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· August, 2018

Stories about Digital Activism from August, 2018

31 August 2018

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

Advox

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

30 August 2018

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

RuNet EchoAdvox

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.

24 August 2018

Russian social media giant evades hard questions about privacy failures

RuNet EchoAdvox

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."

23 August 2018

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.

22 August 2018

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...."

21 August 2018

#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."

17 August 2018

Fearing reprimand, student protesters in Bangladesh go silent

Advox

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

16 August 2018

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

Advox

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

15 August 2018

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

Advox

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

14 August 2018

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

Advox

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

9 August 2018

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

Advox

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

8 August 2018

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

Advox

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

6 August 2018

Bangladeshi photojournalist Shahidul Alam detained over student protest coverage

Advox

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

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