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Stories about Digital Activism

17 February 2020

Groundbreaking film on Russia's HIV epidemic goes viral

RuNet Echo

Nearly one percent of Russia's population is HIV positive, but the authorities have remained silent about the epidemic. It looks like Yury Dud's latest YouTube documentary has broken that silence.

15 February 2020

Russians rally against torture after verdict against ‘terrorist cell’

RuNet Echo

Following a verdict against seven antifascist and anarchist activists, Russia's opposition discovers that whatever their political differences, they could all face the threat of torture.

14 February 2020

New report makes grim predictions for ‘Fortress RuNet’

RuNet EchoAdvox

The most recent annual report by Russian NGOs Agora and Roskomsvoboda draws some troubling conclusions about what lies in store for the RuNet in years to come.

Is the coronavirus epidemic China's ‘Chernobyl moment'?

"It is a system that turns every natural disaster into an even greater man-made catastrophe."

13 February 2020

Broadcasters from Nigeria join global celebration of World Radio Day 2020

Nigerian broadcasters joined radio practitioners around the world to honor the powerful role that radio plays in global development on World Radio Day, February 13, 2020.

#OustDuterte trends as Filipinos criticize government's response to the coronavirus

"How to prevent Corona Virus? 1. Proper hygiene 2. Stay indoors as much as possible 3. Use face masks daily 4. #OustDuterte"

11 February 2020

Viral prank video mocks Putin's cult of personality

RuNet Echo

Russian blogger Bashir Dokhov hung a huge portrait of Putin in the elevator of a Moscow apartment block. He then installed a camera to record the reactions of stunned residents.

10 February 2020

What do we know about the ‘Great Firewall of India’?

Advox

After a six-month-long internet shutdown, access to only 301 white-listed websites has been granted in Jammu and Kashmir, whereas social media, VPNs and many other sites remain banned.

Jordan's online censorship decisions: Non-transparent and — at times — arbitrary

Advox

The Jordanian government should take steps to ensure that its citizens’ right to online freedom of expression and information are protected.

7 February 2020

The battle of numbers in the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak

Several medical and academic institutions have run models on the Wuhan coronavirus, and all conclude the real figures - of infected and killed victims - are much higher than the...

6 February 2020

Jair Bolsonaro's government calls Oscar nominee ‘anti-Brazil militant’

Petra Costa tells the story of the divisive events surrounding the impeachment of former president Dilma Rousseff in 2016, while delving into the recent history of Brazil's young democracy.

Nigeria's digital ID scheme may benefit those ‘with access'— but what about everyone else?

Advox

"Without an adequate data privacy or protection law, how can we safeguard against some of the greatest risks that such a system could incur?"

5 February 2020

US tech companies should push to remove sanctions on Sudan

AdvoxThe Bridge

With a nearly 12 million-strong community of young internet users and innovators, Sudan presents a ready and dynamic market for U.S. tech companies—but first economic sanctions must be lifted.

A novel about a Mexican family who migrates to the US comes under fire

"That Lydia is so shocked by her own country’s day-to-day realities gives the impression that Lydia might not be… a credible Mexican. In fact, she perceives her own country through...

2 February 2020

Pakistani human rights activist who challenged military is arrested

Advox

Manzoor Ahmad Pashteen, a young a human rights activist from South Waziristan, Pakistan, has been arrested for alleged conspiracy and sedition.

1 February 2020

Pakistani students under lockdown in Wuhan are appealing for assistance

Since the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, nearly 500 Pakistani students studying in China's Hubei province are under lockdown; their government has not yet decided to bring them back home.

31 January 2020

Remembrance for femicide victims in Trinidad & Tobago raises awareness of gender-based violence

The gathering highlighted several key issues, including the need for better support systems, updated legislation and social reformation programmes to inspire cultural change.

Jamaica's Accountability Meter Portal: ‘Accountability is the key to progress’

"I learned that our political leaders are more responsive than I thought and that advocacy is far more than a mere radio or TV interview."

30 January 2020

The Jamaica Accountability Meter Portal tracks government performance and gives power back to people

This groundbreaking website tracks the performance of elected representatives by giving citizens unfettered access and educating them about the way their government works.

29 January 2020

In Dhaka's mayoral election, environmental promises undermined by plastic campaign posters

City Corporation elections will be held in Dhaka on February 1, 2020. Netizens are concerned about the use of laminated posters in the election campaign which poses a threat to...