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· August, 2017

Stories about Digital Activism from August, 2017

30 August 2017

Provisional Election Results Show Angola's Longtime Ruling Party Is Staying Put

On 23 August, more than 9 million Angolans were called to elect the new president.

29 August 2017

New Zealand Artists Launch ‘We Are Beneficiaries’ Social Media Campaign to Highlight Welfare Concerns

Rising Voices

My wish for Work and Income New Zealand is that they treat our older citizens with deep respect, especially if they are caring for grandchildren."

28 August 2017

Chinese Tech Firms Are at the Cutting Edge of Artificial Intelligence — But at What Cost?

Global Voices Advocacy

China has a more open attitude toward new technology, but is their success built upon a lack of awareness of individual rights?

27 August 2017

Shanty Towns in Conakry and Freetown: Mismanagement and Vulnerability in Africa's Booming Capitals

For several days now, bulldozers have been demolishing houses in Démoudoula, Conakry, leaving men, women and children on the streets.

25 August 2017

Venezuelan Government Wants to Regulate Hatred on Social Media

Global Voices Advocacy

Today, with an all-powerful ANC composed solely of representatives from the governing party, it seems unlikely that anything will be able to stop the law from being approved.

How to Save Languages from Dying, and What I Learned While Documenting My Own

The Bridge

Half of the world’s languages are dying, but we can help preserve the age-old cultural heritage contained in them by documenting the languages around us in digital form.

24 August 2017

‘Privacy is a Fundamental Right': Advocates Hail India's Supreme Court Ruling

Global Voices Advocacy

The ruling followed multiple citizen petitions that challenged the government's move to make Aadhaar -- India's national digital ID system -- mandatory for various social welfare benefits.

18 August 2017

In Paraguay, Your Health Data and Credit Records Can Be Used Against You

Global Voices Advocacy

The uncontrolled use of personal data means your financial past and health information can be used against you when applying for jobs, enrolling in schools and much more...

Netizen Report: US Tech Company Bans White Supremacist Group for Being ‘Assholes’

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.

15 August 2017

‘Dagdag Gastos’ Calculator Debunks Philippine Government Claim That Tax Reform Will Benefit the Poor

"Ultimately, more Filipino families will have to shoulder added expenses to their already gravely inadequate incomes."

13 August 2017

Tata Genaro Ramírez: The Farmer Who Revived the Nawat Language in El Salvador

Rising Voices

Genaro inspired a new generation of Náhuat teachers, he launched the enthusiasm for the documentation of the language, broke taboos, and made the language known in El Salvador.

7 August 2017

Secular Voices in the Balkan States Oppose Religious Education in Public Schools

“Why do they call it ‘religious science’ when it’s not a science, but a subject about beliefs. So it needs to be called ‘religious beliefs’.”

6 August 2017

Sexual Harassment and Abuse of Power Threaten the Careers of Many Medical Students in Paraguay

Sexual harassment is a domination strategy that many medical students have had to contend with in one of the most important universities in Paraguay.

‘They Can't Stop Us’ — World Mourns Execution of Palestinian-Syrian Activist Bassel Khartabil Safadi by the Assad Regime

"This is a loss for Syria. This is loss for Palestine. This is my loss." - Noura Ghazi Safadi

5 August 2017

‘Arepa, the Taco Is With You’ — The Hashtag of Solidarity From Mexico to Venezuela

With a big wave of tweets, hundreds of Mexicans sent messages of solidarity and good wishes to the Venezuelans struggling in the country's current crisis.

Behind Bars for 30 Days: EU Leaders Condemn Turkey's Detention of #Istanbul10

Global Voices Advocacy

The European Commission called for the “immediate release” of the group, calling the detentions part of a “deeply worrying pattern” of imprisonment in Turkey.

4 August 2017

‘With Empty Hands But Deep Beliefs,’ Jamal Hosseini Lost His Life Fighting for Human Rights in Iran

Global Voices Advocacy

The third anniversary of the mysterious death of Jamal Hosseini, a bridge between underground activists in Iran and the global community of human rights activists.

3 August 2017

Netizen Report: Tech Community Mourns Open Source Activist Executed in Syria

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.

Bulgarian Wikipedia Announces National Entries for ‘Wiki Loves Earth’ Photo Contest

Wikipedia Bulgaria announced the top 10 photos that will represent Bulgaria in the "Wiki Loves Earth" international photo contest.

No More Jailed Journalists in Macedonia: Zoran Božinovski Free on Bail After 15-Month Detention

Global Voices Advocacy

After spending around 3 years in jails in Serbia and Macedonia, the journalist Zoran Božinovski was released from detention on July 15.

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