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Stories about Digital Activism

21 July 2016

Turkey Adds Wikileaks to a Long List of Blocked Websites

Global Voices Advocacy

Blocking information is second nature to Turkey's government. But Turkish netizens are still questioning the value of the leak itself.

18 July 2016

Meet the Nicaraguan Feminist Group Fighting Gender-Based Violence in Central America

The civic group La Corriente develops “actions that generate changes [for] equality, […] combining research, education, media, and the creativity of a team of people devoted to the feminist cause."

17 July 2016

How a Stolen Student Parliament Is Macedonia's Political Crisis in Microcosm

" Now try to imagine how this generation will organize parliamentary elections?"

13 July 2016

Macedonian Protesters Reject Government’s Eurobond Bid to Borrow Its Way Back from the Brink

"Protest! There is no justice when the public debt keeps doubling."

11 July 2016

#ShutDownZim: Will Social Media Protests Drive Zimbabwe to Build a ‘Great Firewall'?

Global Voices Advocacy

This is the first time Zimbabwe has staged a "shutdown" over government dysfunction by organizing on social media. But protests could trigger new forms of censorship.

9 July 2016

With 2 Months Before Parliamentary Elections, Russia's Internet Censor Swings Into Action

RuNet Echo

The Russian government blocked four websites on July 8 that published calls to boycott parliamentary elections this September, along with broader plans for protests to disrupt the voting.

‘Visions From The Inside’ Illustrates the Struggles and Resilience of Migrants Caught in US Detention Centers

Fourteen artists created illustrations based on the testimonies of migrants detained in for-profit detention facilities in the US.

7 July 2016

A Photo Contest Captures the Stunning Flora and Fauna of Macedonia and Albania's Lake Ohrid

Shots capture mute swans, various freshwater fish and crustaceans and even some house furniture at the lake.

Why Did Facebook Remove a Post Criticizing Singapore Police?

Global Voices Advocacy

After police searched political activist and civil rights lawyer Teo Soh Lung's home and computer without a warrant, she posted about it on Facebook. Then her post was taken down.

6 July 2016

Puerto Ricans Won't Accept US-Imposed Austerity Without a Fight

With the federal fiscal control board imposed by the recent signing of PROMESA into law, Puerto Ricans have taken to the streets and social media to protest.

5 July 2016

#IAmNotAfraidToSayIt: Ukrainian Social Media Users Break the Silence on Sexual Violence

RuNet Echo

A Facebook hashtag started by a Ukrainian activist is overflowing with users sharing their stories and experiences of sexual harassment, sexual violence, and domestic violence.

A New Mexican Organization Is Trying to Put an End to Corruption

"Mexico is not condemned to be a country defined by corruption and impunity."

2 July 2016

Thai Activists Use Toys, Balloons and Dolls to Campaign for Democracy

Protests are still banned in Thailand where the army remains in power, but will authorities arrest the 'protesting' toys and dolls?

1 July 2016

Why Everyone in Madagascar Is Making Jokes About Pineapple

PineappleGate in Madagascar is much more than meets the eye.

30 June 2016

Here's What Macedonia's Colorful Revolutionaries, Armed With Paint, Have Achieved So Far

The Macedonian ruling political party canceled its plan to hold an election that only they were going to participate in, fulfilling one of the eight demands of the Colorful Revolution.

29 June 2016

Belarusians Get Naked and Get to Work. (President's Orders.)

RuNet Echo

Belarusian Internet users have been taking off their clothes in the workplace, after President Lukashenka's video address went viral.

27 June 2016

Macedonian Youth Speak Out About Freedom of Expression Through Mini-Videos

"The important thing for the youth to understand is that you do not let them mute you, no matter what."

24 June 2016

Vladimir Putin's ‘Favorite Chef’ Is Linked to Attacks on Journalists and Opposition Members

RuNet Echo

Victims believe they're are being targeted because of texts and photos they've shared on social media. This, apparently, has been enough to enrage certain anonymous, self-proclaimed “patriots.”

23 June 2016

Founder of Protest Reporting Outlet Goes Missing in China

Global Voices Advocacy

Lu Yuyu has been missing since June 15. Yuyu has been reporting news of mass demonstrations in China via his platform "Not in the News" since 2013.

An Online Campaign Seeks to Identify the Authors of Anonymous Prison Poetry From the Argentine Dictatorship

"for all the children who await / the sunrise / for all of you we continue to carry on"

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