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· July, 2017

Stories about Digital Activism from July, 2017

31 July 2017

Crisis in Maldives Parliament: Rejection of the ‘No-Confidence Motion’ Sparks Lockdown

The country is tilting toward authoritarianism as growing accusations mount against President Yameen for silencing dissent and imprisoning political opponents including former President Nasheed, under allegedly made up charges.

Young Kyrgyz Music Star Rejects Appointment to Head Museum After Online Backlash

"We are tired of officials’ spouses and kids who get into managing positions.”

29 July 2017

The Kyrgyz “Dancing Kelin” Protests Early Marriage By Calling Attention to the Harsh Realities of Rural Brides

“Life in the village is round-the-clock work. Brides finish one chore and start another. They work 24/7.”

27 July 2017

In Macedonia, Geeks Create Free Accommodation Platform In Reaction to Hotel Price Hike for Super Cup Fans

A bunch of geeks who call themselves 'WeTalkIT' offered Manchester United and Real Madrid fans the means to find a free place to stay during Skopje's UEFA Super Cup.

Netizen Report: New Research Tests Facebook’s Digital ‘On Ramp’ for Developing Countries

Global Voices Advocacy

Global Voices Advocacy's Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world.

Facebook’s Free Basics Doesn't Connect You to the Global Internet – But it Does Collect Your Data

Global Voices Advocacy

Regardless of whether they log into Facebook, users of Free Basics are constantly sharing their data with Facebook.

Is Free Basics Really Bringing More Africans Online? A Case Study From Ghana

Global Voices Advocacy

A group of Global Voices contributors tested the Free Basics app in six countries across the globe this spring. Here's what we found in Ghana.

26 July 2017

Who Are the #Istanbul10? Learn About the Work of Jailed Human Rights Defenders in Turkey

Global Voices Advocacy

A group of human rights defenders and information technology trainers continue to face jail time in Turkey and accusations that they were "aiding a terrorist organization without being a member."

24 July 2017

Ghana's Social Media Scene Opens New Spaces for Public Debate

"Today, Ghanaians on social media are quick to make permutations of what number of public schools, hospitals, roads and sanitised water systems could have been constructed..."

21 July 2017

Brazil’s First Indigenous Online Radio Station Uses Digital Media to Promote Native Languages and Communities

Rising Voices

Rádio Yandê uses technology to shred stereotypes and misconceptions about Brazil’s native communities.

20 July 2017

Netizen Report: Authorities in China and Indonesia Threaten Whatsapp, Telegram Over Political Content

Global Voices Advocacy

Global Voices Advocacy's Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world.

19 July 2017

Is the Legalisation of Marijuana in Trinidad & Tobago an ‘Idea Whose Time Has Come'?

"The only ones benefiting from keeping marijuana illegal are the drug gangs and they will be forced out of business by legitimate dealers..."

Ethiopia's Music of Resistance Stays Strong, Despite Repression

Global Voices Advocacy

Amid wide-scale protests and a violent government crackdown, Afan Oromo musicians have begun to rise as a visible — and audible — driving inspiration for the opposition movement.

Poles Rally to Defend the Independent Judiciary From Ruling Party's Reforms

"Warsaw rally for #democracy and #ruleoflaw in #Poland continues... Candles symbolise hope for freedom and a better future."

15 July 2017

Netizen Report: Colombian Court Demands Password to Journalist’s Facebook Account

Global Voices Advocacy

Mobile internet goes down again in Kashmir, Turkish human rights advocates are detained with no charges, and a Philippine Senator pushes anti-fake news bill.

12 July 2017

Human Rights Defenders Are Still Behind Bars in Turkey

Global Voices Advocacy

In a tweet on behalf of their staff, Amnesty International recalled their efforts to protect (Turkish President) Erdogan when he was arrested in 1998 during a stint as Istanbul's mayor.

10 July 2017

Saying Goodbye to Anton Nossik, Godfather of the Russian Internet

RuNet Echo

RuNet pioneer Anton Nossik died in his sleep on June 9 at the age of 51.

How Are Boys and Girls Supposed to Sit, Walk, and Dance? An Experiment in India's Gujarat

Pink versus blue, pretty versus brave: the childhood landscape is mined with pernicious gender stereotypes that dictate how we behave as adults.

7 July 2017

Netizen Report: Working in the Public Interest Can Get You Arrested

Global Voices Advocacy

Global Voices Advocacy's Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world.

6 July 2017

Turkish Authorities Detain Top Human Rights Defenders at Training Workshop

Global Voices Advocacy

"[These] people who have dedicated their lives to human rights. A day will come when they will stand for the rights of those behind these vile news stories."

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