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· November, 2016

Stories about Digital Activism from November, 2016

28 November 2016

Facebook’s Controversial ‘Free Basics’ Project Spreads to 47 Countries

Free Basics is a collaboration between Facebook and mobile providers that allows access for free but limited access to internet.

27 November 2016

How to Use the Internet to Protect and Pass on Traditions to Malian Youth

Rising Voices

"Our mission is use information technology to preserve and promote Mali’s rich linguistic, material, and immaterial heritage."

25 November 2016

Independent Report Offers Troubling Findings on Digital Rights in Ecuador

Global Voices Advocacy

Ecuadorean digital platforms Mil Hojas and Usuarios Digitales present an alternative report to UN Human Rights Council as part of Universal Periodic Review on human rights.

23 November 2016

An American Traveler Accuses Macedonian Customs of Corruption After ‘Ordeal’ at the Border

Rick Ray uploaded a video saying officials confiscated his drone -- not because he did anything wrong, but because they wanted to resell it for profit.

Brazilian Activists Outsmart Facebook's Censorship of the Female Nipple

Global Voices Advocacy

"What are the real differences between one portrait and another? What is offensive in one nipple that isn't in the other?"

La Francophonie Summit Comes to Madagascar, Where Demonstrators Are Waiting

Madagascar, where the majority of people still live in poverty, has spent vast sums of money to organise a major summit. How much money exactly, nobody knows.

20 November 2016

Melbourne’s Networked Society Symposium Explores Digital Landscape

The threats and opportunities presented by our digital world and the rise of the 'Fifth Estate' were explored at a symposium at Melbourne University's Networked Society Institute.

How is Online Radio Helping to Empower Visually Impaired People in Armenia?

Rising Voices

"There are about 25,000 visually impaired people in Armenia, of whom 6,000 are blind. Only 5% of these people are employed."

18 November 2016

Netizen Report: Trump Win Triggers Safety and Surveillance Fears

Global Voices Advocacy

US activists weather wave of post-election social media harassment, Ethiopia blocks Global Voices, and the UK finally passes the much-maligned Snoopers Charter.

17 November 2016

Ukraine Cracks Down on Internet Piracy

RuNet Echo

Ukraine's most popular file-sharing service is shutting down its operations amidst a broader government effort to strengthen Ukraine's intellectual property laws and crack down on internet piracy.

16 November 2016

Activists Want to Build a Monument to Russia's Most Famous Movie Gangster

RuNet Echo

Russian activists is crowdfunding a monument to Sergei Bodrov Jr., the actor who played the cult hero Danila Bragov in the "Brat" movies.

14 November 2016

Ethiopian Authorities Arrest Zone9 Blogger Befeqadu Hailu Citing ‘State of Emergency’

Global Voices Advocacy

Hailu was told that his arrest was prompted by the interview he gave for Voice of America's Amharic Service about Ethiopia's state of emergency.

11 November 2016

Let’s Take Back Twitter, Please

The Bridge

A worldwide campaign is underway to attempt to buy and transform the little blue bird into a cooperatively-owned platform.

8 November 2016

A Hilarious Meme Leads to Crowdfunding Campaign for Children in Ghana

"There have been many stories of how crowdsourcing rescued many from challenges. But it is more exciting when a negative and hilarious meme is turned into a good tale..."

5 November 2016

Bosnia and Herzegovina's Census Shows the Demography of Division and the Reality of Illiteracy

Initial results of the Bosnia and Herzegovina census shows that decades of nationalistic politics have entrenched ethnic and religious differences, reconfirming the ethnic cleansing 'gains' from the 1990s war.

4 November 2016

Chinese Activist Who Wore ‘Xitler’ T-Shirt Goes Missing in Detention

Global Voices Advocacy

"He’s one of a very small number of young Chinese who have been outspoken in criticising the Chinese government on Twitter using their real names."

Demystifying Social Media Censorship — in Arabic, Spanish and English

Global Voices Advocacy

Social media platforms have terms of use that restrict several types of content including nudity, hate speech, and violence. But these difficult-to-define rules are always subject to interpretation.

3 November 2016

‘My Life for Iran': The 4th Anniversary of Iranian Activist Sattar Beheshti's Death

Global Voices Advocacy

Sattar Beheshti has come to embody the spirit of resistance in Iran, in an ongoing struggle against freedom of expression and government repression.

2 November 2016

Netizen Report: Will Indonesians Enjoy the ‘Right to Be Forgotten’?

Global Voices Advocacy

As Indonesians question a broad-reaching Right to Be Forgotten, Turkey blocks the Internet in Kurdistan, Vodafone lands in Iran, and Sweden takes a swipe at drone cameras.

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