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· March, 2014

Stories about Digital Activism from March, 2014

23 March 2014

Video: Egyptian Blogger Alaa Abdel Fattah Released on Bail

Celebrations continue as prominent Egyptian blogger Alaa Abdel Fattah is released from jail. In his first tweet after his release, the activist vows to "continue" the struggle.

Misogyny Masquerading as Gender Equality in Barbados?

Erdogan Vows to ‘Wipe Out’ Twitter in Turkey

Turkey has blocked Twitter – as well as Google's public DNS service, used to circumvent the block. It seems, however, that the Turkish government's plan to censor dissent has backfired.

22 March 2014

Meet Crimea's New Anime Mascot, Natalia Poklonskaya

RuNet Echo

A definitive fan-art collection of Natalia Poklonskaya, the newly minted Prosecutor General appointed by the secessionist government of Crimea, who has captured the heart of RuNet and Japan.

21 March 2014

Suspected Government #SelfieMacedonia Campaign Backfires

GV Face: How to Win the Rising Voices Microgrant

Rising VoicesGV Face

Are you brimming with ideas to help your community tell their story through citizen media? On GV Face the Rising Voices team discusses best practices for winning their microgrant competition.

Taiwan's #CongressOccupied Protest, Translated

Hundreds of translators have organized themselves through Facebook to translate stories about protesters' occupation of Taiwan's legislature following the ruling party's passage of a controversial trade agreement with China.

20 March 2014

Macedonian Students Demanding Better Living Conditions Called ‘Unpatriotic’

While most have supported Macedonian university students' online campaign to raise awareness about the unlivable conditions of dormitories in Skopje, one columnist called their efforts "unpatriotic".

Are America's Latest Sanctions on Russia Based on a List by a Blogger?

RuNet Echo

"looks like it isn't the CIA that's in charge of Navalny, but Navalny that's in charge of the CIA"

Support Pours in for #CongressOccupied Protesters in Taiwan

In reaction to the ruling party's autocratic move to pass a trade agreement with China, thousands of protesters are occupying Taiwan's legislature.

Algerian Opposition TV Network Shuttered Ahead of Presidential Elections

Independent television network Al-Atlas TV, known for broadcasting Algerian opposition viewpoints without any restriction or censorship, was shut down by Algerian authorities on March 11.

18 March 2014

Activists Add Female Heroines to Wikipedia in Macedonian

10 Ways Russians and Ukrainians Reacted to Crimea Annexation Speech

RuNet Echo

Regardless of how one feels about the Crimean question, it was a landmark speech, and one that bloggers reacted to the way they usually do on the Internet. Through memes.

16 March 2014

What Does Russia's Top Blogger Think About Crimea?

RuNet Echo

Before Alexey Navalny's LiveJournal blog was blocked late last week for breaking the terms of his house arrest, he published a long opinion piece on the situation in Ukraine.

Young Woman in Madagascar Kills Herself after Photos Were Re-posted on Facebook

14 March 2014

GV Face: Happy 25th Birthday, Web!

GV Face

What's the difference between the Internet and the Web? Why is an open web so important? An all-star panel of techies and rights defenders talks it out on GV Face.

13 March 2014

Update: Russia Blocks Fifth Liberal Website

Russia Blocks Four Opposition Media Portals

RuNet Echo

"I don't even know if anyone is reading this anymore." - Putative opposition leader Alexey Navalny in his blog which was blocked today by order of Russia's Attorney General's office.

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