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· August, 2014

Stories about Digital Activism from August, 2014

Indian Security Forces Open Fire on Peaceful Protestors in ‪‎‪‎Manipur

The Nagas in Ukhrul are protesting the ban on rallies and the militarisation of their home, which defies decade-long ceasefire between Naga separatists and the Indian Government.

NGO Organizes First Interview via Twitter

Stop Complaining About the Government! Instead, India Wants Citizens to Help

India’s Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, has launched the “MyGov” website, which invites Indian citizens to participate actively in the country's governance and development.

Ukraine Asks Facebook’s Zuckerberg to Discipline Kremlin Bots

Ukrainian Facebook users have complained to Mark Zuckerberg himself that their accounts are being blocked on the site in droves—and they're blaming the Kremlin's bot army.

Locusts Invade Madagascar's Capital City

Ukraine Blows Up Twitter with News of Russian Invasion

As Russia expanded its push across the Ukrainian border in what the media described as a stealth invasion, Ukrainian Twitter users replied with thousands of posts and trending hashtags.

Two Months After Flooding, Digital Freedoms in Serbia Are Still in Trouble

In the wake of devastating floods that hit Serbia in May 2014, several local websites that published materials that criticized the government's relief efforts suffered technical attacks.

Serbia’s ‘Declaration of Internet Freedom’ Wins Big Support from Western Dignitaries

Serbian bloggers have drafted a Declaration of Internet Freedom, and representatives of the international community are showing their support.

Does Venezuela's Smiling Tourism Cartoon ‘Cheverito’ Ignore the Country's Grim Realities?

In less than one week, 'Cheverito', the cartoon character created by the Ministry of Tourism to boost tourism in Venezuela, was the center of criticism, attack and debates.

African Ebola Survivors Share Their Stories of Recovery and Stigma

"Thank god for the doctors. They gave me a certificate that indicates I am free of Ebola in case anyone would still doubt."

Blogger Law Traps Russia's Activists in Limbo

The new blogger law's vagueness makes it an extremely potent tool for controlling dissent in Russia.

Eerie Similarities in Deaths Provoked by Police Brutality in Staten Island and Paris

‘New Tactics’ Makes a New Digital Toolkit for Activism Strategy

Indian News Portal Says Thomson Reuters Has ‘Unethical’ Understanding of Copyright

Thomson Reuters sent an email to MediaNama saying it would use and redistribute the portal's content if MediaNama didn't refuse consent within 14 days.

From Cats to Military Parades: Photoblogger in Sevastopol Reflects Crimea's Patriotic Euphoria

These days, Crimean photoblogger Natalya Golovan is more likely to document a military ceremony or a celebratory fireworks display than the cats she photographed before.

Ukrainian Daredevil Climber Admits to Painting the Moscow Star in Ukraine's Colors

The story of Russia's colour revolution has taken a new turn: a famous Ukrainian roofer Mustang Wanted admitted painting the star atop a high-rise in Moscow yellow and blue.

Massive Leak Opens New Investigation of FinFisher Surveillance Tools in Pakistan

Unknown hackers released 40 gigabytes of data uncovered about the use of FinFisher, the malicious digital spyware kit, in Pakistan. The Digital Rights Foundation reports on first findings.

Advocates Petition UN for Action on Jailed Egyptian Blogger Alaa Abd El Fattah

The Electronic Frontier Foundation and the Media Legal Defence Initiative asked the UN to intervene immediately in the case of Abd El Fattah, who began a hunger strike this week.

Indian Broadcaster NDTV's Report on Gaza Rocket Launch Becomes Fodder for Propaganda

NDTV journalists caught militants assembling a rocket in Gaza on camera, but the story has been "distorted by the twin forces of internet virality and the Israel-Palestinian spin machine."

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