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· April, 2017

Stories about Technology from April, 2017

How Two Students in the US Turned Their Online Popularity Into Big Money for Famine Aid in Somalia

It began with a video of Liban Adam drinking a giant bowl of camel’s milk and ended in a one-month $80,000 fundraiser.

Indian Government Bans 22 Social Media Platforms in Kashmir including Facebook, WhatsApp

"By presenting the other side to the Kashmir storyline, the locals once again were able to own....the highly complex and conflicted Kashmir narrative."

Netizen Report: Censorship Spikes in India, Subsides in Cameroon

The Internet is back on in English-speaking Cameroon, while social media has been shut down in Kashmir. Journalists in Maldives mourn the stabbing death of a blogger.

How the United States Has Become a Problem for Indians

To learn more about the lives of Indians in Donald Trump's America, Global Voices spoke to two Indian young men about their aborted plans to study in the United States.

Russian Authorities Want Easy Access to Online Dating Logs

Do you hope to find love in Russia? If so, and you’re planning to use the Internet to meet people, the pursuit could be less private than you maybe hoped.

A Video Game Offers a Rare Nuanced Glimpse Into the 1979 Iranian Revolution

A new Iranian-designed video game achieves the rare feat of providing an accessible and authentic narrative on Iran’s history without compromising on either content or creativity.

A Collaborative Project Maps the World’s Vulnerable Communities Before Disaster Strikes

The Missing Maps project combines the work of volunteers contributing remotely, on-the-ground community leaders, and humanitarian organizations.

So You’d Like to Start Computing in Your Own Language

Twelve tips for free software localization for minoritized and indigenous languages.

Some of Ghana's Media Houses Are Social Media Stars, While Others Take a Pass

The 1st Quarter Social Media Index report for 2017, released by the non-profit organisation Penplusbytes, surveys the use of social media by newspapers, TV stations and radio stations.

Netizen Report: Censorship Spikes After Venezuela’s ‘Self-Inflicted Coup’

Venezuelan journalists face rising threats amid protests, Russia blocks Zello, and Southeast Asian lawmakers use ‘fake news’ fears to justify censorship.

You Can Conquer Digital Worlds in Scottish Gaelic, Thanks to Hard-Working Localizers

GunChleoc has a passion for translating video games into Scottish Gaelic. Her story suggests an engaging new model of bringing high-quality digital content to languages of few speakers.

Colorized Photos Show Epic Battle Between American and Japanese Forces in Okinawa During World War II

On the 72nd anniversary of the Battle of Okinawa, a Japanese researcher has made Twitter posts featuring archival photos of the battle that have been colorized using a software tool.

Facebook Among First 100 Companies to Pay Russia's ‘Google Tax’

On Sunday, the Russian newspaper Vedemosti reported that Facebook will pay the so-called "Google tax," an 18 percent value added tax (VAT) on foreign companies selling electronic content.

He Won a Trip to Space, but Can’t Move Freely on Earth

“I’m just trying to figure out the best way in order to demolish this stigma that all Muslim people are terrorists."

As Protests Escalate, Web TV and News Sites Are Censored in Venezuela

Multiple web TV channels that had been broadcasting protests in Caracas have been inaccessible since the morning of April 7.

Two Years After Violent Raid, A Lebanese Town is Still Without Mobile Internet

Since August 2014, residents of the Leabnese northeastern border town of Arsal have been without access to mobile internet.

Indian Techies Work to Detect Fake WhatsApp and Facebook Messages

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

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

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

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.

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