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· October, 2017

Stories about Digital Activism from October, 2017

The Venezuelan Crisis Understood Through Video Games

Creative ways of protesting in Venezuela leave traces in different spaces and amplify a variety of points of views around the Venezuelan conflict.

The Portuguese People Want Justice for Victims of Fires That Ravaged Their Country This Year

According to the European Forest Fire Information System, around 500,000 hectares of forest have burned in 2017 alone – an area roughly twice the size the district of Lisbon.

After 113 Days Behind Bars, #Istanbul10 Human Rights Defenders Are Released Pending Trial

“I don’t have anything to regret. I just did my work as a human rights defender,” Idil Eser told the court.

A Macedonian Comic Strip Encourages Women to Pursue Computer Programming Careers

Neta, a comic strip about a young woman who works as software engineer, has become a fixture of Macedonian tech culture.

In Iran, Music Streaming Sites Soundcloud and Spotify Are Back Online

Spotify and Soundcloud are now accessible for Iranians.

Ukrainian Wikipedia Awards National Winners of ‘Wiki Loves Earth’ Photo Contest

The Ukrainian part of the global competition featured 356 participants, some 15,000 photos and over 1,860 natural heritage subjects.

The Femicide in Mexico by a ‘Cabify’ Driver That Shook Latin America

"#IfTheyKillMe I'm sure it will be for having been to a concert or to the theatre at night, I'm sure it will be my fault for enjoying my life."

Netizen Report: Will Egypt’s Jailed Activists Ever See Justice?

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

Philippines: Human Rights Groups Ask Apple to Reject Games Glorifying President Duterte's War on Drugs

"It is unacceptable that Apple is tolerant to making profit out of people’s unjust deaths and misery".

A ‘Verified’ Social Media Account Can Help Protect Iranian Activists — If They’re Lucky Enough to Get One

Social media companies can do more to protect communities facing online attacks.

One Mother's Tireless Pursuit of Justice for Kashmir's Disappeared

"We don’t want their money. We want our children back."

Netizen Report: Free Speech Is Under Fire in Catalonia’s Push for Independence

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

The World’s First ‘EleFriendly Bus’ Curtails Human-Elephant Conflict in Sri Lanka

The human-elephant conflict has reduced by 80% since the Elefriendly Bus started running. In the first seven months, the number of conflicts fell from 83 to 21.

China's Sina Weibo Hires 1,000 Supervisors to Censor ‘Harmful Content'—Including Women's Legs

"Male users are less likely to be reported, while female users’ selfies, leg photos or waist photos that show off the success of their workouts are subjected to reduced scores."

#Istanbul10 Human Rights Defenders Have Been Behind Bars for 100 Days

"Gharavi and Steudtner were arrested doing their jobs, imparting knowledge and skills that are essential to the exercise of human rights in the digital age."

Beyond the ‘Yes’ and ‘No’ of Catalonia’s Independence Referendum

Opinions on the October 1 referendum are much more diverse than might first appear.

Art Exhibitions Fall Into the Crosshairs of Brazilian Conservatives

"Not even in the period of the dictatorship was an exhibition with 263 works by 85 artists closed."

Will India’s Blood Banks Benefit From Facebook’s New Blood Donor Registration Feature?

"Becoming a blood donor on Facebook is like feeding the poor by forwarding food pictures on WhatsApp."

Netizen Report: LGBT People Face Online Censorship and Threats in Egypt, Jordan

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

A Yemeni Political Analyst Has Been Held By Houthi Rebels Since August, With No Explanation

Hisham Al-Omeisy is a crucial voice on the ongoing war in Yemen, and its humanitarian cost.

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