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Stories about Digital Activism

21 September 2016

The Role of Hashtags in a Country Searching for Peace

"The fact that the war in Colombia also takes place on social media is an undeniable truth," writes Renata Cabrales.

17 September 2016

It's September, and That Means It's Time for Software Freedom Day

Rising Voices

Do you use free and open source software?

16 September 2016

Mexican Protesters Have a Message for the President: ‘Resign Now’

With social discontent reaching a boiling point in Mexico, the country's social media users started sharing the hashtag #RenunciaAhora (Resign Now) to mobilize people for a massive march.

15 September 2016

Skopje Authorities Bulldoze Roma Families’ Homes, Then Ignore Their Plight

"Without electricity, water supply or sewage, with high risk from infectious diseases due to the floods and lack of minimal hygiene conditions, they dread the coming of winter."

Netizen Report: In Cuba, Text Messages With Controversial Content Are Disappearing

Global Voices Advocacy

Journalist repression is on the rise in Cuba, Saudi bans LINE, and Russian authorities jail gamer for offending religious people, Pokemon-style.

Ghanaian President Vows Not to Shut Down Social Media During Elections

Global Voices Advocacy

Ghanaian president John Mahama has assured the nation that social media will not be shut down during elections due to take place on December 7.

14 September 2016

Ukrainian Ministry of Information Policy Thanks Facebook Bots for Their Hard Work

RuNet Echo

The Facebook bot war between Ukraine and Russia rages on. Will the Russian government find a way to crack down on spammers?

12 September 2016

Charlatans and Mainstream Media Try to Profit From Earthquake Panic in Skopje

Alternative medicine TV show host "Ivan the Healer" published a post and backdated it to make it seem that he had predicted the series of earthquakes that shook the city.

8 September 2016

Algerian Court Upholds Conviction of Activist Jailed for Insulting Islam on Facebook

Global Voices Advocacy

Despite having his sentenced decreased by two years, Bouhafs will still remain in jail for expressing his views.

Detention of News Site Director Raises Concerns for Venezuela's Freedom of Speech

Global Voices Advocacy

Lawyer and journalist Braulio Jatar was arrested and accused of money laundering, but netizens and journalists believe his reporting on protests against president Nicolas Maduro was the real reason.

5 September 2016

Bahraini Court Refuses to Release Rights Activist Nabeel Rajab, Delays Verdict

Global Voices Advocacy

Rajab faces up to 15 years in jail for tweeting about the Saudi-led war in Yemen and denouncing incidents of torture in a Bahraini prison.

4 September 2016

Jailed Iranian Nuclear Scientist Tweets About His New Conditional Freedom

After five years of imprisonment, Twitter -- the online platform that led his freedom campaign -- was how nuclear scientist Omid Kokabee first communicated with the world after his release.

Hundreds of Thousands Join Saudi Women-Led Campaign to End Male Guardianship in the Kingdom

Hundreds of thousands of online users have joined a Saudi women-lead campaign to end male guardianship in the kingdom.

Protests Erupt in Brazil as Rousseff's Impeachment Is Confirmed

Protesters are mobilizing against what they see as a maneuver by a corruption-marred congress to remove a democratically elected president, and to push neoliberal reforms.

3 September 2016

After Two Decades, Jamaican Author Finally Unveils Book Dedicated to Marcus Garvey

Why should we still care about civil rights leader Marcus Garvey? Florida-based Jamaican author Geoffrey Philp explains Garvey's relevance, and why black lives have always mattered, through his new novel.

2 September 2016

Campaign: Anonymity Defends Us — So Let's Defend Anonymity

Global Voices Advocacy

Anonymity helps protect freedom of expression, the right to assemble, the right to social protest, and the right to seek information and help. So let's defend anonymity!

After Two Months on Hunger Strike, Jailed Algerian Journalist Enters Coma

Global Voices Advocacy

Mohamad Tamalt went on hunger strike on 27 June to protest his arrest and imprisonment. He is in jail for insulting the Algerian President online.

Tensions Rise as Venezuela’s Opposition Marches on the Capital

An opposition demonstration on September 1 has exposed major tensions between the Venezuelan government and its critics. Local independent and citizen media are watching the story closely.

25 August 2016

WikiLeaks: From Collateral Murder to Collateral Recklessness

From rape victims to democratic party donors, WikiLeaks' latest data dumps demonstrate a disturbing trend of publishing the personal information of private individuals.

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