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.
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.
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."
"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."
The #FreeKhayrullo campaign did its job and the government backed down. Now fearless Mirsaidov says he will appeal the conviction.
"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...."
"In our new Africa, there is no room for brutality, we cherish each other. Let us debate disagreements, not crush opponents."
The government has blamed social media users and activists for trying to create unrest by sharing provocative posts and content on Facebook.
Bangladeshi students go quiet as police pursue online accounts, Brazil gets a new data protection law and Facebook is still floundering in Myanmar.
A bold and popular journalist is appealing a 12 year-sentence he received after speaking out against official corruption.
Free Brazil Movement is accusing the platform of censoring right-wing groups.
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.
"...there were people with machetes in their hands chasing unarmed students. And the police are standing by watching it happen."