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· September, 2019

Stories about Digital Activism from September, 2019

26 September 2019

Netizen Report: Anti-corruption protests across Egypt trigger internet blockages, arrests

Advox

Censorship spikes as protests mount in Egypt, Twitter censors hundreds of pro-state accounts and a Pakistani court delivers a win for free speech online.

20 September 2019

Netizen Report: Pro-government doxxing campaigns rock Hong Kong, Serbia

Advox

Doxxing is all the rage in Hong Kong and Serbia, an Indian judge delivers a win for internet rights, and Facebook debuts plans for its oversight board.

Serbian journalists expose a ruling party bot application used to manipulate readers’ comments on media websites 

Advox

Investigative journalists discovered that a mobile application linked to their country's ruling party IP address was used for automatic voting on user comments on websites of popular media outlets.

13 September 2019

Siberians appeal to world leaders via YouTube to save them from coal smoke

RuNet Echo

"This winter, the whole world saw our black snow. We were gasping for air because of coal dust. Why do we have to live in such intolerable conditions?"

Netizen Report: Malicious attack takes Wikipedia offline

Advox

This week, Wikipedia went dark, Raul Castro got kicked off Twitter and the internet finally came back to Papua.

Locked down in Kashmir: A traveler's view

The Bridge

It's been more than a month since the Indian government placed the state of Kashmir on lockdown. A Bangladeshi traveller shares her experience of visiting the region during that period.

12 September 2019

A beloved Trinidadian vendor regains his rightful place selling nuts at cricket matches

A sponsorship deal that granted a snacks company exclusive product rights at a regional cricket tournament results in cricket fans getting passionate — about their nuts vendors.

10 September 2019

Death of a kangaroo at Trinidad zoo reignites loud fireworks debate

"We make a public call for a complete ban on fireworks in Trinidad and Tobago. Our animals and the families they are part of cannot continue in this way."

7 September 2019

Overnight music hit turns rappers into social justice heroes in Turkey

With over 10 million views and still trending, the song 'cannot stay silent' is making a deafening noise in Turkey and liberating the minds.

6 September 2019

Netizen Report: Two years after fleeing military attacks in Myanmar, Rohingya refugees face mobile blackout in Bangladesh

Advox

Refugees lose mobile access in Bangladesh, a Hong Kong web forum weathers a DDoS attack, and Turkey expands internet regulations.

Bosnia-Herzegovina to hold first ever Pride parade in Sarajevo on September 8

The parade is taking place in an atmosphere of threats of violence and homophobic rhetoric by traditional and social media, but organizers are determined that the show will go on.

Serbian journalists expose anonymous doxing site's ties to pro-government media coterie

Advox

Istraga became notorious for its smear attacks against voices critical of the Vučić regime, including journalists and non-governmental organisations.

4 September 2019

A web comic from Colombia discusses surveillance and gender in Latin America—to the rhythm of salsa

Advox

''Beyond the joke that "every breath you take" seems like it could be written by the NSA, we realized that this is about a man that spies on a woman.''

Russian opposition divided over online ‘smart voting’ campaign

RuNet Echo

No Russian disillusioned with the country’s rulers has any qualms with voting against United Russia, but many are deeply uneasy about who this means they must vote for.

3 September 2019

As Hurricane Dorian devastates the Bahamas, a cry for the Caribbean to face up to the climate crisis

"This is not a political or bipartisan issue; this is a human rights necessity in the face of global climate collapse."