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Live from Abu Dhabi Connect the World takes you on a journey across continents, investigating the stories that are changing our world.

Live from Abu Dhabi Connect the World takes you on a journey across continents, investigating the stories that are changing our world.

Wednesday's Connectors: Lady GaGa and Cyndi Lauper

February 26th, 2010
03:46 PM ET

One is famous for her "Poker Face", the other is a girl who just wants to have fun.

Between them, Lady GaGa and Cyndi Lauper - pictured above preparing for their interview with CNN's Becky Anderson - have sold tens of millions of records worldwide; now they are in London putting their weight behind a new fundraising initiative from the M.A.C. AIDS fund: "From Our Lips".

Lady GaGa, who recently picked up three gongs at London's BRIT Awards, is known for her wacky style and sensational vocals. She's the lady of the moment, who everyone wants to work with – from Giorgio Armani to Rihanna to Simon Cowell.

Meanwhile, after more than twenty sterling years and global record sales, Cyndi Lauper has proven she's got the heart and soul to keep fans compelled by her every creative move. Throughout her career, the singer-songwriter has promoted gay and lesbian rights, and she continues at the helm of the "True Colors Fund" organizing concerts to show solidarity against discrimination.

Although the pair were born to different generations, their journey to pop fame couldn't be closer. They were both born to American-Italian parents and brought up in New York City, and both started playing and performing music at an early age.

Destined for stardom, and now coming together to promote an important cause, Cyndi Lauper and Lady GaGa will be your Connectors of the Day on Wednesday's Connect the World.

Monday's Connector: George Gittoes

February 26th, 2010
03:11 PM ET

Award-winning Australian artist and film-maker George Gittoes has travelled the world to tell stories from the front lines of war.

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For the last forty years, he's worked in area normally reserved only for soldiers and journalists, in countries such as Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, Bosnia and Northern Ireland.

Working face to face with those caught up in the crisis of conflict, he uses his artistic interpretation to present his work through painting, photography, video and performance.

His latest film "Miscreants of Taliwood" (2009) is the last in a trilogy of documentaries, showing Gittoes making his way through Pakistan's remote and forbidden North West Frontier.

George Gittoes will be our Connector of the Day on Monday's Connect the World.

Do you want to know what keeps driving him to the world's most dangerous places? Maybe you want to hear his political views, or his position on the latest conflict in Afghanistan.

Leave your questions below, and Becky will put the best to George Gittoes on Monday's program.

Six degrees: Vanilla Ice to Claudia Schiffer

February 25th, 2010
03:56 PM ET

Time to get your thinking caps on: here's this week's Connect The World Six Degrees game.

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Here’s how to play: We choose two people in the news and ask you to connect them in six short steps.

We've chosen one of this week's Connectors of the Day and another coming up next week.

First up is Robert Matthew Van Winkle, better known by his stage name "Vanilla Ice." The American rapper is best know for his 1989 hit "Ice Ice Baby," which became the first hip hop single to top the U.S. Billboard charts.

We want you to connect him to Claudia Schiffer – the German supermodel. Remember, you need to come up with five people between those two... for a total of six links.

Submit your unique answers below and we’ll pick the most imaginative answer on Friday.

Friday's Connector: Paula Radcliffe

February 25th, 2010
10:46 AM ET

Long distance runner Paula Radcliffe is no stranger to record breaking: she holds the world record for the women's marathon.

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In 2003, she ran the London course in an impressively short two hours, 15 minutes, and 25 seconds. She's also the world record holder in both 10- and 20-kilometer road race disciplines.

Paula is so dedicated to her sport in fact, it seems nothing will stop her; not even her asthma...or the call of nature.

She hit the headlines in 2005, when she stopped to relieve herself by the side of the road during the London marathon, and more recently she returned to professional competition just eight months after the birth of her daughter, Isla.

Now gunning for a gold medal in the 2012 olympic games, she joins Connect the World to answer your questions.

Do you want to know her aspirations for the future? Or what it's like to balance family life with such a grueling athletic discipline?

Leave your questions below, and Becky will use the best of them in her interview with Paula Radcliffe this coming Friday.

Google convictions a step too far?

February 24th, 2010
04:21 PM ET

The conviction of three Google executives by an Italian judge over a video that was uploaded to their video platform raises serious questions about Internet freedom.

The video, which showed students bullying an autistic classmate, was removed by Google hours after Italian police notified them in 2006.

But the judge found the three guilty of breaking the country’s privacy laws because the company had not sought the consent of all the parties involved before the video was posted. Prosecutors argued that the protection of human beings must prevail over business logic.

The students in the video were reportedly expelled from their school in Turin, northern Italy.

The Web giant said it would appeal the Milan court's decision because the three men "had nothing to do with the video in question" and for its implications on Internet freedom and censorship.

It argued that the company had not breached European law which protects Internet service providers (ISPs) as long as they remove illegal content once notified of its existence.

During the trial it said pre-moderating all user-generated video on its YouTube video-sharing service was impossible.

In a blog post, Google’s vice president Matt Sucherman said if YouTube and other social networks are held responsible for the text, photos, and videos uploaded to them, "then the Web as we know it will cease to exist, and many of the economic, social, political and technological benefits it brings could disappear."

Is it a step too far to expect firms to be liable for all content on their site? Or is a bold attempt to “police” the Internet?

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