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Unfreedom Monitor Report: El Salvador
Advox research into digital authoritarianism in El Salvador is now in a report. Read an excerpt and download the full pdf.
Women's Day in Latin America: Reggaeton, rage, and sisterhood
Despite varying demands around labor or abortion rights, the main thread throughout Latin America was against gender-based violence.
Despite better security, Salvadorans still migrating in 2023
With low wages and inflation due to Russia's war on Ukraine, many Salvadorans are teetering on the edge of extreme poverty.
Latin Americans still invest in cryptocurrency despite crisis
These assets are considered to provide a safe haven of value in the face of unstable economies.
El Salvador’s Pegasus spyware case left uninvestigated ten months later
The use of Pegasus spyware against journalists represents a serious threat to freedom of the press, digital rights, and a key challenge to investigate the configuration of a digital authoritarianism in El Salvador.
Why most Salvadorans want Bukele's re-election despite his growing authoritarianism
Despite accusations of human rights violations, authoritarianism, power grabs, and gang negotiations, most Salvadorans want the re-election of Bukele.
Access the Unfreedom Monitor database
The Unfreedom Monitor is an Advox initiative to deepen our understanding of the relationship between technology and authoritarian power. In the first phase of this project, researchers working in 11 countries and four key themes conducted analysis of incidents, narratives, and media items, to explain acts of digital authoritarianism and...
Imprisoning children: How El Salvador’s adults fail young people involved in gangs
It is time to change how we view children involved in gangs.
Gang truce or not, President Bukele is still popular in El Salvador
Despite international condemnation of Bukele's use of military and authoritarian governing style, most Salvadorans continue to trust in Bukele.
10 stories on Black and Indigenous identity from Latin America in 2021
See these 10 stories on Black and Indigenous identity, concern for the environment, and representation online.
Not just ‘Jingle Bells:’ Listen to these Christmas songs from Latin America
Listen to the songs played in Mexico, Cuba, El Salvador, Colombia, Ecuador, Venezuela, Bolivia, Peru and Brazil.
‘Bitcoin City’ in El Salvador seen through local memes
Most memes highlight the stark contrast between the government's over-the-top efforts to attract foreign investors and its limited investment in lowering crime rates.
The ‘Day of the Dead’ sparks painful memories of violence in El Salvador
Over the past 40 years, El Salvador has endured endless cycles of violence that cost the lives of tens of thousands of Salvadorans.
Why Salvadoran farmworkers ponder migrating to the United States
"I leave the house for work at around 4 in the morning, and I return around 5 in the afternoon. This is my daily routine six days a week."
I was invited to celebrate ‘Columbus Day.’ This is what I answered
"The 'National Day of Spain' is a mockery and offense to our Indigenous and Afro-descendent peoples."
‘I got robbed three times': Fear of crime discourages university enrollment in El Salvador
While the homicide rate decreased, crime, money, and COVID-19 discourage youth to pursue higher education.
US anti-corruption list will not bring down popular Salvadoran President Bukele
" ... by leaving some alleged corrupt individuals out, the U.S. State Department's corruption list could look more like an attack on the popular Nayib Bukele administration than an attack on corruption."
Cash or Bitcoin? El Salvador’s small business owners speak
In a country with a large informal economy, small business owners are skeptical of a new plan to make bitcoin a legal currency.
El Salvador's parliament removes checks and balances on President Bukele's powers
But why aren't more Salvadorans protesting what is happening?
How a Salvadoran artist teaches Nawat to empower transgender people
A two-spirit theatre troupe celebrates the members’ indigenous ancestors, and themselves as transgender people, through language and art.
Transgender people in El Salvador are defending their right to vote
A team of 14 people from the LGBTQI community are training those in charge of El Salvador's electoral process in order to combat discrimination, ahead of the February 28 elections.