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· April, 2017

Stories about Digital Activism from April, 2017

7 April 2017

In Venezuela, Activists Document Protests and Share Protection Tactics

Advox

"Human rights violations don't have a time limit...Record for the future, when there will be democracy."

One Day They Stole Me: True Story Animations Spotlight Kyrgyzstan's Bride Kidnapping Scourge

Tatyana Zelenskaya's powerful drawings tell the story of five kidnapped women, each with a very different destiny.

5 April 2017

Netizen Report: Online Battles Break Out Amid Elections in Armenia and Ecuador

Advox

LiveJournal bans "political solicitation" in Russia (its new home), Google contemplates a return to China, and Bangladesh's telecom regulator rejects a proposed Facebook bedtime ban.

With a Wary Eye on the Recent Past, Paraguayans Continue to Protest

"...the official versions have only raised more questions and [have deepened] doubt surrounding already untrustworthy state security agencies."

4 April 2017

Indian Techies Work to Detect Fake WhatsApp and Facebook Messages

Advox

Many of the new users do not yet know how to differentiate between authentic sources and fake or malicious ones.

Ecuadorian Elections Marked by Website Outages, Twitter Suspensions

Advox

Along with pro-opposition websites, some media rights groups saw a sharp decline in traffic on the evening of the election.

3 April 2017

Criminal Case Against Indian Poet Provokes Controversy Over Speech Rights

Advox

The poem was posted on Facebook on World Poetry Day — but its verses were not welcomed by everyone.

Taxi Drivers, Ordinary Citizens Offer Free Rides in Wake of St. Petersburg Attack

RuNet Echo

After an attack forced authorities to close down the St. Petersburg metro, the city's residents came through for each other in a big way.

Pre-Vote Shenanigans — And Fake News — Cloud Armenia's General Election

Advox

The build up to #Armvote17 showcased a sample of the online tactics favoured by modern-day vote manipulators.

2 April 2017

International Fact-Checking Day Celebrated Worldwide: #FactCheckIt!

Fact-checkers around the world have declared April 2 as a day dedicated to verification and truth. Are you with them?

The Evolution of Sri Lanka’s #Instameet

The fifth meeting of Instagram users took place in Negombo city in Sri Lanka. A notable change from the previous ones was the shift from using smartphones to cameras.

1 April 2017

A Brazilian Judge Demands a Blogger's Sources, Testing the Limits of Media Freedom

Advox

Judge Sergio Moro later reversed his decision, but the action highlighted the weakness of the legal protection mechanisms of citizen journalists in Brazil.

They’re Terminally Ill, Learning to Cope With Death, and Doing Standup Comedy

Caring for a terminally ill person is a stressful challenge for everyone involved. The Indian Association of Palliative Care is using comedy to share some life with the dying.

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