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13 February 2016

It's Not a Food Truck. It's a Mobile Kitchen Feeding Refugees Around Europe.

Ghafoor Hussain has kitted out a big bus with a rolling kitchen to supply refugees with a hot meal.

12 February 2016

It's Halftime in Russia

RuNet Echo

With oil prices tumbling and Russia’s economy on hard times, a carmaker is falling back on one of the industry’s most dependable marketing tactics: appealing to consumers’ sense of patriotism.

Italy's Gesture of ‘Respectful’ Self-Censorship for Iran Ends Up Offending Italians

"I don’t think President Rouhani would have been surprised to find there were nude statues in Rome."

11 February 2016

Kremlin Censor Finally Brings Down the Hammer on the RuNet’s Pluckiest Freedom Advocates

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

Government censors have blocked the website of Russian digital rights organization RosKomSvoboda for a page with instructions on how to circumvent online censorship and access blocked websites.

Netizen Report: The EU Wrestles With Facebook Over Privacy

Global Voices Advocacy

Global Voices Advocacy's Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world.

10 February 2016

Macedonia's Former Prime Minister Threatens Revenge in Troubling Speech

"There are no hidden messages in Gruevski’s speech. He presented all of his views in the manner of a fierce populist, who will not hesitate in his quest for power"

5 February 2016

Ukrainian Censor's ‘Explicit Content’ Database Is Up for Grabs

RuNet Echo

Ukraine's now extinct National Expert Commission for Protection of Public Morality accumulated a database of "explicit" content during its tenure—and no one knows what to do with it.

4 February 2016

Why Is a Russian Art Museum Granting Free Admission to Women Wearing 4-Inch Stilettos?

RuNet Echo

The music video has 32 million views in just three weeks. Even for one of Russia’s most popular rock bands, Leningrad’s new song stands out as an exceptionally popular hit.

3 February 2016

ISPs Take Kremlin to Court Over Online Surveillance

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

“We’ve found a couple of brave providers that are ready to come with us on a crusade against SORM,” announced Leonid Volkov, co-founder of the Society for Defending the Internet.

1 February 2016

Russian Social Network VK Claims to Protect Users From Warrantless Surveillance

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

VKontakte's Ukrainian spokesperson says the social network abhors censorship and only shares user data with secret services when presented with court orders. The website's turbulent history paints a different picture.

Seizing Jewelry Isn't the Only Awful Change to Denmark's Refugee Law

The law says asylum seekers must now wait up to three years to have their spouses and children join them, which could violate Denmark’s international treaty commitments.

Russia and Chile Join the Global Campaign to Save a Saudi Poet From Execution

RuNet Echo

Poets and activists in Moscow and St Petersburg expressed their solidarity with Ashraf Fayadh, who's been sentenced to death in Saudi Arabia. Similar events were held in Chile and Mexico.

Spaniards Fired up Over Photo of Bullfighter With a Baby in His Arms

From "irresponsible" to "guardian of traditions": A photo of a popular matador fighting a heifer with his baby in his arms provokes a strong and mixed reaction in Spain.

Lampedusa's ‘Lioness’ Giusi Nicolini Wins the 2016 Simone de Beauvoir Award

The 2016 “Simone de Beauvoir Prize" has been awarded to Giusi Nicolini, mayor of Lampedusa and Linosa. She has been called "lioness" “for her brave actions in favour of refugees”

30 January 2016

New Ukrainian Draft Bill Seeks Extrajudicial Blocking for Websites Violating Copyright

RuNet Echo

A new bill in the Ukrainian parliament wants to replace the common pre-court notice and takedown procedure for copyright violations online with a faster blocking mechanism bypassing the courts.

29 January 2016

Russian Internet Users Turn to TV for News, But Trust Online Sources More, Study Finds

RuNet Echo

37 percent of Russian Internet users believe Russian television and online media report on news in the same way, while an equal 37 percent argue the coverage differs significantly.

Grandma March Day, the Balkan Tradition of Exchanging Handmade Amulets

Balkan countries have joined forces to preserve the custom and push for its inclusion on UNESCO's list of intangible cultural heritage.

GV Face: He Left Brazil to Live like a Refugee in Europe

GV Face

Edgard wanted to experience what refugees fleeing to Europe were going through. He started his journey in Turkey, then went to Greece, onto Macedonia, Serbia, Slovenia, Croatia, and Germany.

Facebook Finally Suspends ‘Pegida Macedonia’ Anti-Muslim Page

Global Voices Advocacy

Despite numerous user report of Islamophobic hate speech, Facebook stated several times that the page did not violate its Community Standards.

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