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· July, 2015

Stories about Digital Activism from July, 2015

30 July 2015

German Digital Rights Pioneers Investigated for Treason

Global Voices Advocacy

The last time a German journalist was charged with treason was in 1962, when the editor-in-chief of Der Spiegel was prosecuted for publishing secret documents about the German defense forces.

28 July 2015

Russia to Web Anonymizers: Shut Up and Go Away

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

Russian censors are now officially adding anonymizing websites to their blacklist registry, on the grounds they enable access to extremist content that is already blocked in Russia.

24 July 2015

Brazilian Music Legends Caetano and Gil Will Perform in Israel Despite Calls to Cancel

Ex-Pink Floyd member Roger Waters and former apartheid campaigner and Nobel Prize winner Desmond Tutu have publicly asked the duo to boycott Israel over its treatment of Palestinians.

After Youth Activists’ Arrest, Ugandans Speak Out Against Police Impunity

"The Uganda police has been reduced into a small armed group that fights political opposition while part-timing at law keeping"

23 July 2015

Internet Spots Luhansk Militants′ ‘Battlefield 3’ Fakes

RuNet Echo

Pro-Russian militants claimed they found a cache of "American weapons" at the Luhansk airport but social media users quickly discovered that the evidence was a video game-inspired fake.

21 July 2015

Laundering Russian Money in London: Undercover Reporters Show You How It's Done

RuNet Echo

The new hard-hitting exposé From Russia With Cash shows hows dirty money from Russia and elsewhere is being laundered through London's high-end real estate market.

20 July 2015

Global Voices Checkdesk Training Workshop to be held in Beirut on July 29

China Blocks Telegram Messenger for ‘Aiding Rights Advocates’

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

Chinese state-run newspaper People's Daily accused Telegram of aiding human-rights lawyers and advocates, who allegedly used the app and its "Secret Chat" mode to engage in “anti-government" activity.

17 July 2015

What You Need to Know About Ethiopia v. Zone9 Bloggers: Verdict Expected July 20

Global Voices Advocacy

Ethiopia's Zone9 bloggers have appeared in court 30 times in 15 months, and been adjourned each time. "This is no anomaly in Ethiopia’s highly compromised judiciary system," says Endalk Chala.

Enough With the ‘Us Versus Them Mentality'—We Are All Trinidadian

Lily Kwok posted a photo of herself on Facebook holding a placard that said, "I will not 'Go back to China'. I am Trinidadian" following a spate of anti-Chinese racism.

16 July 2015

Trinidad & Tobago’s Chinese Community Is Dog-Tired of Racial Stereotyping

Video of dog being skinned (allegedly at a Chinese restaurant) goes viral. Health minister hastily comments. Local Chinese community hits back online to try to bring the minister to heel.

14 July 2015

In Sweeping Effort to Spy on Civil Society, Macedonia Broke Its Own Privacy Laws

Global Voices Advocacy

"When such a government wiretaps you, it means that you are on the right track," says NGO worker Xhabir Deralla.

13 July 2015

Open-Source Information Reveals Pro-Kremlin Web Campaign

RuNet Echo

Publicly available information from Google Analytics and other sources shows connections between a number of pro-Russian and pro-Kremlin websites, but offers little indication as to who might be behind them.

BAKE, an Organization That's Helping Kenya's Blogging Community Grow

The association has trained over 1,500 people on blogging, social media and online community management. One day, they hope to "help set up blogging associations in all the African countries."

10 July 2015

Bangladesh Activists Have Little Faith in Blogger Murder Investigations

Global Voices Advocacy

"They are [attacking] bloggers because the Internet penetration is still low in the country and they want to silence freedom of speech that exposes their narratives and political message."

8 July 2015

For Arab Human Rights Defenders, Hacking Team Files Confirm Suspicions of State Surveillance

Global Voices Advocacy

"Rights groups knew Egypt using Hacking Team spyware since 2012; Sunday's hack just proved it," says Egyptian activist Ramy Raoof.

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