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Stories about Digital Activism

24 June 2016

Vladimir Putin's ‘Favorite Chef’ Is Linked to Attacks on Journalists and Opposition Members

RuNet Echo

Victims believe they're are being targeted because of texts and photos they've shared on social media. This, apparently, has been enough to enrage certain anonymous, self-proclaimed “patriots.”

23 June 2016

Founder of Protest Reporting Outlet Goes Missing in China

Global Voices Advocacy

Lu Yuyu has been missing since June 15. Yuyu has been reporting news of mass demonstrations in China via his platform "Not in the News" since 2013.

An Online Campaign Seeks to Identify the Authors of Anonymous Prison Poetry From the Argentine Dictatorship

"for all the children who await / the sunrise / for all of you we continue to carry on"

Russian Activists and Industry Speak Out Against New Draconian ‘Anti-Terrorist’ Laws

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

The new comprehensive amendments threaten Russian Internet users' privacy and anonymity by cracking down on encryption and beefing up surveillance measures.

22 June 2016

Updated and Translated, ‘Hiroshima Archive’ Preserves Eyewitness Testimony of Atomic Attack

"Few survivors remain today and soon there will be none. Who then can speak from personal experiences of the effects of nuclear war upon humanity?"

20 June 2016

Protests Around the World Demand Justice for Angolan Activists, Imprisoned One Year Ago

"Because we need everyone who wants to help build a better Angola to be free to do it, because demonstrations are not war..."

16 June 2016

The Diaspora Comes Together to Contribute to Madagascar’s Development

"I’ve spent most of my life in France, but my whole family is...Malagasy. I think there’s a desire for us to gather and talk about our mixed cultural identity."

In Defense of Free Software: My Case Against Lenovo in Mexico

Global Voices Advocacy

Lenovo fails to inform its clients of the Secure Boot feature on the Lenovo Yoga 2, which restricts the right to install operating systems besides those authorized by Microsoft.

13 June 2016

Indian Court Condemns Film Board for ‘Censoring’ Movie on Drug Abuse

With numerous instances of censorship and bans targeting ‘freedom of expression’, Indian filmmakers are up in arms in an attempt to see this Bollywood film released soon without major cuts.

12 June 2016

Is the #ThisFlag Online Campaign Reshaping Political Activism in Zimbabwe?

"If the #ThisFlag campaign ends as just being an anger-venting space, so be it. That is valid too."

10 June 2016

Students Have Occupied More Than 300 Schools Throughout Brazil in Recent Months

"We are vacating with joy because we can pass on our power to organize, to act. It was 56 days of resistance, despite attacks from all sides."

9 June 2016

No Country for Gags? Politicians Go After Indian Comedian Over Snapchat Video

Global Voices Advocacy

Indian right-wing political parties armed with police complaints have threatened comedian Tanmay Bhat for posting a parody video on two prominent Indian celebrities.

7 June 2016

A Glimpse Into the First African Bloggers and Vloggers’ Festival in Dakar, Senegal

For two days, 36 of the best bloggers and vloggers in Africa, along with selected players on the African digital scene, presented their talents and know-how.

For Many Puerto Ricans, a Proposed Fiscal Control Board Smacks of US Colonialism

"So you’re in essence creating a board [...] that will be of nonresidents of the island running the financial affairs of Puerto Rico for the next five, possibly 10 years."

4 June 2016

War Has Been Declared Online Against ‘Fujitrolls’ in the Middle of Peru's Presidential Elections

Global Voices Advocacy

In the middle of the presidential runoff campaign in Peru, cyber armies from both sides face off in a merciless battle online... and it appears Fujitrolls are in the lead.

2 June 2016

The One-Woman Army Fighting Thalassemia in Pakistan

"Being a thalassemia major I know how life gets hard at times. Arranging blood, patying for multiple tests, x-rays, scans & then paying huge amount for iron chelation medicines."

How Madagascar's The Dizzy Brains Is Rocking Its Way Into European Hearts

The Dizzy Brains to Madagascar's prime minister: "Just do your job, man!"

Islamic Council's Endorsement of ‘Light’ Domestic Violence Doesn't Go Over Well With Pakistani Women

Pakistan's Council of Islamic Ideology is at the center of a national scandal, thanks to controversial legislation it's proposed that would legalize “light” domestic violence.

1 June 2016

Spain's Archbishop of Valencia and His Crusade Against the ‘Gay Empire’

An LGBT rights advocacy group has filed a formal complaint with the district attorney for hate crimes “for his homophobic and sexist comments that only serve to incite hatred."

31 May 2016

Four Years and an Impeached President Later, Paraguay's Curuguaty Massacre Is Still in the Shadows

"The Curuguaty massacre can be seen as an event orchestrated to feed the trial and the parliamentary coup against Fernando Lugo’s government."

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