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· October, 2014

Stories about Digital Activism from October, 2014

30 October 2014

Human Rights Activist Iyad El-Baghdadi Speaks Out on His Deportation from UAE

Global Voices Advocacy

Iyad El-Baghdadi, who played a key role in social media activism around the Arab uprisings, was deported from the UAE April. Until last week, little was known of his fate.

Drone Footage of Hungary Protests Against “Internet Tax”

29 October 2014

Aleksandr Makarenko: Digital Quartermaster for Ukraine's Army

RuNet Echo

The Ukrainian army and pro-Kyiv forces, underfunded by the state, have relied heavily on support from ordinary Ukrainians like Aleksandr Makarenko, who has raised over $75,000 on social media.

World Forum for Democracy Will Discuss “Youth and Democracy” in Strasbourg, France

6 Things You Wanted to Know About Cameroon but Were Afraid to Ask

Who are Cameroon's big names? Do English speakers and French speakers get along? Gaelle Tjat, based in Douala, gives a colorful portrait of her homeland.

28 October 2014

Ukraine Elections Online: Crowdmaps To Report Voter Fraud, Hashtags To Vent About Politics

RuNet Echo

As Ukraine counts the votes in its parliamentary elections, we take a look at the online citizen tools that Ukrainians used to report violations and discuss the candidates.

26 October 2014

Thai Students to Hong Kong Protesters: ‘Do Not Give Up’

It is illegal in Thailand today to organize or join rallies, but a group of Thai students expressed their support for Hong Kong's protesters in a special Google Hangout discussion.

24 October 2014

How Chinese President Xi Jinping and His Yellow Umbrella Became a Hong Kong Pro-Democracy Protest Meme

A propaganda photo of the Chinese leader on an official visit to the mainland's Hubei Province has been photoshopped into various pro-democracy protest scenes in Hong Kong.

West Africans Keep Calm Despite Ebola and Remind the World Who They Are

As the Ebola death toll nears 5,000, with at least 10,000 reported cases, many in West Africa are utilizing the power of new media in the fight against the disease.

22 October 2014

Leaked Diplomatic Cables Show EU Strong-Armed Ecuador on Free Trade Agreement

The leaking of diplomatic cables between representatives of Ecuador and the EU reveals pressure from European negotiators and division among Ecuadorians regarding the FTA.

20 October 2014

Hacking Against Ebola

Mexicans Demand President Peña Nieto Resign With Trending Twitter Hashtag

A spate of state violence, including the case of the missing Ayotzinapa students, has prompted Mexicans to demand the resignation of President Enrique Peña Nieto on Twitter under #DemandoTuRenunciaEPN.

18 October 2014

More Than 40 Million People Await the Launch of Odia Wikisource

Rising Voices

Speakers of Odia will soon have mountains of books to read online in their mother tongue, following the launch of the Odia Wikisource, which will make accessible many rare books.

16 October 2014

It's Blog Action Day: Let's Talk About Inequality

Global Voices is an official partner for the event, which tackles the issue of inequality this year.

With Just Over 50 Entries, Kremlin Blogger Registry Gets No Love

RuNet Echo

Russia's new blogger law requires popular bloggers to register with the state, but only 52 entries have been added to the registry since it started operations over two months ago.

An Indian Photoblogger's Lone Fight Against Plagiarism

15 October 2014

Journal from an Ethiopian Prison: The Maekelawi Ceremony

Global Voices Advocacy

"We could not carry on surviving the hell of Maekelawi. We ended up telling our interrogators what they wanted to hear."

As The Kremlin's Media Crackdown Continues, Blogs Might Be The Final Casualty

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

With independent online media closing down or moving abroad, Russian bloggers may now be facing even greater pressure from the Kremlin, as their freedom has shrunk dramatically.

14 October 2014

Vladimir Putin and Russian Nationalists Don't Get Along. Here's Why.

RuNet Echo

RuNet Echo speaks to Egor Prosvirnin, the chief editor of the website "Sputnik & Pogrom," about Vladimir Putin and nationalism in Russia today.

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