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· December, 2018

Stories about Digital Activism from December, 2018

31 December 2018

Latin America's year of political struggle and unexpected displays of solidarity

Elections, migration, community support and social struggle. Another turn of the screw for Latin America and its people.

Censored in 2018: Protest videos, court verdicts, real news — and Peppa Pig

Advox

From blocked websites to revoked media licenses to account shutdowns, censorship comes in many forms. Here are a few we saw in 2018.

30 December 2018

‘Stop killing women’ — a new campaign against domestic violence in Angola

"Violence against women is real, it really is. It is not something in the heads of feminists, it is not an invention or empty speech: IT IS REAL!"

28 December 2018

2018 across sub-Saharan Africa: Our favorite stories of epic change and transformation

From long-time leaders stepping down to citizens rising up, a cautious hope surges alongside the continuous struggle. Here are our favorite stories from across Africa in 2018.

27 December 2018

New edition of Macedonian Twitter Calendar combines nude art photography with humanitarian fundraising

Macedonian Twitter users come together to support humanitarian causes by posing for a nude calendar.

22 December 2018

Report says hackers detected online protest-sniffing software in Kazakhstan

Advox

The software was allegedly developed with help from Russia's security services.

Netizen Report: Bangladeshis see censorship on all sides as elections approach

Advox

Bangladesh is blocking websites, Sudanese telcos are blocking WhatsApp and Slack is kicking Iranians off the platform, even when they're not in Iran.

19 December 2018

In Hungary, protests continue at the public broadcast building where opposition MPs were removed by force

Protests continued in the Hungarian capital in front of the public broadcasting service building with opposition MP's ejected for demanding an end to the so-called "slavery law".

17 December 2018

100 days for Alaa: Family of Egyptian activist counts the days until his release from prison

Advox

Alaa has been jailed or investigated under every Egyptian head of state who has served during his lifetime.

16 December 2018

Anti-violence protests continue in Belgrade, after journalist survives assassination attempt

Advox

Protests are estimated to have doubled in size after Serbian president vows "never" to meet demonstrators' demands.

12 December 2018

Serbian internet users ridicule disinformation broadcast by pro-government media

Advox

Local media misinformed the public about the scale and scope of the protest, sparking a cascade of online criticism.

11 December 2018

Crackdown in Beijing: ‘Using Twitter is more dangerous than street demonstrations’

Advox

The number of Twitter users who have been directly threatened by authorities is estimated to be in the hundreds or even more.

10 December 2018

For the first time, a digital security app is available in Aymara thanks to Bolivian language activists

Rising Voices

"For us, language is our identity. If we lose our language, we lose our traditions, our culture, our stories, our ancestral knowledge -- we lose everything."

6 December 2018

New internet laws in Russia — and US tech giants’ acquiescence — spell trouble for dissenting voices

RuNet EchoAdvox

These new laws and rules, along with other laws regulating the collection of online user data, makes it difficult to use online platforms to voice discontent in Russia.

3 December 2018

Netizen Report: Who else is being silenced in Saudi Arabia?

Advox

Jamal Khashoggi's murder forces light on other abuses in Saudi Arabia, Bangladesh blocks Skype and China goes after Twitter users.

Macedonia's former ruling party organized a trolling apparatus for spreading hate speech, threats

Advox

In a TV interview, a former Macedonian government official revealed that the former party created and is still actively running online "troll farms".

Remembering LGBT activist Zak Kostopoulos: killed by a lynch mob, slandered by Greek media

Zak's death unleashed both demands for justice from LGBTQI communities from across the country as well as hate speech against such communities and Zak himself.