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Stories about Digital Activism

5 November 2015

Facebook Vows to Improve Real Name Policy. But How Far Will They Go?

Global Voices Advocacy

Facebook says it will make some small changes to the real name policy in an effort to help keep users safe, but there is still much more to be done.

4 November 2015

Netizen Report: The Mexican Cybercrime Law That Wasn’t

Global Voices Advocacy

Global Voices Advocacy's Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world.

Bay Area Intifada: Identity Politics with a Capital ‘I’

The Bridge

The dream of Third World liberation and decolonization is alive in Oakland, California.

2 November 2015

Social Media Users Factcheck Mainstream News Coverage of Russian Plane Crash in Egypt

RuNet Echo

When a Russian couple found their Instagram photo splashed over the evening television news as "Sinai plane crash victims," they went on a social media quest to debunk the error.

Mozambicans Start a Petition Against the High Cost of Internet

Prices for internet access have jumped after Mozambique´s National Communication Institute (INCM) cut subsidies to local internet providers by 75%, undermining government's supposed pro-internet position.

1 November 2015

Why Montenegro's Opposition Leaders Want to Topple the Government

Many international news outlets have chalked Montenegrin people's dissatisfaction with their government up to "Serb nationalist" or "pro-Russian" waves within Montenegrin society. That's not the full story.

How Successful Was Ghana's #DumsorMustStop Vigil?

How do you define the success of a mass protest?

28 October 2015

Netizen Report: US Tech Companies Grapple with EU Data Rules in a Post-Snowden World

Global Voices Advocacy

Ukraine rolls out Russian-style Internet blacklist, Cuba releases artist-blogger "El Sexto" after 10 months in prison, and Bahrain jails Zainab Al-Khawaja for insulting the king.

Defending Gaza Using Social Media's Double-Edged Sword

The Bridge

Palestinian social media power user Omar Ghraieb chronicles his journey through the minefield of social media.

Social Media Help Trinidad and Tobago Police Arrest Child Abuser

Trinidad and Tobago used its social media powers for good this past week, when Internet users circulated video of a child abuse incident that led to two arrests.

27 October 2015

Brazilian Activists Prosecuted for Giving Small Donations to Left-wing Parties

Hundreds of citizens are being criminally charged by the State Prosecutor's offices in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo for making micro-donations to crowdfunded campaigns of two grassroots political parties.

Free Alaa Campaign Takes Social Media by Storm on the First Anniversary of His Imprisonment

Global Voices Advocacy

Alaa Abd El Fattah has spent a year in prison for his activism. He has four more to serve. Netizens are making noise on his first year anniversary calling for...

25 October 2015

Ukraine Goes to the Polls In Local Elections, But Not Everyone Gets a Vote

RuNet Echo

The local elections are largely seen as a test of transparency and fairness for the post-Euromaidan Ukrainian political environment, but many Ukrainians aren't getting a chance to vote at all.

20 October 2015

The US is No ‘Safe Harbor’ for Citizens’ Data

Global Voices Advocacy

The European Court of Justice struck down the data transfer agreement between the EU and the US. Privacy advocates are smiling while US tech companies are unsure of what's next.

19 October 2015

French Citizens Are Raising Their Voices for More Respect, Less Hate in Politics

"There is no longer anything to expect from those who govern us." Citizen movements want to take the lead in changing politics in France.

Angolan Rapper Breathes New Life Into ‘Freedom Now’ Movement, As Hunger Strike Threatens His

Activists fight for their lives in Angolan jails. Thanks to a new online portal that collects and publishes photos showing solidarity with political prisoners, the movement is stronger than ever.

Chinese Nationalist ‘Hawks’ Form Online Volunteer Army Against ‘Enemy Forces’

Global Voices Advocacy

In addition to the Chinese Communist Youth League's online civilization volunteers, the right-wing nationalists are also self-organized, creating a online volunteer army to promote their ideas and silence critics.

18 October 2015

This is How Ecuador Takes Action on the Cotopaxi Volcano Emergency

Ecuador President Correa has declared a state of emergency after an active volcano erupted south of Quito. This allows the state to use relief funds, but also permits media censorship.

A Musical Project in Mexico Dedicates Their Latest Work to ‘The 43 From #Ayotzinapa'… and It's Free to Download!

Santiaguero Collective, from Mexico, focuses on Creative Commons-licensed music reflecting the current social issues of the region and the country. Their latest work is dedicated to the missing Ayotzinapa students.

16 October 2015

Ethiopia's Zone9 Bloggers Acquitted of Terror Charges

Global Voices Advocacy

Many supporters on Twitter put words like "acquittal", "court" and "judiciary" in quotation marks to emphasize the degree to which the case exposed Ethiopia's failed judicial system.

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