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Stories about Technology

3 July 2020

How COVID-19 affects education for people with disabilities in Ghana

COVID-19

In Ghana, students with disabilities shifted unexpectedly to online learning and faced several technical, economic, and social challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic.

16 June 2020

A new game plays with ideas about how disinformation works in East Africa

AdvoxCOVID-19

"Chose Your Own Fake News" is an online game that teaches new internet users how to be more discerning about the information they receive and encounter in digital spaces.

11 June 2020

Post-crisis hackathon: Ecuadorian NGOs crowdsource for a world after COVID-19

COVID-19

More than 550 people registered for a hackathon to find solutions for Ecuador's post-COVID-19 future.

8 June 2020

Internet shutdowns in Sudan: The story behind the numbers and statistics

Advox

In the last several years, Sudan experienced two major internet shutdowns that seriously prohibited basic communication and exchange during politically charged periods, causing exponential losses and risks.

5 June 2020

Silicon Valley tech giants race to build Africa's internet infrastructure. Should Africa worry?

Advox

Google and Facebook are building undersea internet cables for Africans with access to high-speed internet — but 33 nations in Africa still don't have comprehensive data privacy laws.

3 June 2020

How COVID-19 is intensifying content moderation’s flaws

AdvoxCOVID-19

Internet platforms have always struggled with free expression, misinformation, and hate speech. But the COVID crisis has elevated those problems to a new level

1 June 2020

Pakistan blocks Twitter, Zoom and Periscope to curb critical voices

Advox

In mid-May, Twitter, Zoom and Persicope were either blocked or throttled across Pakistan. Activists say the move was meant to target a few web conferences on human rights issues.

29 May 2020

A conversation with Udmurt language digital activist Artyom Malykh

RuNet EchoRising Voices

"My primary motivation is to keep the language of my community alive. Udmurt must be used in as wide a variety of spaces as possible in order to ensure that...

28 May 2020

Netflix blockbuster ‘Extraction’ draws criticism for portrayal of Bangladesh's capital

The Netflix blockbuster “Extraction” attracted a lot of criticism and debate for its poor, inaccurate and stereotypical portrayal of Bangladesh and Bangladeshis.

27 May 2020

Kremlin expands online voting possibilities amid COVID-19 fears

RuNet EchoCOVID-19

After the Russian government passed a bill expanding possibilities for voting online and by post, journalists and digital rights activists have started to question its potential for abuse.

25 May 2020

How identity-driven conflicts fuel Ethiopia's incendiary social media rhetoric

Advox

Unity Park aimed to tell the story of all Ethiopians and celebrate the country’s diversity. But social media revealed politicized, nationalistic reactions along ethnic lines: Amhara and Oromo.

18 May 2020

A glimpse at Thailand's digital ID through the biometric profiling of Malay Muslims

Advox

"The discriminatory nature of these measures could amount to racial profiling, which subjects Malay Muslims to disproportionate and unnecessary surveillance based on ethnic prejudice rather than objective signs of suspicion."

16 May 2020

Photo contest asks Rohingya community to document their lives during the COVID-19 pandemic

COVID-19

A photography competition for Rohingya people is being held from April 23 – August 23, 2020, featuring two broad categories – “Rohingya life” and “Response to Coronavirus” and entries can...

15 May 2020

Cameroon’s 3-year separatist crisis: Online threats, attacks on identity and freedom of expression

Advox

Journalists in Cameroon have to be very careful about reporting on atrocities related to the separatist conflict. Appearing to side with separatists or the government can lead to online attacks.

12 May 2020

China to its anxious youth: ‘Believe us, things are better in your day!’

"We have to struggle for our rights, not sit and wait. Youth in China should yell out -- we want freedom of press!"

11 May 2020

In Bangladesh, criticism of government response to the COVID-19 pandemic is risky

AdvoxCOVID-19

"Would it be wrong if someone says that the authorities in Bangladesh, equipped with Digital Security Act, launched a crackdown on those critical to the government?"

COVID-19: Switching online is not an option in conflict-stricken countries in the Middle East

AdvoxCOVID-19

While the internet provides a lifeline in wealthy countries during COVID-19, this is not the case in conflict-stricken countries in the Middle East.

Promoting coronavirus education through indigenous languages

Rising VoicesCOVID-19

A new online initiative called virALLanguages is helping speakers of indigenous, minority, endangered and other marginalized languages create informational videos on coronavirus in their own languages.

4 May 2020

COVID-19, locusts and floods: East Africa's triple dilemma

COVID-19

East Africa's "triple threat" — the coronavirus, locusts, and floods — are not mutually exclusive. In fact, each is inextricably linked.

29 April 2020

Coronavirus and surveillance technology in India: Public health vs. privacy

AdvoxCOVID-19

Global Voices interviewed rights lawyer Mishi Choudhary and tech and policy researcher Srinivas Kodali to discuss the newest proposal in India to use unique ID data for #FacialRecognition with drones.

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