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5 May 2017

Jamaica Furthers Its Missing Child Prevention and Recovery Efforts With Facebook Alert System

A new Facebook initiative in conjunction with the Jamaican government, the first of its kind in the region, aims to make it easier to identify and hopefully find missing children.

Is India's Aadhaar System an Instrument For Surveillance?

Global Voices Advocacy

"Repeat after me: Aadhaar is surveillance technology masquerading as secure authentication technology."

4 May 2017

Netizen Report: Vietnam Says Facebook Will Cooperate With Censorship Requests on Offensive and ‘Fake’ Content

Global Voices Advocacy

Vietnam makes a deal with Facebook, beef controversy leads to online harassment in India and French authorities push to globalize ‘right to be forgotten’.

Don’t Be Alarmed: This ‘Red Button’ Is Meant to Help Russians

RuNet Echo

By connecting detainees with friends and human rights organizations more quickly than ever, the “Red Button” app hopes to provide protesters with greater protection from illegal arrests and penalties.

Nigeria’s President Has Disappeared Again, and Nigerians Demand to Know Why

Buhari recently returned from Britain after weeks of medical leave, but questions about his health resurfaced when he skipped a federal executive meeting on April 12. And he's still missing.

3 May 2017

Brazilian Activist in Induced Coma After Police Beating at Nationwide Protests

A Brazilian student is hospitalized in intensive care, after a police officer clubbed him in the head at a demonstration last Friday, when millions joined nationwide strikes against austerity reforms.

2 May 2017

The World’s Largest Biometric Database is Leaking Indian Citizens’ Data — But Keeps On Growing

Global Voices Advocacy

Over the last few months, the Indian twittersphere has been awash with citizens concerned about government websites leaking millions of individual digital ID numbers. On May 1, the Centre for Internet and...

Indians Are Speaking Up About Depression to Do Away With the Social Stigma Surrounding It

"In my heart, I believe that the time is now right for the world to deal with depression a kinder way."

1 May 2017

The Kremlin Is Worried Attacks on Opposition Leaders Are Making Them More Popular

RuNet Echo

Days after Alexei Navalny was again doused with green antiseptic, the news website Gazeta.ru reported that the Kremlin had instructed regional authorities to crack down such attacks in the future.

28 April 2017

The Last Time This Many People Went on Strike in Brazil It Was 1996

Protesters are taking a stand against a series of austerity reforms hastily pushed by Brazilian President Temer, who enjoys a substantial legislative majority and support from businesses, despite sinking popularity.

Rafael Braga Vieira: Symbol of Institutionalized Racism and Criminalized Poverty in Brazilian Justice

Braga was homeless and collecting recyclables to survive when he arrested the first time. But that was just the beginning of a darker saga.

Kashmiri Man Who Was Tied to an Indian Military Jeep as a Human Shield Says He Now Lives in Fear

"...I am afraid of going to a hospital. I’m afraid they will find me and kill me…I haven’t stepped outside my house in the last eight days."

Indian Government Bans 22 Social Media Platforms in Kashmir including Facebook, WhatsApp

Global Voices Advocacy

"By presenting the other side to the Kashmir storyline, the locals once again were able to own....the highly complex and conflicted Kashmir narrative."

27 April 2017

Netizen Report: Censorship Spikes in India, Subsides in Cameroon

Global Voices Advocacy

The Internet is back on in English-speaking Cameroon, while social media has been shut down in Kashmir. Journalists in Maldives mourn the stabbing death of a blogger.

Three Ways the Russian Government Is Trying to Control the Internet

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

“The Internet was created as a special project by the CIA,” Vladimir Putin announced three years ago. Since then, Russian authorities’ faith in the Internet has declined even further.

25 April 2017

Port of Spain Explores Spaces for Public Art After Controversial Crackdown

Might online support for a small Trinidadian artist be the spark that finally creates sustainable display spaces for public art in the capital city?

23 April 2017

Maldives Blogger and Activist Yameen Rasheed Stabbed to Death

“So-called 'Paradise on Earth' has no public safety for it's citizens. Tomorrow, it could be me, you, or any of us," wrote a Facebook user.

21 April 2017

A São Paulo City Councilor Surprised Schools With an Inspection for ‘Leftist Indoctrination’

Fernando Holiday was inspired by the Escola Sem Partido (School Without Party) campaign, which divides opinion in Brazil.

20 April 2017

Netizen Report: Mexican Journalists Were Threatened Online, Then Killed

Global Voices Advocacy

Kashmiris see more cuts to basic communications services, a Japanese artist gets fined for her 3D vagina art, and Thailand tells Facebookers to "unfollow" state critics.

Critics Say Albanian Parliament Is Trying to Amnesty Crooked Politicians, Under Pretext of Judicial Reform

Following protests, Albania's president has rejected legislation that could have spared the hides of many corrupt politicians. But it could still become law, regardless.

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