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Stories about Digital Activism

16 October 2017

A ‘Verified’ Social Media Account Can Help Protect Iranian Activists — If They’re Lucky Enough to Get One

Global Voices Advocacy

Social media companies can do more to protect communities facing online attacks.

14 October 2017

One Mother's Tireless Pursuit of Justice for Kashmir's Disappeared

"We don’t want their money. We want our children back."

13 October 2017

Netizen Report: Free Speech Is Under Fire in Catalonia’s Push for Independence

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.

The World’s First ‘EleFriendly Bus’ Curtails Human-Elephant Conflict in Sri Lanka

The human-elephant conflict has reduced by 80% since the Elefriendly Bus started running. In the first seven months, the number of conflicts fell from 83 to 21.

9 October 2017

Art Exhibitions Fall Into the Crosshairs of Brazilian Conservatives

"Not even in the period of the dictatorship was an exhibition with 263 works by 85 artists closed."

8 October 2017

Will India’s Blood Banks Benefit From Facebook’s New Blood Donor Registration Feature?

"Becoming a blood donor on Facebook is like feeding the poor by forwarding food pictures on WhatsApp."

6 October 2017

Netizen Report: LGBT People Face Online Censorship and Threats in Egypt, Jordan

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.

5 October 2017

A Yemeni Political Analyst Has Been Held By Houthi Rebels Since August, With No Explanation

Global Voices Advocacy

Hisham Al-Omeisy is a crucial voice on the ongoing war in Yemen, and its humanitarian cost.

3 October 2017

Mexicans Turn to Social Media to Call Out Abuse and Irregularities After Earthquake

Through #FuerzaMéxico (#MexicoStrong), #RescatePrimero (#RescueFirst) and #ReconstrucciónSinCorrupción Mexicans stay active online to file complaints, avoid further losses and be watchdogs.

Serbian Groups Stage Blackout to Protest Media Intimidation By Tax Authority

Global Voices Advocacy

The shuttering of a Serbian newspaper led to physical protest and an online blackout with 150 participating websites.

1 October 2017

Ik ‘ta K'op Collective Supports the Technological Sovereignty of the Indigenous People in Mexico's Chiapas State

Rising Voices

The project "aims to support the indigenous peoples in remote parts of the Mexican state of Chiapas to have access to [...] technologies to meet their communication and participation needs."

29 September 2017

A Pro-Environmental Campaign Pushes the Jamaican Prime Minister’s Public Petition Page Into the Limelight

Cockpit Country is an ecological gem, under threat from bauxite mining. As an online petition to save the area attracts support, Jamaicans find a new way to engage their government.

28 September 2017

Peru's Clever Social Media Campaign Raises Awareness About Human Trafficking

Peruvian Ministry of Interior Affairs launched the campaign "Que no te encuentren" (Don't let them find you) to counter human trafficking in Peru.

27 September 2017

#WhereIsMySchool? Parents Fight for Proper Education for Children with Disabilities in Bosnia

"More and more parents...refuse to accept the social stigma that comes with developmental difficulties, and reject the misguided notion that they have to carry all the weight themselves."

22 September 2017

Mozambique's President Answers Citizens’ Questions Online, but Avoids Difficult Ones

"Questions and criticism, although they may be badly formed and cause us some irritation at first, are better than compliments, because they oblige us to reflect."

The Earthquake that Revealed Mexico's Strength and Solidarity

"A people's greatness is out there, in the streets. Face to face. Hands holding hands. Heartbeats that don't give up, and ask that others don't fade."

20 September 2017

Netizen Report: Germany’s New Social Media Law Puts a Price on Hate Speech

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.

18 September 2017

Indigenous Rappers from Brazil Are Using the Internet to Bring Their Message to the Masses

Rising Voices

“I speak the truth, I don't want to be like you/I sing about various issues and with that I am showing/That indigenous voices are the voices of today.”

17 September 2017

Mexico's Appeal for an Impartial Federal Prosecutor General

Mexico's ruling party wants one of its members to become the Federal Prosecutor General. Many believe this represents a conflict of interest.

15 September 2017

Thousands of Indians Take to Streets Seeking Justice for Murdered Journalist Gauri Lankesh

"There has rarely been a period of such constructed, deliberate terror and hatred. We are up against the largest machine of hate."

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