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· February, 2017

Stories about Digital Activism from February, 2017

28 February 2017

Indian Student Activist Faces Death Threats After Standing Up to Right Wing

Global Voices Advocacy

Threats of violence, gang rape, and physical attacks are making news in India, after a 20-year-old student activist from New Delhi's Lady Shri Ram college launched the #StudentsAgainstABVP protest.

27 February 2017

The Story of a Gay, Black Man From the Outskirts of São Paulo Who Became a Filmmaker

"I'm not ashamed of making my videos up here and showing the place I call home. This is my reality."

911 for Donbass: Meet the App That Will Keep Ukrainians Updated About Military Attacks

RuNet Echo

"Active Citizen" will inform users about military attacks in seconds and, the app's creators hope, help reduce casualties among civilians in the war-torn regions of eastern Ukraine.

25 February 2017

Macedonia’s Ruling Party Is Draining Civil Society Groups’ Time—and Money

Global Voices Advocacy

Ruling partly leaders are calling for the "de-Sorosization" of Macedonian civil society, arguing that the country's civil sector should rely on the Macedonian government for financial support.

24 February 2017

Russian Government Youth Group Wants to Make Wikipedia More Patriotic

RuNet Echo

A clumsy new campaign called “Virtual Front” is coming to Russia next month, led by a government youth group that aims to make Wikipedia’s Russian edition more “truthful and patriotic.”

23 February 2017

Netizen Report: How Private is Our Email? Riseup Users Want to Know.

Global Voices Advocacy

New malware targets Iranian mac users, Facebook discloses some information about data-sharing with advertisers, and Cameroon’s regional Internet shutdown could cost the country millions.

Why Are Puerto Ricans Sharing Their Student Numbers on Social Media?

Higher education in Puerto Rico finds itself in crisis following major budget cutbacks and a wave of resignations at the University of Puerto Rico.

22 February 2017

These Female Skateboarders Are Blazing a Trail in India

"I wanted to make it visible that there were girls skateboarding in India, even though the numbers could be counted on one hand at the time."

18 February 2017

Islamist Groups Demand Removal of Sculpture in Front of Supreme Court in Bangladesh

Authorities have less than a week to respond to a request that top officials and social media users alike are arguing is unreasonable.

Hackers Target Iranian Activists’ Mac Devices With Revamped Malware

Global Voices Advocacy

State-sponsored Iranian hackers targetting civil human rights users have a new virus targeting Apple computers.

17 February 2017

Facebook Gives a Voice to Missing People in Mexico

Families in Mexico searching desperately for missing loved ones are turning to social media and other digital platforms as an effective way to get the word out.

Belgrade Mayor’s Ex-Wife Reignites Political Scandal With Bombshell Interview

The ex-wife of Belgrade's mayor gave a bombshell interview this week, making waves across Serbia, implicating her former husband in a political firestorm.

Award-Winning Hong Kong Political Cartoonist Refuses Self-Censorship

"You speculate that the government may sue the publisher, and so decide to censor the work. The whole incident goes against my principles."

16 February 2017

Netizen Report: In Kenya and Mexico, Citizens Suspect State Manipulation on Twitter

Global Voices Advocacy

As social manipulation abounds on Twitter, Venezuela blocks more news websites, and Facebook heads to France to fight fake news.

15 February 2017

Battle of the Hashtags: Mapping the Online Conversation Surrounding Mexico's Gas Prices

Global Voices Advocacy

In the wake of protests following Mexico's hike in gas prices, social media has become a battlefield over the propagation of false stories.

Mystery Oil-Like Substance Pollutes Macedonia and Albania's Lake Ohrid

It's just one of a long list of threats to Europe's oldest lake that are putting its World Heritage designation in jeopardy.

Kenyan Government Allegedly Pays Social Media Influencers to Promote “GreedyDoctors” Hashtag

Global Voices Advocacy

As allegations of social media manipulation surfaced, seven Kenyan Doctor’s Union officials were jailed for failing to call off an ongoing strike.

Families in Sri Lanka Stand Up to the Soldiers Who Took Their Homes

Dozens of families in Sri Lanka have been protesting in front of an Air Force camp, demanding the return of their homes, which have been occupied since 2009.

13 February 2017

Fake News to Be of Major Concern in French Presidential Election Campaign

Distinguishing between real and fabricated news will be challenge during the french election campaign.

Online Documentary Tells Stories of Adolescent Mothers From Bulgaria

"Often, they are given no chance of making their life choice themselves and they are left in the closed loop of illiteracy, un-employment, and poverty."

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