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Stories about Digital Activism

5 May 2016

#JusticeforJisha: India Protests the Rape and Murder of a Dalit Woman

"#JusticeForJisha Find the culprits. End victim blaming mindset. Stop feeding the rape culture."

3 May 2016

One Woman's Experience Breaking India's Feminine Ideal—With a Mohawk

"I constantly had to explain myself to others. There were whispers, giggles and derogatory comments: 'She’s gone butch.'"

2 May 2016

Aleppo Is Burning: Make Your Social Media Profile Photograph Red to Show You Care

Aleppo is being "wiped off the map" as you read these lines. Hundreds have been killed in recent days as activists appeal to the world to pay attention to their...

Is Telegram Really Safe for Activists Under Threat? These Two Russians Aren't So Sure.

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

Russian opposition activists are investigating the possible role of state law enforcement in the remote hacking of their Telegram messenger accounts.

‘I Was Forced to Drink My Own Urine’: ‘Freedom’ For Netizens After 647 Days Locked Up, But Not For All

Global Voices Advocacy

Ethiopia's Federal High Court acquits two men who spent more than 600 days incarcerated on terrorism charges that critics allege were politically motivated. A third man was not so lucky.

29 April 2016

Meet the Anti-Discrimination Non-Profit Behind the Jamaican Version of a ‘Privilege Walk’

"We believe that everyone, no matter who they are, is deserving of respect. [...] This is necessary in changing the course [of] human rights development in Jamaica."

Fighting Fear and Hopelessness From House Arrest in Macedonia

A 19-year-old law student placed under house arrest in Macedonia explains why thousands of protesters like him are fed up with the nation's leaders.

28 April 2016

Five Cameroonian Data Journalists Take Stock of Paul Biya's 33 Governments

A data journalism project sheds light on all 33 different governing bodies during the Paul Biya administration in Cameroon.

27 April 2016

Anatomy of a Macedonian ‘Colorful Revolution’

"Why do I protest, and what is the Colorful Revolution? This is a struggle against the authoritarian and corrupt regime, personified by ex-Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski."

Chinese Big Brother Is Watching You, Even in Australia

"We are concerned that Mr Wu is becoming a victim of the Chinese government’s increasingly intrusive attempts to curb voices of dissent among overseas Chinese."

Mexico’s Controversial ‘Telecom Law’ Is Now in the Supreme Court’s Court

Global Voices Advocacy

"In a country with a serious democratic deficit and in which public officials are responsible for attacks on journalists and dissidents, these measures could be used to pursue uncomfortable opinions."

26 April 2016

Xulhaz Mannan, an LGBT Activist in Bangladesh, Is the Latest Victim in a String of Brutal Killings

Global Voices Advocacy

Since 2005, at least 23 bloggers and activists have been killed and scores of others attacked or threatened with death for their progressive and secular views.

French Activists Say If You Are Harassed or You See Harassment on the Street, Speak Up

One 2014 study revealed that 85% of women in Paris "have little faith" that anyone would come to their aide if they were assaulted on the metro.

Russian Prosecutor General Accuses ‘Right Sector’ of Using Social Media to Overthrow the Kremlin

RuNet Echo

The Russian Prosecutor General claims that Ukrainian nationalist group "Right Sector" used the Russian social network VKontakte to organize "mass riots and unsanctioned public events."

Ecuadorians Come Together Online to Help Those Affected by the Earthquake

"Citizens have taken charge of all the organizing and the collaboration, there was no need for Rafael Correa in this country."

24 April 2016

Three Brave Women Launch Campaign to Encourage Reporting Acts of Sexual Violence in Mexico

With the confidence that "when one of us is touched, we all respond", the "Don't remain silent" campaign encourages reporting acts of sexual violence committed daily against women in Mexico.

23 April 2016

Jamaica's Christian Conservatives Point Fingers at International Agencies Over Comprehensive Sex Education

"How can [...] advocates and health practitioners who understand the real world and people of faith [...] reach a point of common understanding for the benefit and welfare of all?"

22 April 2016

The Iranian Physicist Jailed for Refusing to Work on Nukes Is Dying Behind Bars

For a brief moment on April 21, world attention shifted to the physicist who's spent the past five years in prison for refusing to work on Iran's nuclear program.

20 April 2016

Meet the Pakistani Security Expert Saving Lives in 140 Characters

Norbert Almeida is a security expert who for the past several years has provided security updates and security guides to the public via Twitter and his blog.

New App Helps Citizens Find Out What Hong Kong Internet Service Providers Know About Them

Global Voices Advocacy

Access My Info generates a letter for users to send to relevant privacy officers of internet service providers and mobile phone companies to request data about themselves.

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