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Stories about South Asia

22 May 2017

Mumbai Technologists Are Using TV Spectrum to Bring More Internet Access to India

Global Voices AdvocacyRising Voices

Poor Internet infrastructure leaves the vast majority of Indians limited to mobile Internet only, making it difficult to engage deeply with Internet technology.

21 May 2017

Why Doctors and Students Are Protesting Against Sri Lanka's Only Private Medical College

"It remains to be seen, if the Medical Mafia will continue to deprive the right to a private medical education for our youth."

18 May 2017

‘Cyber Warrior’ Group Threatens to Extort Indian Women on Facebook

Global Voices Advocacy

Threats of character assassination and extortion can carry severe real-life consequences, especially for women.

12 May 2017

Bangladesh's LGBT Community Launches a Blog Commemorating Slain Activists

Global Voices Advocacy

"How can I live in this country, where if I were to be killed people would rejoice over a cup of tea that there is one less LGBT person?"

6 May 2017

The Objectification of Women in the Sri Lankan Press

The representation of women in Sri Lankan media over the years has breached many ethical standards, resulting in the reinforcement of negative stereotypes.

4 May 2017

Iranian News Agency Publishes ‘Fabricated’ Story Accusing UN Special Rapporteur of Misdeeds With Saudi Arabia

It's not the first time Iranian officials have tried to discredit the office of the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights Situation in Iran.

2 May 2017

The World’s Largest Biometric Database is Leaking Indian Citizens’ Data — But Keeps On Growing

Global Voices Advocacy

Over the last few months, the Indian twittersphere has been awash with citizens concerned about government websites leaking millions of individual digital ID numbers. On May 1, the Centre for Internet and...

Indians Are Speaking Up About Depression to Do Away With the Social Stigma Surrounding It

"In my heart, I believe that the time is now right for the world to deal with depression a kinder way."

28 April 2017

Kashmiri Man Who Was Tied to an Indian Military Jeep as a Human Shield Says He Now Lives in Fear

"...I am afraid of going to a hospital. I’m afraid they will find me and kill me…I haven’t stepped outside my house in the last eight days."

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

Global Voices Advocacy

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

27 April 2017

Netizen Report: Censorship Spikes in India, Subsides in Cameroon

Global Voices Advocacy

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.

26 April 2017

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.

23 April 2017

Maldives Blogger and Activist Yameen Rasheed Stabbed to Death

“So-called 'Paradise on Earth' has no public safety for it's citizens. Tomorrow, it could be me, you, or any of us," wrote a Facebook user.

22 April 2017

How ‘Adventurer of the Year’ Mira Rai Went From Child Soldier to Ultrarunner

"I want to transfer the chance I got to my little sisters in Nepal. I want to help them learn what I learned and reach where I am today."

21 April 2017

Students Protest in Kashmir Amidst School Closures and Mobile Internet Blocking

"Where in the world are student protests crushed with such force & brutality, pellets & tear gas shells rain today many got injured"

20 April 2017

The Viral Video That Showed a Kashmiri Man Tied to an Indian Military Jeep

The video is from the recent by-poll election in India's northernmost state Jammu and Kashmir, where more than eight protesters were killed and dozens were wounded by Indian security forces.

18 April 2017

Sri Lanka's Tragic and Totally Avoidable Disaster

Years ago, officials planned to decommission the Meethotamulla garbage dump and convert it into a “beautiful place.” But it never happened and now locals find themselves confronting their worst fears.

17 April 2017

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

Rising Voices

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

12 April 2017

Bend It Like Poonam: Teen Girls Challenge India's Patriarchy on the Football Field

Mahila Swarojgar Samiti is helping teenage girls in Varanasi shape their identity and find more confidence in their sexuality through football.

4 April 2017

Indian Techies Work to Detect Fake WhatsApp and Facebook Messages

Global Voices Advocacy

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

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