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Stories about Digital Activism

4 June 2020

‘A possible violation’: Mexico's biggest telecommunications operator is blocking Tor network

Advox

The Tor network is a free and open-source software used throughout the world by those who wish to exercise their freedom of expression and information while maintaining their privacy and anonymity.

Who fact checks online disinformation in West Africa’s Bambara language?

Rising Voices

Kpénahi Traoré, a language activist and journalist, battles the online dissemination of false information in Bambara, one of West Africa’s most widely spoken minority languages.

3 June 2020

Password hack claim puts cyber security on the public agenda in North Macedonia

Advox

The government said that no user data was compromised in the apparent attack.

2 June 2020

Making Swahili visible: Identity, language and the internet

Rising Voices

Swahili is the most widely spoken African language, but its visibility online is dismal. Kenyan language activist Bonface Witaba is working to change this.

Hongkongers strive to remember Tiananmen crackdown despite ban on candlelight vigil

The pretext for the ban this year is coronavirus, but an incoming national security law will likely make the three-decade-old vigil illegal.

1 June 2020

As COVID-19 accelerates digital transformation, is the internet safe for women in the Middle East?

Women activists and journalists experience are particularly targeted online in attempts to intimidate, sow disinformation and discredit their work. 

29 May 2020

Cryptocurrency scammers flood Facebook users with ads for fake Forbes.com articles

Advox

Data publicly provided by Facebook about the adverts' reach indicate they have traveled far beyond North Macedonia, activists warn.

A conversation with Udmurt language digital activist Artyom Malykh

RuNet EchoRising Voices

"My primary motivation is to keep the language of my community alive. Udmurt must be used in as wide a variety of spaces as possible in order to ensure that...

28 May 2020

Russian doctors’ union launches ‘map of problems’ faced by medics during COVID-19

RuNet EchoCOVID-19

Russia's medical staff are increasingly vocal about hospital conditions and a lack of personal protective equipment during the pandemic. This interactive map allows them to tell the world about it.

27 May 2020

A Yorùbá language activist strives for linguistic diversity in digital spaces 

Rising Voices

Adéṣinà Ọmọ Yoòbá, a Nigerian Yorùbá language and culture advocate, is keen to bridge the cultural and linguistic digital divide.

26 May 2020

Not just a number: Online memorial honors Brazil's COVID-19 victims

"After a while, those numbers start to lose their meaning, they become something like a clock, a warning, anything but people. And we start to become desensitized."

25 May 2020

How identity-driven conflicts fuel Ethiopia's incendiary social media rhetoric

Advox

Unity Park aimed to tell the story of all Ethiopians and celebrate the country’s diversity. But social media revealed politicized, nationalistic reactions along ethnic lines: Amhara and Oromo.

23 May 2020

Uyghur human rights advocate Dilnur Reyhan laments lack of Muslim solidarity

Hatred against the West has blinded ordinary Muslim citizens to the point of refusing to believe news brought by the Western media, even when it concerns concentration camps for Muslims

22 May 2020

Slovenian protesters channel Katie Melua to explain anti-corruption bicycle movement

"There are 10,000 bicycles in Ljubljana. That's a fact. That's how mad the people are."

21 May 2020

In Tunisia, women stand on the frontlines of targeted hate speech online

Advox

In Tunisia, an uprising toppled leadership and lead to revolution in 2011. Since then, digital space has witnessed heated debates about politics and society — including attacks against women activists and...

Meet the Uzbek activists using apps to connect gay men to HIV testing and care

Since 2016 Uzbekistan has been praised for its liberal reforms, but the LGBTQ+ community has not gained freedom. Those constraints make rights activists particularly resourceful – on- and offline.

20 May 2020

COVID-19-themed Global Voices story stars in Czech translation competition

GV Community BlogCOVID-19

Moderator Jan Faber spoke with GV about record-breaking participation in this year's edition, the future of translation and common errors that foreigners make when writing in Czech.

19 May 2020

In Algeria, online repression targets Amazigh protesters active in Hirak movement

Advox

In Algeria, the Amazigh people are often associated with France, Algeria's former colonial power. Racial slurs online accuse this group of being separatists who threaten "national unity."

18 May 2020

Nepali Muslims eye India's growing Islamophobia with fear

COVID-19

The coronavirus pandemic has exacerbated the status of already vulnerable minority Muslims in Nepal.

16 May 2020

Photo contest asks Rohingya community to document their lives during the COVID-19 pandemic

COVID-19

A photography competition for Rohingya people is being held from April 23 – August 23, 2020, featuring two broad categories – “Rohingya life” and “Response to Coronavirus” and entries can...

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