Stories about Digital Activism from May, 2014
Persecuting Russian Bloggers Doesn't End with Censorship
Pro-Kremlin Internet activists are now targeting tech volunteers working for Russia's top blogger, who is already blocked online and under house arrest.
#Conservaeloso: The Campaign to Save the “Alcatraz of the Caribbean”
The space will be used to open a center for cancer treatment.
The Mexican Hashtag that was Trending Topic on Mother's Day
Andrés Mayorquín comments [es] on Se hace camino al andar about the Mexican campaign on Twitter with hashtag #ChingueasumadreEPN [screw your mother, president EPN]: Via Twitter, the president's mother was insulted, and the hashtag #ChingueasumadreEPN became world trend. An easy way to show discontent against his administration and his policies....
The Courageous Career of Slain French Photojournalist Camille Lepage
Camille Lepage was killed while covering the conflict in the Central African Republic. As a journalist, she was determined to cover stories in Africa often ignored by western media.
What File Sharing Communities Can Teach Us
On Ártica Online, Jorge Gemetto blogs [es] about file sharing communities and what we can learn from them: A common feature of many of these communities is that they are organized around cultural needs [es]. Preservation, access, dissemination, and distribution at reasonable prices are tasks that the market does not always carry...
Tens of Thousands Stranded, Serbians Take Flood Relief Into Their Own Hands
As Serbia and Bosnia live through the worst floods the region has seen in 120 years, relief and aid efforts are mostly being led by civilians and civic movements.
Stealthily but Publicly, Iranian Women Remove Their Veils Online
Forced for decades to wear headscarves or face arrest, thousands of Iranian women are now sharing photos of themselves unveiled as an act of protest.
Tunisian Activists Call for Revision of Harsh Anti-Marijuana Penalties
Tunisian activists are campaigning for the revision of the country's strict anti-marijuana laws.
Pakistan's Sindh Province Still Wants to Censor WhatsApp, Viber and Skype
Aamir Atta at ProPakistani reports quoting local media houses that social media applications like WhatsApp, Viber and Skype may be blocked in Pakistan's Sindh province to maintain law and order. The Sindh government had proposed a similar ban in October last year, citing security concerns. However, experts say because a...
Spanish Government Threatens to Censor Social Media
Many politicians have been offended by comments on Twitter on the assassination of the president of the Province of León, and demand a greater control of social media.
Being Gay in a Homophobic Caribbean
Today is the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia. Two regional bloggers have taken note; one shares his experience of what it is like to be gay in the Caribbean.
Sultan Suleimanov on the RuNet's Last Chance
Suleimanov attended an invitation-only meeting at Roscomnadzor, the Russian government's chief censorship agency, which is tasked with enforcing a series of recent laws that limit the freedom of information online.
Why Chadian Students Braved Arrest and Stormed Their Embassy in Algeria
Hisham Almiraat interviews blogger Makaila Nguebla about student leader Issa Kelei's arrest and the condition of Chadian students in Algeria.
GV Face: Freeing Ethiopia's Zone 9 Bloggers
Nine bloggers and journalists -- four of them Global Voices members -- are currently being detained in Ethiopia because of their work. Learn how you can support the #FreeZone9Bloggers campaign!
Macedonian Medical Students Live in Medieval Conditions
Independent student magazine Izlez (Exit) published photo galleries originally posted by students Dena Miladinoska and Kristina Ivanova [mk] of the state-run dorm for medical students at the University of Saints Cyril and Methodius in Skopje. The students posted the photographs of the desolate living conditions in an attempt to incite...
Increasing Connection Between the Online and the Offline in Cuba
In Cuba, an intrepid connection between virtuality and reality has flourished.
South Korean TV Reporters Apologize for Their Flawed Ferry Coverage
Young journalists for KBS (Korea Broadcasting System) have confessed that their ferry disaster reports were biased and too pro-government.
Russia's Space Wars, On the Ground
Although GPS is safe, for now, the incident is an illustration of a kind of resigned lack of trust some Russians feel toward their government.
@metroaverias, Monitoring Madrid Metro
M. Luz Congosto writes [es] on Barriblog that due to budget cuts in Spain, the quality of public services has been affected, and it is evident with Madrid Metro, and social networks reflect this: Many citizens behave as human sensors when they use Twitter to regret about the deterioration of...
Google Nest, They Know Your Data
The blog Infoactivismo reports [es] about the parodic launching of Google Nest on the recent edition of Re:publica 14 in Berlin. After reviewing the fictitious features of the product, the site adds: The goal was to make evident the policies of data usage people are accepting with considering the amount...
Jamaica: Where the Hashtag Stops
Active Voice shares an eye-opening collection of tweets that offers different perspectives about #bringbackourgirls.