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Stories about Digital Activism

Mexican registry for cell phone users sparks privacy concerns

"The creation of a similar registry was attempted in 2009, but the database ended up being leaked and for sale."

New report highlights ongoing pressure on Ukrainian activists and rights defenders

In the first quarter of 2021, physical attacks, destruction or damage to activists’ property, and attempted intimidation of human rights defenders were the most common, in addition to digital threats.

Colombians ‘save the evidence’ as they denounce social media censorship of protests

Different strategies have been created to preserve the record of ongoing protests and state violence, as well as of the content being censored on social media.

Belarus grounds Ryanair flight, detains independent journalist amid regime's crackdown on media

Pratasevich was formerly an administrator of NEXTA-Live, the Telegram channel covering the anti-government protests in Belarus. He is currently editor-in-chief of Belarus Golovnogo Mozga, another independent media outlet.

People of Gaza take to social media to share days of horror and loss under Israeli fire

Of horror, pain, anger and resistance, Gazans wrote on social media about how they suffered from Israeli bombing, attempted to escape death or coexisted with it.

Istanbul mayor surprises users on live streaming platform Twitch

The first appearance on the platform of Ekrem İmamoğlu, Istanbul mayor and member of the main opposition Republican People's Party, coincided with a national holiday celebrating youth and sports.

Protecting its people and preserving democracy: Germany's pandemic predicament

Support for the government's response to the pandemic wavered by December 2020, as many Germans began to feel "mask-tired" and frustrated by a problematic vaccine rollout campaign.

Demolition of iconic dragon mosaic in Almaty stirs debate on urban art in Kazakhstan

The dragon, which used to adorn the façade of a Thai restaurant, was a landmark of Almaty’s city center.

A battle for information is sweeping Colombia amid nationwide protests

Journalists, K-Pop fans, and community radio stations fight to share information on the country's protests.

Several NGOs denounce censorship of Palestinian voices by tech companies

The NGOs' statement labelled as "improbable mistakes" the fact that Facebook reported two "technical issues" within 48 hours which they said targeted Palestinian users and "compromised Jerusalemites’ right to freedom of...

Destruction of coastal forest for a major tourism project raises questions about Jamaica’s climate change posture

"A development of this nature is inappropriate for an area which has been afforded several levels of environmental protections, and is well recognised for its diverse and healthy coastal ecosystems."

A proposal by a Brazilian senator resurrects ideas of restrictive abortion law

A poll conducted at the Senate's page shows about 87 percent of Brazilians oppose Girão's bill, with more than 291,000 votes against the proposal versus 42,560 in favor

Using Clubhouse to counter Beijing-imposed amnesia: An interview with Ai Weiwei

Chinese artist Ai Weiwei continues to fight political censorship in China by using art, sound and social media to maintain the memory of the school victims of the 2008 Sichuan...

Women leaders discuss campaign for digital rights in Thailand

'...the government must learn to use technology as a tool to create more positive connections with the people on the ground, not using technology to oppress people.'

Russian feminist activist Yulia Tsvetkova announces hunger strike

Demanding a swift trial, Tsvetkova wrote: "Let’s stop waiting for people being persecuted to be heroes. We don’t need heroes. We need to prevent the persecution of the innocent."

#YoTeCreoVZLA: The movement that breaks the long silence on sexual abuse in Venezuela

A new wave of accusations has given rise to Venezuela's #MeToo movement.

The rise and fall of Clubhouse in Turkey

After a brief few months of popularity among student protesters and opposition activists, pro-Erdoğan figures have now flooded the app.

Ukraine, Belarus commemorate 35th anniversary of Chernobyl disaster

For the world, Chornobyl symbolises the fragility of our environment and the threat posed by human activity. But for many in Ukraine and Belarus, it remains a personal tragedy.

Harnessing the power of social media, Indian netizens support one another during the second wave of COVID-19

As India's healthcare system reels under mounting cases of COVID-19, citizens rally the power of social media to help one another and keep hope alive.

Cuban artists fight repression through song, social media and hunger strikes

Internet access is opening up the island to new forms of protest against a government that has long controlled the narrative.

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