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Stories about Digital Activism

25 November 2015

The Place to Be for African Web Activism Will Be Dakar, Senegal From November 26-28

On November 26, Senegalese and Guinean bloggers will launch a league of African bloggers and cyber-activists in Dakar known as Africtivistes.

24 November 2015

New Ukrainian Police Banned from Using Russian Social Networks

RuNet Echo

VKontakte and Odnoklassniki, the top Russian social network sites hugely popular in Ukraine, are now off limits for Ukrainian police officers.

21 November 2015

Taiwanese Netizens Make the Most of Chinese Users’ Brief Facebook Visit

"This is so counterproductive I almost died laughing. This whole thing simply helps Tsai Ing-wen's campaign"

20 November 2015

Ukrainian Men's Travel Ban News Debunked as Fake by Military

RuNet Echo

"Santa Claus will not be paying a visit to those who spread rumors and unverified information."

Netizen Report: Bangladesh Bans Facebook and Chat Apps on ‘Security Grounds’

Global Voices Advocacy

Bangladesh accidentally shuts down the Internet, hip-hop gets the boot on Chinese streaming sites, and Twitter faces new data dilemmas in Russia.

18 November 2015

Mexico’s Cybercrime Bill is Dead. But What Will Lawmakers Think of Next?

Global Voices Advocacy

A Mexican senator proposed legislation that many experts warned would have harmed privacy and free speech online in Mexico. A week later, after the public's backlash, he withdrew it.

16 November 2015

Russian Lawmaker Suggests Banning Telegram Messenger ‘Because It's Used by ISIS’

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

Should Telegram be banned because it's used by extremist organizations such as ISIS? One Russian lawmaker believes it should, but plenty of others in Russia disagree.

13 November 2015

#FreeBassel: Death Sentence Rumored for Syrian Web Developer

Global Voices Advocacy

Rumors are circulating that imprisoned Syrian-Palestinian software engineer Bassel Khartabil, also known as Bassel Safadi, has been secretly sentenced to death by the Syrian government.

A New Hashtag Battles the Hatred Between India and Pakistan With Love

"Let peace be spread everywhere...Long Live Peace...Long live peace lover of both countries...."

On French TV, Iran's President Plays Down Women's Facebook Protest Against Hijab

"...the law that made hijab mandatory in Iran is in part due to your own writings. You are responsible and now that you are in power you must be accountable."

11 November 2015

Four Tanzanians Charged for Publishing Political Information on WhatsApp

Global Voices Advocacy

Four other Tanzanians have been arrested and charged for political comments they made using the messaging service WhatsApp.

Trinidad and Tobago’s Crime-Solving Facebook Users Are Back, and So Is the Controversy of Policing Domestic Violence

Back in action are the crime-solving citizens of the so-called 'Facebook Division' of the police. This time, they're after a man who beat his partner with a steel pipe.

10 November 2015

New Platform Provides Grassroots Organizing Opportunities for Ukraine's Urbanites

RuNet Echo

The online platform called "Zhyteli" (Dwellers) is aimed at arming urbanites with the tools to communicate with their neighbors more effectively about anything from utilities prices to major renovations.

9 November 2015

Narcodata, an In-Depth Data Journalism Project That Contextualizes the Drug War in Mexico

Using easy-to-comprehend, interactive visualizations, Narcodata tells the story of how the cartels were born, who their leaders are, the conflicts among them, their geographic expansion and their known crimes.

When Were You Sexually Harassed for the First Time? Brazilian Women React to Online Violence

Global Voices Advocacy

Social networks are increasingly filled with hate speech. This alarming phenomenon, however, is being countered by creative, irreverent, and organized women's groups online.

5 November 2015

Facebook Vows to Improve Real Name Policy. But How Far Will They Go?

Global Voices Advocacy

Facebook says it will make some small changes to the real name policy in an effort to help keep users safe, but there is still much more to be done.

4 November 2015

Netizen Report: The Mexican Cybercrime Law That Wasn’t

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.

Bay Area Intifada: Identity Politics with a Capital ‘I’

The Bridge

The dream of Third World liberation and decolonization is alive in Oakland, California.

2 November 2015

Social Media Users Factcheck Mainstream News Coverage of Russian Plane Crash in Egypt

RuNet Echo

When a Russian couple found their Instagram photo splashed over the evening television news as "Sinai plane crash victims," they went on a social media quest to debunk the error.

Mozambicans Start a Petition Against the High Cost of Internet

Prices for internet access have jumped after Mozambique´s National Communication Institute (INCM) cut subsidies to local internet providers by 75%, undermining government's supposed pro-internet position.

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