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· October, 2019

Stories about Digital Activism from October, 2019

Netizen Report: How are protests in Lebanon affecting digital rights?

Protests continue in Lebanon, phone service is back in Kashmir (but the internet is still down) and Egyptians are getting censored on Twitter.

One of the few certainties of the Chilean crisis is the shadow of the past

In the midst of the turmoil in Chile, there's one point on which both the radical right and radical left concur: that this moment has overtones of the 1973 coup...

Cry of ‘Free the [bleeping] weed!’ leads to arrest of Trinidadian cannabis advocate

"To those who say the war is over, Rowley has promised to decriminalise, tell that to the citizens of this country who are packed 15 man to one stinking cell."

The struggle of the Bolivian feminist chola is now online

Yolanda Mamani, a feminist chola who started fighting for her rights as a child domestic worker, now take her talkative style to her radio show, blog and YouTube channel.

Despite ban, Telegram survives in Russia — but for how long?

Most users still have access, but the authorities aren't giving up on attempts to block the instant messaging and voice app.

Soon Bangladesh's capital may have two more reasons to complain about the traffic

"People are suffering a lot for the traffic jams, the people want respite, please finish the first Metrorail project."

Portuguese rapper causes controversy for portraying domestic violence in music video

Dozens of women's rights associations criticized the rapper Valete, who responded saying the controversy was "empty".

Mexican feminist groups fight for the right to stay safe online

After falling victim to the dissemination of intimate images without her consent, Olimpia Coral Melo Cruz, together with feminist organizations, fights for the adoption of laws to make this behavior...

Twitter users from North Macedonia fight disappointment with EU non-decision with humor

The date for the long-anticipated start of negotiations for Albania and North Macedonia's membership in the EU didn't materialize, due in large part to a lack of support by France.

Tweeting South Asian art

“Positive representation of Desi artists is incredibly necessary to create a progressive, culturally evolving society.”

The Indian state of Odisha publishes online dictionaries in 21 indigenous languages

India is home to over 780 languages and approximately 220-250 languages have died over the last 50 years.

Bulgaria's far-right is attempting to shut down the country's oldest human rights NGO

A member of the European Union since 2007, Bulgaria took a turn to the far-right in 2017 when PM Borisov's center-right party GERB allied itself with a small coalition of nationalist...

How Ethiopia's ruling coalition created a playbook for disinformation

Manipulation tactics used by Ethiopia's ruling coalition members against each other in their internal power struggle serve as a blueprint for opposition groups to attack their opponents and the government.

From dictatorship to democracy: All eyes on The Gambia’s upcoming Universal Periodic Review

Ahead of The Gambia's Universal Periodic Review, which issues top the agenda of civil society organizations? "There has been a kind of a media boom after the dictatorship."

The only two black coaches in Brazil's top-tier football league take a stand against racism

A statement by coach Roger Machado went viral on Brazilian social media.

A Crimean Tatar journalist's defiant last words in court

"I am a citizen of Ukraine, a Crimean Tatar, a Muslim. I am a journalist, a father, a husband, and a son. With the grace of God, these will not...

Meet the civic activists documenting abuses in Crimea

Crimean Solidarity members livestream arrests, detentions, and court hearings on the occupied peninsula, and fundraise for detainees' legal fees. That's why Moscow has had enough of them.

Google removes Hong Kong protester role-playing game from its Play Store

The mobile game, entitled "The Revolution of Our Times", provides details on the political context leading up to the protests with a map on key protest sites in Hong Kong.

‘I and we': The rallying cry of Russian protests

As the product of no particular political grouping or ideology, Я/Мы has become a relatively neutral rallying cry around which citizens of all political persuasions can unite.

Bangladesh regulator blocks engineering university webpage containing reports of student abuse

The Telecommunication Regulatory Commission blocked an online page where over 175 complaints were anonymously made by current and former students of the top engineering university of the country.

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