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· September, 2014

Stories about Digital Activism from September, 2014

10 September 2014

Russian Email Giants Yandex and Mail.Ru Bleed Passwords, Deny Hacking

RuNet Echo

Russia's largest email services, Yandex and Mail.Ru, were both hit with password leaks, resulting in millions of passwords published online, but denied their servers had been hacked.

Trinidad & Tobago Needs to Pass the Public Procurement Bill

9 September 2014

Social Media Users Pick at Hospital Food in Hungary

The Ukrainian Officer Tweeting from the Frontlines of the War in Donbas

RuNet Echo

Sergei Misyura, whose twitter account has over 15,000 followers, spent four months with the 72nd Brigade of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, fighting in the 'Anti-Terrorist Operation' (ATO) in Luhansk region.

How a Group of Squatters Convinced Brazilian Authorities to Seize a Vacant Building for Public Housing

Over the years, the building changed owners but remained empty. The National Movement to Fight for Housing has organized various occupations of the building over the years.

Forget Ice Water. Philippine Commuters Are Challenging Politicians to Ride Public Transport at Rush Hour

Senator Grace Poe took the #MRTChallenge last week while presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte and Edwin Lacierda also followed a few days after.

5 September 2014

Spain's Alternative Political Party Podemos Is Growing in ‘Circles’

The Bridge

Since launching in March with an entirely crowdfunded campaign and a manifesto made up of public suggestions, the party claimed 8% of the national vote in the European Parliament elections.

As Ebola Strikes, a Guinean Blogger Laments the Country's Lack of Online Community

"What happened to the Guinean blogosphere? Does Guinea even have a blogosphere to speak of? [...] Aren't we just too often the self-centered, passive spectators of the the world's convulsions?"

Activists and Bloggers Worldwide Ponder Lessons Learned From the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

There is no denying that more people are now more aware of ALS than ever before, but critics have accused the campaign of focusing on self-congratulating deeds.

4 September 2014

Skeptical Crimean Blogger Now Writes “Only About Politics”

RuNet Echo

Previously filled with interesting or amusing content, with only occasional forays into the world of politics, now Sedelnikov's blog is entirely devoted to covering the conflict in Eastern Ukraine.

The ‘Nuh Guh Deh’ Campaign Wants to Make Jamaica a Place Where Sexual Abuse of Girls Is Never Okay

Some Jamaicans, especially men, think it's acceptable for girls to be sexually initiated at a young age. The campaign will coincide with the International Day of the Girl Child.

3 September 2014

These 8 Ice Bucket Spinoffs Challenge Hunger, War and Politics

From the “Lather Against Ebola” campaign against Ebola in Côte d'Ivoire to the Rubble Bucket Challenge for children in Gaza, people are repurposing the viral phenomenon.

Surprising Europe, an Open Archive of Stories About Migration

An online platform that brings together African immigrants' stories and videos, unabridged. A project that helps to overcome prejudices and stereotypes and improve people's knowledge about them.

2 September 2014

How Bloggers Ended Up in Prison for Writing About Human Rights in Ethiopia

Despite Violent Pushback, Anti-Government Protesters in Pakistan Refuse to Budge Until Prime Minister Sharif Steps Down

Pakistan capital Islamabad turned into a battle-zone after police used tear gas and rubber bullets to fight back massive crowds of anti-government protesters trying to storm the Prime Minister's secretariat.

1 September 2014

An Election Film Week in Lebanon to Say #NoToExtension of Parliament Term

Afghanistan's Ice Bucket Challengers Ask Presidential Rivals to ‘Be Cool!’

With tensions between supporters of presidential candidates Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah threatening to boil over, a group of young Afghans are dumping ice on troubled water.

Russian Social Networks Dominate in Ukraine Despite Information War

RuNet Echo

Russian VKontakte and Odnoklassniki networks dominate the social media market in Ukraine, according to new research from Russian Internet giant Yandex.

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