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These posts are part of Advox, a Global Voices project dedicated to protecting freedom of expression online.

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Stories about Advox from November, 2019

28 November 2019

Nigeria's social media bill will obliterate online freedom of expression

The proposed social media bill will annihilate online freedom of expression, criminalize criticism of the government and legalize internet shutdowns in Nigeria.

MP of populist right-wing political party from North Macedonia confirms existence of party’s troll army

MP Daniela Rangelova is not the first high party official to reveal details about the existence of VMRO-DPMNE's “troll army”.

Varakashi: Zimbabwe’s online brigade targets activists and dissidents

The overarching aim of the Varakashi is to push the narrative that anyone who disagrees with the Zimbabwean government is an agent of foreign powers, and therefore unpatriotic. 

‘Suspension won’t silence me’: Teen speaks out after embedding message about Xinjiang Uyghurs in TikTok makeup tutorial

Feroza Aziz used a makeup tutorial as a disguise to criticise China's treatment of Uyghurs on Tiktok.

27 November 2019

Activists in Angola continue to face repression for online and offline activities

Online activists in Angola risk tough reactions from authorities, particularly when their activities are connected to offline activism.

25 November 2019

Will Uganda shut down the internet as opposition heats up for 2021 elections?

As the 2021 election approaches, Uganda authorities are very likely to continue to crack down on political dissent, including through social media shutdowns.

22 November 2019

In Ethiopia’s disinformation epidemic, the crumbling ruling coalition is the elephant in the room

As acts of communal violence that took place in Oromia in October subsided, a new battle began online over interpretations of the violence — and who was to blame.

13 November 2019

Former university lecturer jailed for online posts in Vietnam

Vietnamese authorities continue their crackdown on freedom of expression against ordinary citizens even when they do not engage in any grassroots activism or political movements.

10 November 2019

Netizen Report: Domestic worker abuses in the Gulf expose tech companies’ failures to protect human rights

Tech companies grapple with abuses against domestic workers, Iraqis face another internet shutdown, and Russia gets ready for a 'sovereign internet.'

8 November 2019

Twitter was a minefield of false information during the 2019 Nigerian elections

Twitter became a battle ground of ethnocentric disinformation and political propaganda before, during and in the immediate aftermath of the 2019 elections in Nigeria.

6 November 2019

Behold Russia's new ‘sovereign internet’

RuNet Echo

The "sovereign internet" bill is about bringing the "critical infrastructure" of the RuNet under the state's oversight. That could mean a more effective implementation of Moscow's laws regulating expression online.

Social media propelled ethnocentric disinformation and propaganda during the Nigerian elections

The 2019 Nigerian elections witnessed unprecedented dissemination of ethnic hate speech at the service of disinformation and propaganda online, particularly on Twitter.

5 November 2019

The right to privacy in Sudan: A call to enact a data protection act

In the absence of an effective data protection law, personal data will remain at risk of misuse and abuse not only by the government but also the private sector. 

1 November 2019

End Impunity, Free Expression!

The Bridge

Our right to information is inseparable from our right to expression, and both are under attack. The International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists is observed on November...

Beijing constructs an “independence” plot for Hong Kong protests through information operations

Initial findings strongly suggest that the Chinese Communist party and state media outlets played a key role in spreading disinformation that framed the protests as a “pro-Hong Kong independence” movement.