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· August, 2020

Stories about Governance from August, 2020

Anonymous group hack reveals hidden government data about COVID-19 cases in Nicaragua

The hack revealed a surplus of 6,245 positive COVID-19 cases in Nicaragua that were previously unknown to the public.

Concerned citizens petition Timor-Leste authorities to drop planned revival of defamation law

"This proposed law is to protect those in power from criticism when they commit any act of corruption and any other acts of crime."

Bangladesh battles the country's longest-running floods since 1998

The devastation comes at a time when emergency and health services were already overwhelmed with responding to the COVID-19 epidemic.

Disinformation about Belarus spreads in the Balkans via online portals and social media

Fact-checkers from Serbia and North Macedonia have been detecting and countering disinformation favoring the authoritarian regime in Belarus in the mold of previous propaganda narratives from pro-Kremlin troll armies.

Collusion accusations grow between Haitian government and organised crime groups

"[...] The gang leaders are seemingly free from persecution so long as they help keep the peace in the neighborhoods they control."

Why women’s rights and digital rights go hand-in-hand on Namibian Twitter

In Nambia, a Twitter campaign to legalize abortion drew waves of attacks against feminist activists, but as a result, parliament has agreed to discuss Nambia's outdated abortion laws.

Here's why this feminist philosopher has high hopes for Belarus’ protests

For the feminist and political philosopher Olga Shparaga, the protests in her country offer a chance to develop new solidarities and forge a feminist agenda for Belarus' future development

From horticulture to Harry Potter cosplay, Thai students find creative ways to protest against repression

Students across Thailand have been organizing protests demanding “an end to the authorities’ harassment of citizens, the drafting of a new constitution, and the dissolution of parliament.”

Islamophobic post on Facebook leads to deadly violence in Bangalore

India experiences another episode of real-life violence triggered by online hate speech.

From dubplates to debates: Election campaigning in Jamaica during a pandemic

With rising numbers of COVID-19 cases limiting the ways in which political candidates can campaign, many are producing dubplates — short music videos promoting themselves — to reach the electorate.

In eastern Sudan, a bloody intercommunal conflict raises national security concerns

While the Sudanese people await a signed peace agreement, blood continues to spill, this time along ethnic and tribal lines in the port city of Port Sudan, in eastern Sudan.

Belarus in turmoil: The view from neighbouring Lithuania 

Lithuania has long played an outsized role in European engagement with Belarus. Its capital Vilnius teems with political exiles from Minsk — are today's protesters fated to join them?

How one Telegram channel became central to Belarus’ protests

A channel on the Telegram messeng er service run by four Belarusian journalists in Poland has become a crucial source of information on the political upheavals in their homeland

Natives’ or ‘outsiders'? A mob attack in Meghalaya throws questions of belonging into sharp relief

The ethnic tensions of Meghalaya – and many more of India's north-eastern states – can be traced back to the 'outsider' narrative.

Is India's digital ID system, Aadhaar, a tech solution for a socio-economic problem?

The world's largest biometric ID system was intended to provide a technological solution to socio-economic problems; instead, it has further ostracised marginal and vulnerable communities.

An earthquake shook Tanzania. A new law prohibits citizens from speaking about it online.

Revised online content regulations in Tanzania prohibit talking about pandemics, natural disasters or politics without government approval. Is it possible to control essential online conversations? If so, at what cost? 

‘This is a partisan movement of a partisan nation': a Belarusian poet reflects on her homeland's turmoil

"The greatest weakness made visible in these past months has been how little the state knows its own people," says poet Valzhyna Mort

Belarusian workers support protesters with growing strikes

Workers across the country are striking in solidarity with Belarusians who have been detained and beaten during mass protests against President Alexander Lukashenka.

Kenyan families suffer spillover effects from school closures

Following school closures in Kenya, inequity has run rampant. Education experts want the government to perform a complete education reboot to provide equitable access to learning for all.

Human rights defenders and journalists under attack in Southeast Asia

The past two weeks saw several disturbing cases of arrests, convictions, and raids targeting human rights activists and journalists in Thailand, Cambodia, Malaysia, and Vietnam.

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