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Stories about Digital Activism

23 June 2017

Netizen Report: Arrest and Web Censorship Spark Online Protests in Palestine

Global Voices Advocacy

Activists expose Mexico's multi-million dollar surveillance market, spy tech threatens Chinese jaywalkers and Twitter suspends Venezuelan state supporters.

ISIS Attempts to Exploit Balkan War Wounds With Localized Propaganda

The region has a painful legacy of war that has divided people along ethnic and religious lines.

19 June 2017

‘Who Has the Most Selfies?’ Council of Bloggers Meets for First Time in Russian Parliament

RuNet Echo

"I have more than ten thousand [selfies]," firebrand politician Vladimir Zhirinovsky joked. "Who has more than me? No one!"

Fake News Twists Hong Kong Airline Hostesses’ Refusal to Wear Chinese Name Tags

Chinese media portrayed the refusal as another example of Hong Kong-mainland tension. In reality, it was about privacy.

15 June 2017

One Woman Is Behind the Most Up-to-Date Interactive Map of Femicides in Mexico

She goes by the pseudonym "Princesa." And her motivation is to name every single one of the women so that they are not forgotten.

12 June 2017

Why an Ethiopian-Born British Citizen Ran in the UK's General Election

"Proud of Yemi Hailemariam, the wife of #AndyTsege who made it all the way to #Maidenhead to meet @theresa_may & demand for @FreeAndargachew."

11 June 2017

Hackers Troll Prosecutor's Office In Advance of Russia Day Protests

RuNet Echo

On the eve of tomorrow's nationwide anti-corruption protests, hackers broke into the Yaroslavl Region Prosecutor's Office's website and posted a message.

8 June 2017

Netizen Report: Gulf States Say ‘Pro-Qatar’ Speech Now Constitutes Cybercrime

Global Voices Advocacy

Global Voices Advocacy's Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world.

There Are 23 Indian-Language Wikipedias. The Oldest Just Turned 15.

The Bridge

It has yet to be included in Google Translate, but Odia was the first Indian language to make an appearance on Wikipedia, 15 years ago.

5 June 2017

Digital Guerrillas Bring Down Russian State Censor's Website

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

How hackers tricked Internet service providers into blocking the state censor's website.

1 June 2017

Netizen Report: In ‘State of Emergency’, Internet Shutdowns Leave Ethiopians and Venezuelans Struggling to Connect

Global Voices Advocacy

Ethiopia' shut down the Internet, Egypt censored 21 news websites, Facebook 'mistakenly' blocked images honoring Tiananmen Square victims.

Ethiopia Imposes Nationwide Internet Blackout

Global Voices Advocacy

This blackout is broader in scope and scale than past ones, effectively eliminating Ethiopia from the map of the global Internet.

31 May 2017

Online Trolls Attack Critics of India's Aadhaar State ID System

Global Voices Advocacy

Critics of the Aadhaar biometric ID system are being criticized by state agencies and trolled by anonymous handles on Twitter.

30 May 2017

Police Threaten Maldivian Bloggers Abroad With Arrest Over Twitter

Global Voices Advocacy

Four independent Maldivian bloggers and activists living overseas have been issued arrest warrants by police over the past week. Apparently, they were targeted because they promote secularism or secularists.

27 May 2017

Plagiarism Scandal Involving the Minister of Science and Education Still Stirs Croatia

A group of academics, supported by over 11 thousand signatories of an online petition, keep demanding the removal of plagiarists from high-ranking public office in Croatia.

26 May 2017

Egypt Ups Systematic Efforts to Silence Independent Media

Global Voices Advocacy

In an environment of persistent conflict, free and independent media that cover events in the public interest — not in the interests of politicians — is more important than ever.

Ethiopian Protester Sentenced to Six Years Behind Bars for Facebook Posts

Global Voices Advocacy

The 30-year-old activist has been an outspoken opponent of government’s violent response to the popular protest movement. And he is not alone.

In India, Medical Treatment and Justice Remain Elusive for One Survivor of Domestic Violence

“Her in-laws demanded 50,000 rupees. I couldn’t afford it. So her husband attacked her,” Rajvati's father said. Rajvati herself cannot speak because her larynx was left severed.

25 May 2017

Kaqchikel and Other Guatemalan Languages Gain Momentum Online Thanks to Digital Activism

Rising Voices

The Digital Activism Meeting for Indigenous Languages took place in Guatemala and brought together important initiatives for the visibility and strengthening of Mayan languages through technology.

The Election of Dr. Tedros as WHO Director-General Isn't Exactly Uniting Ethiopians

"You won a free election, congratulations. Now, why don't you try that here in #Ethiopia?!"

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