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· June, 2015

Stories about Citizen Media from June, 2015

26 June 2015

Muscovites Protest Placement of Giant St. Vladimir Monument

RuNet Echo

In Russia, citizen activism has halted construction, for now, of a gigantic statue honoring 10th century ruler Saint Vladimir atop Moscow's Sparrow Hills.

25 June 2015

New Black Hand Street Art Surfaces in Tehran in Response to ‪#‎LetWomenGoToStadium‬

In the image, a man wears the national Iranian football team's jersey, thrusting a bottle of dishwashing liquid reminiscent of players holding up the World Cup trophy.

Copa América Shows How Little Love Chileans Have for President Bachelet

"It would've been much more honorable to present herself to the country and take the jokes stoically, but she decided to hide."

The Man Who Supported Ostriches and Other Viral Adventures of Viktor Yanukovych

RuNet Echo

Did Viktor Yanukovych really just happen to live in a private zoo owned by someone else? And what's the deal with those ostriches? Social media users explain.

Take a Look at the Africa the Media Never Shows You

Western media tends to portray Africa as a dark, hopeless place. African Twitter users have rallied under the hashtag #TheAfricaTheMediaNeverShowsYou to prove that's not true.

24 June 2015

Armenian Voices Sound Off at ‘Electric Yerevan’

"It is completely wrong to call the movement as the Armenian Maidan ... People are against ineffective, detrimental management of the electricity company."

Why Is the Internet So Much Slower and More Expensive in Mali Than in Senegal or Côte d'Ivoire?

Compared to other countries in West Africa, Mali has low Internet speeds and high prices. A Malian civic group has launched a campaign to change this.

What Sailor Moon Means to Women All Over the World

Sailor Moon may seem like a cutesy cartoon intended just for anime maniacs, but a closer looks shows that the program includes themes of women's empowerment and independence.

Social Media Analysis: How an Iranian Kurdish Woman's Death Triggered a Regional Social Media Conflict

Advox

Social media controversy following the accidental death of a hotel chambermaid underscored systemic discrimination ethnic minorities face in Iran and the emerging role of Internet censorship in this milieu.

23 June 2015

Russian ‘Troll Factory’ Agrees to Compensate Former Employee, But She's Just Getting Started

RuNet Echo

An alleged Russian "troll factory" has agreed to compensate its former employee for unfair labor practices, but the former "troll" seeks to further expose the company and its inner workings.

What Can the #SaudiCables Tell Us About the Kingdom's Foreign Policy?

Information in the leaked cables range from issues with visas being granted by Saudi Arabia to female singers to regional and international policies. Reading the leaks you can reach several...

#SaudiCables Show Saudi Arabia Worried About Media Coverage of Bahrain’s 2011 Uprising

Saudi Arabia worked together with Bahrain on shaping media coverage when the neighboring kingdom faced a popular uprising, according to the documents published on WikiLeaks.

The Untold Story of Social Media and the 2015 Nigerian Elections

One of the reasons attributed to the support enjoyed by Muhammadu Buhari’s re-branding and eventual ascendancy to the presidency was his social media strategy.

An Official White House Visit to Ethiopia? Africans Tell Obama ‘Don't Do It!’

Advox

Despite recent elections that swept the one opposition member from parliament, US President Barack Obama is planning a visit to Ethiopia.

A Magazine for Bolivia's Iconic ‘Cholita’ Indigenous Women

"...perhaps it's about time to change things up so that women are the ones that have the power."

The ‘Civic Death’ of Dominicans of Haitian Descent

Even though the deadline date for deportations has been extended, the future of Dominicans of Haitian descent remains uncertain, with many calling the DR's stance an attack on human rights.

22 June 2015

Police Shootings, Helicopter Crashes and Bystanders With Cameras: Weighing the Rights of ‘Accidental Journalists’

Advox

The rise in eye-witness documentation of police violence in the United States raises many interesting questions about the rights of witnesses and the public interest value of their work.

It's Been 80 Years Since the Most Important War in South America's 20th Century

Between 1932 and 1935, Bolivia and Paraguay waged the Chaco War, a conflict considered to be the most important war during the 20th century in South America.

No More Internet: Website Models Effect Of ‘Right to Be Forgotten’ on Russian Search Engines

RuNet Echo

A new website created by Russian advertising executives asks Russian users to imagine what search engines will look like in 2018—if the “right to be forgotten” bill becomes law.

21 June 2015

Moscow Entrepreneur Crowdfunds Honey Business to Rescue Dying Ural Village

RuNet Echo

A tiny Russian village in the Urals is getting new jobs and a reputation with foodies—thanks to a crowdfunding boost engineered by a social entrepreneur from Moscow.

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