increase scopes of Tibetan protesters in India to express themselves more effectively.

The Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) has revamped its website under the guidance of Harvard-educated Dr Lobsang Sangay, now Prime Minister (Kalon Tripa) of the Tibetan government-in-exile. The revamped website will give links to the CTA"s Facebook and Twitter pages which are under construction. Other links will take the visitors to websites on the struggle, including movements by Tibetan nongovernmental organisations and to videos of Chinese atrocities on Tibetans in Tibet.

Meanwhile, Tibetan government partnered with google that has sanctioned a YouTube account and there will be no video run-time limit. YouTube terms and conditions on uploading any video beyond 9 minutes 59 seconds needs special sanction and that special sanction has been received by the Central Tibetan Administration, said Kaydor Aukatsang, adviser and special coordinator on development in the CTA.

"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," added Aukatsang.

He further added, "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."

Moreover, Tibetan administration has unveiled an online television channel called TibetOnline.tv, where news on the movement is being uploaded. The channel has been designed as an application usable on BlackBerry, Android and various Apple gadgets. The CTA is also planning to make the channel 24x7 which will be seen by the whole world in HD mode.

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