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· August, 2018

Stories about Digital Activism from August, 2018

Netizen Report: It’s not just Myanmar — ethnic hate speech runs rampant on social media in Cameroon, India

The Advox Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world.

Is Russian social media giant VKontakte sidestepping the GDPR? One user is trying to find out.

Russia's largest social network VKontakte is in hot water again for playing fast and loose with their users' privacy — this time allegedly violating the GDPR regulations.

Russian social media giant evades hard questions about privacy failures

One user challenged Vkontakte: "How many times have you challenged the security services in court over their demands to hand over user information? You have that right."

Artists rise up as Ugandan MP ‘Bobi Wine’ faces fresh charges of treason

"The extent to which violence is escalating in this country is worrying and we should all be concerned. We need to reflect on these matters and find a way forward."

Tajikistan releases whistleblower but leaves conviction in place

The #FreeKhayrullo campaign did its job and the government backed down. Now fearless Mirsaidov says he will appeal the conviction.

A new law threatens artistic expression in Cuba

"Your censorship is in the closure of concerts...It was always there, you only legalized it. Then you accuse us of politicizing art...Stop already with the repression...."

#FreeBobiWine: Protests mount over torture and arrest of a young political force in Uganda

"In our new Africa, there is no room for brutality, we cherish each other. Let us debate disagreements, not crush opponents."

Fearing reprimand, student protesters in Bangladesh go silent

The government has blamed social media users and activists for trying to create unrest by sharing provocative posts and content on Facebook.

Netizen Report: Elections in Mali marred by militant violence — and internet shutdowns

Bangladeshi students go quiet as police pursue online accounts, Brazil gets a new data protection law and Facebook is still floundering in Myanmar.

#FreeKhayrullo: Human rights groups demand justice for Tajik journalist facing trial

A bold and popular journalist is appealing a 12 year-sentence he received after speaking out against official corruption.

Facebook bans 196 pages in Brazil, attempting to rein in abuse and disinformation

Free Brazil Movement is accusing the platform of censoring right-wing groups.

Netizen Report: Bangladesh protests trigger mobile network cuts, journalist arrest

Venezuela goes after journalists' cameras after drone attack, Iran re-routes Telegram (to government servers) and Google tries to go back to China.

India's biometric ID system takes more heat, after Google admits it coded helpline numbers into Android phones

With a growing list of incidents of system malfunctions and personal data leaks, Aadhaar has failed to gain public trust.

Bangladeshi photojournalist Shahidul Alam detained over student protest coverage

"...there were people with machetes in their hands chasing unarmed students. And the police are standing by watching it happen."

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