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Stories about Digital Activism

22 May 2017

Mumbai Technologists Are Using TV Spectrum to Bring More Internet Access to India

Global Voices AdvocacyRising Voices

Poor Internet infrastructure leaves the vast majority of Indians limited to mobile Internet only, making it difficult to engage deeply with Internet technology.

18 May 2017

‘Cyber Warrior’ Group Threatens to Extort Indian Women on Facebook

Global Voices Advocacy

Threats of character assassination and extortion can carry severe real-life consequences, especially for women.

17 May 2017

Cybercrime Charges Against Jamaica's Tambourine Army Founder Dropped

Global Voices Advocacy

Jamaica's Director of Public Prosecutions has dropped all three charges against activist La Toya Nugent, under the country's Cybercrimes Act.

Iran Elections 2017: Hassan Rouhani Ran on Openness. But What Did He Actually Achieve?

Global Voices Advocacy

Hassan Rouhani has been both the candidate and President of "hope and moderation" for Iranians. Article 19's report assesses how this has had an affect on freedoms online.

16 May 2017

As WHO Director-General Election Nears, Ethiopia’s Candidate Is Accused of Cholera Cover-Ups

"Finally! The @NYTimes calls out @WHO DG candidate @DrTedros for covering up cholera epidemic using the euphemism of Acute Water Diarrhea."

12 May 2017

Bangladesh's LGBT Community Launches a Blog Commemorating Slain Activists

Global Voices Advocacy

"How can I live in this country, where if I were to be killed people would rejoice over a cup of tea that there is one less LGBT person?"

Diversity, Interrupted: Anti-Gay Crusades Mar Ukraine’s Tolerant Facade

RuNet Echo

As this year’s Eurovision Song Contest enters its final weekend, a half-painted rainbow arch meant to symbolize the event’s slogan, “Celebrate Diversity,” hovers ominously over the center of Kyiv.

11 May 2017

Netizen Report: Draft Laws in Egypt Could Lock Down Social Media

Global Voices Advocacy

As Egypt's parliament pushes to further restrict expression, Turkey blocks Wikipedia, Russia blocks WeChat, and the UK can't seem to stop snooping.

10 May 2017

A Femicide in Mexico Prompts Women to Imagine ‘If They Killed Me’

"If they kill me, they will slander and criminalize me. It will be for something that I did or did not do, it does not matter."

8 May 2017

Tunisian Media Activist Interrogated Over Sources of Leaked Documents

Global Voices Advocacy

Sami Ben Gharbia is a significant figure in independent media and digital human rights activism in Tunisia and the Arab region.

7 May 2017

WeChat? Not in Russia You Don't.

RuNet Echo

Last week, Russia’s federal censor blocked WeChat, China’s largest mobile messaging app. According to Russia’s media censor, Roskomnadzor, WeChat failed to register with the federal government.

6 May 2017

The Objectification of Women in the Sri Lankan Press

The representation of women in Sri Lankan media over the years has breached many ethical standards, resulting in the reinforcement of negative stereotypes.

5 May 2017

Jamaica Furthers Its Missing Child Prevention and Recovery Efforts With Facebook Alert System

A new Facebook initiative in conjunction with the Jamaican government, the first of its kind in the region, aims to make it easier to identify and hopefully find missing children.

Is India's Aadhaar System an Instrument For Surveillance?

Global Voices Advocacy

"Repeat after me: Aadhaar is surveillance technology masquerading as secure authentication technology."

4 May 2017

Netizen Report: Vietnam Says Facebook Will Cooperate With Censorship Requests on Offensive and ‘Fake’ Content

Global Voices Advocacy

Vietnam makes a deal with Facebook, beef controversy leads to online harassment in India and French authorities push to globalize ‘right to be forgotten’.

Don’t Be Alarmed: This ‘Red Button’ Is Meant to Help Russians

RuNet Echo

By connecting detainees with friends and human rights organizations more quickly than ever, the “Red Button” app hopes to provide protesters with greater protection from illegal arrests and penalties.

Nigeria’s President Has Disappeared Again, and Nigerians Demand to Know Why

Buhari recently returned from Britain after weeks of medical leave, but questions about his health resurfaced when he skipped a federal executive meeting on April 12. And he's still missing.

3 May 2017

Brazilian Activist in Induced Coma After Police Beating at Nationwide Protests

A Brazilian student is hospitalized in intensive care, after a police officer clubbed him in the head at a demonstration last Friday, when millions joined nationwide strikes against austerity reforms.

2 May 2017

The World’s Largest Biometric Database is Leaking Indian Citizens’ Data — But Keeps On Growing

Global Voices Advocacy

Over the last few months, the Indian twittersphere has been awash with citizens concerned about government websites leaking millions of individual digital ID numbers. On May 1, the Centre for Internet and...

Indians Are Speaking Up About Depression to Do Away With the Social Stigma Surrounding It

"In my heart, I believe that the time is now right for the world to deal with depression a kinder way."

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