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· March, 2016

Stories about Digital Activism from March, 2016

30 March 2016

Netizen Report: Ethiopia’s Zone9 Bloggers Go Back to Court

Global Voices Advocacy

Chinese dissidents’ families torn apart over party controversy, courts in Morocco and Ethiopia drag out trials against advocates, and Russian tech moguls launch a new center for monitoring "information attacks".

29 March 2016

‘There is No Shame in Fear': Confronting Surveillance in Post-Revolution Egypt

Global Voices Advocacy

"...as so many unjust things become normalized in our daily lives, the act of spreading information and informing others – however difficult – becomes an ever-more vital part of activism."

26 March 2016

Center for Monitoring Propaganda and Disinformation Online Set to Open in Russia

RuNet Echo

Russia already has agencies that oppose and respond to cyberattacks, but the center's creators say it would be the first of its kind, monitoring and preventing information attacks online.

#JusticeForTonu Goes Viral After Bangladeshi College Student's Rape and Murder

"This issue runs deeper than one isolated incident. It's time we address it #JusticeForTonu."

This Easter, the Pardonometer Is Taking on an Old Tradition in Spain

Many Spanish judges think that the pardon is unjustified in a modern legal system, and should be fundamentally reformed, if not abolished altogether.

25 March 2016

Russian Censors Target Public Wi-Fi Spots in Crusade Against Blocked Websites

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

Russian censors are now policing public Wi-Fi in places such as cafes, shopping malls or public libraries, to make sure ISPs are blocking access to websites that are officially banned.

#Justice4Morocco: Human Rights Defenders’ Trial Postponed Again

Global Voices Advocacy

Among those charged is Hicham Khribchi aka Hisham Almiraat, a medical doctor and long-time member of the Global Voices community.

24 March 2016

Beyond Heroics and the Cold War, Changing the Discourse on the Grenada Revolution

"Thirty-seven years after the overthrow of Sir Eric Gairy, scholars, activists and others who value social justice, continue to explore and document the ‘revo’ and its ongoing impacts."

Look Out, Daughter of Peru’s Former Dictator. Protesters Don’t Want You Running for President.

Throughout all the campaign, Keiko Fujimori's leading position was unquestionable, but things started to change as the authoritarian governing style of her father returned to Peruvians' memory.

23 March 2016

Netizen Report: Congo Shuts Down All Communications on Election Day

Global Voices Advocacy

Bahrain court slams social media satirist in absentia, circumvention tools take another hit in Russia, and Facebook is off the hate speech hook in Germany (at least for now).

How Afghanistan's Politics of Ethnicity and Honour Play Out on Facebook

General Abdul Rashid Dostum and General Ata Mohammad Noor have much in common, but whether online or offline, they speak to different audiences.

20 March 2016

Series of Animated Stories Revitalise Indigenous Languages in Mexico

Rising Voices

‘68 tongues, 68 hearts’ is an animated project aimed at preserving and sharing the indigenous languages of Mexico through a series of short animations narrated in the indigenous languages.

17 March 2016

Russia Plans to Fine Websites for ‘Propaganda’ of Circumvention Tools

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

The Kremlin is so worried about internet circumvention tools it now seeks to make mere mentions of them illegal and introduce fines for "propaganda" of ways to access blocked websites.

A List of Hope: Is Electoral Politics All That’s Left for the Iranian Opposition?

The primary question, to vote or not to vote, sparked a lot of debate in the February 2016 Iranian elections for parliament and Assembly of Experts.

16 March 2016

Gymnast Thema Williams’ Long, Fraught Road to Representing Trinidad & Tobago in the Olympics

Thema Williams, the gymnast whose topless pic caused a social media firestorm, has finally been chosen to represent Trinidad and Tobago at the Rio Olympics Test Event.

15 March 2016

#WhereisBassel: Imprisoned Syrian Technologist Is Still Missing

Global Voices Advocacy

Five months ago, Syrian web developer Bassel Khartabil disappeared from a Damascus prison, where he had spent four years since his 2012 arrest. Join supporters and ask: #WhereisBassel?

14 March 2016

Between Hashtags and Memes, Bolivian Leaders Push for Social Media Regulation

Global Voices Advocacy

A draft law that would regulate social media -- with criminal consequences for its violators -- has sparked intense debates among Bolivian citizens.

Polarization and Dehumanization: Two Keys to Understanding the Assassination of Honduran Activist Berta Cáceres

Hedme Sierra Castro, a Honduran human rights advocate, shares context on Honduras, a land vulnerable to impunity and abuse of native communities.

Citizens Overwhelm Macedonia's Election Commission With Reports of Suspicious Voters’ Registry Data

The SEC published a new web app allowing Macedonians to report irregularities in the Voters' Registry online. Ten days later, they shut it down down because of too many reports.

12 March 2016

Are There Happy Places in Ukraine? Use This Map to Find Out

RuNet Echo

An international group of volunteers is creating an online map of all the places in Ukraine where people say they feel happy.

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